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Q&A: requesting expedited processing and waiver of fees

Q&A (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Q.  I recently submitted a FOIA request to the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services.  In its acknowledgment letter, the agency informed me that:  (a) I must follow 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(E)(vi) if I want expedited processing; and (b) I must provide a detailed explanation of how disclosure would benefit the public interest if I want a fee waiver.  How should I handle these two issues?

A.  For tips about writing requests for expedited processing and a waiver of fees, you might wish to read the following articles:  (1) Nate Jones, FOIA Tip 15: Writing a Good Request Part 5, or Expedited Processing and other Timing Issues, Nat'l Sec. Archive (Apr. 8, 2010), and (2) FOIAdvocates, FOIA Fee Waivers.