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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The AFOSI/XILI office is responsible for processing requests for OSI records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Written requests may be received by postal service, or electronically at Requests received electronically must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.
tabWhat is the FOIA? 
The Freedom of Information Act Program (DODR 5400.7) allows the general public including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, to request records electronically or in writing from the Federal Government. Some records are released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act, and may therefore reflect deletion of some information in accordance with the FOIA's nine statutory exemptions or two law enforcement record exclusions. A consolidated list of such records is on Defense Link and the U.S. Air Force FOIA site. Currently the law requires agencies to respond within 20 working days upon receipt of the request in the FOIA office.
tabWho can submit a FOIA request? 
Members of the public, including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, organizations and businesses, and individual members of the Congress for themselves or constituents, may request records in writing. It is important to remember that the Freedom of Information Act applies only to federal agencies. It does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, state or local government agencies, or by private businesses or individuals. Each state has its own public access laws that should by consulted for access to state and local records.
tabHow to Submit a FOIA and Privacy Act Request 
Please click here and fill out this Certification and Identity Form.  Please ensure your FOIA request is signed. 

You have several options to submit your request:

1. E-mail to:

2. Fax to: (571) 305-8229

3. Mail to the following address:
Attn: FOIA Section
27130 Telegraph Rd.
Quantico, VA 22134

Please ensure you mention "FOIA." E-mailed requests must have a valid mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.

In addition to providing the appropriate statement, please provide the below information.  You may attach this information on a separate document along with your appropriate statement.  

1. When did the incident take place (month and year if known)?

2. Where did the incident take place or where was it investigated (what Air Force base if known)?

3. What is the nature of the investigation (sexual assault, death, drugs, etc.)?

4. What was your role in the investigation (subject, victim, witness, or in the case of a death investigation your relationship to the deceased)?

5. If the investigation involves minors, are you the custodial parent? Yes or No

6. If Graphic Photos are a part of responsive records, do you want to receive them? Yes or No

NOTE: Air Force-affiliated requesters, to include military and civilian employees, should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, postage, telephones, or official mail channels to make FOIA requests. Requests should be made through personal e-mail or postal service.
tabRelease of E-mail Addresses 
Air Force policy is to deny requests for lists of e-mail addresses (both personal and organizational) using FOIA exemption (b)(6). We rely on FOIA exemption (b)(6) when denying lists of personal e-mail addresses. High (b)(2) is no longer to be used to protect internal information, the disclosure of which would risk circumvention of a statute or agency regulation. Because DoD e-mail systems are to be used only for official and authorized purposes, the addresses are considered primarily internal. The regulations at issue that could be circumvented include DoD and AF regulations that require us to limit use of e-mail to authorized purposes, and to protect the security of your computer and information systems. Exemption (b)(6) protects information that if released would permit a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. This does not prohibit an organization from including a single e-mail address on a Web page in correspondence.

tabWhat are the fees for a FOIA request? 
The FOIA allows fee charges based on the requester's category. There are three categories: commercial (pay search, review, and reproduction fees); educational, non-commercial scientific institution, and news media (pay reproduction fees; first 100 pages provided at no cost); and others (pay search and reproduction fees; first two hours search and 100 pages provided at no cost). For information on FOIA fees read PART 286--DoD FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT PROGRAM REGULATION at

Family of a deceased member - free processing/fees waived.

Fee Waivers:
If you are advised or expect that a fee will be charged, you may request in writing a waiver of those fees if the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester. The mere fact that you are a non-profit organization or a member of the media does not in and of itself qualify for a fee waiver. In addition, a requester's inability to pay is not a legal basis for granting a fee waiver.

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tabFOIA Office
Attn: FOIA Section
27130 Telegraph Rd
Quantico, VA 22134.

Telephone: 571-305-8120/8044 - Click here to e-mail the FOIA Office
tabFOIA Reading Room
The FOIA Reading Room is available where the public may inspect copies of any previously processed Air Force FOIA releases.

If dissatisfied with the response received from the center, you may contact the FOIA Public Liaison at (703) 696-6487 or you can send an email here.
tabPublic Affairs Office
AFOSI Public Affairs
HQ AFOSI/Public Affairs
27130 Telegraph Road, Suite W-1683
Quantico, VA 22134

To ensure timely attention to your
request, please do not mail FOIA
requests to the Public Affairs Office.


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