FIA-17-0006 - In the Matter of Tim Hadley

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On April 24, 2017, OHA granted in part and denied in part a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Appeal filed by Tim Hadley from a determination issued by the DOE’s Office of Public Information (OPI). In the Appeal, the Appellant challenged OPI’s use of FOIA Exemption 4 to withhold certain information. After a review, OHA found that the withheld material was “commercial or financial” and “obtained from a person.” However, OHA found that certain information was not sufficiently justified as “confidential.” Accordingly, OHA denied the Appeal in part and remanded it to OPI in part for further consideration. 

On April 5, 2017, Tim Hadley (Appellant) filed an Appeal from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) determination issued by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Public Information (OPI) (FOIA Request No. HQ-2016-01577-F). In that determination, OPI responded to a request for information filed under the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. § 552, as implemented by DOE in 10 C.F.R. Part 1004. OPI released nine documents but redacted portions of those documents under Exemption 4 of the FOIA. This Appeal, if granted, would release the information withheld under Exemption 4.