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FIA-13-0002 - In the Matter of Judicial Watch

On January 23, 2013, 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 Office of Information Resources (OIR).  Among other grounds for its appeal, the Appellant appealed the OIR’s decision to withhold portions of the released documents pursuant to Exemption 5’s deliberative process privilege.  After reviewing the redacted information, OHA determined that the withheld information was deliberative as it contained discussions between individuals regarding a specific topic related to the budget for the 2011 fiscal year.  Thus, OHA denied the Appeal.