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May 20, 2015
FIA-15-0024 - In the Matter of National Review

On May 20, 2015, OHA issued a decision denying an Appeal from a FOIA determination issued by the DOE Office of Information Resources (OIR). In the Appeal, National Review (Appellant) challenged a determination by the OIR not to expedite the processing of the Appellant’s FOIA request. The FOIA provides that expedited processing is to be offered only when the requester demonstrates a “compelling need” or when otherwise determined by the agency. OHA concluded that the Appellant did not demonstrate a compelling need, and therefore denied the Appeal.  

May 20, 2015
FIA-15-0023 - In the Matter of National Review

On May 20, 2015, OHA issued a decision denying an Appeal from a FOIA determination issued by the DOE Office of Information Resources (OIR). In the Appeal, National Review (Appellant) challenged a determination by the OIR not to expedite the processing of the Appellant’s FOIA request. The FOIA provides that expedited processing is to be offered only when the requester demonstrates a “compelling need” or when otherwise determined by the agency. OHA concluded that the Appellant did not demonstrate a compelling need, and therefore denied the Appeal.  

May 20, 2015
FIA-15-0021 - In the Matter of Mansoor Ghassem

On May 20, 2015, OHA denied a Freedom of Information Act Appeal (FOIA) filed by Mansoor Ghassem of a determination issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding information the FBI withheld after consultation with the DOE.  In his Appeal, Mr.

May 7, 2015
FIA-15-0022 - In the Matter of Citizen Action New Mexico

On May 7, 2015, OHA issued a decision denying an appeal from a FOIA determination issued by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). In the Appeal, Citizen Action New Mexico (CANM) challenged NNSA’s determination not to expedite the processing of the Appellant’s FOIA request. The FOIA provides that expedited processing is to be offered only when the requester demonstrates a “compelling need,” or when otherwise determined by the agency. OHA concluded that the Appellant did not demonstrate a compelling need, and therefore denied the Appeal.

May 4, 2015
FIA-15-0017 - In the Matter of Shawn Hughes

On May 4, 2015, OHA remanded to the National Nuclear Security Administration a FOIA Appeal filed by Shawn Hughes (Appellant). In the Appeal, the Appellant challenged a determination by the NNSA that Sections 91 and 92 of the Atomic Energy Act, or 42 U.S.C.

May 1, 2015
FIA-15-0020 - In the Matter of Jeffrey B. Walburn

On May 1, 2015, OHA issued a decision denying a FOIA Appeal filed by Jeffery B. Walburn from a determination issued to him by the DOE Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  In the Appeal, the Appellant challenged the adequacy of OIG’s search for documents responsive to his FOIA request.  OHA found, however, that OIG had conducted an adequate search that was reasonably calculated to uncover responsive documents.

April 9, 2015
FIA-15-0011 - In the Matter of Sabine Lauer

On April 9, 2015, OHA denied a FOIA Appeal filed by Sabine Lauer (Appellant) of a determination issued by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). In the Appeal, the Appellant challenged the NNSA’s search for responsive records. The OHA found that the NNSA conducted a search reasonably calculated to uncover responsive material and therefore denied the Appeal.

April 6, 2015
FIA-15-0013 - In the Matter of Don C. Pyle

On April 6, 2015, OHA denied a FOIA Appeal filed by Don C. Pyle on behalf of Rubin J. Pyles (deceased) from a determination issued to him by the Oak Ridge Office.  In the Appeal, the Appellant challenged the adequacy of Oak Ridge’s search for responsive documents.  OHA found, however, that Oak Ridge had conducted an adequate search that was reasonably calculated to uncover responsive documents.

March 31, 2015
FIA-15-0009 - In the Matter of Bill Streifer

On March 31, 2015, OHA denied a FOIA Appeal filed by Bill Streifer. In his Appeal, Mr. Streifer challenged the adequacy of the search that was performed by the DOE Office of Information Resources (OIR) in response to Mr. Streifer’s request for documents pertaining to payments made to patent holders for inventions used during the Manhattan Project. The OIR was unable to locate any responsive documents.

March 30, 2015
FIA-15-0012 - In the Matter of Beverly Jean Parks

On March 30, 2015, OHA denied a FOIA Appeal filed by David H. Dunaway, Esq., on behalf of Ms. Beverly Jean Parks from a determination issued to her by the DOE Oak Ridge Operations Office. In the Appeal, the Appellant challenged the adequacy of Oak Ridge’s search for responsive documents.  However, OHA found that Oak Ridge had conducted an adequate search that was reasonably calculated to uncover responsive documents.