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Due to civilian personnel furloughs in the Department of Defense beginning July 8, 2013, FOIA requesters will notice delays in responses to FOIA requests. We apologize for these delays; however, please be assured that DoD FOIA Officers are committed to providing quality customer service during this time. Thank you for your patience.

For submitting Freedom of Information requests online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC) click on the following AF eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL): https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx

Review all the links listed on the left side as they have been designed to provide information and guidance.

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 Defense Link and the U.S. Air Force FOIA Reading Room. 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.

Processing fees

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.

Make a FOIA request

The 21st Space Communications Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., processes all FOIA requests for Air Force Space Command under the FOIA provisions and is also the requester service center for all FOIA request inquiries. To submit a FOIA inquiry online, click here.  

Written requests and inquires may be submitted to: 

150 Vandenberg St., Suite 105 
Peterson AFB, CO 80914-4160

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)(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 in correspondence.

FOIA Information

If you are not satisfied with the response from Peterson's FOIA Requester Service Center, please contact: 

150 Vandenberg St, Ste 1105 
Peterson AFB, CO 80914-4160 

Voice: (719) 554-2503, DSN 692-2503 
E-mail: afspc.foia@peterson.af.mil 

You may also contact the FOIA Public Liaison at: 

1800 Air Force Pentagon 
Washington DC 20330-1800 
Phone: (202) 404-1393
E-mail: af.foia@pentagon.af.mil

Air Force FOIA Public Website