The Federal Trade Commission has issued a Federal Register notice seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the agency’s fee rule and accompanying fee schedule for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The proposed changes would also apply to fees for producing Commission information and records to members of the public through the Consumer Response Center and the Library.
The FTC also has issued a final rule updating the agency’s FOIA contact information and addressing a range of other FOIA-related technical amendments. The final rule implements the Open Government Act to more accurately reflect new FOIA services the agency provides and makes the process more transparent to the public.
In the first notice, the FTC seeks public comments on a range of proposed FOIA-related fee changes, including:
Public comments on the proposed changes are being accepted until March 29, 2013.
The second notice announcing a final rule adds a new category of materials to the FTC’s public record – public workshop transcripts and materials – and updates the FOIA rules to provide additional public information about the agency’s FOIA procedures. It also will help the FTC administer the FOIA program and keep it current with existing procedures. As the rule implementing the Open Government Act is final when published, there is no public comment period.
The Commission vote approving publication of the Federal Register notices was 4-0-1, with Chairman Jon Leibowitz not participating. (FTC File No. P072104; the staff contact is Richard Gold, Office of the General Counsel, 202-326-3355.)
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