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Jason Smathers made this request to Department of Defense, Education Activity of the United States of America.

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Jason Smathers 12/08/2010

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 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
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Jason Smathers 08/28/2013

Hello,

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

Thank you.

Jason Smathers 09/25/2013

Hello,

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

Thank you.

Department of Defense, Education Activity 09/25/2013

Mr. Smathers,

This FOIA Requester Service Center has no record of the initial FOIA request or the two follow-ups. Are you trying to submit this FOIA request now? If so are you requesting information from 2010? Please advise of your intentions, and we will process your requests as quickly as possible.

v/r

James Revell
FOIA Requester Service Center/PA Officer
Department of Defense Education Activity
4800 Mark Center Dr
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400
Phone: (571) 372-1892
DSN 372-1892

FOUO - PRIVACY ACT INFORMATION
This e-mail is privileged and confidential. It may contain information that is Personal Data and requires protection in compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974. This e-mail is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO).

Jason Smathers 09/26/2013

Please process the request now using the 5 oldest cases from those that were open on Dec. 8, 2010.

MuckRock.com 10/26/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 9, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

MuckRock.com 11/25/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 9, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

MuckRock.com 12/25/2013

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 9, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

Muckrock 01/28/2014

Please advise as to the status as this request and respond to the voicemail left for Mr. Revell today.

FOIA/PA Requests 02/10/2014

Mr. Smathers,

Please see attached Final Response letter and documents in reference to your FOIA Request.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

v/r

James Revell
FOIA Requester Service Center/PA Officer
Department of Defense Education Activity
4800 Mark Center Dr
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400
Phone: (571) 372-1892
DSN 372-1892

FOUO - PRIVACY ACT INFORMATION
This e-mail is privileged and confidential. It may contain information that is Personal Data and requires protection in compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974. This e-mail is FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO).