32 CFR 701.54 - Collection of fees and fee rates for technical data.

§ 701.54 Collection of fees and fee rates for technical data.
(a) Technical data, other than technical data that discloses critical technology with military or space application, if required to be released under the FOIA, shall be released after the person requesting such technical data pays all reasonable costs attributed to search, duplication and review of the records to be released. Technical data, as used in this section, means recorded information, regardless of the form or method of the recording of a scientific or technical nature (including computer software documentation). This term does not include computer software, or data incidental to contract administration, such as financial and/or management information.
(b) DON activities shall retain the amounts received by such a release, and it shall be merged with and available for the same purpose and the same time period as the appropriation from which the costs were incurred in complying with request. All reasonable costs as used in this sense are the full costs to the Federal Government of rendering the service, or fair market value of the service, whichever is higher. Fair market value shall be determined in accordance with commercial rates in the local geographical area. In the absence of a known market value, charges shall be based on recovery of full costs to the Federal Government. The full costs shall include all direct and indirect costs to conduct the search and to duplicate the records responsive to the request. This cost is to be differentiated from the direct costs allowable under information released under FOIA.
(c) Waiver. DON activities shall waive the payment of costs required in paragraph (a) of this section which are greater than the costs that would be required for release of this same information under the FOIA if:
(1) The request is made by a citizen of the United States or a United States corporation and such citizen or corporation certifies that the technical data requested is required to enable it to submit an offer or determine whether it is capable of submitting an offer to provide the product to which the technical data relates to the United States or a contractor with the United States. However, DON activities may require the citizen or corporation to pay a deposit in an amount equal to not more than the cost of complying with the request, which will be refunded upon submission of an offer by the citizen or corporation;
(2) The release of technical data is requested in order to comply with the terms of an international agreement; or,
(3) The DON activity determines in accordance with § 701.48 that such a waiver is in the interest of the United States.
(d) Fee rates—
(1) Manual search.
Type Grade Hourly rate
** Rate to be established at actual hourly rate prior to search. A minimum charge will be established at 1/2 Minimum Charge)
Clerical E9/GS8 and below $13.25
Clerical (Minimum Charge) 8.30
Professional 01 to 06/GS9 to GS15 (**)
Executive 07/GS16/ES-1 and above (**)
(2) Computer search is based on the total cost of the central processing unit, input-output devices, and memory capacity of the actual computer configuration. The wage (based upon the scale for manual search) for the computer operator and/or programmer determining how to conduct, and subsequently executing the search will be recorded as part of the computer search.
(3) Duplication.
Type Cost
Aerial photograph, maps, specifications, permits, charts, blueprints, and other technical engineering documents $2.50
Engineering data (microfilm):
Aperture cards:
Silver duplicate negative, per card .75
When key punched and verified, per card .85
Diazo duplicate negative, per card .65
When key punched and verified, per card .75
35mm roll film, per frame .50
16mm roll film, per frame .45
Paper prints (engineering drawings), each 1.50
Paper reprints of microfilm indices, each .10
(4) Review time.
Type Grade Hourly rate
** Rate to be established at actual hourly rate prior to search. (A minimum charge will be established at 1/2 Minimum Charge)
Clerical E9/GS8 and below $13.25
Clerical Minimum Charge E9/GS8 and below 8.30
Professional 01 to 06/GS9 to GS15 (**)
Executive 07/GS16/ES1 or higher (**)
(5) Other technical data records. Charges for any additional services not specifically provided in paragraph (d) of this section, consistent with Volume 11A of DoD 7000.14-R (NOTAL) shall be made by DON activities at the following rates:
Minimum charge for office copy up to six images)—$3.50
Each additional image—$ .10
Each typewritten page—$3.50
Certification and validation with seal, each—$5.20
Hand-drawn plots and sketches, each hour or fraction Thereof—$12.00

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