12 CFR § 404.2 - Definitions.

§ 404.2 Definitions.

For purposes of this subpart, the following definitions shall apply:

All other requesters - Requesters other than commercial use requesters, educational and non-commercial scientific requesters, or representatives of the news media.

Appeal - A written request to the Ex-Im Bank Assistant General Counsel for Administration for reversal of an adverse initial determination.

Business information - Potentially confidential commercial or financial information that is provided to Ex-Im Bank.

Business submitter - Any person who provides business information to Ex-Im Bank.

Commercial use request - A request for a use or purpose that furthers the commercial, trade or profit interest of the requester.

Direct costs - Expenditures incurred in the search, review, and duplication of records in response to a FOIA request.

Educational institution - A preschool, a public or private elementary or secondary school, an institution of undergraduate or graduate higher education, or an institution of professional or vocational education.

Final determination - The written decision by the Assistant General Counsel for Administration on an appeal.

Initial determination - The initial written determination by Ex-Im Bank regarding disclosure of requested records.

Non-commercial scientific institution - An institution that is operated for the purpose of conducting scientific research the results of which are not intended to promote any particular product or industry and that is not operated solely for purposes of furthering a business, trade or profit interest.

Person - An individual, partnership, corporation, association or organization other than a federal government agency.

Record - All papers, memoranda or other documentary material, or copies thereof, regardless of physical form or characteristics, created or received by Ex-Im Bank and preserved as evidence of the activities of Ex-Im Bank. “Record” does not include publications which are available to the public through the Federal Register, sale or free distribution.

Redaction - The process of removing non-disclosable material from a record so that the remainder may be released.

Representative of the news media - A person actively gathering information on behalf of an entity organized and operated to publish or broadcast news to the public. Freelance journalists shall qualify as representatives of the news media when they can demonstrate that a request is reasonably likely to lead to publication.

Request - Any record request made to Ex-Im Bank under the FOIA.

Requester - Any person making a request.

Review - The process of examining a record to determine whether any portion is required to be withheld. It includes redaction, duplication, and any other preparation for release. Review does not include time spent resolving general legal and policy issues regarding the application of exemptions.

Search - The process of identifying and collecting records pursuant to a request.

Trade secrets - All forms and types of financial, business, scientific, technical, economic or engineering information, including, but not limited to, patterns, plans, compilations, program devices, formulas, designs, prototypes, methods, techniques, processes, procedures, programs or codes.

Unusual circumstances - The need to search for and collect requested records from facilities that are separate from Ex-Im Bank headquarters; the need to search for, collect, and appropriately examine a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records which are demanded in a single request; or the need for consultation with another agency a person that has a substantial interest in the determination of the request.

Working days - All calendar days excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Government holidays.

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