[Federal Register: June 4, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 106)]
[Proposed Rules]               
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32 CFR Chapter XVII

Freedom of Information Act Regulations

AGENCY: Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking.


SUMMARY: This proposed regulation will provide the public the 
guidelines under which the Office of the Director of National 
Intelligence will implement the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 

DATES: Submit comments on or before July 5, 2007.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 

instructions for submitting comments.
    Mail: Chief FOIA Officer c/o Director of Intelligence Staff, Office 
of the Director of National Intelligence, Washington, DC 20511.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John F. Hackett, (703) 482-1707.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of the Director of National 
Intelligence (ODNI) was created by the Intelligence Reform and 
Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, Public Law 108-458, 118 Stat. 3638. 
The first Director of National Intelligence, Ambassador John D. 
Negroponte, was sworn into Office on April 21, 2005, and the ODNI began 
operations on April 22, 2005. Because the majority of documents held by 
the ODNI at its inception were previously maintained by the Central 
Intelligence Agency (CIA), and because the ODNI did not have a FOIA 
staff upon stand-up, the CIA agreed to handle the administrative 
aspects of the ODNI's FOIA processing. Through this arrangement, the 
ODNI makes all legal decisions regarding the handling of FOIA requests 
for ODNI records and the CIA assists with the administrative tasks 
associated with processing FOIA requests, including the intake and 
tracking of requests, as well as drafting correspondence to requesters. 
The ODNI has gradually built up its FOIA program and is now proposing 
its own FOIA regulations. The proposed regulations address all aspects 
of FOIA processing, including how and where to submit FOIA requests, 
fees for record services, procedures for handling business information, 
requests for expedited processing and the right to appeal denials of 
    Therefore, as discussed in the preamble, and under the authority of 
the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, Pub. L. 
108-458, 118 Stat. 3638, the ODNI proposes to establish 32 CFR Chapter 
XVII and add part 1700 to read as follows:



1700.1 Authority and purpose.
1700.2 Definitions.
1700.3 Contact for general information and requests.
1700.4 Suggestions and complaints.
1700.5 Preliminary information.
1700.6 Requirements as to form and content.
1700.7 Fees for records services.
1700.8 Processing of requests for records.
1700.9 Action on the request.
1700.10 Payment of fees, notification of decision, and right of 
1700.11 Procedures for business information.
1700.12 Procedures for information concerning other persons.
1700.13 Allocation of resources.
1700.14 Requests for expedited processing.
1700.15 Right of appeal and appeal procedures.
1700.16 Action by appeals authority.

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552, 50 U.S.C. 401-442; Pub L. 108-458, 188 
Stat. 3638.

Sec.  1700.1  Authority and purpose.

    (a) Authority: This part is issued under the authority of and in 
order to implement the Freedom of Information Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 
552; the National Security Act of 1947, as amended, 50 U.S.C. 401-442; 
and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, Pub. 
L. 108-458, 118 Stat. 3638.
    (b) Purpose in general. This part prescribes procedures for:
    (1) ODNI administration of the FOIA;
    (2) Requesting records pursuant to the FOIA; and
    (3) Filing an administrative appeal of an initial adverse decision 
under the FOIA.

Sec.  1700.2  Definitions.

