Don Dailey (Department of Justice, United States Marshals)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Department of Justice, United States Marshals of the United States of America.
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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All records mentioning Don Dailey. In the case where you have multiple people in your system with this name, provide records for all people with this name where they were born in 1956. Please do not reject this request for not having a specific birth date, as it is unknown, however, you can include all persons who meet the discription of having the name Don Dailey (or Donald or other such variant).

Dailey was an American longtime researcher in computer chess and a game programmer. Along with collaborator Larry Kaufman, he was the author of the chess engine Komodo. Dailey started chess programming in the 1980s, and was the author and co-author of multiple commercial as well as academic chess programs.

Dailey died November 22, 2013. Being a public figure, his death was well published and is now common knowledge. Thus, proof o death is not required.

I also request that, if appropriate, 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, 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 fees cannot be waived, 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.


Jason Smathers

From: Robinson, Nancy (USMS)

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U.S. Department of Justice
United States Marshals Service

Office of General Counsel

2604 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22301

November 25, 2013

Jason Smathers
MuckRock News
Department MR 9218M
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request No. 2014USMS25036
Subject: Don Dailey

Dear Requester:

Reference is made to your above-captioned request.

In order for the United States Marshals Service to address your request, it is necessary for you to provide the following prerequisite element(s) as indicated:

[X] Authorization to disclose records or proof of death. A written release from the subject(s) of the requested records which includes the subject’s identifying data, authorizing the USMS to disclose to you information pertaining to that individual, if any such information is maintained by the USMS. A Certification of Identity Form, DOJ-361, may be used for this purpose or a declaration by the subject signed under penalty of perjury. If the subject is deceased, you must furnish a death certificate or obituary which confirms the death. . See 28 C.F.R 16.41.

Please return the required information to return the required information to Attn: FOI/PA, Office of General Counsel, CS-3, 12th Floor, U.S. Marshals Service, 2604 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria, VA 22301. We will acknowledge your request upon receipt in this office and correspond with you again, accordingly.


William E. Bordley
Associate General
Counsel/FOIPA Officer
Office of General Counsel


From: Jason Smathers


From: Department of Justice, United States Marshals

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