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This page lists several resource materials pertaining to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), including policy documents, resources from the Department of Defense and resources from the Department of Justice. To access records from our electronic reading room, click here.

DoD Resources

Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office
The Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office (DFOIPO) is responsible for the formulation and implementation of FOIA policy guidance for DoD.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Search 
This page allows users to search a wide collection of DoD Web sites in multiple domains. This includes many DoD agencies, unified commands, the military services -- Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps -- and other elements of DoD and military establishments.

Defense Privacy And Civil Liberties Office
The Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office is responsible for the implementation of the DoD Privacy and Civil Liberties Programs. The programs are intended to provide a comprehensive framework regulating how and when DoD collects, maintains, uses, or disseminates personal information on individuals.

DOJ Resources

Like all federal agencies, DOJ generally is required under the FOIA to disclose records requested in writing by any person. However, agencies may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the statute.

-- DOJ FOIA Guide
-- DOJ, Office of Information and Privacy
-- DOJ, Office of Legal Education
-- Federal Register

Federal Agency Contacts

The Department of Justice's Office of Information and Privacy is the principal contact point within the executive branch for advice and policy guidance on matters pertaining to the administration of the Freedom of Information Act. For inter-agency contact purposes, here is a list of the principal FOIA contacts at all federal agencies dealing regularly with FOIA matters.

Policy Resources

Executive Order 13392: Improving Agency Disclosure of Information
A directive issued by the President to ensure appropriate agency disclosure of information.

Text of Electronic FOIA (as Amended in 2007) The full text of the Freedom of Information Act in a form showing all amendments to the statute made by the "Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act of 2007."

FOIA Denial Authorities
When information is withheld, whether partially or fully, this constitutes a denial under FOIA. A request may be denied for one or more of the FOIA exemptions. When this happens, you will be notified in writing by an Initial Denial Authority (IDA) and given appeal rights. IDAs are denial authorities for records that fall under their functional areas.

The President FOIA Memorandum

The US Attorney General FOIA Guidelines

Secretary of the Air Force FOIA Memorandum

FOIA & Privacy Training

Government Training Courses

DOJ FOIA Training

DAU FOIA and Privacy Training

Non-Government Training Courses

American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) 

Air Force Records Disposition Schedule

Submitting a Request

To submit a FOIA request online "CLICK HERE"

If you do not know, or unsure about, the location of the information you are seeking, please see our AF FOIA Records Service Centers page.

You may also send your questions to Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Office for assistance at

Refer to the FOIA handbook for more information on submitting FOIA requests.

Public Liaison

If dissatisfied with the service received from the Requester Service Center, you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Officer, Mr. Robert E. Bivins, for assistance at or (703) 614-8500.   
(Please do not send FOIA requests to this office.)