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§ 0.460 Requests for inspection of records which are routinely available for
(a) Section 0.453 specifies those Commission records which are
routinely available for public inspection and the places at which those
records may be inspected. Subject to the limitations set out in this
section, a person who wants to inspect such records need only appear at
the Reference Information Center and ask to see the records. Many
records also are available on the Commission's Web site,
http://www.fcc.gov and the Commission's electronic reading room,
oom. Commission documents are generally published in the FCC Record,
and many of these documents or summaries thereof are also published in
the Federal Register.
(b) A person who wishes to inspect the records must appear at the
specified location during the office hours of the Commission and must
inspect the records at that location. (Procedures governing requests
for copies are set out in § 0.465.) However, arrangements may be made in
advance, by telephone or by correspondence, to make the records
available for inspection on a particular date, and there are many
circumstances in which such advance arrangements will save
inconvenience. If the request is for a large number of documents, for
example, a delay in collecting them is predictable. Current records may
be in use by the staff when the request is made. Older records may have
been forwarded to another location for storage.
(c) The records in question must be reasonably described by the person
requesting them to permit their location by staff personnel. The
information needed to locate the records will vary, depending on the
records requested. Advice concerning the kind of information needed to
locate particular records will be furnished in advance upon request.
Members of the public will not be given access to the area in which
records are kept and will not be permitted to search the files.
(d) If it appears that there will be an appreciable delay in locating
or producing the records (as where a large number of documents is the
subject of a single request or where an extended search for a document
appears to be necessary), the requester may be directed to submit or
confirm the request in writing in appropriate circumstances.
(e)(1) Written requests for records routinely available for public
inspection under § 0.453 shall be directed to the Commission's Reference
Information Center pursuant to the procedures set forth in § 0.465.
Requests shall set out all information known to the person making the
request which would be helpful in identifying and locating the
document, including the date range of the records sought, if
applicable. Upon request by Commission staff, the requester shall
provide his or her street address, phone number (if any), and email
address (if any). Written requests shall, in addition, specify the
maximum search fee the person making the request is prepared to pay
(see § 0.467).
(2) Written requests shall be delivered or mailed directly to the
Commission's Reference Information Center (see § 0.465(a)).
(f) When a written request is received by the Reference Information
Center, it will be date-stamped.
(g) All requests limited to records listed in § 0.453 will be granted,
subject to paragraph (j) of this section.
(h) The records will be produced for inspection at the earliest
(i) Records shall be inspected within 7 days after notice is given that
they have been located and are available for inspection. After that
period, they will be returned to storage and additional charges may be
imposed for again producing them.
(j) In addition to the other requirements of this section, the
following provisions apply to the reports filed with the Commission
pursuant to 5 CFR parts 2634 and 3902.
(1) Such reports shall not be obtained or used:
(i) For any unlawful purpose;
(ii) For any commercial purpose, other than by news and communications
media for dissemination to the general public;
(iii) For determining or establishing the credit rating of any
(iv) For use, directly or indirectly, in the solicitation of money for
any political, charitable, or other purpose.
(2) Such reports may not be made available to any person nor may any
copy thereof be provided to any person except upon a written
application by such person stating:
(i) That person's name, occupation and address;
(ii) The name and address of any other person or organization on whose
behalf the inspection or copying is requested; and
(iii) That such person is aware of the prohibitions on the obtaining or
use of the report. Further, any such application for inspection shall
be made available to the public throughout the period during which the
report itself is made available to the public.
[ 82 FR 4191 , Jan. 13, 2017]
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