    For purposes of this part, the following terms have the meanings 
    (a) Days means calendar days when ODNI is operating and 
specifically excludes Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays;
    (b) Control means actual possession and ownership or the authority 
of ODNI pursuant to federal statute or privilege to regulate official 
or public access to a particular record or records. It does not 
establish an obligation to create any record or data compilation, 
although ODNI reserves the right to offer production of a compilation 
as an alternative to production of records;
    (c) Direct costs means those expenditures which ODNI actually 
incurs in the processing of a FOIA request; it does not include 
overhead factors such as space;
    (d) Pages means paper copies of standard office size or the dollar 
value equivalent in other media;
    (e) Reproduction means generation of a copy of a requested record 
in a form appropriate for release;
    (f) Review means all time expended in examining a record to 
determine whether any portion must be withheld pursuant to law and in 
effecting any required deletions but excludes personnel hours expended 
in resolving general legal or policy issues; it also means personnel 
hours of professional time;
    (g) Search means all time expended in looking for and retrieving 
material that may be responsive to a request utilizing available paper 
and electronic indices and finding aids; it also means personnel hours 
of professional time or the dollar value equivalent in computer 
    (h) Employee or staff member means any employee, detailee, 
assignee, employee of a contracting organization or independent 
contractor of the ODNI or any of its component organizations, unless 
otherwise excepted;
    (i) Expression of interest means a written or electronic 
communication submitted by any person requesting information on or 
concerning the FOIA program, the availability of documents from ODNI, 
or both;
    (j) Fees means those direct costs which may be assessed a requester 
considering the categories established by the FOIA; requesters should 
submit information to assist the ODNI in determining the proper fee 
category and the ODNI may draw reasonable inferences from the identity 
and activities of the requester in making such determinations; the fee 
categories include:
    (1) Commercial: A request in which the disclosure sought is 
primarily in the commercial interest of the requester and

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which furthers such commercial, trade, income or profit interests;
    (2) Non-commercial educational or scientific institution: A request 
from an accredited United States educational institution at any 
academic level or institution engaged in research concerning the 
social, biological, or physical sciences or an instructor or researcher 
or member of such institutions; it also means that the information will 
be used in a specific scholarly or analytical work, will contribute to 
the advancement of public knowledge, and will be disseminated to the 
general public;
    (3) Representative of the news media: Any person actively gathering 
news for an entity that is organized and operated to publish or 
broadcast news to the public. The term ``news'' means information that 
is about current events or that would be of current interest to the 
public. Examples of news media entities include television or radio 
stations broadcasting to the public at large and publishers of 
periodicals (but only in those instances where they can qualify as 
disseminators of ``news'') who make their products available for 
purchase or subscription by the general public. For ``freelance'' 
journalists to be regarded as working for a news organization, they 
must demonstrate a solid basis for expecting publication through that 
organization. A publication contract would be the clearest proof, but 
components shall also look to the past publication record of a 
requester in making this determination. To be in this category, a 
requester must not be seeking the requested records for a commercial 
use. However, a request for records supporting the news-dissemination 
function of the requester shall not be considered to be for a 
commercial use.
    (4) All other: A request from an individual not within paragraphs 
(j)(1), (2), or (3) of this section;
    (k) Freedom of Information Act, ``FOIA,'' or ``the Act'' means the 
statute as codified at 5 U.S.C. 552;
    (l) Interested party means any official in the executive, military, 
congressional, or judicial branches of government, United States or 
foreign, or U.S. Government contractor who, in the sole discretion of 
the ODNI, has a subject matter or physical interest in the documents or 
information at issue;
    (m) ODNI means the Office of the Director of National Intelligence 
and its component organizations. It does not include members of the 
Intelligence Community as defined by the National Security Intelligence 
Reform Act of 2004, section 1073, or other federal entities 
subsequently designated in accordance with this authority, unless 
specifically designated as included in this Part or in the notice of a 
system of records;
    (n) Originator means the U.S. Government official who originated 
the document at issue or successor in office or such official who has 
been delegated release or declassification authority pursuant to law;
    (o) Potential requester means a person, organization, or other 
entity who submits an expression of interest;
    (p) Reasonably described record means a description of a record by 
unique identification number or descriptive terms that permits an ODNI 
staff member familiar with the subject matter area to locate documents 
with reasonable effort given existing indices and finding aids;
    (q) Records means all documents, irrespective of physical or 
electronic form, under the control of ODNI pursuant to federal law or 
in connection with the transaction of public business at the time ODNI 
accepts an expression of interest as a formal request or initiates a 
search, whichever is later, and appropriate for preservation by the 
ODNI as evidence of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, 
procedures, operations, or other activities of the ODNI or because of 
the informational value of the data contained therein; it does not 
    (1) Commercially available materials or materials made available in 
electronic or other public reading rooms, except to the extent that 
such materials are incorporated into any form of analysis or otherwise 
distributed or published by ODNI;
    (2) Personal records maintained by ODNI staff that have not been 
created, used, disseminated or maintained in a manner inconsistent with 
their characterization as private;
    (3) Objects or items, such as equipment, machinery or material, 
whatever the historical or evidentiary value; and
    (4) Anything that is not a tangible reduction of information to 
accessible electronic or paper media, such as an individual's memory or 
oral communications.
    (r) Responsive records means those records that ODNI has determined 
to be within the scope of a formal request.

