(a) Search fee. The fee for searching for information and records shall be the salary rate (that
is, basic pay plus 16%) of the employee making the search. This hourly rate is listed on the Commission's Web site at http://www.fmshrc.gov. Fees for searches of computerized records shall be the actual cost to the Commission,
but shall not exceed $300 per hour. This fee includes machine time and that of the operator and clerical personnel. If search charges are likely to exceed $50, the requester shall be notified of the
estimated amount of fees, unless the requester has indicated in advance his willingness
to pay fees as high as those anticipated. Fees may be charged even if the documents are not located or if they are located
but withheld on the basis of an exemption.
(b) Review fee. The review fee shall be charged for the Chief FOIA Officer's initial examination
of documents located in response to a request in order to determine if they may be
withheld from disclosure, and for the deletion of portions that are exempt from disclosure,
but shall not be charged for review by the Chairman or the Commissioners. See § 2702.3. The review fee is the salary rate (that is, basic pay plus 16%) of the Chief FOIA
Officer or the employee designated to perform the review. This hourly rate is listed on the Commission's Web site at http://www.fmshrc.gov.
(c) Duplicating fee. The copy fee for each page of paper up to 8 1/2 ″ x 14″ shall be $.15 per copy per page. Any private sector services required, including the fee for copying photographs
and nonstandard documents, will be the actual direct cost incurred by the Commission. For copies prepared by computer, such as tapes or printouts, the Commission shall
charge the actual cost, including operator time, of production of the tape or printout. For other methods of reproduction or duplication, the Commission will charge the
actual direct costs of producing the document(s). If duplication charges are likely to exceed $50, the requester shall be notified
of the estimated amount of fees, unless the requester has indicated in advance his
willingness to pay fees as high as those anticipated.
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