CIA-GSA liaisons 1970s

Emma North-Best filed this request with the National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access of the United States of America.

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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records mentioning or generated as a result of liaisons and contacts between CIA officials and the following GSA personnel:

DERKS, Robert P.
BURKART, Francis W.
KRAGH, Leonard G.
OBERA, Lawrence A.
PEOPLES, Robert W.
RICHTER, Fred F. (1974-1975)
HARVELL, Hazen D. - General Services Administration, Assistant Commissioner for Operation Programs
PERRYMAN, George - General Services Administration, Former Regional Commissioner (until July 1972)
PROVINCE, John - General Services Administration, Former Acting Regional Commissioner (July 1972 to July 1973)
STEELE, Jr., James F. - General Services Administration, Regional Commissioner, Region 3

For the purposes of this request, the words "contacts" and "liaisons" are being used in the way CIA used them in CIA-RDP78-00300R000100090121-9 (dated 1975), which officially disclosed these relationships. A copy of the file can be found at This request may be limited to the beginning of 1970 through the end of 1979.

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Emma Best

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Dear Ms. Best:

This is in response to your November 3, 2018, Freedom of Information Act
request (RD 59385) about Central Intelligence Agency records on contacts
between it and 12 individuals who worked for the General Services
Administration. We received your request on November 9.

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