SARs from TBI and fee waiver

Richard Keppler filed this request with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation of Tennessee .
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From: Richard Keppler

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Tennessee's Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

On October 11, 2013 the Bureau informed public records requester Kris Frye that a search for suspicious activity reports had been completed in response to his public records request and that 25 reports had been examined and redacted by the staff, checked with local law enforcement to determine whether cases were still open and active, and that 137 pages were identified that can be produced, but that the printing cost would be $20.55 and the labor $588.09.

I am requesting a copy of those 137 pages. No additional research or redactions need to be performed, merely the photocopying (or scanning to PDF) of the 137 pages.

As this information has already been vetted for release by the Bureau and the only remaining obstacle to the release to the public of this vital information that the public needs to know is the cost of reproduction, I am requesting the bureau to provide me copies of those 137 pages and to waive $471.64 of labor costs such that the total requested fee would be $137.

I attest that I am a citizen of Tennessee.

I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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.

Sincerely,

Richard Keppler

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 26, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Jeanne Broadwell

Mr. Keppler,

In response to your latest email to Ms. Tate please review the series of emails below.

March 28, 2014

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Headquarters, Public Information Office

901 R.S. Gass Boulevard

Nashville, TN 37216

This is a follow up to a previous request:

Ms Broadwell,

Thank you for the kind reply. Sure, I'll fill out the forms requesting the records and providing proof of TN citizenship. (The Act requires citizenship, not just residency although I'm not certain whether there is a distinction) I'll indicate to the best of my ability a clear description of the records I'm seeking. I would hope that you'd be willing to provide replies electronically, as this information is shared on Muckrock.com and everyone can browse through everyone elses requests, which makes it accessible to the media (and hopefully results in granting of media waivers), and enables people to avoid filing duplicate requests which others have already filed.

Please consider all of my records requests 'on hold' until I submit the requested forms, and thank you for your patience.

RK

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On March 28, 2014:

Mr. Keppler,

I'm just asking that you use the form to make the requests that you previously made by email. I am concerned about emails getting deleted, and I want to make sure to respond to all of your requests. Just fill them out the best you can; the important thing is that we be able to understand exactly what you are looking for. I would suggest you write in that you are requesting a cost estimate at this time so that we know not to start making copies right away; maybe put that in paragraph 5, next to "Record(s) requested." Like you, I don't know if the records exist or exist at TBI or whatever.

And yes, the photo ID, address and contact information are required in order to establish that the requestor is a TN resident.

For paragraph 7 dealing with costs, just put "Unknown at this time" or something similar.

Does that help?

Jeanne

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On March 28, 2014:

Dear Jean Broadwell,

If I fill out the Inspection/Duplication of Records Request, will I be given an estimate of the size of the volume and cost of duplication and any other costs prior to committing to pay for them?

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On March 27, 2014:

Dear Jean Broadwell,

Thank you for your kind reply.

Could you please indicate to me the additional information you require? The Bureau has not indicated whether any of the records I have requested exist, how lengthy they are, how many pages need to be examined or redacted, or photocopied, etc. In the absence of any of this information I'd essentially be signing blank forms.

Are you wishing to establish that I'm a citizen of Tennessee?

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On March 27, 2014:

Dear Sir/Madam:

We ask that you use the attached form to request records from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. This will help us process your requests more efficiently. Please submit one completed form for each of your requests to jeanne.broadwell@tn.gov<mailto:jeanne.broadwell@tn.gov<mailto:jeanne.broadwell@tn.gov%3cmailto:jeanne.broadwell@tn.gov>>.

Thank you.

Jeanne Broadwell

TBI General Counsel

901 R. S. Gass Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37216

Phone (615) 744-4208

Fax (615) 744-4656

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On March 23, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Tennessee's Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all records that were prepared, received, transmitted, collected and or maintained by the TBI, and communications with the Terrorist Screening center, the National Joint Terrorism Task Force, or any Joint Terrorism Task Force relating to Occupy Wall Street-related protests in Nashville, TN. My name is Richard Keppler and I attest that I am a citizen and resident of the State of Tennessee.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.

Sincerely,

Richard Keppler

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E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

For mailed responses, please address (see note):

MuckRock News

DEPT MR 10888

PO Box 55819

Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

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