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FIA-12-0036 - In the Matter of Judicial Watch

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) Director denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Appeal filed by Judicial Watch (Appellant).  The DOE’s Office of Information Resources (OIR) did not locate any documents responsive to the Appellant’s request.  The Appellant requested “[a]ll communications with Nancy-Ann DeParle, any other member of the Obama administration, or any third party regarding the development and implementation of ‘alternative administrative measures’ to advance the president’s policy goals in circumvention of the legislative branch of the federal government.”  OHA found that OIR conducted a search reasonably calculated to uncover the requested information.  OIR asked the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) to conduct a search of email accounts for the terms “alternative administrative measures.”  CIO found nothing responsive.  OIR conducted a search of the Electronic Document Online Correspondence and Concurrence System (eDOCS) using the search terms “alternative administrative measures” and “Deparle.” After receiving a copy of the Appeal, OIR conducted a search of eDOCS for anything related to “advanced drop-in aviation or marine biofuels,” terms mentioned in the Appeal.  OHA found that OIR conducted a search reasonably calculated to uncover responsive information.  Based on those finding, OHA denied the Appeal.