|Submitted||Jan. 2, 2022|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
A cable sent from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs on March 26, 1975 to U.S. Representative Bill Archer titled ARRANGEMENTS TO WELCOME EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE FORMS TO THE US. This document was marked 'Declassified/Released' pursuant to the State Department's EO Systematic Review on July 5, 2006. Please note that I have attached additional metadata to assist you in your search for the responsive document or documents, as well as a letter from the U.S. Department of State indicating that NARA is in possession of the responsive record or records.
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Dear Mr. Slaughter:
This is in response to your January 2, 2022, Freedom of Information Act
request (R 22-14117) about a Department of State document. We received
your request on January 5.
Attached is a complimentary copy of the document in which you are
interested, a letter from the Department of State to Congressman Bill
Archer. This is the best copy available. The enclosure that is mentioned
is not filed with the letter.
This concludes the processing of your request.
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believe this response does not meet the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act. Please address it to the Deputy Archivist of the United
States (ND), National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi
Road, College Park, Maryland 20740. Both the letter and the envelope
should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.” You may also
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Archivist, you may seek assistance from our FOIA Public Liaison, Rebecca
Calcagno. Contact information for the FOIA Public Liaison at the National
Archives, Washington DC area is as follows:
Accessioned Executive Branch Agency Records - Washington, DC Area
FOIA Public Liaison: Rebecca Calcagno
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740-6001
You may also contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS),
the Federal FOIA Ombudsman’s office, for assistance. OGIS offers mediation
services to help resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal
agencies. The contact information for OGIS is:
Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road–OGIS
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Phone: 202-741-5770 or 1-877-684-6448
DAVID A. LANGBART
Archives II Reference, Research Rooms
and Augmented Processing Branch
National Archives at College Park, MD
Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.