Chief FOIA officer exemption 5 guidance (National Security Agency)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any guidance, memo, protocol, directive or other document (or segment of another document) written by or for the Chief FOIA/Privacy Officer that provides departmental application of FOIA exemption 5 from 1990 to the day this request is processed.

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.


Shawn Musgrave

From: National Security Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 10, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Mr. Musgrave,

Regarding your status request: FOIA Case 75423 is still in processing, and we expect to have correspondence sent out to you in the near future. Due to the significant increase in the number of requests being received by this Agency, as well as the government shutdown, we are experiencing delays in processing or responding.

I encourage you to submit future status checks via email using the FOIA Requester Service Center (RSC) address:<>. This will ensure that I receive your inquiry in a more timely manner. Additionally, status checks sent via MuckRock's fax format are often very difficult to read, which could cause delays in responding to your inquiry. I will be better able to decipher the specific email address that MuckRock has provided should you choose to utilize the NSA FOIA RSC.

Thank you for your patience,

Cindy Blacker

Cindy Blacker

From: National Security Agency

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

From: National Security Agency

A copy of documents responsive to the request.