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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), known by its legal cite as 5 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 552, along with Department of Defense (DoD) Publication 5400.7, can be found at Part 286 of Chapter 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), which is available in most libraries or online from the U.S. Government Printing Office Access CFR website at: www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/.
tabWhat is the FOIA? 
The FOIA 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 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 the DoD and Air Force FOIA sites. 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 FOIA 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.
tabHow to Make a FOIA Request 
Requests can also be made on-line at: www.efoia.af.mil or by e-mail, FOIA@ng.army.mil. When requesting by e-mail please be sure to indicate it is a request for the Air National Guard.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning the Freedom of Information Act can be found on the following website: www.ang.af.mil/foia/index.asp.

You may mail, e-mail, or fax your FOIA request for ANG Records (except ANG/IG Records) as follows:

Office of Information and Privacy (NGB/JA-OIP)
Attn: ANG FOIA Requests
111 South George Mason Drive, AH2
Arlington VA 22204-1373
Phone: (571) 256-7838 or (703) 607-5901
Fax: (703) 607-3684

The ANG/FOIA Office can be contacted at (703) 607-3195 between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST. For more information on the FOIA Program please visit the NGB FOIA Website at: www.ngb.army.mil/sitelinks/foia.aspx.

If you're dissatisfied with the service received from the ANG requestor service (i.e. ANG FOIA Office), contact the AF Chief Public Liaison officer:

Air Force Freedom of Information, Privacy Act
and Quality of Information Office
Attn: Public Liaison
1800 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1800
Phone: (703) 696-6487
Fax: (703) 696-4421
 
Service records on former civilian and military members are NOT maintained by the Air National Guard. They are maintained by the National Archives and Records Administrations' National Personnel Records Center at: www.archives.gov/st-louis/. Records request instructions and contact information is listed on their Web site.

To learn more about the FOIA and about how to request information through the FOIA, view the DoD FOIA Handbook at: www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/FOIAhandbook.pdf.

Requests for your own records under the Privacy Act must be made directly to the office that holds the records you are seeking.

If you have questions about making a request under the Privacy Act, you may contact the Wing Privacy Officer at:

111FW Privacy Act Manager
1337 Fairchild Street
Willow Grove ARS, PA 19090-5320
Phone: 215-323-8668 (DSN: 358-8668)
Fax: 215-323-8666 (DSN: 358-8666)
 

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