Freedom of Information Act     Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The AFOTEC Knowledge Management Section is responsible for processing requests for AFOTEC records under the FOIA provisions.  Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically. Requests received by facsimile or electronically must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.


What is 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 Office of Freedom of Information site 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.

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.

Fees for Processing

The FOIA allows fee charges based on the requester's category. There are three categories: commercial (pay search, review, and reproduction fees); educational, non-commercial scientific institution and news media (pay reproduction fees; first 100 pages provided at no cost); and others (pay search and reproduction fees; first two hours search and 100 pages provided at no cost).

Fee Waivers

If you are advised or expect that a fee will be charged, you may request in writing a waiver of those fees if the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester. The mere fact that you are a non-profit organization or a member of the media does not in and of itself qualify for a fee waiver. In addition, a requester's inability to pay is not a legal basis for granting a fee waiver.

How to make a FOIA request

FOIA requests can be submitted and tracked online through the AF eFOIA Public Access Link. Before submitting a request, see if the records are available to the public in the Air Force FOIA Library.

For mailing, e-mailing or faxing a request for AFMC records, use the "FOIA Office" contact information and ensure the request and envelope are marked "FOIA."

Regardless of the submission method, describe the requested records as specifically as possible to narrow the search. Furnish any facts or clues about the time, place, persons, events, subjects, contract number or other details that will help decide where to search and determine what records pertain to your request. That can also save you and the government time and money, and you may get what you want faster. You must also provide the fee amount you are willing to pay for administrative processing.

Submitting Privacy Requests
If you or your designated representative are seeking records on yourself and the record is maintained/retrieved by your name or other identifier, this is a Privacy Act request. All written requests must be mailed or faxed directly to the appropriate Privacy Act systems manager identified in the system of records notice or the appropriate Requester Service Center.

NOTE: Requesters, to include military and all federal civilian employees, should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, postage, telephones, or official mail channels to make FOIA or Privacy Act requests. Requests should be made through personal equipment or postal service

If dissatisfied with the response received from the center, you may contact the FOIA Public Liaison at 202-404-1393 or email

Release of E-mail

Air Force policy is to deny requests for lists of e-mail addresses (both personal and organizational) using FOIA exemption (b)(6). We rely on FOIA exemption (b)(6) when denying lists of personal e-mail addresses. High (b)(2) is no longer to be used to protect 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.


AFOTEC Freedom of Information Act Office
1251 Wyoming Blvd SE, Bldg 20130
Kirtland AFB, NM 87117

(505) 846-4336
DSN 246-4336