Sec.  1700.3  Contact for general information and requests.

    For general information on this Part, to inquire about the FOIA 
program at ODNI, or to file a FOIA request (or expression of interest), 
please direct communication in writing to the Office of the Director of 
National Intelligence, Chief FOIA Officer c/o Director, Information 
Management Office, Washington, DC 20511 by mail or by facsimile at 
(703) 482-2144. For general information or status information on 
pending cases only, call the ODNI FOIA Customer Service Center at (703) 
482-1707. Collect calls cannot be accepted.

Sec.  1700.4  Suggestions and complaints.

    ODNI welcomes suggestions or complaints with regard to its 
administration of the FOIA. Letters of suggestion or complaint should 
identify the specific purpose and the issues for consideration. ODNI 
will not respond to all communications but will take such actions as 
determined feasible and appropriate.

Sec.  1700.5  Preliminary information.

    Members of the public shall address all communications to the point 
of contact specified in Sec.  1700.3 and clearly delineate the 
communication as a request under the FOIA. ODNI staff who receive a 
FOIA request shall expeditiously forward the request to the Director, 
Information Management Office. Requests and appeals (as well as 
referrals and consultations) received from FOIA requesters who owe 
outstanding fees for information services at this or other federal 
agencies will not be accepted and action on all pending requests shall 
be terminated in such circumstances.

Sec.  1700.6  Requirements as to form and content.

    (a) Required information. No particular form is required. A request 
must reasonably describe the record or records of interest and be 
submitted in accordance with this regulation. Documents must be 
described sufficiently to enable a staff member familiar with the 
subject to locate the documents with a reasonable amount of effort. In 
most cases, documents must be locatable through the indexing of ODNI 
systems. Extremely broad or vague requests, or requests requiring 
research in order to ascertain meaning may require further 
clarification before they are accepted as formal requests.
    (b) Additional information for fee determination. A requester must 
provide sufficient personally identifying information to allow staff to 
determine the appropriate fee category and to contact the requester 
easily. A requester must agree to pay all applicable fees or fees not 
to exceed a certain amount or must request a fee waiver in connection 
with a request.
    (c) Otherwise. Communications that do not meet the above 
requirements will be considered an expression of interest.

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ODNI staff should attempt to help a potential requester define a 
request properly. Although staff will take reasonable measures to 
clarify vague or broad requests, ODNI is not required to clarify an 
expression of interest that does not meet the requirements of a formal 

Sec.  1700.7  Fees for records services.

