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.
The Ramstein FOIA Office services the following activities: 435 AGOW and 86 AW.
FOIA requesters who have any questions concerning the processing of their requests with the Ramstein FOIA Office should contact the Ramstein FOIA Requester Service Center at DSN 480-0981 / Commercial 06371-47-0981 (from the States: 011-49-6371-47-0981) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
To submit (or track) a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, you may submit your request to https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx.
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 http://www.foia.af.mil/offices/)
•Provide your fee category (See Processing Fees tab on this page)
•Hourly search and review: Clerical: $20.00, Professional: $44.00
•Duplication fees are 15¢ 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.)