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What is FOIA?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides public access to all federal agency records except for those records (or portions of those records) that are protected from disclosure by any of nine exemptions or three exclusions (reasons for which an agency may withhold records from a requester). 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 request?
Any person can file a FOIA request, including U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, organizations, universities, businesses, and state and local governments. Federal employees may not use government time or equipment when requesting information under the FOIA.
What are the fees?
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.
How to submit a request?
If the information you want is not publicly available, you can submit a FOIA request to the Moody FOIA Office. The request simply must be in writing and reasonably describe the records you seek. Most federal agencies now accept FOIA requests electronically, including by web form, e-mail or fax. Click on the following AF eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL): https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx.
Please ensure the following are included to make it a valid FOIA request:
What is the Privacy Act?
The Privacy Act of 1974 protects records about individuals retrieved by personal identifiers such as a name, social security number, or other identifying number or symbol.
What is the FOIA Reading Room?
The Electronic FOIA (EFOIA) Reading Room contains materials as such certain agency manuals, specific agency policy statements, and opinions developed in the adjudication of cases.
For more information for FOIA go to: https://www.foia.gov/
For more information for Privacy Act go to: https://www.privacy.af.mil/Home/Welcome/
To access the FOIA Reading Room, click here
To contact the Moody FOIA Office:
6124 Dexter St, Moody AFB, GA 31699
Phone: (229) 257-3500