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December 22, 2014
FIA-14-0083 - In the Matter of KIRO 7

On December 4, 2014, KIRO 7 (Appellant) filed an Appeal from a determination issued to it by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) of the Department of Energy (DOE) (Request No. 12-00202-J).  In that determination, NNSA responded to a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, as implemented by the DOE in 10 C.F.R.

December 15, 2014
FIA-14-0084 - In the Matter of Torres Law Group, LLC

On September 29, 2014, the Appellant filed a request with Richland for “[a]ll certified payroll records for Intermech Inc. covering all work performed . . . [and] [c]opies of employee time sheets in support of the referenced certified payroll reports” for work performed under Contract No. 36883 Release 19, the Realignment of Extraction Wells ME51 and ME52, at the Hanford Nuclear Site.  Request Letter dated September 29, 2014, from Anna L.

December 11, 2014
FIA-14-0080 - In the Matter of SNL Energy

On December 10, 2014, the Office of Hearings and Appeals issued a decision granting in part an appeal (Appeal) from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) determination issued by the Office of Information Resources (OIR). In the Appeal, SNL Energy (Appellant), challenged an OIR determination in which it withheld portions of requested Form OE 417s - specifically, information related to various criminal acts which had been committed against electric transformer equipment.

November 26, 2014
FIA-14-0071 - In the Matter of Alex Wellerstein

On November 4, 2014, Alex Wellerstein (Appellant) filed an Appeal from a determination issued to him by the Office of Resource Management (RM) of the Office of Environment, Health, Safety, and Security of the Department of Energy (DOE) (Request No. HQ-2014-01568-F).  In that determination, RM responded to a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, as implemented by the DOE in 10 C.F.R. Part 1004.  RM released three documents to the Appellant.  This Appeal, if granted, would require RM to perform an additional search for responsive documents.

November 21, 2014
FIA-14-0078 - In the Matter of Joseph Ercole

Joseph Ercole (the Appellant) appealed a FOIA determination that the DOE Office of Science Chicago Office (CH) issued to him in response to a request for documents that he filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding a job vacancy announcement for which he applied and was not selected.  In September 2014, CH issued a determination in which it identified and released various responsive documents, withholding portions of some documents pursuant to FOIA Exemption 6.  The Appellant appealed CH’s determination with respect to a portion of his FOIA request for which CH indicated t

November 21, 2014
FIA-14-0073 - In the Matter of Tim Hadley

Tim Hadley (the Appellant) appealed two FOIA determinations that the DOE’s Office of Headquarters Procurement Services (Procurement) issued to him in response to two related requests for documents that he filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding contracts, task orders, agreements, etc., with “no deliverables.”  In October 2014, Procurement issued determinations indicating that it did not have records responsive to the Appellant’s requests.  On appeal, in response to OHA’s inquiry, Procurement informed us that, after receiving Appellant’s FOIA requests, it consulted with

November 21, 2014
FIA-14-0072 - In the Matter of Tim Hadley

Tim Hadley (the Appellant) appealed two FOIA determinations that the DOE’s Office of Headquarters Procurement Services (Procurement) issued to him in response to two related requests for documents that he filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding contracts, task orders, agreements, etc., with “no deliverables.”  In October 2014, Procurement issued determinations indicating that it did not have records responsive to the Appellant’s requests.  On appeal, in response to OHA’s inquiry, Procurement informed us that, after receiving Appellant’s FOIA requests, it consulted with

November 20, 2014
FIA-14-0070 - In the Matter of Torres Consulting & Law Group, LLC

On November 20, 2014, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) denied a Freedom of Information Act Appeal (FOIA) filed by Torres Consulting and Law Group, LLC (Appellant) of a determination issued by the Richland Operations Office.  In the Appeal, the Appellant challenged Richland’s withholdings under Exemption 4.  OHA found that Richland properly withheld the information under Exemption 4, as the information consisted of contractors’ commercial and financial information, the release of which would cause the contractors substantial competitive harm.  TOHA denie

November 7, 2014
FIA-14-0066 - In the Matter of Great Lakes Wind Truth

On November 7,  2014, OHA issued a decision granting an Appeal filed by Great Lakes Wind Truth (the Appellant) of a determination that the DOE’s Golden Field Office issued to it regarding the Appellant’s September 2014 Freedom of Information Act request.  In its determination, GO identified and released various documents responsive to the Appellant’s request, withholding some in their entirety, releasing others in their entirety, and withholding portions of the remaining documents, pursuant to FOIA Exemptions 3, 4, 5, and 6.  In its Appeal, the Appellant challenged the applicability of Exe

October 29, 2014
FIA-14-0068 - In the Matter of Martin Becker

On October 17, 2014, Martin Becker appealed a September 25, 2014, determination that he received from the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Information Resources (OIR), the DOE office responsible for processing requests at DOE Headquarters.  In that determination, OIR responded to a June 10, 2014, request for documents that Mr. Becker filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, as implemented by the DOE in 10 C.F.R.