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DFAIT's "Prep Fee" memos

DFAIT's "Prep Fee" memos

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Published by David Akin
In 2009, the Access to Information division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade instituted arbitrary "preparation fee" procedures which had the effect of forcing requesters to drop requests totalling more than 160,000 pages of records.
In 2009, the Access to Information division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade instituted arbitrary "preparation fee" procedures which had the effect of forcing requesters to drop requests totalling more than 160,000 pages of records.

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Published by: David Akin on Feb 17, 2012
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McCulloch,Monique
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ean-OCPSent
:January
30,
2008
4:17PM
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ce
:
McCulloch,
Monique-OCP
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our
dscussion,
please
note
that
effectiveJanuary2008,preparation
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now
be
charged
lorall
AT1A
requests
of
500
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pages
.
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change
in
policy
has
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approved
by
Monique
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AfDirector
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McCulloch,Monlque·DCP
From:Grenon,Jean-DCP
Sent:
July4.200811:42AM To:Thibodeau,Mathieu·DCP;Regnier.Diane-DCP;Archambault,Francine-DC?;Falls.Ron- DCP:Lamarre,Catherine-DCP;sauriol,
tuce
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cc
:Najm,Ami-OCP;Bertrand,Cindy·DCP;McCulloch,Monique-DCP Subject:PrepFeeEstimates Attachments:PrepFee-Issuestoccreicer.occ Attachedisinfothatshould
be
consideredwhenestimatingPrepfees,PleasepassontoyourTeammembers. CheersJean
2008
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U
NCLASSIFIED
ATIP-Fees
&
DepartmentalPerformance
FEES
Fees
arebeingadministeredbyOF
AIT
in
acco
rdance
with
the
AccesstoInformationAct
(ATIAct)anditsRegulations. Whilesection11(
6)
oftheATI
Act
doespermitDepartmentstowaive feesincertaincases,therearenolegislativeobligationstodosofor routineandlorlatefiles. Since
Janua
ry2008,
the
ATIPDivisionwithinDFAITstartedtomore fullyadministerpermissiblefees.However,
DFA
ITdoesnotch
ar
gesearchandpreparationfeesinallcases. Searchf
ees
arebeing
adm
inisteredwhenrequesterswishto proceedwith
the
scopeoftheirrequestthatrequiresbeyond5hours of
sea
rchtime.
..
Similarly,preparationfeesarebeingadministeredwhenrequest
er
swish
to
proceedwiththescopeoftheirrequestandthevolumeof pagestobereviewedforexemptionsexce
eds
500pages.Requestershavetherighttohavethefeesinvestigatedby
the
InformationCommissioner
of
Canada.
DEPART
ME
NTAL
PERFORMANCE
The
rehasbeenasteadyincreaseofreques
ts
un
der
both
the
AccesstoInformationAct
andthe
PrivacyAct.
In
200
7-2008,
DFA
ITexperiencedan18.2%i
ncr
easeinrequeststo
the
Department.TheDepartmenthasauniqueroleinthefederal
pub
licserviceof processingforeignconsultationsonbehalf
of
othergovernment departments,afunctionthatalsoconsumesscarceATIPresources. Stepsarebeingtakentostrengthenthe
departme
ntalcapacityand improvetheoverallperformance
of
thefunction.
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