32 CFR § 1704.8 - Fees.

§ 1704.8 Fees.

(a) In general. Any search, review, and reproduction fees will be charged in accordance with the provisions below relating to schedule, limitations, and category of requester. Applicable fees will be due even if a subsequent search locates no responsive records.

(b) Agency discretion to waive fees. Records will be furnished without charge or at a reduced rate when ODNI determines that:

(1) As a matter of administrative discretion, the interest of the United States Government would be served, or

(2) It is in the public interest to provide responsive records because the disclosure is likely to contribute significantly to the public understanding of the operations or activities of the United States Government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.

(c) Agreement to pay fees. If you request an MDR, it shall be considered a firm commitment by you to pay all applicable fees chargeable under this regulation, up to and including the amount of $25.00. When making a request, you may specify a willingness to pay a greater or lesser amount.

(d) Advance payment. The ODNI may require an advance payment of up to 100 percent of the estimated fees when projected fees exceed $250.00, not including charges associated with the first 100 pages of production and two hours of search (when applicable), or when the requester previously failed to pay fees in a timely fashion, for fees of any amount. ODNI will hold in abeyance for 45 days those requests where advance payment has been requested.

(e) Schedule of fees -

(1) In general. The schedule of fees for services performed in responding to requests for records is as follows:

Personnel Search and Review
Clerical/Technical Quarter Hour $ 5.00
Professional/Supervisory Quarter Hour 10.00
Manager/Senior Professional Quarter Hour 18.00
Computer Search and Production
Search (online) Flat Rate 10.00
Search (offline) Flat Rate 30.00
Other activity Per minute 10.00
Tapes (mainframe cassette) Each 9.00
Tapes (mainframe cartridge) Each 9.00
Tapes (mainframe reel) Each 20.00
Tapes (PC 9mm) Each 25.00
Diskette (3.5”) Each 4.00
CD (bulk recorded) Each 10.00
CD (recordable) Each 20.00
Telecommunications Per minute .50
Paper (mainframe printer) Per page .10
Paper (PC b&w laser printer) Per page .10
Paper (PC color printer) Per page 1.00
Paper Production
Photocopy (standard or legal) Per page .10
Preprinted (if available) Per 100 pages 5.00
Published (if available) Per item NTIS

(2) Application of schedule. Personnel search time includes time expended in manual paper records searches, indices searches, review of computer search results for relevance, and personal computer system searches. In any event in which the actual cost to ODNI of a particular item is less than the above schedule (e.g., a large production run of a document resulting in a cost less than $5.00 per hundred pages), then the actual lesser cost will be charged.

(3) Other services. For all other types of output, production, or reproduction (e.g., photographs, maps, or published reports), ODNI will charge actual cost or amounts authorized by statute. Determinations of actual cost shall include the commercial cost of the media, the personnel time expended in making the item to be released, and an allocated cost of the equipment used in making the item, or, if the production is effected by a commercial service, then that charge shall be deemed the actual cost for purposes of this regulation.

(f) Limitations on collection of fees -

(1) In general. No fees will be charged if the cost of collecting the fee is equal to or greater than the fee itself. That cost includes the administrative costs to ODNI of billing, receiving, recording, and processing the fee for deposit to the Treasury Department and, as of the date of these regulations, is deemed to be $10.00.

(g) Associated requests. If it appears that a requester or a group of requesters acting in concert have requested portions of an apparently unitary request for the purpose of avoiding the assessment of fees, ODNI may aggregate any such requests and charge accordingly. Requests from multiple requesters will not be aggregated without clear evidence. ODNI will not aggregate multiple unrelated requests.

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