Defense Threat Reduction Agency (WikiLeaks)

Alexa O'Brien filed this request with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget of the United States of America.
Tracking # DTRA 14-021
Due Oct. 16, 2015
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Alexa O'Brien

November 27, 2013

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter constitutes a request under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552, and is submitted on behalf of journalist Alexa O’Brien.

I seek any and all documents in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s possession that pertain to the WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date.

I am a “representative of the news media” for fee waiver purposes. See Project on Military Procurement v. Department of the Navy, 710 F. Supp. 362, 363, 365 (D.C.D. 1989). My work has been published in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian UK, Salon, and featured by PBS Frontline, On The Media and Public Radio International. Based on my status as a “news media” requester, I am entitled to receive the requested record with only duplication fees asserted. Further, because disclosure of this information will “contribute greatly to the public understanding of the operation or activities of the government,” duplication fees should be waived.

There is a compelling need for the requested documents such that expedited processing is appropriate. I am engaged in disseminating information. There exists an urgent need to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government activity. As 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(E)(ii)(I) provides, I will anticipate your determination on our request within ten (10) calendar days.

I requests that in the event that access to any of the requested records is denied pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(b), I be provided with all non-exempt portions which are reasonably segregable. I further request that you describe the deleted material in detail and specify the statutory basis for the denial as well as your reasons for believing that the alleged statutory justification applies in this instance. Please separately state your reasons for not invoking your discretionary powers to release the requested documents. Such statements will be helpful in deciding whether to appeal an adverse determination, and in formulating arguments in case an appeal is taken. I reserve my right to appeal the withholding or deletion of any information and expect that you will list the office and address were such an appeal can be sent.

I requests that documents responsive to this request be provided to me in electronic format on a CD-ROM.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this request.

Sincerely,

Alexa O’Brien

From: Bryant-williams, Gloria J CONTRACTOR

FOIA Case Number: 14-021
Date of Request: November 27, 2013
Date Request Received: November 27, 2013

Mr. Alexa O'Brien
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 9280
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Mr. O'Brien,

This acknowledges your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) your request has been forwarded to the appropriate office within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency for processing. You requested any and all documents in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's procession that pertain to the WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date. In addition, you requested a fee waiver and expedited processing. We make every effort to respond within the 20 business days as stipulated in the FOIA, however the processing of your request may exceed this dependent upon the volume of the responsive documents and the complexity of the processing.

Your request has been place in the "News Media" fee category; there is no charge for search and review and for the first 100 pages of reproduction. After the first 100 pages, a fee of $0.15 per page is charged. Your request for a fee waiver and expedite processing is being considered. A decision will be provided to you at a later date.

Should you need further assistance regarding this request, please reference the above case number when contacting the FOIA action officer, Gloria Bryant-Williams, at (703) 767-0137, or the requester service center at (703) 767- 1792 or efoia@dtra.mil

Gloria Bryant-Williams
FOIA/Privacy Analyst
Phacil (contractor support)
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
703-767-0137/703-767-1792 (requester service center)
efoia@dtra.mil

"This message contains FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) information which is protected under the Privacy Act of 1974. Do not further disseminate this information without the permission of the sender. Unlawful disclosure may result in criminal and civil penalties."

From: Bryant-williams, Gloria J CONTRACTOR

Good Morning Mr. O'Brien

Please see attached regarding your Expedited processing and fee wavier request.

Gloria Bryant-Williams
FOIA/Privacy Analyst
Phacil (contractor support)
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
703-767-0137/703-767-1792 (requester service center)
efoia@dtra.mil

"This message contains FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) information which is protected under the Privacy Act of 1974. Do not further disseminate this information without the permission of the sender. Unlawful disclosure may result in criminal and civil penalties."

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-021.

Thank you for your help.

From: Bryant-williams, Gloria J CONTRACTOR

Dear Mr. O'Brien:

Your FOIA Request 14-021 is currently being worked. I'm unable to provide you with an estimated time of completion. We are in the process of conducting an agency search for records Each request is handled on a first-in, first-out basis in relation to other requests in the same track. Simple requests usually receive a response in about a month, whereas complex requests necessarily take longer. At this time, your request has been assigned as complex case .

Should you need further assistance regarding this request, please reference the above case number when contacting the FOIA action officer, Gloria Bryant-Williams, at (703) 767-0137, or the requester service center at (703) 767- 1792 or efoia@dtra.mil

From: Alexa O'Brien

Gloria Bryant-Williams
(703) 767-0137
efoia@dtra.mil

RE: FOIA Request 14-021

Dear Ms. Bryant-Williams,

Thank you.

Best regards,

Alexa O'Brien

From: Bryant-williams, Gloria J CONTRACTOR

Good Afternoon Mr. O'Brien

Please see attached regarding your FOIA request.

Gloria Bryant-Williams
FOIA/Privacy Analyst
Phacil (contractor support)
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
703-767-0137/703-767-1792 (requester service center) efoia@dtra.mil

"This message contains FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (FOUO) information which is protected under the Privacy Act of 1974. Do not further disseminate this information without the permission of the sender. Unlawful disclosure may result in criminal and civil penalties."

From: MuckRock

Ms. Hardy:

Please advise as to the status of this FOIA (see attached forwarding letter).

Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-021.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-021.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-021.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-021.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-021.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-021.

Thank you for your help.

From: FN-OMB-FOIA

Good Afternoon: Our logs indicate that 2014-021 was signed and sent to the requester on 11/14/13.
Thanks.

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Per the attached communications, the request assigned tracking number 14-021 was not submitted until November 27, 2013. Would you please clarify which request was signed and sent on November 14, 2013?

Thank you very much.

From: FN-OMB-FOIA

Good Afternoon: Our logs indicate that 14-021 was dated October 16, 2013, logged in on November 8, 2013 and signed and sent to the requester on November 14, 2013. If you have further questions, please call 202-395-3642.

Thank you.

From: Alexa O'Brien

I am following up with you about documents that were forwarded to your agency from Defense Threat Reduction Agency

See below:

This is our final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated and, received in this office on November 27, 2013 and assigned case number 14-021. You requested any and all documents in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s procession that pertain to the WikiLeaks website or organization from January 2006 to the present date.

After a review of this request we have determined that this information is not under the purview of Defense Threat Reduction Agency DTRA. Therefore, this request is being forwarded to Office of Management and Budget, FOIA Office for review and release determinations and direct reply to you. Please forward any future correspondence to the office listed below:

Office of Management and Budget FOIA Office
ATTN: Dionne Hardy
725 17th Street, Northwest, Room 9026
Washington, DC 20503

Should you need further assistance regarding this request, please contact the action officer, Gloria Bryant-Williams at 703 767-0137, or requester service center at 703 767-1792, or efoia@dtra.mil

From: MuckRock

Please note that the tracking number 14-021 was assigned by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, as noted in the copied communication from DTRA, and likely does not correspond to your office's records. Provision of the appropriate tracking number assigned by your office when this request was forwarded to you, per the attached letter from January 15, 2014, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Thank you.

From: FN-OMB-FOIA

Good Afternoon:

This email acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) originally dated November 27, 2013 and received in OMB’s FOIA office on April 25, 2017. Your request has been logged in and is being processed. For your reference, the OMB FOIA number is 2017-185.

Sincerely,
Dionne Hardy

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