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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), known by its legal cite as 5 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 552, along with Department of Defense (DoD) Publication 5400.7, can be found at Part 286 of Chapter 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), which is available in most libraries or online from the
U.S. Government Printing Office Access CFR website
What is the FOIA?
The FOIA 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 FOIA, 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 the
FOIA sites. 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 be consulted for access to state and local records.
How to submit a request
The Air National Guard has centralized its FOIA Program. We encourage requestors to make FOIA requests electronically through
AF FOIA website
. You may also mail, email or fax your FOIA request for ANG Records as follows:
1411 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
The ANG/FOIA Office can be contacted at (703) 607-3195 between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST.
All requests must be in writing (written requests may be sent electronically), faxed (907) 377-8509 or mailed to the above address.
Telephone requests will not be accepted.
Service records on former civilian and military members are NOT maintained by the Air National Guard. They are maintained by the
National Archives and Records Administrations' National Personnel Records Center
. Records request instructions and contact information is listed on their website.
Air Force FOIA website
Other Air Force FOIA Offices
DoD FOIA website
To learn more about the FOIA and about how to request information through the FOIA, view the
DoD FOIA Handbook