FOIA Advisor

Q&A: fees for news media

Q&A (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Q.  Is a member of the news media required to pay FOIA fees?

A.  A requester who qualifies under FOIA as "representative of the news media" is responsible for paying duplication costs beyond the first 100 pages, which are free of charge.  The requester, however, may ask the agency to reduce or waive any duplication costs.  

For further information about fee categories and fee waivers, you may wish to read  this guidance from the Office of Government Information Services.