Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday March 13, 2016

Defense Department Wants $660 Million To Fulfill FOIA Request

I get pretty upset when an agency expects me to pay hundreds of dollars to redact a couple of documents, but that is nothing compared to thisآ—maybe this guy should have narrowed his request a bit.

Mr. Robert R. Jarrett, Director of Operations, Defense Procurement Acquisition Policy, and a FOIA Initial Denial Authority, stated that it is possible that contracts that acquired the requested items are present in the Electronic Documents Access (EDA) system; however, there are more than 30 million contracts in EDA, consisting of more than 45 million documents. No method exists for a complete text search of EDA, as some documents are scans of paper copies. The estimated time required to perform the necessary redactions of proprietary data, assuming 20 minutes per document, is estimated to be 15 million labor hours at an estimated cost of $660 million.