Congressional requests, 2015-2017 (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
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Multi Request Congressional requests, 2015-2017
Due June 11, 2019
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of any requests for documents, information, briefings or testimony sent to either the director's office or the appropriate congressional liaison office between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2017.

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. 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 Internet Archive and MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience.

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). 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 are moot for the purposes of determining the 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: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Good Morning Ms. Best,

First, I want to apologize for the late response. Please see your attached NGA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Acknowledgement Letter. Lastly, I want to get a better understanding of your request. As is your request could take a substantial amount of search time which could produce a large amount of documents which will increase review time. With that being said I want to be able to narrow down to scope your request so I can get you the actual information you looking for in a reasonable amount of time. I would rather your request be closed in weeks not months. So what is it that you are really looking for? What specific documents are you interested in, as your request reads now, it is too broad. Help us, help you! Thank you for your time and patience.


Ms. Tiffany Richardson
FOIA Specialist / Information Security Specialist
Office of Security, NGA FOIA/PA Requester Service Center
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
(571) 557-4141
(571) 558-3165 (fax)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

From: Emma North-Best

First, I want to apologize for the late response. The request stands as it is, I want the full scope of materials I requested. I will wait as long as I need to.