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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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The FOIA allows the general public to request records 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.

Effective March 30, 2009, the Air Force established a new FOIA Web site for submitting requests online to the Requester Service Centers. Links providing information and guidance are listed in the left column.

What is 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.

Who 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.

How To Make A FOIA Request?

The 42nd Communications Squadron is responsible for processing requests for Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

FOIA requests can be submitted electronically, mailed, or faxed.

See below contact form to fill out and submit an electronic FOIA request.

FOIA requesters who have any questions concerning the processing of their requests with the Maxwell-Gunter AFB FOIA Requester Service Center should contact this center at (334) 953-6515, 42cf.foiareq@maxwell.af.mil. If you are not satisfied with the response from the center, you may contact the HQ AETC FOIA Public Liaison at aetc.foia@randolph.af.mil, (210) 652-6576, or the AF FOIA Public Liaison at af.foia@pentagon.af.mil, (703) 696-6487.

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Release of E-mail Addresses

Air Force policy is to deny requests for lists of e-mail addresses (both personal and organizational) using FOIA exemption (b)(2)(high). We also rely on FOIA exemption (b)(6) when denying lists of personal e-mail addresses. High (b)(2) protects 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.

What 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.

FOIA Offices

42CS/SCOKR
50 South LeMay Plaza
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6334
Phone: (334) 953-3165
Fax: (334) 953-6515

AFLCMC/HIZC (FOIA)
490 East Moore Drive
MAFB-Gunter Annex, AL 36114
Phone: (334) 416-1995

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Maxwell-Gunter AFB FOIA Requester Service Center
  • 334-953-6515
HQ AETC FOIA Public Liaison
  • 210-652-6576
Air Force FOIA Public Liaison
  • 703-696-6487

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