§ 2.26Does the bureau provide multitrack processing of FOIA requests?
(a) All bureaus will use three processing tracks to distinguish between simple, normal, and complex requests based on the amount of time needed to process the request. FOIA requests will be placed in one of the following tracks:
(1) Simple: 1-5 workdays;
(2) Normal: 20 workdays; or
(3) Complex: Over 20 workdays.
(b) Bureaus will exercise due diligence in processing requests in accordance with the requirements of the FOIA. Requesters should assume, unless notified by the bureau, that their request is in the “Normal” track.
(c) A bureau should, if possible, give requesters in its “Complex” track the opportunity to limit the scope of their request in order to qualify for faster processing. A bureau doing so will contact the requester by telephone (which should be promptly followed up by a written communication) or in writing, whichever is more efficient in each case.
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§ 2.26 How will the bureau interact with the submitter of possibly confidential information?
(a) The Department encourages, but does not require, submitters to designate confidential information in good faith at the time of submission. Such designations assist the bureau in determining whether information obtained from the submitter is confidential information, but will not always be determinative.
(b) If, in the course of responding to a FOIA request, a bureau cannot readily determine whether information is confidential information, the bureau will:
(1) Consult with the submitter under §§ 2.27 and 2.28; and
(2) Provide the submitter an opportunity to object to a decision to disclose the information under §§ 2.30 and 2.31 of this subpart.
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