| What is the FOIA?
The FOIA 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 FOIA, and may therefore reflect deletion of some information in accordance with the FOIA's nine statutory exemptions or two law enforcement record exclusions. Currently the law allows 20 working days to process a FOIA request upon receipt of the request in the FOIA office.
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 FOIA 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.
How to make a FOIA request?
If you want to submit a FOIA inquiry, send a written request to the FOIA office where the record is located, describe the records you want as specifically as possible and let us know how much you're willing to pay.
FOIA Costs. The FOIA allows fee charges based on the requester's category. There are three categories:
The FOIA also allows waivers or reductions in fees if disclosing the information is in the public interest.
- Commercial (pay search, review, and reproduction fees),
- Educational, non-commercial scientific institution, and news media (pay search and reproduction fees; first 100 pages provided at no cost);
- Others (pay search and reproduction fees; first two hours search and 100 pages provided at no cost).
Where to make a FOIA Request?
FOIA requests must be in writing, cite the Freedom of Information Act and contain a statement of willingness to pay fees. Send all MN Army National Guard requests to:
Department of Military Affairs
20 W 12th Street
St. Paul, MN 55155-2004
Phone Number (651) 268-8905
Fax Number (651) 282-4608
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
All MN Air National Guard requests should be sent to:
Office of Information and Privacy (NGB/JA-OIP)
Attn: ANG FOIA Requests
111 South George Mason Drive, AH2
Arlington VA 22204-1373
Phone: (571) 256-7838 or (703) 607-5901
The ANG/FOIA Office can be contacted at (701) 607-3195 between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST.
Requestors dissatisfied with the service received by this FOIA Requestor Service Center can contact the ARNG FOIA Officer, Ms. Jennifer Nikolaisen, at 571-256-7838 or by e-mail FOIA@ng.army.mil