Magazine article Information Management

CIA: No FOIA Fee for Bloggers

Magazine article Information Management

CIA: No FOIA Fee for Bloggers

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Bloggers seeking information from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) most likely won't have to pay for it. Per new CIA rules that define them as part of the news media, bloggers making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the agency will get them processed for free.

Professional journalists have long enjoyed free processing--the searching and retrieving of files--of their FOIA requests made to the intelligence agency, although they may be charged for duplication costs, according to an Editor & Publisher report.

Earlier this year, the CIA proposed a sliding-fee scale that would have required at least some bloggers to pay for FOIA processing. But, after considering the feedback it received, the agency said it had decided to redefine "news media."

"Since there was no support to proceed with the proposed rule as originally drafted, rather than implementing the sweeping changes set forth in the proposed rule, we have a more modest change by simply adopting the definition of 'news media' contained in the March 27, 1987, Office of Management and Budget FOIA Guidelines," Edmund Cohen, chief of Information Management Services for the CIA, wrote in the Federal Register. …

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