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FIA-13-0016 - In the Matter of Newport Partners, LLC

On April 2, 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 Golden Field Office. The Appellant appealed the GFO’s decision to withhold portions of the released documents pursuant to Exemptions 4 and 5. The OHA reviewed the document and determined that the evaluator’s comments concerning the weaknesses and strengths of proposals were protected from release under the deliberative process privilege under Exemption 5. However, the OHA concluded that the GFO did not explain why it had to redact the criterion listed for each proposal. Thus, the OHA denied in part and remanded in part the Appeal.