January 18, 2007

CREW Submits Comments on New CIA Regulations Regarding FOIA Requests

Federal Agencies, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), FOIA, Legal, FOIA Requests

Washington, DC - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) submitted comments to the CIA on the agency's proposed changes to its FOIA fee regulations.  Many of the CIA's proposals seem designed to discourage FOIA requests, particularly from the public interest community.  For example, the CIA would now require all requesters to agree in writing when filing their requests that they will pay all applicable fees, even if they are entitled to a full waiver of those fees.  The FOIA specifically provides that groups like CREW that are seeking information in the public interest should not have to pay any fees that the agency charges. It is through these fee waiver provisions in the statute that CREW is able to gather and disseminate information to the public.  The CIA is also proposing flat rates for duplication costs that would require a requester who seeks 1000 pages a flat rate of $450, but that rate would jump to $1,000 for any request of 1001 or more pages.  The CIA is accepting comments until February 7, 2007.