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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The 60th Communications Squadron/SCXER is responsible for processing requests, and services the 60th Air Mobility Wing, 15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force and the 615th Contingency Response Wing at Travis Air Force Base for Travis Air Force Base records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically at 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 exemptions, or 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."

Currently the law allows 20 working days to process a FOIA request upon receipt of the request in the FOIA office.

Click here for the full text of the Freedom of Information Act. (PDF, 110 KB)
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.
tabWhere to send a FOIA request 
For submitting Freedom of Information requests online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC) click on the following AF eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL):
tabRelease of email 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.
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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tabTravis FOIA Office
FOIA Office
561 Waldron Street
Travis AFB, CA 94535
Phone: (707) 424-5668
Fax: (707) 424-4877
tabQuestions concerning your FOIA request?
FOIA requesters who have questions concerning the processing of their request should contact the Travis AFB FOIA Office at (707) 424-5668. 

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

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