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FOIA INTRODUCTION

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent such records (or portions of them) are protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions, or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions under (b)(7). 

 

The principles of government openness and accountability underlying the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) are inherent in the democratic ideal:  “The basic purpose of the FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed.”

 

Click here for the full text of the Freedom of Information Act.

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 the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 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 be consulted for access to state and local records. 

FEE PROCESSING

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows fee charges based on the requester’s category.  There are three fee categories: Commercial (requester pays for search, review, and reproduction fees); Non-Commercial Scientific, Educational or News Media (requester pays reproduction fees; first 100 pages provided at no cost); and Other (requester pays 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

FEE WAIVER

A requester may ask in writing to have processing fees waived if the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and likely to contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of the operations and activities of the government and is not primarily of a commercial interest.   The mere fact a request is a non-profit or member of the media does not in and of itself qualify for a fee waiver.  Further, an inability to pay is not a legal basis for granting a fee waiver.

How to Make a FOIA Request

The Air Force Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program is decentralized so no single office handles all requests.  For fastest response times, please submit a request online utilizing the Public Access Link (PAL).  A listing of Air Force Requester Service Centers can be found here

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests may be submitted to the Holloman Requester Service Center by mail to 49 CS/SCXK (FOIA), 749 West New Mexico, Holloman AFB, NM 88330.  Mark your request and envelope “FOIA.”  An adequate description of the records and a willingness to pay is required.  Furnish any facts or clues about the time, place, persons, events, subjects, or other details of the information or records requested. 

 

Direct Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) questions to the Holloman Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Manager at (575) 572-7248 or by email.

 

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PRIVACY RECORDS REQUEST

Persons or their designated representatives may request a copy of their records maintained in a federal system of records.  Air Force System of Records Notices published in the Federal Register are available here.  For information on how and what’s required to submit a privacy request click here.

CLASSIFIED RECORDS REQUEST

Records that are currently classified must be reviewed for appropriate declassification prior to release.  More information on the Mandatory Declassification Review process is available here

FOIA Office

Holloman Requester Service Center

49 CS/SCXK

749 West New Mexico

Holloman AFB NM 88330

Comm:  (575) 572-7248

DSN:  572-7248

FAX:  572-7440

Email:  holloman.foia@us.af.mil

AF FOIA PUBLIC LIAISON

If dissatisfied with the service received from the Holloman Requester Service Center, you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Officer, Ms. Anh Trinh at DAF.FOIA@us.af.mil or by telephone (703) 614-8500.  Do not send FOIA requests to this office. 

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