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What 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. 

WHO 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 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.

HOW TO SUBMIT A FOIA AND PRIVACY ACT REQUEST

For complete information on How to Submit a FOIA and Privacy Act Request, click link:

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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: afosi_hq_foia_request@us.af.mil . Requests received electronically must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.   

WHAT IS A vERIFICATION OF IDENTITY?

In addition to the information provided, please provide a notarized verification of your identity (see How Do I Verify My Identity above). Please provide a notarized signature of the requester (yourself) on that document plus the date. If you are requesting information pertaining to a third party please provide a notarized consent from that individual. Also, please provide a notarized verification of identity for any children whom you are a legal custodial parent. Also, please obtain the notarized signature of the other individual (the person whom you are seeking their information) giving you permission to receive their information. (If you are a legal custodial parent you can sign on your child's behalf). If the information you are requesting pertains to a deceased member please provide a notarized verification of your Identity for yourself (and any other living persons whom you are requesting information).     

How Do I File An expungement request?

We have created two templates for current and former service members plus provided instructions for both forms. These templates can help you to gather all the required information and submit your expungement request following proper coordination. Current and former service members can use these templates to coordinate and request an expungement of their records following an AFOSI investigation. For questions, contact our office via email: afosi_hq_foia_request@us.af.mil or phone: 571-305-8044.

Submit your request via one of these three methods:

1. E-mail to: afosi_hq_foia_request@us.af.mil

2. Fax to: (571) 305-8229

3. Mail to: HQ AFOSI/XILI, Attn: FOIA Section, 27130 Telegraph Rd., Quantico, VA 22134

NOTE: E-mailed or faxed submissions must have a valid mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.

Expungement Links:

Current Service Members Template

Current Service Members Instructions

Former Service Members Template

Former Service Members Instructions

Verification of Identity for Expungement Requests 

PROCESSING TIME LIMITS

Normally, a statutory 20-working-day time limit applies, upon receipt of a valid or corrected FOIA request. However, we have a significant number of requests that are large and complex, which can prevent a response determination from being made within 20 working days and therefore we have instituted a multi-track processing system based on the date of receipt and the amount of work and time involved in processing the request. To ensure fairness to all families, we process all FOIA requests on a "first in, first out" basis, in accordance with Federal Law, DoD and Air Force Instructions. 

RELEASE 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 Air Force 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.   

WHAT 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: www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/dfoipo/docsfoiafees.pdf .

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

Fee Waivers: If you are advised or expect to 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 significantly contribute 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 you are a non-profit organization or a member of the media does not in and of itself qualify for a fee waiver. Also, a requester's inability to pay is not a legal basis for granting a fee waiver. 

HOW TO CONTACT THE AFOSI FOIA OFFICE

Mail: HQ AFOSI/XILI  Attn: FOIA Section  27130 Telegraph Rd.  Quantico, VA 22134

Phone: (571) 305-8044

E-mail: afosi_hq_foia_request@us.af.mil  

FOIA READING ROOM

The FOIA Reading Room at: http://www.foia.af.mil/Library/  is available where the public may inspect copies of any previously processed Air Force FOIA releases. 

If dissatisfied with the service received from the AFOSI Requester Service center, you may e-mail the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Office for assistance at: usaf.pentagon.saf-cio-a6.mbx.af-foia@mail.mil or call (703) 614-8500.