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FIA-14-0019 - In the Matter of Robert Orr, Jr.

On April 16, 2014, the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) issued a decision denying an appeal (Appeal) from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) determination issued by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office (ORO). The Appellant, Robert Orr, Jr., contested the adequacy of ORO’s search for responsive documents.  The OHA reviewed ORO’s description of its search, explaining that a search was conducted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) by its legal and contracts groups, and they could not locate any responsive documents.  Based on the sufficiency of the search terms applied by ORNL in searching for the documents, the OHA determined that the search conducted was adequate and denied the Appeal.