FBI/DOJ FOIA consult (Fort Worth Police Department)

Emma Best filed this request with the Fort Worth Police Department of Fort Worth, TX.
Tracking #

W089986-082719

Multi Request FBI/DOJ FOIA consult
Due Sept. 10, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Emma Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of any emails, letters, memos or other records of consultations regarding public records requests (FOI/FOIL/FOIA etc.) with either the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Agency components.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Fort Worth Police Department

Dear Emma Best:

Thank you for your interest in public records of the City of Fort Worth, Texas. Your request has been received and is being processed in accordance with Chapter 552 of Texas Government Code, the Public Information Act. Your request was received and given the log number W089986-082719 for tracking purposes.
You will be contacted about the availability and/or provided with copies of the records in question promptly but no later than 10 business days.

Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City department(s) to locate the information you seek and to determine the volume and any costs associated with satisfying your request.

PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions.

Again, thank you for using the Open Records Center.

Annette Henderson
Public Information Coordinator

From: Fort Worth Police Department

September 9th, 2019

Emma Best
MuckRock News, Dept MR 79567
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144
Email: 79567-99319938@request.muckrock.com

VIA Email: 79567-99319938@request.muckrock.com

Re: City of Fort Worth Public Information Request No. 89986

Copies of any emails, letters, memos or other records of consultations regarding public records requests (FOI/FOIL/FOIA etc.) with either the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Agency components.

Dear Ms. Best:

This letter is in response to your request for public information, which the City of Fort Worth (the "City") received on August 27th, 2019. You requested the following information:

Copies of any emails, letters, memos or other records of consultations regarding public records requests (FOI/FOIL/FOIA etc.) with either the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Agency components.

The City is committed to providing you with the information you are seeking. However, your request is very broad. We would have to manually search through the records of 31,806 Public Information Requests. Because of the broad scope of the request, there would likely be a very substantial fee associated with locating, compiling, and providing the requested information to you, as authorized by the Texas Public Information Act. Therefore, rather than just sending you a very high cost estimate for the information you have requested, we would like to see if you might be interested in narrowing the scope of your request in order to decrease or potentially eliminate any costs to you while also ensuring that you receive the specific information you would like from the City.

For example, you could narrow the timeframe of your request to just a couple of months. I offer these ideas only as examples of ways that you could limit the scope of your request in order to make things more expedient for you. There certainly may be other approaches that you could take to limit that scope.

Please be advised that if the City does not receive a written response from you by the 61st day after the date this letter is sent to you, your request for public information is considered to have been withdrawn by you.

You may send your written response by mail, fax, email, or deliver it in person to:

Public Information Coordinator, City of Fort Worth

City Secretary's Office

Attn: Annette Henderson

3rd Floor, City Hall

200 Texas Street

Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Email: publicinformation@fortworthtexas.gov

Facsimile: 817-392-6654 (Attn: Public Information Coordinator)

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this matter. The City looks forward to working with you to provide you with the information you are seeking.

Sincerely,

Sgt. Justin Seabourn
Legal Liaison Sergeant/Open Records
Fort Worth Police Department
505 W. Felix St.
Fort Worth Texas 76115
Phone: 817 392-4272
Fax: 817 392-4282

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