UIPA Memo 12-1
Reasonableness of Fees and Costs
Requester asked whether the requested cost for copies
of executive session minutes from the State Ethics Commission was
OIP found that the State Ethics Commission had
already performed the work of searching for, reviewing, and segregating
the documents requested. The fees and costs for the work were based
on the actual work performed and were not an estimate. OIP found
that the total charges were reasonable given the volume of records
and work performed.
OIP indicated that the agency did not provide
a good faith estimate to the requester before doing the work. If
the requester wanted to narrow his request now, he may pay the lesser
amount for the fewer records. If he did not narrow his request,
and the fees are not paid, the request is deemed abandoned.