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FIA-13-0017 - In the Matter of Partnership for Policy Integrity

On March 28, 2013, The Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) granted in part and denied in all other aspects an Appeal filed by Partnership for Policy Integrity (the Appellant) under the FOIA of two determinations issued by the DOE’s Loan Guarantee Program Office (LGPO). PPI’s request sought information concerning a loan guarantee application filed by a third party. On January 17, 2013, and on February 5, 2013, LGPO issued determination letters release a total of 80 documents to the Appellant. However, LGPO withheld portions of these documents under Exemptions 4 and 6. thes Appeal contended that LGPO’s withholdings from six specific documents under Exemption 4 were improper OHA upheld the LGPO’s withholding from one of these documents. However, OHA determined that the LGPO had failed to adequately characterize some of its withholding decisions and had failed to adequate justify its withholding from the other five documents at issue in the Appeal. Accordingly, OHA denied that portion of the Appeal that it upheld, and remanded the remaining portions of the Appeal to the LGPO.