    (a) In general. Search, review, and reproduction fees will be 
charged in accordance with the provisions below relating to schedule, 
limitations, and category of requester. Applicable fees will be due 
even if a subsequent search locates no responsive records or some or 
all of the responsive records must be denied under one or more of the 
exemptions of the FOIA.
    (b) Fee waiver requests. Records will be furnished without charge 
or at a reduced rate when ODNI determines:
    (1) As a matter of administrative discretion, the interest of the 
United States Government would be served, or
    (2) It is in the public interest to provide responsive records 
because the disclosure is likely to contribute significantly to the 
public understanding of the operations or activities of the United 
States Government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of 
the requester.
    (c) Fee waiver appeals. Denials of requests for fee waivers or 
reductions may be appealed to the Director of the Intelligence Staff, 
or his functional equivalent, through the ODNI Chief FOIA Officer. A 
requester is encouraged to provide any explanation or argument as to 
how his or her request satisfies the requirements of this regulation 
and the Act. See Sec.  1700.15 for further details on appeals.
    (d) Time for fee waiver requests and appeals. Appeals should be 
resolved prior to the initiation of processing and the incurring of 
costs. However, fee waiver requests will be accepted at any time prior 
to an agency decision regarding the request, except when processing has 
been initiated, in which case the requester must agree to be 
responsible for costs in the event of an adverse administrative or 
judicial decision.
    (e) Agreement to pay fees. In order to protect requesters from 
large and/or unanticipated charges, ODNI will request a payment 
commitment when staff estimate that fees will exceed $100.00, not 
including charges associated with the first 100 pages of production and 
two hours of search (when applicable). ODNI will hold in abeyance for 
45 days requests requiring such agreement and will thereafter deem the 
request closed. A request deemed closed may be reopened upon receipt of 
an appropriate fee commitment or a requester may limit the scope of his 
or her request.
    (f) Advance payment. The ODNI may require an advance payment of up 
to 100 percent of the estimated fees when projected fees exceed 
$250.00, not including charges associated with the first 100 pages of 
production and two hours of search (when applicable), or when the 
requester previously failed to pay fees in a timely fashion, for fees 
of any amount. ODNI will hold in abeyance for 45 days those requests 
where advance payment has been requested.
    (g) Schedule of fees. (1) In general. The schedule of fees for 
services performed in responding to requests for records is as follows:

                       Personnel Search and Review

Clerical/Technical.................  Quarter hour..........        $5.00
Professional/Supervisory...........  Quarter hour..........        10.00
Manager/Senior Professional........  Quarter hour..........        18.00

                     Computer Search and Production

Search (on-line)...................  Flat rate.............        10.00
Search (off-line)..................  Flat rate.............        30.00
Other activity.....................  Per minute............        10.00
Tapes (mainframe cassette).........  Each..................         9.00
Tapes (mainframe cartridge)........  Each..................         9.00
Tapes (mainframe reel).............  Each..................        20.00
Tapes (PC 9mm).....................  Each..................        25.00
Diskette (3.5'')...................  Each..................         4.00
CD (bulk recorded).................  Each..................        10.00
CD (recordable)....................  Each..................        20.00
Telecommunications.................  Per minute............          .50
Paper (mainframe printer)..........  Per page..............          .10
Paper (PC b&w laser printer).......  Per page..............          .10
Paper (PC color printer)...........  Per page..............         1.00

                            Paper Production

Photocopy (standard or legal)......  Per page..............          .10
Microfiche.........................  Per frame.............          .20
Pre-printed (if available).........  Per 100 pages.........         5.00
Published (if available)...........  Per item..............         NTIS

    (2) Application of schedule. Personnel search time includes time 
expended in manual paper records searches, indices searches, review of 
computer search results for relevance, personal computer system 
searches, and various reproduction services. In any event where the 
actual cost to ODNI of a particular item is less than the above 
schedule (e.g., a large production run of a document resulting in a 
cost less than $5.00 per hundred pages), then the actual lesser cost 
will be charged. Items published and available at the National 
Technical Information Service (NTIS) are also available from ODNI 
pursuant to this part at the NTIS price as authorized by statute.

