Reading Room

Some records are released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A consolidated list of such records can be found at http://www.foia.af.mil/reading.

Frequent Info Requests

Buried Minute Man Missile control cables, (HIC)
For FOIA request concerning the maps of buried HIC's cables at Grand Forks AFB, contact:

21 Space WING (FOIA Request)
Peterson AFB CO 80914
E-mail: 21SW.FOIA.PA@peterson.af.mil
(719) 554-1188, DSN 692-1188

These maps are property of the 21 Space Wing, Peterson AFB CO,
as they were sent to Peterson AFB after deactivation (mid 1990's) of the missile weapons system here at Grand Forks AFB ND.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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.

Current as of April 2011

Send a FOIA Request

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.

Request via the Air Force eFOIA public access link at https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx.

Or submit your request via US mail, fax, or hand carry to the following address:

319 CS/SCXK(FOIA)
371 Steen Blvd.
Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
58205
Phone: 701-747-4701
FAX: 701-747-4835

FOIA Questions?

FOIA requesters who have questions concerning the processing of their request with the Grand Forks AFB FOIA Office should call (701) 747-6693. If dissatisfied with the response from the center, you may contact the FOIA Public Liaison, HQ AMC FOIA Office at 618-229-6961or e-mail amca6.a6obr@scott.af.mil, or the FOIA Public Liaison, HQ AF FOIA Office at 703-588-6102 or e-mail af.foia@pentagon.af.mil.

For submitting Freedom of Information requests online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC) click on the following AF eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL): https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx.

If dissatisfied with the response received from the Requester Service Center, you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Office at af.foia@pentagon.af.mil or 202-404-1393.

The electronic reading room is located on the Air Force Freedom of Information Act web page at http://www.foia.af.mil/index.asp, under the title, "Reading Room."

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Adriane Paris, af.foia@pentagon.af.mil or 202-404-1393.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions, or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.

The principles of government openness and accountability underlying the FOIA are inherent in the democratic ideal: "The basic purpose of the FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed."

Click here for the full text of the Freedom of Information Act. (PDF, 110 KB)

Who can submit a FOIA?
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.

Fees for processing FOIA requests
The FOIA allows fee charges based on the requester's category. There are three categories: commercial (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 others (pay search and reproduction fees; first two hours search and 100 pages provided at no cost).

Fee waivers
If you are advised or expect that a fee will be charged, you may request in writing a waiver of those fees if the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester. The mere fact that you are a non-profit organization or a member of the media does not in and of itself qualify for a fee waiver. In addition, a requester's inability to pay is not a legal basis for granting a fee waiver.