Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
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 law enforcement record exclusions. A consolidated list of such records is on Defense Link.
Frequently Asked Questions
What 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.
How the Freedom of Information Act works?
Who can submit a Freedom of Information Act 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.
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.
How do I make a request?
Submit requests for Joint Base San Antonio records in writing to the JBSA FOIA Request Service Center. Requestors need to cite the FOIA and describe the records as specifically as possible and/or give other details or information of the records needed. This will help the RSC decide where to search and determine what records pertain to the request.
Requestors must also include a willingness to pay and provide contact information, such as mailing address and telephone number.
Mail or hand-carry your request to:
502 ABW/JB6KR (FOIA Office)
Building 247, Room 134, 2080 Wilson Way
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7680
To file electronically visit https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx
Will it cost anything?
Yes; the FOIA allows fee charges based on the requestor’s category. There are three categories. The first is commercial and costs include search, review, and reproduction fees.The next is educational, non-commercial and costs include reproduction fees (first 100 pages provided at no cost).
The last is "others" and costs include search and reproduction fees (first 2 hours of search and 100 pages provided at no cost).
The FOIA also allows waivers or reduction in fees if disclosing the information is of public interest. However, solid justification for reduced fees or complete fee waiver must be provided.
When can a response be expected?
Normally, a response to a FOIA request is sent within 20 business days from the date the FOIA office receives it. If special situations exist, the FOIA office will contact the requestor with an estimated completion date and explain the reason for the delay. The FOIA request service center works requests on a first-in, first-out basis.