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FOI Request

5 oldest FOIA requests (Air Force)

Requested by jasonsmathers on Dec. 9, 2010 for the Air Force of United States of America and fufilled on Jan. 31, 2011

Status: Completed


From Jason Smathers on Dec. 8, 2010:

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All Air Force records referencing the five oldest FOIA and Privacy Act requests which are still being processed that contain remarks, comments, notes, explanations, etc. made by Air Force personnel or contractors about the processing of these requests (and appeals, if appropriate), the invocation of exemptions, or related matters. This is to include any analysts' notes made during the processing of the requests, any standard worksheets completed by the analysts, any justifications for exemption invocations or other supporting documentation provided to the Appeals Authority, and any correspondence referencing the requests, including tasking orders, emails, and coordination documentation. However, any records previously released to the original requesters in unredacted form may be excluded from this request. Additionally, please provide the initial request letters for the 5 oldest open FOIA/PA requests.

When processing this request, please note that the D.C. Circuit has previously held that agencies have a duty to construe the subject material of FOIA requests liberally to ensure responsive records are not overlooked. See Nation Magazine, Washington Bureau v. U.S. Customs Service, 71 F.3d 885, 890 (D.C. Cir. 1995). Accordingly, you are hereby instructed that the term “record” includes, but is not limited to: 1) all email communications to or from any individual within your agency; 2) memoranda; 3) inter-agency communications; 4) sound recordings; 5) tape recordings; 6) video or film recordings; 7) photographs; 8) notes; 9) notebooks; 10) indices; 11) jottings; 12) message slips; 13) letters or correspondence; 14) telexes; 15) telegrams; 16) facsimile transmissions; 17) statements; 18) policies; 19) manuals or binders; 20) books; 21) handbooks; 22) business records; 23) personnel records; 24) ledgers; 25) notices; 26) warnings; 27) affidavits; 28) declarations under penalty of perjury; 29) unsworn statements; 30) reports; 31) diaries; or 32) calendars, regardless of whether they are handwritten, printed, typed, mechanically or electronically recorded or reproduced on any medium capable of conveying an image, such as paper, CDs, DVDs, or diskettes.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jason Smathers
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Daytime: (617) 299-1832
For mailed responses, please address:
MuckRock
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

 
From AFGSC FOIA on Dec. 23, 2010:

Dear Mr. Smathers,
This email is an acknowledgement for receipt of your request for All AF records for the five oldest FOIA cases that are still being processed. We received your request on December 23, 2010. Your case has been assigned case number 2011-01529-F. Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) will only be replying to the oldest case number 1997-0168. The owners of the other 4 cases will be responding directly to you on their cases.

We will respond to your request by January 25, 2011. If you have any questions concerning your request, you may contact us at 318-456-7165 or via e-mail at afgscfoiaworkflow@barksdale.af.mil. Please reference your assigned case number when making inquiries.

V/R,
PAULINE KEMPF, Capt, USAF
AFGSC FOIA
318-456-7165

 
From Jason Smathers on Dec. 27, 2010:

This is a re-send, as requested, of the original request. Please note the updated contact information at the bottom!
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To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All Air Force records referencing the five oldest FOIA and Privacy Act requests which are still being processed that contain remarks, comments, notes, explanations, etc. made by Air Force personnel or contractors about the processing of these requests (and appeals, if appropriate), the invocation of exemptions, or related matters. This is to include any analysts' notes made during the processing of the requests, any standard worksheets completed by the analysts, any justifications for exemption invocations or other supporting documentation provided to the Appeals Authority, and any correspondence referencing the requests, including tasking orders, emails, and coordination documentation. However, any records previously released to the original requesters in unredacted form may be excluded from this request. Additionally, please provide the initial request letters for the 5 oldest open FOIA/PA requests.

