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

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. A consolidated list of such records is on Defense Link
tabWhat 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 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.
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The Electronic Freedom of Information Act requires that certain documents of interest to the general public be published and made available electronically. The 17th Training Wing has determined that the records posted at the link below should be made available to the general public in electronic form as FOIA-processed (a)(2)(D) records.

Air Force Freedom of Information Act

The Air Force will not deliver unofficial mass mailings addressed to individuals or duty addresses. A mass mailing is defined as 50 or more pieces of mail received on the same day from the same mailer.

FOIA requestors who have questions concerning their requests should contact the Goodfellow Air Force Base FOIA Requester Service Center at foia@goodfellow.af.mil, or call (325) 654-FOIA.

If you are not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) FOIA Public Liaison at aetc.foia@randolph.af.mil, or (210) 652-6576. You may also contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison at af.foia@pentagon.af.mil, or (703) 696-6487.

Our Requester Service Center processes FOIA requests for the 17th Training Wing and most Air Force tenant units at Goodfellow AFB except for Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 408, and Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps, Detachment 847, Angelo State University.
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Written FOIA requests may be sent to:

FOIA Requester Service Center 
161 Nuchols Street Bldg. 337, Rm 108
Goodfellow AFB TX 76908-3348

Electronic FOIA request can be sent via email to foia@goodfellow.af.mil

Requesters should not use Government equipment, supplies, postage, telephones, or official mail channels to make FOIA requests. FOIA managers will process such requests and tell requesters that using government resources to make FOIA requests is not an authorized official use.

Describe the records needed, as specifically as possible, and let us know the cost you are willing to pay for administrative processing. Furnish any facts or clues about the time, place, persons, events, subjects, or other details of the information or records requested. That information will help us decide where to search and determine what records pertain to your request. It can also save you and the government time and money, and you may get requested records faster. 
tabRelease 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.

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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.

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