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The Associated Press
March 18, 2010

Agency sought $111,930 for FOIA information
By Jesse J. Holland

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services notified the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse on March 4 about its charges for fulfilling the watchdog group's Freedom of Information Act request. The agency also told TRAC that it must come up with a deposit of $55,965 within 30 days for the agency to even consider moving forward on the FOIA request. TRAC officials said they routinely get similar types of information from other government agencies for free. "We cannot recall ever being asked to pay a fee since producing a copy of the list of data items is typically such a simple matter," they said in a letter to the agency. "We didn't ask for the information," TRAC co-director David Burnham said. "We just asked for this plan."

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