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    (3) Other services. For all other types of output, production, or 
reproduction (e.g., photographs, maps, or published reports), ODNI will 
charge actual cost or amounts authorized by statute. Determinations of 
actual cost shall include the commercial cost of the media, the 
personnel time expended in making the item to be released, and an 
allocated cost of the equipment used in making the item, or, if the 
production is effected by a commercial service, then that charge shall 
be deemed the actual cost for purposes of this regulation.
    (h) Limitations on collection of fees. (1) In general. No fees will 
be charged if the cost of collecting the fee is equal to or greater 
than the fee itself. That cost includes the administrative costs to 
ODNI of billing, receiving, recording, and processing the fee for 
deposit to the Treasury Department and, as of the date of these 
regulations, is deemed to be $10.00.
    (2) [Reserved]
    (i) Fee categories. There are four categories of FOIA requesters 
for fee purposes: Commercial use requesters, educational and non-
commercial scientific institution requesters, representatives of the 
news media requesters, and all other requesters. The categories are 
defined in Sec.  1700.2 and applicable fees will be assessed as 
    (1) Commercial use requesters: Charges which recover the full 
direct costs of searching for, reviewing, and duplicating responsive 
records (if any);
    (2) Educational and non-commercial scientific institution 
requesters, and representatives of the news media requesters: Only 
charges for reproduction beyond the first 100 pages;
    (3) All other requesters: Charges which recover the full direct 
cost of searching for and reproducing responsive records (if any) 
beyond the first 100 pages of reproduction and the first two hours of 
search time which will be furnished without charge.
    (j) Associated requests. If it appears a requester or a group of 
requesters acting in concert have requested portions of an apparently 
unitary request for the purpose of avoiding the assessment of fees, 
ODNI may aggregate any such requests and charge accordingly. Requests 
from multiple requesters will not be aggregated without clear evidence. 
ODNI will not aggregate multiple unrelated requests.

Sec.  1700.8  Processing of requests for records.

    (a) In general. Requests meeting the requirements of Sec.  1700.3 
through Sec.  1700.7 shall be accepted as formal requests and processed 
under the FOIA and these regulations. A request will not be considered 
received until it reaches the Information Management Office. Ordinarily 
upon its receipt a request will be date-stamped as received. It is this 
date that establishes when your request is received for administrative 
purposes, not any earlier date such as the date of the letter or its 
postmark date. For the quickest possible handling, both the request 
letter and the envelope should be marked ``Freedom of Information Act 
    (b) Electronic Reading Room. ODNI maintains an online FOIA Reading 
Room on the ODNI Web site which contains the information that the FOIA 
requires be routinely made available for public inspection and copying 
as well as other information determined to be of general public 
    (c) Confirming the existence of certain documents. In processing a 
request, ODNI shall decline to confirm or deny the existence of 
responsive records whenever the fact of their existence or nonexistence 
is itself classified under Executive Order 12958 and its amending 
orders, reveals intelligence sources and methods protected pursuant to 
50 U.S.C. 403-1(i)(1), or would be an invasion of the personal privacy 
of third parties. In such circumstances, ODNI, in its final written 
response, shall so inform the requester and advise of his or her right 
to file an administrative appeal.
    (d) Time for response. Whenever the statutory time limits for 
processing a request cannot be met because of ``unusual 
circumstances,'' as defined in the FOIA, and the component determines 
to extend the time limits on that basis, ODNI will inform the requester 
in writing and advise the requester of the right to narrow the scope of 
his or her request or agree to an alternative time frame for 
    (e) Multitrack processing. ODNI may use two or more processing 
tracks by distinguishing between simple and more complex requests based 
on the amount of work and/or time needed to process the request, 
including through limits based on the number of pages involved. ODNI 
may provide requesters in its slower track with an opportunity to limit 
the scope of their requests in order to qualify for faster processing 
within the specified limits of its faster track.

Sec.  1700.9  Action on the request.

