Dual EC_NIST

Watson Ladd filed this request with the Department of Commerce of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-000668
Status
Rejected

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From: Watson Ladd

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All documents relating to the authorship of NIST SP 800-90A.

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 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 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.

Sincerely,

Watson Ladd

From: foia@nist.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2801fcc80)
* Tracking Number: DOC-NIST-2014-000668
* Requester Name: Watson Ladd
* Date Submitted: Fri Mar 14 00:00:00 EDT 2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
All documents relating to the authorship of NIST SP 800-90A.

From: foia

Mr. Ladd:

Attached is a letter acknowledging receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Sincerely,

Janet W. Brumby

NIST FOIA Office

From: foia

Mr. Ladd,

Attached is a letter containing information regarding the estimated fee to process your FOIA submitted to NIST (#2014-000668).

If you wish to pursue your request for a fee waiver, please provide additional information, as explained in the letter.

Sincerely,

Janet W. Brumby

NIST FOIA Office

From: Watson Ladd

Dear Ms. Brumby,

I believe my requests satisfies all six statutory requirements for a fee waiver.

First, the documents requested are those relating to the production of a US government publication, thus satisfying the requirement that this request relates to a governmental function.

Secondly, the sought disclosure will shed light on how NIST determines cryptographic standards that we trust every day with our money and confidential information.

Thirdly, the debate over this particular standard and the possibility of a backdoor has been covered by Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/21/us-usa-security-rsa-idUSBRE9BJ1C220131221, among other outlets. Clearly it is believed to be of significant interest by the editors of a major, mass market publication, and I have no reason to believe Reuters is exceptional in this matter.

Fourth, these documents may explain the genesis of the constants in Dual EC. This is crucial to determining if the standard is flawed or not. It would therefore significantly expand public understanding of the debate around Dual EC.

I have no commercial interest in this disclosure, therefore the fifth and sixth criteria are satisfied automatically. I believe for these reasons my request for a fee waiver meets statutory requirements and should be granted.

I appreciate your work on this matter, and look forward to hearing back from you.
Sincerely,
Watson Ladd

From: foia

Mr. Ladd,
I am reviewing the details you provided and will be able to respond soon.
Thank you.
Janet W. Brumby
NIST FOIA Office

From: foia

Mr. Ladd,
Attached is a letter addressing your clarified fee waiver information.
Please provide missing information needed to satisfy your request for a fee waiver or send a check for the estimated fee.
Sincerely,
Janet W. Brumby
NIST FOIA Office

From: Watson Ladd

Dear Ms. Brumby,
I sent a check to NIST and it cleared. I just want to confirm that it has been received.
Sincerely,
Watson Ladd

From: foia

Mr. Ladd,
A search is in progress for the requested documents.
Your check was received; thank you very much.
We appreciate your patience while we continue to process the FOIA.
Sincerely,
Janet W. Brumby
NIST FOIA Office

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 March 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NIST-2014-000668.

Thank you for your help.

From: foia

Mr. Ladd,

Thank you for the follow-up email requesting status on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request #2014-000668.

This office has received some responsive documents which are under review.

I expect a release in the next few weeks.

Sincerely,
Janet W. Brumby
NIST FOIA Office

From: foia

Attached is an interim response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Additional releases are forthcoming.
Sincerely,
Janet W. Brumby
NIST FOIA Office

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 March 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NIST-2014-000668.

Thank you for your help.

From: foia

Thank you for writing to check on the status of your FOIA request. We are still working on reviewing the documents and will continue to send documents as they become available for release.

Thank you,
Amy Egan
NIST FOIA Office

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 March 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NIST-2014-000668.

Thank you for your help.

From: Department of Commerce

A first set of responsive documents from the agency, with more to be sent at a specified date.

From: Department of Commerce

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: foia

A second interim release is in the mail to the address you provided.
Attached is a copy of the letter enclosed with the package.
Sincerely,
Janet W. Brumby
NIST FOIA Office

From: foia

Mr. Ladd:
We are trying to reach you by telephone, but have no number available to call regarding the subject FOIA request.
Would you be available for a phone call with Catherine S. Fletcher, NIST FOIA Officer, sometime this week or next?
You may either call her at 301-975-4054 or provide us with a number, where we can reach you on a scheduled day/time.
Thank you.
Janet W. Brumby
NIST FOIA Office
301-975-3189

From: foia@nist.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DOC-NIST-2014-000668 has been denied. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 03/14/2014
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason: only satisfied two the four basic criteria for a fee waiver
* Request Long Description: All documents relating to the authorship of NIST SP 800-90A.

From: Department of Commerce

The request has been rejected by the agency.

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