Feds Profit Off Charging for Access to Public Records

Government takes in millions more from PACER than it costs to operate the system


The federal government has collected millions from the online Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, or PACER – nearly five times what it cost to run the system.

Between fiscal years 2006 and 2010, the government collected an average of $77 million a year from PACER fees, according to the most recent federal figures available.