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Dear Mr. Streifer,
The following response is from NARA's Office of General Counsel:
"NARA charges a copying fee for archival records to recover the actual costs of making the copies. NARA does not grant fee waivers for archival records, because, in accordance with section 552(a)(4)(A)(vi) of the Freedom of Information Act, NARA has a separate fee statute that applies to archival records and does not provide for fee waivers; however, fee waivers are granted for archival records that are a part of the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection, because the 1992 statute governing this collection provides so. If researchers do not want to pay the fee, they can use their own equipment to make copies or scans of archival records in the research room."
Information regarding fee waivers is found in Section VIII of the FOIA Reference Guide - National Archives and Records Administration.