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FIA-14-0045 - In the Matter of Tim Hadley

On July 24, 2014, OHA issued a decision denying a FOIA Appeal filed by Tim Hadley (Appellant) of a determination issued by the Oak Ridge Office (Oak Ridge).  In his Appeal, the Appellant challenged Oak Ridge’s withholdings under Exemption 6.  OHA found that Oak Ridge properly withheld the information under Exemption 6 as applied to particular individuals.  Release of the information would compromise a significant privacy interest of the persons named contractor employees.  In balancing the privacy interests found, OHA considered whether release would further the public interest by shedding light on the operations and activities of the government.  OHA found that the public interest in the withheld information is minimal at best.  Therefore, the privacy interest outweighed the public interest.