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August 25, 2011

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Jenny

"While no one wants to see FOIA Offices lose funding, their failure to process requests in a timely manner now has results that affect their bottom line." - I think it is forgotten that fees/collection of fees in no way determines funding for FOIA offices. Other than as a negotiation matter, I am sometimes unclear on what incentive FOIA offices even have to collect fees at all since it only goes to the Treasury, rather than back into the FOIA office.

If Congress allowed fees collected to be given back/used by the FOIA offices, for simple things like software, postage/mailing supplies, it may then make a difference on the effectiveness of fees and the motivation to add fee collection to the growing list of "things we are supposed to do."

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