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Modification of the Freedom of Information Act Fee Schedule

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Released: May 2, 2014

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 14-596
May 2, 2014

Modification of the Freedom of Information Act Fee Schedule

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires federal agencies to establish a schedule
of fees for the processing of requests for agency records in accordance with fee guidance issued
by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).1 In 1987, OMB issued its Uniform Freedom
of Information Act Fee Schedule and Guidelines.2 However, because the FOIA requires that
each agency’s fees be based upon the direct cost incurred by the agency in providing FOIA
services,3 OMB does not provide a unitary, government-wide schedule of fees.
The Commission bases its FOIA Fee Schedule on the grade level of the employee who
processes the request. See 47 C.F.R. § 0.467(a)(2). Thus, the Fee Schedule is computed at step
5 of each grade level, based on the General Schedule effective January 1987 (including 20
percent for personnel benefits). The Commission’s rules provide that the Fee Schedule will be
modified periodically to correspond with modifications in the rate of pay approved by Congress.
Pursuant to 47 C.F.R. § 0.467(a)(1) note, the Commission announces modifications to the hourly
fees by Public Notice, and posts the fee chart on its FOIA website,
http://transition.fcc.gov/foia/#feeschedule.
Accordingly, by this Public Notice we are modifying the Commission’s Freedom of
Information Act Fee Schedule. The Commission is revising the schedule of fees required by
Section 0.467 of its rules, 47 C.F.R. § 0.467,4 for the recovery of the full, allowable direct costs
of searching for and reviewing agency records requested pursuant to the FOIA and the
Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.460(e) and 0.461. The revisions correspond to
modifications in the rate of pay approved by Congress for 2014.


1 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(i).
2 52 FR 10012 (March 27, 1987).
3 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iv).
4 These fees may be restricted or waived in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A); 47 C.F.R.
§ 0.470(e).

The current FOIA Fee Schedule is as follows. Please note that these fees will be
modified periodically to correspond with modifications in the rate of pay approved by Congress.

Hourly


Grade


Fee
GS-1
14.56
GS-2
15.84
GS-3
17.86
GS-4
20.04
GS-5
22.43
GS-6
25.00
GS-7
27.78
GS-8
30.77
GS-9
33.98
GS-10
37.42
GS-11
41.11
GS-12
49.28
GS-13
58.60
GS-14
69.24
GS-15
81.46
The Fee Schedule contained herein is effective upon release of this Public Notice in
accordance with 47 C.F.R. § 0.467(a)(1) note.
Note that the copy charge is $0.10 per page, and the cost for a computer disk is $5.00.
See 47 C.F.R. § 0.465(c)(2).
For further information, please contact Stephanie Kost, FOIA Liaison, Office of
Managing Director, Performance Evaluation and Records Management at (202) 418-1379.

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