Office Apparel Guidelines (Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense)

Mara Berg filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.


From: Mara Berg

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

This is a request for all documents or memos regarding guidelines for appropriate office apparel.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Mara Berg


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Aldorfer, Susan CIV WHS-ESD

Dear Ms. Berg,

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, as stated below. We apologize that we have not responded sooner.

Please note that this office only processes requests for records related to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff (OSD/JS). Within the OSD and JS organization, there are literally hundreds of offices, each of which could potentially have its own guidelines for appropriate office apparel. We are not aware of an overarching policy addressing those matters.

Thus, as worded, your request cannot be processed. As worded, the cost for a search of this magnitude would be thousands of dollars and take many months to complete.

First, you would be considered an "other" requester for fee purposes. This means that you would be afforded the first two hours of search and 100 pages free of charge. You would then be responsible for the remaining search and duplication costs associated with the processing of this request. Search charges are currently set at the professional rate of $44 an hour and at the executive rate of $75. Duplication charges are currently $.15 per page.

Secondly, as worded, your request would entail an extensive search process, consisting of hundred of hours of search, resulting in thousands of dollars in FOIA fees.

Third, please be aware that requests are processed in a first-in, first-out basis. Our current work load is over 1,100 cases. Processing a request of this magnitude would take many months to complete.

In order for us to process your request, in addition to your agreement to pay processing fees, you may wish to consider narrowing the scope of your request to records that relate to a specific office, if you are interested in that.

Your request, as stated, is not reasonably described to support processing, and is thus not a proper FOIA request.

This action closes your request in this office.



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