FOIA & the FDA: Letter

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FDA's Freedom of Information Annual Report - FY 2007

Sarah Baicker
Medill News Service
1325 G St. NW
Ste. 730
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 661-0120; (267) 664-4268

October 16, 2007

Food and Drug Administration
Office of Management Programs
Division of Freedom of Information (HFI-35)
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

Fee waiver requested

Dear FOI Officer:

Pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, I request access to and copies of the complete log of all FOIA requests received by the FDA during calendar year 2006.

I request a fee waiver as well, because I am a journalist and part of a team of journalist-researchers who will be using the information received as part of a presentation that will be given in 2008 to the annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.

This information is of timely value. I would appreciate your communicating with me by telephone (202-661-0120), rather than by mail, if you have questions regarding this request.

I look forward to your reply within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Thank you for your assistance.


Sarah Baicker