Freedom of Information Act Requests
What is the FOIA?
The FOIA 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 FOIA, 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 on the DoD and Air Force FOIA sites. 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 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 FOIA 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.
How to Make a FOIA Request
To learn more about the FOIA and about how to request information through the FOIA, view the DoD FOIA Handbook.
FOIA requests, comments or questions can be directed to:
Office of Information and Privacy (NGB/JA-OIP)
Attn: ANG FOIA Requests
111 South George Mason Drive, AH2
Arlington, VA 22204-1373
Phone: (571) 256-7838 <tel:%28571%29%20256-7838> or (703) 607-5901 <tel:%28703%29%20607-5901>
SHAWNA GASKINS, MSGT, HIANG
Knowledge Operations Functional Manager
154th Communications Flight
COMM 808-448-7364 ext 4447287
Service records on former civilian and military members are NOT maintained by the Air National Guard. They are maintained by the National Archives and Records Administrations’ National Personnel Records Center. Records request instructions and contact information is listed on their Web site.