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

The 49th Communications Squadron is responsible for processing requests for Holloman Air Force Base records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile, e-mail or through the Air Force FOIA office. Requests received by facsimile or electronically must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.
tabWhat is the FOIA? 
FOIA is a disclosure statute. Information is considered to be releasable unless it falls under one of the nine FOIA exemptions (b)(1) through (b)(9). The FOIA applies to records either created or obtained by an agency and under agency control at the time of the FOIA request. Agencies within the executive branch of the federal government, including the Executive Office of the President and independent regulatory agencies are subject to the FOIA. State governments, municipal corporations, the courts, Congress and private citizens are not subject to 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 allows 20 working days to process a FOIA request 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. 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.
tabWhat are the fees for processing a FOIA request? 
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.

Fee Waivers: Documents shall be furnished without charge, or at a charge reduced below fees assessed to the categories of requesters in subsection. The component determines that waiver or reduction of the fees is in the public interest because furnishing the information is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the Department of Defense and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.

Expedite: An expedited request is when a requester asks for expedited processing and explains the compelling need (imminent threat to life or physical safety; urgently needed by a person primarily engaged in disseminating information; due process; or humanitarian need) for the requested information. In order to receive expedited processing, requesters must provide a statement certifying their "demonstration" (description) of their specific "compelling need" or due process/humanitarian need is true and correct to the best of their knowledge. When a requester seeks expedited processing, FOIA offices must respond in writing to the requester within 10 calendar days after receipt of the request approving or denying their request for expedited processing. Requesters have a right to appeal an adverse decision (e.g., when it is determined their requests will not be expedited). Expedited processing moves your request to the top of the queue, but it is still processed within the 20 workdays allowed by law.
tabHow to Make a FOIA Request 
Send requests for Holloman Air Force Base records to Holloman FOIA, 1321 Tularosa Rd., Holloman AFB, NM 88330-7928. Please ensure you mention "FOIA" and indicate a willingness to pay fees associated with the processing of your request or, in the alternative, why a waiver of fees may be appropriate. Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically. Faxed or e-mailed requests must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.

For more details on FOIA requests, see the Requester's guide for FOIA.

FOIA requesters who have any questions concerning the processing of their requests with Holloman AFB should contact the Holloman Freedom of Information Act manager at (575) 572-7247. If you are not satisfied with the response, you may contact the FOIA Public Liaison at 757-574-2265 or acc.foia@langley.af.mil. If dissatisfied with the response received from the center, you may contact the FOIA Public Liaison at (703) 614-8500 or email af.foiapa@pentagon.af.mil.
tabPA Records Request 
Persons or their designated representatives may ask for a copy of their records in a system of records. Privacy Act requests must be made in writing and must also be signed. Send requests for Holloman Air Force Base records to Holloman FOIA, 1321 Tularosa Rd., Holloman AFB, NM 88330-7928. When making a PA request, include either a notarized or unsworn declaration statement in the following format: "I declare under the penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)" (if outside the United States, use "I declare under the penalty of perjury and under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)". Requestors need not state why they want access to their records. For requests of records that reside in a System of Records, requestors should be as specific as possible in describing the records being requested. Requestors may also review the Air Force Systems of Records published in the Federal Register or at: http://www.defenselink.mil/privacy/notices/usaf
Indicate a willingness to pay fees associated with the processing of your request or, in the alternative, why a waiver of fees may be appropriate. The first 100 pages are free. Copies are $.15 per page, $.25 for fiche. Written signed requests may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically. All requests must also have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically. It is also recommended that a phone number be provided in case clarification of the request is needed.
tabE-FOIA Reading Room 
E-FOIA READING ROOM
This page is made available under the provisions of the Electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of 1996 which provides that records normally available in a physical FOIA reading room also be made available electronically to the general public. Items required to be made available in our reading room are commonly requested fully releasable records.

Only items generated by 49th Wing Units assigned to Holloman AFB are provided; other manuals may be referenced on other FOIA public websites. There is no charge to view and/or download the information. 

COMMONLY PROCESSED RELEASABLE (a)(2) RECORDS 


tabAF eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL) 
The following information/services are available at the AF eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL), https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx.
AF FOIA Handbook
Submit FOIA Requests (Public Access Link)
FOIA Reading Room

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tabFOIA Office
49th Communications Squadron/SCOK
1321 Tularosa Rd.
Holloman AFB, NM 88330-7928
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Com'l: (575) 572-7248
DSN: 572-7248
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Fax: (575) 572-7440
DSN Fax: 572-7440
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Click here to e-mail the FOIA Office.
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1. For submitting Freedom of Information requests online, go to the Requester Service Center's (RSC) web page here.

2. If dissatisfied with the response received from the Requester Service Center, you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Office at af.foia@pentagon.af.mil or (703) 614-8500.

3. The electronic reading room is located on the Air Force Freedom of Information Act web page at http://www.foia.af.mil/index.asp , under the title, "Reading Room."
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