Freedom of Information Act

The 20th Communications Squadron processes requests for 20th Fighter Wing records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically at https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx. Requests received by facsimile or electronically must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.

What is the FOIA?

Public Law 5 U.S.C. 552 enacted the Freedom of Information Act. It established statutory rights of access to government information. It generally states that any person has a right, enforceable in court, of access to federal agency records -- except to the extent that such records, or portions thereof, are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or one of three special law-enforcement record exclusions. See DoD Regulation 5400.7, Air Force Supplement, DoD Freedom of Information Act Program, the prescribing directive, for more information.

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 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.

Government employees submitting requests should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, postage, telephones or official mail channels to make FOIA requests.

How to Make a FOIA Request

Send requests for 20th Fighter Wing records to 20 CS/SCOKR, 504 Shaw Dr., Shaw AFB, SC 29152-5028
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 https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx.  Faxed or e-mailed requests must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.

Fees

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.