CIA-USAID Liaisons 1970s (United States Agency for International Development)

Emma Best filed this request with the United States Agency for International Development of the United States of America.
Multi Request CIA-USAID Liaisons 1970s
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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 USAID personnel:

WHITE, James

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.

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.


Emma Best

From: United States Agency for International Development

Greetings Ms. Best -

Thank you for your continued interest in United States Agency Development

This acknowledges receipt of your October 18, 2018, Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) request to USAID. We received your request on October 19,
2018. Specifically, you requested *records mentioning or generated as a
result of liaisons and contacts between CIA officials and the following
USAID personnel: CHAMBERS, Ann; and WHITE, James. You indicated that this
request may be limited to the beginning of 1970 through the end of 1979.
You also requested a fee waiver, which has been granted.*

Kindly be advised that, pursuant to the FOIA 5 U.S.C. § 552, a requester
must reasonably describe agency records. The description of agency records
should be sufficient for an agency employee familiar with the subject area
to locate the record(s) with a reasonable amount of effort. A description
that includes as much information as possible, such as the subject matter,
format, approximate date and, where pertinent, the name of the country or
person involved, will facilitate the search for the requested record(s).
The FOIA was not intended to reduce government agency staff to researchers
or full-time investigators on behalf of FOIA requesters.

Thank you for providing the attachment containing relationships between the
CIA and various agencies to assist with your request. Unfortunately, your
request and this document does not provide sufficient information to
conduct a reasonable search for USAID records beyond its Office for Human
Captial and Talent Management (HCTM). HCTM maintains human resources
records. In this instance, due to the age of the potential records and
limited identifying information provided, any personnel records for Ms.
Chambers or Mr. White would have been transferred to the National Personnel
Records Center. You may submit a request to NPRC directly at:

If you have additional information to assist with a reasonable search for
records, please provide it within 10 days from the date of this email to, and we will expand our search accordingly. However, if we
do not receive the additional information requested to assist with the
search, we will consider the non-response as an indication that the
information provided herein is sufficient. Accordingly, your request will
be closed and no further action will be taken on it.

Thank you.


*Alecia S. Sillah *
*Team Lead, FOIA Specialist*
*USAID - US Agency for International Development *
*Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services, Information and
Records Division (M/MS/IRD) | **RRB - 2.07C - **Washington, DC 20523
| **Direct:
(202) 712-1371 | <>*


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