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Title 22Chapter XV → Part 1502

Title 22: Foreign Relations


§1502.1   Introduction.
§1502.2   Definitions.
§1502.3   Access to Foundation records.
§1502.4   Written requests.
§1502.5   Records available at the Foundation.
§1502.6   Records of other departments and agencies.
§1502.7   Fees.
§1502.8   Exemptions.
§1502.9   Processing of requests.
§1502.10   Judicial review.

Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552 and 22 U.S.C. 290h-4.

Source: 50 FR 28933, July 17, 1985, unless otherwise noted.

§1502.1   Introduction.

(a) It is the policy of the African Development Foundation that information about its operations, procedures, and records be freely available to the public in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

(b) The Foundation will make the fullest possible disclosure of its information and identifiable records consistent with the provisions of the Act and the regulations in this part.

(c) The Director of Administration and Finance (A&F) shall be responsible for the Foundation's compliance with the processing requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.

§1502.2   Definitions.

As used in this part, the following words have the meanings set forth below:

(a) Act means the Act of June 5, 1967, sometimes referred to as the “Freedom of Information Act” or the Public Information Section of the Administrative Procedure Act, as amended, Pub. L. 90-23, 81 Stat. 54, codified at 5 U.S.C. 552.

(b) Foundation means the African Development Foundation.

(c) President means the President of the Foundation.

(d) Record(s) includes all books, papers, or other documentary materials made or received by the Foundation in connection with the transaction of its business which have been preserved or are appropriate for preservation by the Foundation as evidence of its organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities, or because of the informational value of the data contained therein. Library or other material acquired and preserved solely for reference or exhibition purposes, and stocks of publications and other documents provided by the Foundation to the public in the normal course of doing business are not included within the definition of the word “records.” The latter will continue to be made available to the public without charge.

§1502.3   Access to Foundation records.

Any person desiring to have access to Foundation records may call or apply in person between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays (holidays excluded) at the Foundation offices at 1724 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036. Requests for access should be made to the Director of A&F, at the Foundation offices. If request is made for copies of any record, the Office of A&F will assist the person making such request in seeing that such copies are provided according to the rules in this part.

§1502.4   Written requests.

In order to facilitate the processing of written requests, every petitioner should:

(a) Address his or her request to: Director, Administration and Finance Division, African Development Foundation, 1724 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036.

Both the envelope and the request itself should be clearly marked: “Freedom of Information Act Request.”

(b) Identify the desired record by name, title, author, a brief description, or number, and date, as applicable. The identification should be specific enough so that a record can be identified and found without unreasonably burdening or disrupting the operations of the Foundation. Blanket requests or requests for “the entire file of” or “all matters relating to” a specified subject will not be accepted. If the Foundation determines that a request does not reasonably describe the records sought, the requestor shall be advised what additional information is needed or informed why the request is insufficient.

(c) Include a check or money order to the order of the “African Development Foundation” covering the appropriate search and copying fees, or a request for determination of the fee and a promise to pay any amount over $3.00 in connection with the FOIA request.

§1502.5   Records available at the Foundation.

The Administration and Finance Division will make available for public inspection and copying, to the extent not authorized to be withheld, the following works or classes of information:

(a) A copy of Foundation regulations, including those published in title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations or of any other title of the Code.

(b) Statements of policy and interpretations which have been adopted by the Foundation and which are not published in the Federal Register.

(c) Administrative staff manuals and instructions to staff that affect a member of the public;

(d) Any indexes providing identifying information regarding any record described in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section.

(e) Brochures and other printed materials describing the Foundation's activities.

§1502.6   Records of other departments and agencies.

Requests for records which have been originated by, or are primarily the concerns of, another U.S. Department or Agency will be forwarded to the particular department or agency involved, and the petitioner so notified. In response to requests for records or publications published by the Government Printing Office or other government printing activity, the Foundation will refer the petitioner to the appropriate sales office and refund any fee payments which accompanied the request.

§1502.7   Fees.

(a) When charged. Fees shall be charged in accordance with the schedules contained in paragraph (b) of this section for services rendered in responding to requests for Foundation records under this sub-part unless the Director of A&F determines that such charges, or a portion thereof, are not in the public interest because furnishing the information primarily benefits the general public. Fees shall also not be charged where they would amount, in the aggregate, for a request or series of related requests, to less than $3. Ordinarily, fees shall not be charged if the records requested are not found, or if located, are withheld as exempt.

(b) Services charged for and amount charged. For the services listed below expended in locating or making available records or copies thereof, the following charges shall be assessed:

(1) Copies. For copies $.10 per copy of each page.

(2) Clerical searches. For each one quarter hour spent by clerical personnel in excess of the first quarter hour in searching for and producing requested records, $2.30.

(3) Non-routine, non-clerical searches. Where the task of determining which records fall within a request and collecting them requires the time of professional or managerial personnel, and where the time required is substantial, for each one quarter hour spent in excess of the first quarter hour, $5.40. No charge shall be made for the time spent in resolving legal or policy issues affecting access to records of known contents.

(4) Other charges. When a response to a request requires services or materials other than those described in paragraphs (b) (1) through (3) of this section, the direct cost of such services to the Foundation may be charged, providing the requestor has been given an estimate of such cost before it is incurred.

(c) Revision of schedule. The fee schedule will be revised from time to time, without notice, to assure recovery of actual costs of rendering information services to any person. The revised schedule will be available without charge.

§1502.8   Exemptions.

The following categories are examples of records which, if maintained by the Foundation, may be exempted from disclosure under 5 U.S.C. 552(b):

(a) Records specifically required by executive order to be exempt from disclosure in the interest of the national defense or foreign policy which properly classified pursuant to such executive order;

(b) Records related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of the Foundation;

(c) Records specifically exempted from disclosure by statute (other than 5 U.S.C. 552b), providing that such statute (1) requires that the matter be withheld from the public in such a manner as to leave no discretion, or (2) establishes criteria for withholding or refers to particular types of matters to be withheld;

(d) Trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from any person which is privileged or confidential;

(e) Interagency or intra-agency memoranda or letters which would not be available by law to a private party in litigation with the Foundation;

(f) Personnel and medical files and similar files the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;

(g) Investigatory files (including security investigation files and files concerning the conduct of employees) compiled for law enforcement purposes, except to the extent available by law to a private party.

The Foundation will not honor requests for exempt records or information.

§1502.9   Processing of requests.

(a) Processing. A person who has made a written request for records which meets the requirements of §1502.4 shall be informed by the Director of A&F within ten working days of receipt of the Foundation's decision whether to deny or grant access to the records.

(b) Denials. If the Director of A&F, with the concurrence of the General Counsel, denies a request for records, the requestor will be informed of the name and title of the official responsible for the denial, the reasons for it, and the right to appeal the decision to the President of the Foundation within 15 working days of receipt of the denial. The President shall determine any appeal within 20 days of receipt and notify the requestor within the time period of the decision. If the decision is to uphold the denial, the requestor will be informed of the reasons for the decision and of the right to a judicial review of the decision in the federal courts.

(c) Extension of time. Where it is reasonably necessary to the proper processing of requests, the time required to respond to an FOIA request or an appeal may be extended for an additional 10 working days upon written notification to the requestor providing the reasons for the extension.

§1502.10   Judicial review.

On complaint, the district court of the United States in the district in which the complainant resides, or has his/her principal place of business, or in which the agency records are situated, or in the District of Columbia, has jurisdiction to enjoin the Foundation from withholding Foundation records, and to order the production of any agency records improperly withheld from the complainant (5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(B)).

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