|Multi Request||FBI/DOJ FOIA consult|
|Submitted||Aug. 26, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records 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 7 business days, as the statute requires.
In reference to your request for copies of emails, letters, memos or other records of consultations regarding public records requests with the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the DEA, please be advised that the agency has no responsive records. The request as it stands is rather broad and prohibits me from conducting a comprehensive search. If you have any additional specific information or details and would like to revise your request, please do so.
I process the Department's records requests and I have had no such correspondence with the named agencies in my time here. However, it is impossible for me to know if any of the 1600 employees have had a conversation of this type with those agencies that resulted in any type of correspondence or record.
The agency is attempting to better streamline our records request process. For future requests, if you would, please submit them via the website below as it will allow us to better track our requests.
Please contact me should you have questions.
Office of the Chief
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
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