Freedom of Information:

Cost of Collecting and Processing Fees

GGD-87-58FS: Published: Apr 7, 1987. Publicly Released: May 11, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO determined federal agency costs for collecting and processing fees charged to citizens who request documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

GAO found that: (1) the act requires that agencies not charge requesters when the cost of collecting and processing the fee is equal to or greater than the fee itself; (2) cost estimates ranged from negligible to $25.00 for processing each fee; and (3) agencies' cost elements differ depending on their procedures and internal organization.

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