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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

FOIAThe 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 allows 20 working days to process a FOIA request upon receipt of the request in the FOIA office.

Who can submit a 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.

Fees

Fees are assessed depending on which group the request falls into:

Category 1: Commercial. Requesters pay all search, review, and duplication.

Category 2: Educational or Noncommercial Scientific Institution or News Media. Requesters get the first 100 copies free and pay for additional copies.

Category 3: Others. Requesters get the first two hours of search and the first 100 copies free.

FOIA resources and links

FOIA requesters who have questions concerning the processing of their request with the MacDill AFB FOIA Office should call (813) 828-5387. If dissatisfied with the response received from the center, you may contact the FOIA Public Liaison at (202) 404-1393 or email af.foiapa@pentagon.af.mil.

Air Mobility Command FOIA Office
Air Force FOIA Web site
DoD FOIA Web site
DoD Freedom of Information Handbook

Where to submit a request

FOIA requests for the 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill AFB must be submitted in writing and include a title or reasonable description of the desired records and a statement on willingness to pay fees for search, review, and reproduction. Submit requests via US mail, fax, email, or hand carry to the following address:

 6 CS/SCXK(FOIA)
 8011 Red Hibiscus Place
 MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5409
 Phone: (813) 828-5387/DSN 968-5387
 FAX: (813) 828-9050/DSN 968-9050

To submit a Freedom of Information Act request online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC) on the AF eFOIA Public Access Link click here

To email a request directly to our office or if you have questions about your request, send an email to <foia@macdill.af.mil>.  

Air Force LINK FOIA Requester Service Center, click here.

AF Electronic Reading Room

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.

A consolidated list of such records is available in the HQ AF Electronic Reading Room.
http://www.foia.af.mil/reading/

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)(2)(high). We also rely on FOIA exemption (b)(6) when denying lists of personal e-mail addresses. High (b)(2) protects 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 of in correspondence.