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Freedom of Information Act Overview
Freedom of Information Act Overview

Welcome to the United States Air Force Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Office home page. This office manages the policy and procedural guidance for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act (PA) and Quality of Information (QIP) programs in accordance with applicable laws.

Purpose of the FOIA

The public has a right to information concerning the activities of its Government. Department of Defense policy is to conduct its activities in an open manner and provide the public with a maximum amount of accurate and timely information concerning its activities, consistent always with the legitimate public and private interests of the American people. A record requested by a member of the public who follows rules established by proper authority in the DoD shall not be withheld in whole or in part unless the record is exempt from mandatory partial or total disclosure under the FOIA. As a matter of policy, DoD Components shall make discretionary disclosures of exempt records or information whenever disclosure would not foreseeably harm an interest protected by a FOIA exemption, but this policy does not create any right enforceable in court. In order that the public may have timely information concerning DoD activities, records requested through public information channels by news media representatives that would not be withheld if requested under the FOIA should be released upon request. Prompt responses to requests for information from news media representatives should be encouraged to eliminate the need for these requesters to invoke the provisions of the FOIA and thereby assist in providing timely information to the public. Similarly, requests from other members of the public for information that would not be withheld under the FOIA should continue to be honored through appropriate means without requiring the requester to invoke the FOIA.

AF FOIA Public Liaison Staff

An Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Officer (PLO) serves as a supervisory official to whom you may raise concerns about the service you have received from the FOIA Requester Service Center (RSC), following an initial response from the RSC staff. The FOIA PLO shall seek to ensure a service-oriented response to FOIA requests and FOIA-related inquiries. For example, the FOIA PLO shall assist, as appropriate, in reducing delays, increasing transparency and understanding of the status of requests, and resolving disputes. Please contact the PLO if you have concerns about information you have received about your FOIA request after contacting the appropriate RSC.

Department of the Air Force
Freedom of Information Act
Public Liaison Office

1800 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1800 
Phone: (703) 614-8500 





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.)