Do you have a format for a FOIA request?
Sample FOIA Request Letter
COMPANY NAME (If Applicable)
CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE +4
FAX NUMBER: (If Applicable)
627 CS/SCOKR (FOIA)
851 LINCOLN Blvd, Suite 228
McChord Field, WA 98438
(Date Of Request)
Dear FOIA Officer: Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), I request (Identify the required documents or information as specifically as possible to include all possible locations, if known).
I am willing to pay all required fees incurred in providing this information. I am willing to pay required fees for this information up to a maximum of $(Amount). If fees exceed this amount, please obtain payment approval prior to incurring the debt or providing the information.
I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (DATE).
(PRINTED NAME AND SIGNATURE)
AUTHORITY: 10 U.S.C. 8013 and 5 U.S.C. 552 PURPOSE: To obtain necessary information so that a response can be provided to your FOIA request. ROUTINE USE: Your request may be referred to another Federal Agency if the record(s) you seek originated with that agency. DISCLOSURE: Voluntary; However, no reply can be given if the requested information is not furnished.
Do you have links to other FOIA sites?
Following are links to related public FOIA information. These links are provided for informational purposes only and cannot be used to initiate or direct FOIA requests to McChord Field or the 62nd Airlift Wing.
Air Force Public FOIA Web site
Air Force Worldwide FOIA Offices
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Department of Defense FOIA Web site
Department of Justice FOIA Web site
Does McChord have an Electronic Reading Room?
Some records are released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and may therefore reflect deletion of some information in accordance with the FOIA's nine statutory exemptions. A consolidated list of such records is on the U.S. Air Force Freedom of Information Act Web site.
What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?
Public Law 5 U.S.C. 552 enacted the Freedom of Information Act. It established statutory rights of access to government information. It generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, of access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions thereof) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or one of three special law enforcement record exclusions. See DoD 5400.7-AFMAN 33-302, dated 21 Oct 2010, DoD Freedom on Information Act Program, the prescribing directive for more information.+It is important to remember that the Freedom of Information Act applies only to records held by 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 be consulted for access to state and local records.
Where do I submit a FOIA request?
FOIA requests for the 62nd Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, must be submitted in writing and include a title or reasonable description of the desired records and a statement on willingness to pay fees for search, review, and reproduction. Or submit your request via mail, fax, or hand carry to the following address:
627 CS/SCOKR (FOIA)
851 LINCOLN BLVD
McChord Field, WA 98438-1314
PHONE: (253) 982-1069, 0133, 1242
FAX: (253) 982-3124
Mass Mailing Advisory
"Air Force bases use a unit and functional address symbol (FAS) system to sort and deliver mail. The FAS is the Alpha Code (i.e., LGS, LGT, DP) provided with personnel listings. You must include the address and FAS in the address of mail sent to Air Force bases. Air Force directives prohibit the delivery of unofficial mass mailings (50 pieces or more from the same mailer on the same day). Repeated mailings of less than that to circumvent policy are also prohibited."
Who can submit a Freedom of Information Act 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. Government employees submitting requests should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, postage, telephones, or official mail channels to make FOIA requests.
FOIA requesters who have questions concerning the processing of their request with the McChord Field FOIA Office should call (253) 982-5169. If dissatisfied with the response from the center, you may contact the FOIA Public Liaison, HQ AMC FOIA Office at (618) 229-5710 or e-mail email@example.com or the FOIA Public Liaison, HQ AF FOIA Office at (703) 614-8500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Effective March 30, 2009 * : The Air Force has established a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website for submitting request online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC). Click on the following AF eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL): https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx. Once there, we recommend you review all the links listed on the left side as they have been designed to provide information and guidance. No single office handles all FOIA requests. If you prefer not to submit on line you can mail/fax your request to the particular base or activity that has the records you want. (For the link to particular base or activity use the link: http://www.foia.af.mil/offices/)
If you don't know which Air Force activity has the records you want, mail/fax your request to: HAF/IMII, 1000 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-1000; fax (703) 693-2746.