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.
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 requestors who have any questions concerning the processing of their requests with the Nellis FOIA Office, 99 CS/SCOKR, should contact this center at (702) 652-9821. If you dissatisfied with the response from the Requester Service Center, you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 404-1393
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."
How to Make a FOIA Request
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. Please ensure you mention "FOIA" and indicate a willingness to pay fees associated with the processing of your request or, in the alternative, why a waiver of fees may be appropriate. Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically by selecting the FOIA Office as recipient on the Contact Us page. Faxed or e-mailed requests must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.
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.
Most frequently released and requested FOIA information pertains to business opportunities at Nellis AFB. For more information on the 99th Contracting Squadron, please read the Contracting Fact Sheet.