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

The 45th Space Communications Squadron is responsible for processing requests for Patrick AFB records under the provisions of FOIA. Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically. For submitting Freedom of Information requests online to our Requester Service Center (RSC), click on the following Air Force 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.
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 theU.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.
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.
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.
tabFOIA Reading Room 
The electronic reading room is located on the Air Force Freedom of Information Act web page at http://www.foia.af.mil/index.asp, under the title "Reading Room."
tabHow to Make a FOIA Request  
To mail or fax a request, send to:
FOIA Requester Service Center (RSC)
45 SCS/SCX (FOIA Office)
1225 Jupiter Street, MS 8200
Patrick AFB, FL 32925-3341
45scsscx2@us.af.mil
321-494-2341/DSN 854-2341
FAX: 321-494-2133

Please ensure you mention "FOIA" and indicate a willingness to pay fees associated with the processing of your request or why a waiver of fees may be appropriate. All requests must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.

If you are not satisfied with the response from Patrick AFB's FOIA Requester Service Center, contact:
AFSPC/A6XR (FOIA) 
150 Vandenberg Street, Suite 1105
Peterson AFB, CO 80914
Voice: 719-554-2503, DSN 692-2503 
E-mail: afspc.foia@us.af.mil

You may also contact the FOIA Public Liaison at:
SAF/A6PP (FOIA)
1800 Air Force Pentagon
Washington D.C., 20330-1800 
Voice: 202-404-1393
E-mail: af.foiapa@pentagon.af.mil
Website: www.foia.af.mil
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)(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.

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