|Submitted||March 22, 2021|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request:
Any and all records held on the deceased author "David Graeber", whose death was widely reported in the media.
[New York Times] https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/books/david-graeber-dead.html
[the Guardian] https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/06/david-graeber-obituary
I would like to also:
a) Request any “cross-referenced” records relevant to my inquiry.
b) Request a search of “ELSUR” (Electronic Surveillance) records.
I also request that 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 MuckRock.com, 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 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.
There are eFOIA files available for you to download.
To Whom It May Concern:
In a letter dated March 26, 2021 the FBI responded to my records request by stating it could not locate responsive records after it conducted a search of the Central Records System.
The FBI performed an inadequate search for records responsive to my request. This is violative of the FOIA. I appeal the FBI’s inadequate search for records responsive to my request. I request OIP compel the FBI to conduct a new complete and thorough search for records relating or referring to the criminal referral made to the FBI and to disclose any responsive records to me.
This new search should include, but not be limited to, text searches of the ECF (Electronic Case File).
This new search should also include, but not be limited to searches of/for: main file records, cross-reference records, ELSUR (electronic surveillance) records, laboratory records, FOI/PA records, 190 Files, 197 Files, and (-0, -2, -5) Control Files, the FBI’s administrative records system, confidential indices and filing systems, the Investigative Data Warehouse, seized asset information, and the FBI’s “Bureau Mailing Lists” records system.
As provided in the Freedom of Information Act, I will expect to receive a reply to this administrative appeal letter within twenty working days or I will file a lawsuit in federal court.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions concerning this appeal.
To Whom It May Concern:
In a letter dated April 19, 2021 I responded to the FBI's response stating that an inadequate search for records was conducted in response to my request. It has now been 20 working days and I have yet to receive a response or any communication regarding my updated request.
This is violative of the FOIA-- I expect a response at the soonest failing which I will have to escalate this request.
Thank you for contacting email@example.com. Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://vault.fbi.gov by clicking on “Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request” on the right side of the page, and follow the instructions below.
Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request
If your FOIPA Number is [1234567-0] please enter [1234567-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1234567-1] please enter [1234567-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- Request statuses are updated weekly
Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]
Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:
Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)
The FBI’s FOIPA Program is searching the FBI’s indices for potentially responsive documents.
You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.
NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.
Estimated Dates of Completion
Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our multi-track processing system. Requests are divided into two primary tracks--simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Complex requests are further divided into medium, large, and extra-large sub-tracks based upon request size. Simple track requests typically require the least amount of time to process. Currently, simple track cases average approximately 104 days from the date of receipt for processing. Our complex requests in the medium processing track are currently averaging 853 days, large processing track are currently averaging approximately 1,786 days, and extra-large processing track are currently averaging 2,500 days for processing.
Public Information Officer
FBI - Information Management Division
200 Constitution Drive
Winchester, VA 22602
O: (540) 868-4593
Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia
Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.
Note: This is a non-emergency email address. If this is an emergency, please call 911 directly. If you need to report a tip for immediate action, please contact FBI Tips at http://tips.fbi.gov/ or reach out to your local field office.
COVID-19 Impact: RIDS resumed full staffing on April 12, 2021. Commensurate with the return of full staffing levels, RIDS will being increasing its FOIA processing production. While RIDS will make its best efforts to meet increased production goals, this increased production rate may be negatively impacted by COVID-19 workplace disruptions. As a result, estimated dates of completion for Freedom of Information Act requests were impacted and you can expect lengthened response timelines. Please note that these are estimates, and these timelines may change as this national emergency evolves. The FBI remains committed to fulfilling your FOIPA request in the timeliest manner possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.