    (a) Initial action for access. ODNI staff identified to search for 
records pursuant to a FOIA request shall search all relevant record 
systems within their cognizance as of the date the search is commenced. 
A staff member tasked to conduct a search shall:
    (1) Determine whether records exists;
    (2) Determine whether and to what extent any FOIA exemptions apply;
    (3) Make recommendations for withholding records or portions of 
records that originated in the staff member's organization and for 
which there is a legal basis for denial or make a recommendation in 
accordance with Sec.  1700.8(c). In making recommendations, ODNI staff 
shall be guided by the procedures specified in Sec.  1700.11 regarding 
confidential commercial information and Sec.  1700.12 regarding third 
party information; and
    (4) Forward to the Director, Information Management Office, all 
records responsive to the request.
    (b) Referrals and consultations. ODNI records containing 
information originated by other ODNI components shall be forwarded to 
those entities for action in accordance with paragraph (a) of this 
section and returned. Records originated by other federal agencies or 
ODNI records containing other federal agency information shall be 
forwarded to such agencies for processing and direct response to the 
requester or for consultation and return to the ODNI. ODNI will notify 
the requester if it makes a referral for direct response.
    (c) Release of information. When the Director, Information 
Management Office (or Appeals Authority) makes a final determination to 
release records, the records will be forwarded to the requester in an 
appropriate format promptly upon compliance with any preliminary 
procedural requirements, including payment of fees. If any portion of a 
record is withheld initially or upon appeal, the Director, Information 
Management Office (or Appeals Authority) will provide a written 
response that shall include, at a minimum:
    (1) The basis for the withholding, citing the specific statutory 
exemption or exemptions invoked under the FOIA with respect to each 
portion withheld, unless documents are withheld in accordance with 
Sec.  1700.8(c);
    (2) When the withholding is based in whole or in part on a security 
classification, the explanation shall include a determination that the 
record meets the cited criteria and rationale of the governing 
Executive Order;
    (3) When the denial is based on 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(3), the statute 
relied upon; and
    (4) Notice to the requester of the right to judicial review.

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Sec.  1700.10  Payment of fees, notification of decision, and right of 

    (a) Fees in general. Fees collected under this Part do not accrue 
to ODNI and shall be deposited immediately to the general account of 
the United States Treasury.
    (b) Notification of decision. Upon completion of all required 
review and the receipt of accrued fees (or promise to pay such fees), 
ODNI will promptly inform the requester in writing of those records or 
portions of records that will be released and those that will be 
    (1) For documents to be released, ODNI will provide paper copies or 
documents on electronic media, if requested and available;
    (2) For documents not released or partially released, ODNI shall 
explain the reasons for any denial and give notice of a right of 
administrative appeal. For partial releases, redactions will be made to 
ensure requesters can see the placement and general length of 
redactions with the applicable exemption or exemptions clearly with 
respect to each redaction.

Sec.  1700.11  Procedures for business information.

