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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Charge for scanning FOIAs and cancelled FOIAs

This agency currently does not charge for scanning FOIA information or work done on cancelled FOIAS. A person can spend hours on a FOIA that is almost complete, and will not be able to charge for any of the costs if the requester cancels before completion. If you cancel a work request with any other business, they are going to charge you for work already done. Requesters are allowed to ask for documents in electronic form. Depending on the size of the request, it can take over 40 hours to scan everything. The employee is taken away from their regular duties while they scan FOIA documents. It makes sense to charge for the time cost involved with these requests. I don't know of any private business that would spend hours scanning documents for customers for free.

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Idea No. 192