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What is the FOIA?

Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act Program (DODM 5400.7_AFMAN33-302) 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 Reading Room. 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.

What are the 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.


How to Make a FOIA Request

If you want to submit a FOIA inquiry, send a written request to the FOIA Office where the record is located, describe the records you want as specifically as possible, and state that you agree to pay any applicable fees. Provide as many facts about the requested documents as possible, e.g. the time, place, persons, events, subjects, or other details of the information you want. That will help us decide where to search, and determine what records pertain to your request. There is no special form to complete. You may mail it, hand-carry it or send it electronically.

Additionally, if you're seeking "Medical Records" as First or Third Party requester, to meet the requirement as outlined and under the provisions of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and comply with the regulation of HIPPA guidelines and procedures as required by DOD 6025.18-R, DOD Health Information Privacy Regulation; DOD 8580.02-R, DOD Health Information Security Regulation. The following documents/forms/authorization/sworn notarized statement must be included with the request as follows:

1) A signed DD Form 2870, Authorization for Disclosure of Medical or Dental Information.

2) Provide a copy of a verification of Identity (i.e. drivers license, state ID) that includes a sworn/notarized "I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing information (concerning my identity) is true and correct. Executed on (date)(signature)."

3) If you're representing as Third Party, a sworn/Notarized Authorizations/Power of Attorney statement must be signed from the individual authorizing the disclosure/release of the documents be included in the request.

To submit an electronic FOIA request or receive Inquiries to your FOIA request, click here.

To submit a written or fax a FOIA request to Peterson-Schriever Garrison(P-S GAR), send to:

P-S GAR FOIA Requester Service Center (RSC)
175 East Stewart Avenue
Peterson AFB, Colorado, 80914
Comm: (719) 556-2197
DSN: 834-2197

If you are not satisfied with the response from the Peterson-Schriever Garrison's FOIA Requestor Service Center, please contact:

2261 Hughes Ave Ste. 133
JBSA Lackland, TX 78236
Comm: (210-) 395-0995, DSN 969-0995

You may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Office:
Ms. Anh Trinh
(703) 614-8500


Mandatory Declassification Review

If you are only seeking a copy of a record or records that are currently classified, and would like the record reviewed for appropriate declassification and release, you should file a Mandatory Declassification Review request. Mandatory Declassification Review is a provision of Presidential Executive Order 13526 that allows members of the public to request a mandatory declassification review of a classified document in order to obtain a releasable version of the document. The desired document requested must be specified in sufficient detail that it can be readily located. The record in question may not be the subject of litigation. The mandatory declassification review process can be a very timely and in-depth, due to the classification of materials being reviewed by internal and outside agencies. MDR decisions can be administratively appealed to the Headquarters Air Force/AAII (Mandatory Declassification Review) or Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP). Requests for review and release of classified records under the MDR process can be made to:

Headquarters Air Force/AAII (Mandatory Declassification Review)
1000 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1000
Telephone: (703) 695-2226


FOIA Office

For Peterson-Schriever Garrison
FOIA Request:

P-S GARFOIA Requester Service Center
175 East Stewart Ave.
Peterson AFB, Colo., 80914
Comm: (719) 556-2197
DSN: 834-2197

FOIA Request:

2261 Hughes Ave Ste. 133
JBSA Lackland, TX 78236
Comm: (210-) 395-0995, DSN 969-0995