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FIA-12-0020 - In the Matter of California-Arizona-Nevada District Organization Contract Compliance

The Office of Hearings and Appeals granted a Motion for Reconsideration of part of a Decision we issued on March 23, 2012, relating to appeals filed by California-Arizona-Nevada District Organization Contract Compliance (CANDO) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  In its Appeals, CANDO challenged the Loan Guarantee Program Office’s (LGPO) application of Exemption 4 of the FOIA to withhold the names and other identifying information about contractors and sub-contractors listed in documents responsive to its request. With respect to the CANDO’s appeal concerning Agua Caliente Solar Energy Project documents (Case No. FIA-12-0005), we found that no such information was contained in those documents, and therefore LGPO had not withheld such information from those documents.  In its Motion for Reconsideration, CANDO demonstrated that such information had in fact been withheld from responsive documents.  Consequently, we remanded the matter to LGPO for a new determination regarding the contractor and sub-contractor information previously withheld from the Agua Caliente documents.   Accordingly, CANDO's Motion for Reconsideration was granted. OHA Case Nos. FIA-12-0020