Steve Wilson

I have a federal FOIA request, government is asking for an extension. What are my options? Can I say, I agree, but only if all fees are waived?

Thanks.

I am the coordinator responsible for your request. Because of this request involves outside agencies, we are required to consult with those agencies before releasing records. Unfortunately we do not have control over how long it takes another agency to respond to our consult request. Therefore, I am asking you to agree to an extension on your request to February 28. We will try to get your request completed and to you as soon as possible, but as aforementioned, we can’t control other agencies response times.

Jack R-W

If you don’t agree, they’ll probably just violate the deadline. If they violate the deadline they cannot charge search fees, and depending on your fee category, cannot charge duplication fees.

Steve Wilson

Thanks. So is there any advantage to agreeing to the extension?

Jack R-W

I don’t think so, no.

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