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Freedom of Information Act Handbook


A FOIA requester will be charged a fee of $25 or more assessed for applicable search (i.e., looking for responsive information), review (i.e., processing the information), and duplication services (i.e., copying releasable information).  The Mint reserves the right to request payment of fees after a request has been processed prior to records being released.

Fees will be charged in accordance with the fee schedule provisions contained in 31 CFR 1.7.  requesters are categorized in order to determine the correct fee to be charged.  The fee categories are:

Commercial Use.  Refers to requests made for the purpose of furthering the commercial, trade, or profit interests of the requester.  Fees are charged in this category for search, review, and duplication.

Educational Institution/Non-commercial Scientific Institution.  Refers to educational institutions which operate program(s) of scholarly research or non-commercial institutions which operate solely for the purpose of conducting scientific research -- the results of which are not intended to promote any particular product or industry.  Fees in this category are charged for duplication only -- the first 100 pages are free.

Representatives of the News Media/Freelancers.  Refers to any person gathering news for an entity organized and operated to publish or broadcast news to the Public.  This includes freelance journalists who, though not actually employed by the media, expect future publication of such information by the media.  Fees are charged for duplication only -- the first 100 pages are free.

"All Other" requesters.  Refers to requesters not falling into any of the categories mentioned above.  Fees in this category are charged for search and duplication -- two hours of search time and the first 100 pages are free.

Fees may be waived if disclosure of the information is in the Public's interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to Public understanding of the operation or activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.  Fee waivers/reductions must be requested in writing.


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