Army Corps of Engineers - Cemetery and Burial Ground Reports and Investigations.

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the United States of America.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all reports, investigation, inspections, or similar material related to cemeteries or burial grounds for the period from January 1, 2015.

If your office has any questions, please feel free to contact me at 617-299-1832.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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.


Beryl Lipton

From: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Dear Ms. Lipton,

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated October 29, 2018, in which you requested any and all reports, investigations, or similar material related to cemeteries or burial grounds (from January 1, 2015 to October 29, 2018). Your request was assigned tracking number FP

Your request for "any and all" reports, investigations, or "similar material" is overly-broad and does not reasonably describe the records sought because it does not detail the specific office(s) you seek this information from or the subject matter of the reports, investigations, or "similar material".

Army Regulation 25-55 1-507 outlines the descriptive information necessary for a request to be considered reasonably described -- "The requester must provide a description of the desired record that enables the Government to locate the record with a reasonable amount of effort."

That descriptive information may fall in one of two categories. The first is file-related and includes information such as type of record (for example, memorandum), title, index citation, subject area, date the record was created and originator. The second category is event-related and includes the circumstances that resulted in the record being created or the date and circumstances surrounding the event the record covers.

Searching for "any and all" reports, investigations, or "similar material" could, for example, require every District office to search for documents in each branch, directorate, and office. Such efforts go beyond what is required under the FOIA.

If you maintain interest in the requested information, please provide sufficient clarification to more narrowly define your request, which will allow us to conduct a non-random search of our records. You may submit your clarification/additional information to

Your request file will remain open for 10 business days while we await your response. If no response is received by November 23, 2018, we will assume you are no longer interested and will close your request. If you have questions, please write to, or call me at (703) 428-8160.

Best regards,
Mary Alice

Mary Alice Smith
Paralegal Specialist
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
HECSA - Office of Counsel
7701 Telegraph Road
Alexandria, VA 22315
703-428-8160 (office)
703-428-7221 (fax)


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