43 CFR 2.26 - Does the bureau provide multitrack processing of FOIA requests?

§ 2.26 Does 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.
(d) See the Department's FOIA home page at http://www.doi.gov/foia/policy.html for details.
[74 FR 17092, Apr. 14, 2009]
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§ 2.26 May submitters of possibly confidential information designate information as confidential when making Departmental submissions?

(a) The Department encourages, but does not require, submitters to designate confidential information in good faith (in other words, to identify specific information as information the submitter considers protected from disclosure under Exemption 4 of the FOIA, found at 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)), at the time of submission or reasonably soon thereafter.

(b) The designations discussed in paragraph (a) of this section assist the bureau in identifying what information obtained from the submitter is possibly confidential and triggers the requirement for bureau-provided notifications under § 2.27(a)(1) of this subpart.

[81 FR 11129, Mar. 3, 2016]

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