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FOIA News: Fee estimate of $660 million likely highest in FOIA history

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

The Pentagon's $660 million FOIA fee

Secretary of Defense estimates that scouring contract data would take "15 million labor hours"

By J. Pat Brown, MUCKROCK, Feb. 26, 2016

For the last year, MuckRock user Martin Peck has been using FOIA to preform tech audits at various federal agencies, asking for counts of various devices - such as radios - that they might possess. It was his request that led to the DEA disclosing that they had two KingFish cell site simulators.

Peck was looking something only a little less controversial than cellphone trackers when he hit his biggest snag. Back in September, Peck asked the Office of the Secretary of Defense for the number of its HotPlug devices - used in computer seizures to keep the device powered on and preserve the data - they had purchased or were in use. This week, they finally got back to him, and boy did they have something to say:

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