Dual_EC_DRBG [NSA]

Rich Jones filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 77355
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

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From: Rich Jones

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all documents mentioning the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator ("Dual_EC_DRBG") used in RSA "BSAFE" or any other products. Please return any emails, memos, presentations, reports, articles, research papers, invoices, work orders, receipts or any other documents mentioning or related Dual_EC_DRBG, BSAFE, the NIST standardization of Dual_EC_DRBG, OpenSSL, and any payments made to RSA Security.

The existence of these documents is already known, as an NSA spokesperson has already commented on Dual_EC_DRBG to the New York Times 'Bits' blog.

In the event that the contents of the requested documents are classified under Executive Order 13526, I also make the following additional requests:

Pursuant to section 1.2 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting the level of classification of this information and its existence/nonexistence.

Pursuant to section 1.3 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting the specific authority which classified this information.

Pursuant to section 1.4 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting the specific classification categories of this information, as well as an identification or description of the damage to national security which the disclosure of this information would produce.

Pursuant to section 1.5 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting the specific duration of time for which this classification will stand.

Pursuant to section 1.6 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting all classification markings about this information, including (1) one of the three classification levels defined in section 1.2 of Executive Order 13526, (2) the identity, by name and position, or by personal identifier, of the original classification authority, (3) the agency and office of origin, if not otherwise evident, (4) declassification instructions, and (5) a concise reason for classification that, at a minimum, cites the applicable classification categories in section 1.4 of Executive Order 13526.

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,

Rich Jones

From: National Security Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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 31, 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 #77355.

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 March 31, 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 #77355.

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 March 31, 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 #77355.

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 March 31, 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 #77355.

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 March 31, 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 #77355.

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 March 31, 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 #77355.

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 March 31, 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 #77355.

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 March 31, 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 #77355.

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 March 31, 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 #77355.

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 March 31, 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 #77355.

Thank you for your help.

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Dear MuckRock Requestors:

This email responds to your automated status requests, regarding the status of Cases 77553, 76469, 76471, 77355, and 75408. These cases are still in our initial processing queue pending search for responsive material. Once the search for documents is initiated and/or complete, the responsive material is then compiled in our backlog for review. Due to the significant increase in FOIA requests, it is difficult estimate the completion date at this time. However, we do not anticipate these cases coming up for a search tasking, if applicable, for approximately 12 months.

We appreciate your patience thus far.
Regards,
Cindy B
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Dear MuckRock Requestors:

This email responds to your automated status requests, regarding the status of Cases 77553, 76469, 76471, 77355, and 75408. These cases are still in our initial processing queue pending search for responsive material. Once the search for documents is initiated and/or complete, the responsive material is then compiled in our backlog for review. Due to the significant increase in FOIA requests, it is difficult estimate the completion date at this time. However, we do not anticipate these cases coming up for a search tasking, if applicable, for approximately 12 months.

We appreciate your patience thus far.
Regards,
Cindy B
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Mr. Jones,

This email responds to your status check regarding Case 77355 only. Please be advised that we have begun a search for responsive material. however, your request is currently ON HOLD for the reason(s) noted below. We have consulted at length with Agnecy professionals and experts who are familiar with the topics of your request. These experts are unable to conduct a reasonable search for the following reasons:

As it is currently worded, the search for responsive material constitutes an overly broad and burdensome search such that it would impede the daily operations and missions of the NSA Organization(s). Department of Defense (DoD) Regulation 5400.7-R states that the requester must provide a description of the desired record(s) so that the Government is able to locate the record(s) with a reasonable amount of effort. Even where a request describes the records sought, an Agency is not required to comply with a request so broad that it would impose an unreasonable burden upon the Agency. As noted in the U.S. Courts, the FOIA is not intended to reduce government agencies to full-time investigators for each requester. You have not stated your request in such a manner that we could reasonably determine the appropriate files to search. We ask that you redefine the scope (time) and topic (context) of your request as noted below.

* Regarding the time (scope): We are unsure of the timeframe of records you seek. Before we can begin a search, we ask that you define the scope of your request by date, month and year, to a reasonable timeframe. Please bear in mind that an overly broad and burdensome timeframe, particularly for a keyword search, would likely have to be negotiated further.

* Regarding the topic of your request: The 1974 FOIA amendments states that it is the requester's responsibility to frame a request so that agency employees familiar with the subject area are able to conduct a reasonable search.
- For your information, keyword searches (such as "Dual EC DRBG") are often manual searches that would require several individuals to conduct searches to determine if the document is responsive to the request. A manual search would equate to viewing each and every record to locate the keyword.
- Furthermore, this request is further broadened with your request for Dual_EC_DRBG used in "any other products." A search such as this fails to identify any topic of context of existing documents, and is impermissibly broad under the FOIA.
- Finally, searching for "any and all documents mentioning" such a broad topic is also impermissibly broad. We ask that you specify the type of documents you seek.

In accordance with DoD regulation, processing of your request is being held in abeyance pending a response from you within 30 days of this email. If we have not heard from you within 30 days, we will assume you are no longer interested in pursuing this request, and your request will be administratively closed.

Cindy B
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

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