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Freedom of Information Act Freedom of Information Act

The FOIA allows the general public to request records 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 special law enforement record exclusions. A consolidated list of such records is on Defense Link.
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 be consulted for access to state and local records.Any person, (U.S. or foreign) organization or business that either explicitly or implicitly invokes the FOIA may request records in writing.

Air Force-affiliated requesters, to include military and civilian employees, should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, postage, telephones or official mail channels to make FOIA requests.

Federal agencies and fugitives from the law cannot request documents under the FOIA.

The 60th Communications Squadron/SCOKR is responsible for processing request at Travis Air Force Base for records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

The FOIA Handbook is available at
tabSubmit a Request 
To submit (or track) a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, you may submit your request to

Please ensure the following are included to make it a valid FOIA request:

  • Identify the record(s) sought
  • Provide a thorough description of the desired records to enable the government to locate the record with a reasonable amount of effort
  • Description of records sought should include specific details such as dates and locations; this information will assist in expeditiously locating the records sought
  • Indicate a willingness to pay fees associated with the processing of the request, or justify a waiver of fees
  • Provide a postal mailing address, even if the request is faxed or electronically sent, and submit the FOIA request to the Air Force Base office responsible for the records sought (to locate the proper office, visit
  • Provide your fee category (See Processing Fees tab on this page)
  • FOIA requesters who have any questions concerning the processing of their request with the Travis AFB FOIA Manager should contact this center at (707) 424-2228.  If dissatisfied with the response received from the Requester Service Center, you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Office at, (703) 614-8500.  (Please do not send FOIA request to this office) 
tabQuestions concerning your FOIA request? 
  • Requestors have the right to appeal all denial decisions
  • Appeals must be submitted within 60 days of the Initial Denial Letter
  • Appeals must be sent to the Secretary of the Air Force through the office that initially denied the information
  • tabWhere to send a FOIA request 
    • Normally a statutory 20-working-day time limit applies, upon receipt of a valid or corrected FOIA request.
    • DoD components with a significant number of pending requests that prevent a response determination from being made within 20 working days, may institute a multi-track processing system, based on the date of receipt and the amount of work and time involved in processing the request (i.e. a first-in, first-out concept).
    tabRelease of email addresses 
    • Hourly search and review: Clerical: $20.00, Professional: $44.00
    • Duplication fees are 15ยข per page (no charge if total processing cost is $15.00 or less)

    • Commercial requesters who seek information for a use or purpose that furthers their commercial, trade or profit interest are considered commercial requesters. (Pay search, review and duplication.)
    • Educational or non-commercial scientific institutions or news media, institutions of education, including preschools, elementary or secondary schools, and institutions of higher learning. The records must be sought in furtherance of scholarly research. (Pay duplication charges only, unless it is determined that fees are waived or reduced in the public interest. First 100 pages are free.)
    • Non-commercial scientific institutions operated solely for conducting scientific research. The records must be sought in furtherance of scientific research. (Pay duplication charges only, unless it is determined that fees are waived or reduced in the public interest. First 100 pages are free).
    • News media or a representative of the news media -- a person actively gathering news for an entity organized and operated to publish or broadcast news to the public. (Pay duplication charges only, unless it is determined that fees are waived or reduced in the public interest. First 100 pages are free.)
    • Other requesters who do not qualify in another category, normally making requests for agency records for their personal use. (First two hours of search, review and first 100 pages are free. Requesters in this category may also be eligible for a waiver or reduction of fees if disclosure of information is in the public interest.)
    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.
    tabHow to Make a Privacy Request 
    The Privacy Act of 1974, as amended at 5 U.S.C. 552a, protects records that are retrieved by personal identifiers such as a name, social security number or other identifying number or symbol. An individual is entitled to access to his or her records and to request correction of these records if applicable.

    The Privacy Act prohibits disclosure of these records without written individual consent unless one of the twelve disclosure exceptions enumerated in the Act applies. These records are held in Privacy Act systems of records. A notice of any such system is published on this Privacy System Notices page (

    As with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act binds only Federal agencies, and covers only records in the possession and control of Federal agencies.

    You must be a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the U.S. to make a request for Privacy Act records.

    If you are seeking records on yourself, you will need to provide proof of identity and you may directly submit your request to the functional area where the records are held in system of records.  Otherwise, submit your request to the 60th Communication Squadron/SCOKR via fax (707) 424-4877 or mail to:  60 CS/SCOKR, Attn: Privacy Act Office, 581 Waldron St, Travis AFB CA 94535.

    For information on how and what's required to submit a Privacy request, visit

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    tabTravis FOIA Office
    60 CS/SCOKR
    581 Waldron Street
    Travis AFB, CA 94535
    Phone: (707) 424-2228
    DSN: 837-2228
    Fax: (707) 424-4877
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