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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The 56th Comm Squadron/SCOKR is responsible for processing requests for 56th Fighter Wing records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Effective 30 March 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. Requests received by facsimile or electronically must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically. 

 

tabWhat 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 on Defense Link and the 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.
tabWho 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 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.
tabWhat are the fees for processing a FOIA request? 
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.
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"Please be advised that the Air Force will not deliver unofficial mass mailings addressed to individuals or duty addresses. A mass mailing is defined as 50 or more pieces of mail received on the same day from the same mailer."

tabHow to Make a FOIA Request 
Send requests for 56th Fighter Wing records to:

56 CS/SCSR (FOIA)
7023 N Jerstad Lane
Luke AFB, AZ 85309-1661

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, facsimile or electronically at 56CS.FOIA@luke.af.mil. Faxed or e-mailed requests must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.


 

tabAdditional Questions or Concerns 
FOIA requesters who have any questions concerning the processing of their requests with the Luke Air Force Base FOIA office should contact the center at 623-856-6571 or 6572, or by e-mail at 56CS.foia@luke.af.mil. If dissatisfied with the response received from the center, you may
contact the FOIA Public Liaison at (703) 696-6487 or email af.foiapa@pentagon.af.mil.



tabRelease 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)(2)(high). We also rely on FOIA exemption (b)(6) when denying lists of personal e-mail addresses. High (b)(2) protects 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.

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56 CS/SCSR (FOIA)
7023 N Jerstad Lane
Luke AFB, AZ 85309-1661

Phone: (623) 856-6571
Fax: (623) 856-3738 

Click here to e-mail the FOIA office.

Click here for a sample FOIA request letter.

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