OOG-0006_8.28.17_FOIA AO Whether an agency may require the requester to pay fees associated with a FOIA request where: the agency fails to provide an estimate of cost; cost exceeds what the requester said they would pay; pay for future requests in advance

Whether the Office of Tenant Advocate (OTA) may require that  a requester: (1) pay fees associated with a FOIA request where the OTA acknowledged but failed to honor your request to provide the requester with an advance estimate of search fees, review fees, and duplication fees in excess of $25; (2) pay the cost to obtain records where the cost exceeds the amount the requester told OTA  they are willing to pay; and (3) pay in advance for future FOIA requests pursuant to D.C. Official Code Official Code § 2-532(b-3).