5 oldest FOIA requests (USMC)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC of the United States of America.
Tracking # HQMC-201100125
Status
Completed

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From: Jason Smathers

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

From: U.S. Marines

From: Jason Smathers

This request was submitted in 2010. Can you please provide me an estimated date of completion?

Thanks!

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

From: Malone CIV Mary M

Mr. Smathers:

Please refer to the chain of emails you sent inquiring about the subject
request. I have provided a status and submitted an inquiry to you about the
case and heard nothing from you.

The five oldest cases open in 2010, are no longer open. They are closed as of
June 2012. Besides they all would have been withheld from disclosure under exemption (b)(1) for they all were classified. However, to honor your request, and this was my question, do you wish to receive the Five Oldest Cases as of this date, which may include 2011 cases?

Please advise. I have been awaiting your instructions about what you want
to do.

V/r,

Mary Malone

From: Jason Smathers

Please respond with information concerning the five oldest cases as of the initial date I submitted my request (12/8/2010).

From: Hughes CIV Sally

Mr. Smathers -- I have just taken over the processing of this case from Ms. Malone and am researching your request, but want to be sure we locate the correct responsive records.

From what I see in the file (including some email exchanges), it appears that you are looking for records related to the five oldest cases that were open on 20 December 2010. We will proceed on this basis and retrieve those records but, if my description is not accurate and you're actually looking for anything different, please do let me know.

We apologize for the delay in processing this request. Given the length of time it has been open, we will be not assessing fees in this instance.

From: Jason Smathers

You are correct. These are the records I am seeking.

Thanks!

From: Hughes CIV Sally

Great, got it. Thanks for your patience with this lengthy delay...I will start working on this immediately.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hughes CIV Sally

The office is closed due to the government shutdown. During the week of 7 October, I will be on leave...if the shutdown is over during that time and you need assistance, please call the main office number, 703-614-4008.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hughes CIV Sally

I will be out of the office until Tuesday, February 18th, and will not have access to this email. If you need assistance before I return, please call the main number, 703-614-4008. Thank you.

Sally A. Hughes
Head, FOIA/PA Programs
Headquarter, U.S. Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20350
Tel: 703-614-3685

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hughes CIV Sally

I will be out of the office on Monday, 12 May, and will probably not have access to this email account. If you need assistance before I return tomorrow morning, please call the main number, 703-614-4008, or you can call me on my cell phone at 571-432-7114. Thank you.

Sally A. Hughes
Head, FOIA/PA Programs
Headquarter, U.S. Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20350
Tel: 703-614-3685

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #ARSF-F1/11U100043.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

An interim response, stating the request has been delayed

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

An interim response, stating the request has been delayed

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #HQMC-201100125.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #HQMC-201100125.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #HQMC-201100125.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 20, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #HQMC-201100125.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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