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December 3, 2013
FIA-13-0067 - In the Matter of Julie A. Reddick

Julie A. Reddick filed two Appeals regarding a request that she made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) for two specific documents generated during an Employee Concerns investigation.  In a September 23, 2013, response, to Ms.

December 3, 2013
FIA-13-0063 - In the Matter of Julie A. Reddick

Julie A. Reddick filed two Appeals regarding a request that she made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) for two specific documents generated during an Employee Concerns investigation.  In a September 23, 2013, response, to Ms.

November 25, 2013
FIA-13-0059 - In the Matter of Hanford Atomic Metals Trades Council

On November 25, 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 Department of Energy’s (DOE) Richland Operations Office (ROO). The Hanford Atomic Metals Trades Council (Appellant), sought categories of records concerning communications between DOE employees and DOE-contractor employees at the DOE’s Hanford facility regarding collective bargaining, desired changes in wages, terms and conditions of employment, potential strikes, or closures.

November 20, 2013
FIA-13-0062 - In the Matter of Dinsmore & Shohl, L.L.P.

Dinsmore & Shohl, L.L.P. (D&S) filed an Appeal regarding a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that it filed with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for documents pertaining to the Waste Solidification Building Project at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Nuclear Site in Aiken, South Carolina.

November 15, 2013
FIA-13-0069 - In the Matter of National Security Archive

On November 15, 2013, the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) issued a decision remanding an appeal (Appeal) from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) determination issued by the Office of Information Resources.  The Appellant appealed OIR’s decision to withhold information from the released documents pursuant to Exemption 5.  OHA reviewed OIR’s determination letter and concluded that was inadequate.  The determination letter was too vague and conclusory as it did not explain how the decision making process would be compromised by release of the redacted information nor did it sufficiently

November 14, 2013
FIA-13-0061 - In the Matter of Hanford Atomic Metals Trades Council

On November 14, 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 Department of Energy’s (DOE) Richland Operations Office (ROO) . The Hanford Atomic Metals Trades Council (Appellant), sought categories of records concerning communications between DOE employees and DOE-contractor employees at the DOE’s Hanford facility regarding collective bargaining, desired changes in wages, terms and conditions of employment, potential strikes, or closures.

November 6, 2013
FIA-13-0068 - In the Matter of Clarence Dorsey

On October 29, 2013, Clarence Dorsey (“Appellant”) filed an Appeal from a determination issued to him on October 11, 2013, by the Oak Ridge Office (ORO) of the Department of Energy (DOE) (Privacy Act Request ORO-2013-00708-PA). In its determination, ORO responded to the Appellant’s request for information filed under the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552a, as implemented by DOE in 10 C.F.R. Part 1008. This Appeal, if granted, would require ORO to conduct another search for the requested documents.

November 4, 2013
FIA-13-0066 - In the Matter of Protect Our Communities Foundation, Backcountry Against Dumps, and Donna Tisdale

On November 4, 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 Department’s Office of Information Resources (OIR) and Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE). The Appellants, the Protect Our Communities Foundation, Backcountry Against Dumps, and Donna Tisdale, contested the adequacy of the search of documents responsive their FOIA request.

October 29, 2013
FIA-13-0058 - In the Matter of Hanford Atomic Metals Trades Council

On October 29, 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 Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Information Resources (OIR). The Hanford Atomic Metals Trades Council (Appellant), sought categories of records concerning communications between DOE employees and DOE-contractor employees at the DOE’s Hanford facility regarding collective bargaining, desired changes in wages, terms and conditions of employment, potential strikes, or closures.

October 24, 2013
FIA-13-0060A - In the Matter of Nuclear Watch New Mexico

On October 24, 2013, the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) issued a decision denying an appeal (Appeal) filed by Nuclear Watch New Mexico (the Appellant) regarding a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) determination it received from the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).  The Appellant filed a FOIA request with NNSA for records pertaining to a 2009 consulting agreement between an NNSA contractor and a third-party consulting company.  The Appellant contested NNSA’s determination in which NNSA concluded that, because the responsive documents were in