FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA)
Freedom of Information Act are Records Access
Laws pertaining to agency records. The FOIA is a federal statute which
governs federal records, i.e. those maintained on behalf of a federal agency
or Illinois Department of Military Affairs (DMA).
Authority to release records or deny access to records does not exist at
unit/office level. Record Access Officers are trained to assess fees and
protect non-Public data/information.
ELEMENTS OF A FOIA REQUEST LETTER:
- Provide your full name and
- Provide a reasonable
description of the record(s) requested
- Provide a statement of your fee
category (see below) and your willingness to pay applicable fees
- Send your request to the
applicable FOIA Office (see below)
- Educational, Noncommercial,
Scientific, and Media:
Any accredited U.S. educational or research institution or instructor of an
institution, or representative of the news media using the information in a
scholarly or analytical work contributing to public knowledge and disseminated
to the public.
Increases the commercial interest of the requestor.
- All Others:
All other requestors
The FOIA provides for the
collection of fees for:
Time spent in looking for and retrieving material, either paper or
electronic files, that are responsive to the request to include personnel
hours (clerical and professional) and computer time.
Time spent to determine if the record is releasable under legal guidelines,
excluding resolution of legal or policy issues. This does include time
spent excising text that is exempt under FOIA.
Generating a copy of a requested record in the appropriate medium, for
example paper or computer file.
National Guard (ARNG) FOIA Requests:
must contain your
signature. Please make sure to note somewhere on the request letter
Freedom of Information Act Request.
If you are mailing
your request, please address the request to:
Illinois Army National Guard
ATTN: FOIA Request
1301 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62702
Requests for IG records must be made to the ARNG Inspector
General FOIA Office at:
2511 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202-3912
Phone: (571) 256-7838
Fax: (703) 607-3684
you are faxing your request, please note on the fax cover sheet
Freedom of Information Act Request
and fax to:
If you are emailing your request, please note in the email subject
field Freedom of Information Act Request,
attach signed request letter then forward to:
FOIA requesters who have any questions concerning the processing of their
requests with the Illinois Army National Guard should contact this center at
(217) 761-3529. If you are not satisfied with the response from this FOIA
Requester Service Center, you may contact the ARNG FOIA Officer, Ms.
Jennifer Nikolaisen, at (703) 607-3195 or by e-mail at
National Guard (ANG) FOIA Requests:
The Air Force has a Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) website for submitting requests online to our Requester Service
Centers (RSC). Visit the following Air Force eFOIA Public Access Link
Once at the access site, it is recommended to review all
the links listed on the left side as they have been designed to provide
information and guidance. In your request, please indicate the State/Wing
that you are seeking records from. If you prefer not to use the automated
system, you may also make your request at:
Air National Guard FOIA
111 South George Mason Drive, AH2
Arlington, VA 22204-1373
FAX: (703) 607-3684
PHONE: (571) 256-3738 or (703) 607-5901
Appeal after denial:
Persons denied access to records have the right to appeal. If the request is
initially denied in whole or in part under one or more of the exemptions or
denied for some other reason, the requester has the right to appeal within
sixty (60) days through the agency that denied the records. That agency will
then forward the appeal package to the Army Office of General Counsel.
This Army Office of General Counsel has been designated by the Secretary of
the Army as the only office to consider appeals and processes appeals in
order by date of receipt and according to their complexity. The General
Counsel has delegated his appeal authority to the Principal Deputy General
Counsel. If the Department of the Army, through the Office of the General
Counsel, denies the appeal in whole or in part, the requestor may then seek
judicial review by filing an action in the U.S. District Court.
National Guard Bureau Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) / Privacy Act (PA)
Department of Defense - DOD
Freedom of Information Act Handbook (including sample Request Letter) visit