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FOI Request

5 oldest FOIA requests (Defense Contract Audit Agency)

Requested by jasonsmathers on Dec. 9, 2010 for the Defense Contract Audit Agency of United States of America and fufilled on Dec. 10, 2010

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 records referencing the five oldest FOIA and Privacy Act requests which are still being processed that contain remarks, comments, notes, explanations, etc. made by your 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, 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.


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

From Defense Contract Audit Agency on Dec. 16, 2010:

Completed Request for 5 oldest FOIA requests
Completed Request for 5 oldest FOIA requests
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A completed request for the 5 oldest FOIA requests from the Defense Contract Audit Agency.
From Jason Smathers to Defense Contract Audit Agency on Aug. 28, 2013:


The FOIA request below was submitted in December 2010, but according to our records never completed. Please advise?

Please note the change in MuckRock's address:

MuckRock News
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Thank you.

From Mastromichalis, Keith, Mr, DCAA to Jason Smathers on Aug. 28, 2013:

To whom it may concern,

Our final response was sent out on 12/10/10. I have attached a copy of the final response to this message.

Keith Mastromichalis
FOIA/PA Management Analyst
Phone: 703-767-1022

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I-11-017-H Final Release Package
I-11-017-H Final Release Package
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  • Completed Request for 5 oldest FOIA requests
  • I-11-017-H Final Release Package
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