    (a) In general. Business information obtained by ODNI from a 
submitter shall not be disclosed pursuant to a FOIA request except in 
accordance with this section. For purposes of this section, the 
following definitions apply:
    (1) Business information means commercial or financial information 
in which a legal entity has a recognized property interest;
    (2) Confidential commercial information means such business 
information provided to the United States Government by a submitter 
which is reasonably believed to contain information exempt from release 
under Exemption 4 of the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4), because disclosure 
could reasonably be expected to cause substantial competitive harm; and
    (3) Submitter means any person or entity who provides confidential 
commercial information to the United States Government; it includes, 
but is not limited to, corporations, businesses (however organized), 
State governments, and foreign governments.
    (b) Designation of confidential commercial information. A submitter 
of business information will use good-faith efforts to designate, by 
appropriate markings, either at the time of submission or at a 
reasonable time thereafter, any portions of its submission that it 
considers to be confidential commercial information and hence protected 
from required disclosure pursuant to Exemption 4 of the FOIA. Such 
designations shall expire 10 years after the date of the submission 
unless the submitter requests, and provides justification for, a longer 
designation period.
    (c) Process in event of FOIA request--(1) Notice to submitters. 
ODNI shall provide a submitter with prompt written notice of receipt of 
a FOIA request encompassing business information whenever:
    (i) The submitter has in good faith designated the information as 
confidential commercial information, or
    (ii) ODNI staff believe that disclosure of the information could 
reasonably be expected to cause substantial competitive harm, and
    (iii) The information was submitted within the last 10 years unless 
the submitter requested and provided acceptable justification for a 
specific notice period of greater duration.
    (2) Form of notice. Communication to a submitter of commercial 
information shall either describe the exact nature of the confidential 
commercial information at issue or provide copies of the responsive 
records containing such information.
    (3) Response by submitter. (i) Within seven days of the notice 
described in paragraph (c)(1) of this section, all claims of 
confidentiality by a submitter must be supported by a detailed 
statement of any objection to disclosure. Such statement shall:
    (A) Affirm that the information has not been disclosed to the 
    (B) Explain why the information is a trade secret or confidential 
commercial information;
    (C) Explain in detail how disclosure of the information will result 
in substantial competitive harm;
    (D) Affirm that the submitter will provide ODNI and the Department 
of Justice with such litigation support as requested; and
    (E) Be certified by an officer authorized to legally bind the 
    (ii) It should be noted that information provided by a submitter 
pursuant to this provision may itself be subject to disclosure under 
the FOIA.
    (4) Decision and notice of intent to disclose. (i) ODNI shall 
consider carefully a submitter's objections and specific grounds for 
nondisclosure prior to its final determination. If the Director, 
Information Management Office, decides to disclose a document over the 
objection of a submitter, ODNI shall provide the submitter a written 
notice that shall include:
    (A) A statement of the reasons for which the submitter's disclosure 
objections were not sustained;
    (B) A description of the information to be disclosed; and
    (C) A specified disclosure date that is seven days after the date 
of the instant notice.
    (ii) When notice is given to a submitter under this section, the 
ODNI shall also notify the requester and, if the ODNI notifies a 
submitter that it intends to disclose information, then the requester 
shall be notified also and given the proposed date for disclosure.
    (5) Notice of FOIA lawsuit. If a requester initiates legal action 
seeking to compel disclosure of information asserted to be within the 
scope of this section, ODNI shall promptly notify the submitter. The 
submitter, as specified above, shall provide such litigation assistance 
as required by ODNI and the Department of Justice.
    (6) Exceptions to notice requirement. The notice requirements of 
this section shall not apply if ODNI determines that:
    (i) The information should not be disclosed, pursuant to Exemption 
4 and/or any other exemption of the FOIA;
    (ii) The information has been published lawfully or has been 
officially made available to the public;
    (iii) The disclosure of the information is otherwise required by 
law or federal regulation; or
    (iv) The designation made by the submitter under this section 
appears frivolous, except that, in such a case, the ODNI will, within a 
reasonable time prior to the specified disclosure date, give the 
submitter written notice of any final decision to disclose the 

Sec.  1700.12  Procedures for information concerning other persons.

    (a) In general. Personal information concerning individuals other 
than the requester shall not be disclosed under the FOIA if the 
proposed release would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of 
personal privacy, or, if the information was compiled for law 
enforcement purposes, it could reasonably be expected to constitute an 
unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. See 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6) and 
(b)(7)(C). For purposes of this section, the following definitions 
    (1) Personal information means any information about an individual 
that is not a matter of public record, or easily discernible to the 
public, or protected from disclosure because of the implications that 
arise from Government possession of such information.
    (2) Public interest means the public interest in understanding the 
operations and activities of the United States Government and not 
simply any matter

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that might be of general interest to the requester or members of the 
    (b) Determination to be made. In making the required determination 
under this section and pursuant to Exemptions 6 and 7(C) of the FOIA, 
ODNI will balance the privacy interests that would be compromised by 
disclosure against the public interest in release of the requested 
    (c) Otherwise. A requester seeking information on a third party is 
encouraged to provide a signed affidavit or declaration from the third 
party consenting to disclosure of the information. However, any such 
statements shall be narrowly construed and the Director, Information 
Management Office, in the exercise of that officer's discretion and 
administrative authority, may seek clarification from the third party 
prior to any or all releases.

Sec.  1700.13  Allocation of resources.

