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March 13, 2014
FIA-14-0016 - In the Matter of Don Joiner

On March 13, 2014, the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) issued a decision denying an (Appeal) from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) determination issued by the Idaho Operations Office (IOO). The Appellant appealed the IOO’s determination that the requested winning bid amount on a subcontract was not an agency record. IOO informed OHA that the requested information was maintained by its contractor, Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA), as BEA created the records with that information and DOE has not received them.

March 6, 2014
FIA-14-0015 - In the Matter of Bill Streifer

On March 6, 2014, The Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) denied an Appeal filed by Bill Streifer under the FOIA of a final determination issued by the Office of Science’s Chicago Office.  Mr. Streifer’s request sought “all communications and documentation concerning Fritz J. Hansgirg’s U.S. Patent #2,156,851 which was in possession of the Argonne National Laboratory prior to November 21, 1942, when Urey and Gross[e] filed U.S.

February 28, 2014
FIA-14-0010 - In the Matter of Exchange Monitor Publications

On February 28, 2014, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) denied a Freedom of Information Act Appeal (FOIA) filed by Exchange Monitor Publications (Appellant) of a determination issued by the Office of the Information Resources (OIR).  In its request, the Appellant asked for all electronic communications between the offices of the Deputy Secretary of Energy, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, and the National Energy Technology Lab (NETL) Director regarding concerns over NETL management between June 1 and September 27, 2013.

February 21, 2014
FIA-14-0008 - In the Matter of Paul DeRienzo

On February 21, 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 Richmond Operations Office (ROO).  The Appellant requested a “database printout of any documents with the keywords of “heat exchanger 4A” for the time period of 1963 through 1964 and any meeting minutes regarding leakages in the heat exchangers on or around July 18, 1963 and on or around     June 10, 1963 with representatives of Burns & Roe, Combustion Engineering, and Kaiser Engineer as r

February 18, 2014
FIA-14-0012 - In the Matter of Donna Deedy

On February 18, 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 of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), concluding that it could not locate any responsive documents. The Appellant, Donna Deedy, requested “copies of correspondence between DOE officials and Keith Stalnaker, Dr. Jay Brown, or representatives of Paragon Technical Services, Inc.

February 14, 2014
FIA-14-0007 - In the Matter of Emily Meredith

Emily Meredith filed an Appeal regarding a request that she filed under the Freedom of Information Act.  In a December 2013 determination, the DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) indicated that its search for records responsive to Ms. Meredith request yielded two documents, which NNSA released in their entirety to Ms. Meredith.  In her Appeal, Ms. Meredith challenged the adequacy of NNSA’s search.  OHA concluded that NNSA’s search in response to Ms.

February 6, 2014
FIA-14-0005 - In the Matter of Vicki Locklair

On February 6, 2014, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) granted in part a Privacy Act Appeal filed by Vicki Locklair (Appellant) of a determination issued by the Office of the Chief Information Office (CIO).  In her request, the Appellant asked for a copy of her personnel security folder.  CIO released 136 documents to the Appellant.  In her Appeal, the Appellant claimed that she did not receive a DVD copy of her 2013 security interview, a DVD or cassette and video copy of her two 2006 security interviews, a DVD or cassette and video of her 2006 Accelerat

February 5, 2014
FIA-14-0009 - In the Matter of Donna Deedy

On January 30, 2014, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Motion for Reconsideration filed by Donna Deedy of an Appeal determination OHA issued.  In her Motion, Ms. Deedy asked that OHA reconsider its previous Decision issued in Case No. FIA-14-0001.  In her Motion, Ms.

February 4, 2014
FIA-14-0003 - In the Matter of Wynship W. Hillier

Wynship W. Hillier filed an Appeal regarding a request that he filed under the Freedom of Information Act for any information in the Agency’s possession about him.  In a December 2013 determination, the DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) indicated that it its search for records responsive to Mr. Hillier’s request yielded two documents, which NNSA released in their entirety to Mr. Hillier.  In his Appeal, Mr. Hillier challenged the adequacy of NNSA’s search.  OHA’s review of Mr.

February 3, 2014
FIA-14-0006 - In the Matter of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

On February 3, 2014 the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) issued a decision denying an (Appeal) from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) determination issued by the Loan Programs Office (LPO).