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Freedom of Information
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The 75th Communications and Information Directorate is responsible for processing requests for Hill AFB records under the FOIA provisions. Written requests may be received by postal service or electronically. Requests received electronically must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.
What is the FOIA?
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 located on the
Executive Services Directorate
website and on
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.
Submitting 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.
FOIA Request Fees
The FOIA allows fee charges based on the requester's category. There are three categories:
(pay search, review, and reproduction fees);
educational, non-commercial scientific institution and news media
(pay reproduction fees; first 100 pages provided at no cost); and
(pay search and reproduction fees; first two hours search and 100 pages provided at no cost).
Making a FOIA Request
Send requests for all Hill AFB records to 75 ABW/SCOK (Attn: FOIA Manager), 6068 Aspen Ave., Bldg. 1294, Rm. 7, Hill AFB, UT 84056-5817. 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 or electronically. E-mailed requests must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.
FOIA requesters who have questions concerning the processing of requests with the AFMC Requester Service Center should call HQ AFMC FOIA Office at
or contact the AF FOIA Public Liaison office at
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)(6). We rely on FOIA exemption (b)(6) when denying lists of personal e-mail addresses. High (b)(2) is no longer to be used to protect 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.
If you are only seeking a copy of a record or records that are currently classified, and would like the record reviewed for appropriate declassification and release, you should file a Mandatory Declassification Review request. Mandatory Declassification Review is a provision of Presidential Executive Order 13526 that allows members of the public to
request a mandatory declassification review of a classified document in order to obtain a releasable version of the document. The desired document requested must be specified in sufficient detail that it can be readily located. The record in question may not be the subject of litigation.
The mandatory declassification review process can be a very timely and in-depth, due to the classification of materials being reviewed by internal and outside agencies. MDR decisions can be administratively appealed to the Headquarters Air Force/AAII (Mandatory Declassification Review) or Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP).
Requests for review and release of classified records under the MDR process can be made to:
Headquarters Air Force/AAII (Mandatory Declassification Review)
1000 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1000
6068 Aspen Ave.
Bldg. 1294, Rm. 7
Hill AFB, UT 84056-5817
801-777-3296; DSN 777-3296
AF Electronic Library
AF FOIA Website
Public Access Link (PAL)