    (a) In general. ODNI shall devote such personnel and other 
resources to the responsibilities imposed by the FOIA as may be 
appropriate and reasonable considering:
    (1) The totality of resources available;
    (2) The demands imposed on ODNI in fulfillment of its statutory 
responsibilities or otherwise by law;
    (3) The demand imposed upon ODNI component organizations by the 
ODNI or otherwise by law;
    (4) The information review and release demands imposed by Congress 
or other governmental authority; and
    (5) The rights of all members of the public under the various 
information review and disclosure laws.
    (b) Discharge of FOIA responsibilities. ODNI and its components 
shall exercise due diligence in their responsibilities under FOIA and 
must allocate a reasonable level of resources to requests under the Act 
on a strictly ``first-in, first-out'' basis and utilizing two or more 
processing queues to ensure that complex and simple requests receive 
equitable attention. The ODNI Chief FOIA Officer is responsible for 
management of the ODNI-wide program defined by this Part and for 
establishing priorities for cases consistent with established law. The 
Director, Information Management Office, shall provide policy and 
resource direction as necessary.

Sec.  1700.14  Requests for expedited processing.

    (a) In general. All requests will be handled in the order received 
on a strictly ``first-in, first-out'' basis. Exceptions to this rule 
will only be made in accordance with the following procedures.
    (b) Procedure. Requests for expedited processing will be approved 
only when a requester establishes compelling need for records to the 
satisfaction of the Director, Information Management Office, and it 
appears to him or her that substantive records relevant to the stated 
needs may exist and be deemed releasable. A requester may make a 
request with a certification of ``compelling need'' and the Director, 
Information Management Office, will decide whether to grant expedited 
processing and will notify the requester of his or her decision. The 
certification shall set forth with specificity the relevant facts upon 
which the requester relies and will attest that the statement is true 
and accurate. A ``compelling need'' is deemed to exist:
    (1) When failure to obtain requested records on an expedited basis 
could reasonably be expected to pose an imminent threat to the life or 
physical safety of an individual; or
    (2) With respect to a request made by a person primarily engaged in 
disseminating information, urgency to inform the public concerning 
actual or alleged Federal Government activity.

Sec.  1700.15  Right to appeal and appeal procedures.

    (a) Right to appeal. Individuals who disagree with a decision not 
to produce a document or parts of a document, to deny a fee category 
request, to deny a request for a fee waiver or fee reduction, to deny 
expedited processing, or a decision regarding a fee estimate or a 
determination that no records exist, should submit a written request 
for review to the Chief FOIA Officer c/o Director, Information 
Management Office, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, 
Washington, DC 20511. The words ``FOIA APPEAL'' should be written on 
the letter and the envelope. The appeal must be signed by the 
individual or his legal counsel.
    (b) Requirements as to time and form. Appeals of adverse decisions 
must be received within 45 days of the date of the ODNI's initial 
decision. Requesters should include a statement of the reasons 
supporting the request for reversal of the initial decision.
    (c) Exceptions. No appeal shall be accepted if the requester has 
outstanding fees for information services at this or another federal 
agency. In addition, no appeal shall be accepted if the information in 
question has been the subject of an administrative review within the 
previous two years or is the subject of pending litigation in the 
Federal courts.

Sec.  1700.16  Action by appeals authority.

    (a) The Director of the Intelligence Staff, after consultation with 
any ODNI component organization involved in the initial decision as 
well as with the Office of General Counsel, will make a final 
determination on the appeal. Appeals of denials of requests for 
expedited processing shall be acted on expeditiously.
    (b) The Director, Information Management Office, will ordinarily be 
the initial deciding official on FOIA requests to the ODNI. However, in 
the event the Director of the Intelligence Staff makes an initial 
decision that is later appealed, the Principal Deputy Director for 
National Intelligence will decide the appeal in accordance with the 
procedures in this section.

    Dated: May 17, 2007.
David Shedd,
Acting Director of the Intelligence Staff.
[FR Doc. E7-10420 Filed 6-1-07; 8:45 am]