When processing this request, please note that the D.C. Circuit has previously held that agencies have a duty to construe the subject material of FOIA requests liberally to ensure responsive records are not overlooked. See Nation Magazine, Washington Bureau v. U.S. Customs Service, 71 F.3d 885, 890 (D.C. Cir. 1995). Accordingly, you are hereby instructed that the term “record” includes, but is not limited to: 1) all email communications to or from any individual within your agency; 2) memoranda; 3) inter-agency communications; 4) sound recordings; 5) tape recordings; 6) video or film recordings; 7) photographs; 8) notes; 9) notebooks; 10) indices; 11) jottings; 12) message slips; 13) letters or correspondence; 14) telexes; 15) telegrams; 16) facsimile transmissions; 17) statements; 18) policies; 19) manuals or binders; 20) books; 21) handbooks; 22) business records; 23) personnel records; 24) ledgers; 25) notices; 26) warnings; 27) affidavits; 28) declarations under penalty of perjury; 29) unsworn statements; 30) reports; 31) diaries; or 32) calendars, regardless of whether they are handwritten, printed, typed, mechanically or electronically recorded or reproduced on any medium capable of conveying an image, such as paper, CDs, DVDs, or diskettes.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jason Smathers
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Daytime: (617) 299-1832

For mailed responses, please address:
MuckRock
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

 
From Air Force on Dec. 27, 2010:

Letter Illegible
Letter Illegible
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A letter from the Air Force, stating that the initial request letter was illegible.
 
From USAFE FOIA Manager on Dec. 28, 2010:

Acknowledgement Letter
Acknowledgement Letter
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Acknowledgement letter of FOIA Request
 
From USAFE FOIA Manager on Jan. 3, 2011:

Mr Smathers

Attached is our acknowledgement of your FOIA request. Are willing to accept clearly releasable information? Please respond as soon as possible to avoid any possible delays in processing.

If you have questions feel free to contact me at the number(s) below.

v/r

Valerie Bufano
USAFE FOIA Manager
DSN 478-0567
Commercial 011-49-06371-405-0567

 
From Jason Smathers on Jan. 3, 2011:

I require all responsive records. For records which you believe are not releasable, please cite the exemption you are using and provide an index to all documents withheld in full.

 
From USAFE FOIA Manager on Jan. 27, 2011:

Dear Mr. Smathers: This is in response to your December 28, 2010 Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of Requesting all documents regarding the 5 oldest FOIA requests, including internal communications, the request, and any communications with the requesters (NOT asking for copies of the responsive documents). USAFE has one case; 2000-0015-HQ USAFE. To process your request properly, we find a time extension is necessary because (state reason for delay). We will respond to you by (date – no more than an additional 10 days). In the meantime, if you have any questions concerning this matter call this office at (commercial telephone number) or write to us at the above address. Please reference FOIA case number 2011-01547-F when making inquiries. Sincerely Antonio Gallegos, TSgt, USAF Case No: 2011-01547-F

 
From USAFE FOIA Manager on Jan. 27, 2011:

Dear Mr. Smathers: This is in response to your December 28, 2010 Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of Requesting all documents regarding the 5 oldest FOIA requests, including internal communications, the request, and any communications with the requesters (NOT asking for copies of the responsive documents). USAFE has one case; 2000-0015-HQ USAFE. To process your request properly, we find a time extension is necessary because (state reason for delay). We will respond to you by (date – no more than an additional 10 days). In the meantime, if you have any questions concerning this matter call this office at (commercial telephone number) or write to us at the above address. Please reference FOIA case number 2011-01547-F when making inquiries. Sincerely Antonio Gallegos, TSgt, USAF Case No: 2011-01547-F

 
From Air Force on Jan. 27, 2011:

Extension Letter
Extension Letter
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A letter stating that the Air Force requires an extension in order to respond to a FOIA request for the oldest unanswered FOIA requests.
 
From Jason Smathers on Jan. 27, 2011:

Antonio,

This request was made through MuckRock, I would appreciate it if you would direct responses to requests@muckrock.com so that this FOIA request is properly tracked.

Thank you.

-Jason

 
From U.S. Air Force on Jan. 31, 2011:

Cover Letter
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A cover letter for the oldest open FOIA requests at the Air Force.
 
From U.S. Air Force on Jan. 31, 2011:

Oldest Open FOIA Requests
Oldest Open FOIA Requests
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The oldest open FOIA requests at the U.S. Air Force.
 
  • Letter Illegible
  • Acknowledgement Letter
  • Extension Letter
  • Cover Letter
  • Oldest Open FOIA Requests
 
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