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Privacy Act Fees and Time Limits

The Act provides agencies to assess fees only for the cost of reproducing records. However, it is the policy of the DOE to provide an individual with one copy of his or her requested records free of charge.

The Act does not stipulate a time frame for an agency to provide access to individual records; however, the DOE’s regulation (10 CFR, Part 1008.7(b)) states "Every effort will be made to respond within ten working days of the date of receipt by the System Manager or designees." The Act does stipulate a ten-day time frame when an individual requests to amend records.