CIA-GSA liaisons 1970s (General Services Administration)

Emma Best filed this request with the General Services Administration of the United States of America.
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GSA-2019-000072

Multi Request CIA-GSA liaisons 1970s
Est. Completion None
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No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Emma 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.
CALLOWAY, James W.
KRAGH, Leonard G.
JOHNSON, Lee F.
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 https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP78-00300R000100090121-9.pdf. This request may be limited to the beginning of 1970 through the end of 1979.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, AND Magazine, Unicorn Riot, and more. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and and the journalist non-profit, MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross- section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media.

Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: General Services Administration

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=GSA-2019-000072&type=request)
* Tracking Number: GSA-2019-000072
* Requester Name: Emma Best
* Date Submitted: 10/19/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: 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.
CALLOWAY, James W.
KRAGH, Leonard G.
JOHNSON, Lee F.
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 https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP78-00300R000100090121-9.pdf. This request may be limited to the beginning of 1970 through the end of 1979.
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.
Sincerely,
Emma Best

From: General Services Administration

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request GSA-2019-000072 has been determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable.

From: General Services Administration

The FOIA request - GSA-2019-000072 description has been modified. Additional details for this item are as follows:
* Tracking Number: GSA-2019-000072
* Requester: Emma Best
* Submitted Date: 10/19/2018
* Description: 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.
CALLOWAY, James W.
KRAGH, Leonard G.
JOHNSON, Lee F.
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 https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP78-00300R000100090121-9.pdf. This request may be limited to the beginning of 1970 through the end of 1979.
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.
Sincerely,
Emma Best

From: General Services Administration

Ms. Best:

This email is in response to your U.S. General Services Administration
(GSA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request number (GSA-2019-000072)
submitted on October 19, 2018, in which you requested the following:

"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.
CALLOWAY, James W.
KRAGH, Leonard G.
JOHNSON, Lee F.
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
https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP78-00300R000100090121-9.pdf.
This request may be limited to the beginning of 1970 through the end of
1979.

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.

Unfortunately, because these records are 48 to 39 years old, GSA would not
have the documents. GSA retains records for 6 year and 3 months, anything
older would be in the possession of the National Archives and Records
Administration. Therefore you will need to submit a FOIA request to the
following:

NARA Freedom of Information Act Service Centers and Public Liaisons |
National Archives

*Accessioned Executive Branch Agency Records - Washington, DC Area*
FOIA requester Service Center telephone number: 301-837-3190
FOIA Public Liaison:
Britney Crawford (Acting)
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College Park, MD 20740-6001
Telephone number: 301-837-3190
E-mail address: dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

This completes our action on your FOIA request.

Respectfully,

U.S. General Services Administration

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