Freedom of Information Act

Summary:

The Federal Communications Commission is modifying a section of the Commission's rules that implement the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Fee Schedule. This modification pertains to the charge for recovery of the full, allowable direct costs of searching for and reviewing records requested under the FOIA and the Commission's rules, unless such fees are restricted or waived. The fees are being revised to correspond to modifications in the rate of pay approved by Congress.

For further information contact:

Shoko B. Hair, Freedom of Information Act Public Liaison, Office of Performance Evaluation and Records Management, Room 1-A827, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554, (202) 418-1379 or via Internet at shoko.hair@fcc.gov.

Supplementary information:

The Federal Communications Commission is modifying § 0.467(a) of the Commission's rules. This rule pertains to the charges for searching and reviewing records requested under the FOIA. The FOIA requires federal agencies to establish a schedule of fees for the processing of requests for agency records in accordance with fee guidelines issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In 1987, OMB issued its Uniform Freedom of Information Act Fee Schedule and Guidelines. However, because the FOIA requires that each agency's fees be based upon its direct costs of providing FOIA services, OMB did not provide a unitary, government-wide schedule of fees. The Commission based its FOIA Fee Schedule on the grade level of the employee who processes the request. Thus, the Fee Schedule was computed at a 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. See47 CFR 0.467(a)(1) note.

In an Order adopted on January 25, 2007 and released on February 1, 2007 (DA 07-101), the Managing Director revised the schedule of fees set forth in 47 CFR 0.467 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 CFR 0.460, 0.461. The revisions correspond to modifications in the rate of pay, which was approved by Congress.

These modifications to the Fee Schedule do not require notice and comment because they merely update the Fee Schedule to correspond to modifications in rates of pay, as required under the current rules. The Commission will not distribute copies of this Order pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A), because the rules are a matter of agency organization, procedure, or practice that do not substantially affect the rights or obligations of non-agency parties.

Accordingly, pursuant to the authority contained in § 0.231(b) of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 0.231(b), It is hereby ordered, that, effective on February 7, 2007, the Fee Schedule contained in § 0.467 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR § 0.467, is amended, as described herein.

List of subjects in 47 cfr part 0

Freedom of information.

Federal Communications Commission.

Anthony J. Dale,

Managing Director.

Rule Changes

For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission amends 47 CFR part 0 as follows:

Part 0—commission organization

1. The authority citation for part 0 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

47 U.S.C. 155, unless otherwise noted.

2. Section 0.467 is amended by revising the table following paragraph (a)(1) and its note, and by revising paragraph (a)(2) to read as follows: § 0.467

(a)(1) * * *

GradeHourly fee
GS-1 12.85
GS-2 13.99
GS-3 15.77
GS-4 17.70
GS-5 19.80
GS-6 22.07
GS-7 24.53
GS-8 27.17
GS-9 30.00
GS-10 33.04
GS-11 36.30
GS-12 43.51
GS-13 51.74
GS-14 61.14
GS-15 71.92

Note:

These fees will be modified periodically to correspond with modifications in the rate of pay approved by Congress.

(2) The fees in paragraph (a)(1) of this section were computed at Step 5 of each grade level based on the General Schedule effective January 2007 and include 20 percent for personnel benefits.

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