FBI FOIA appeals

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1250115-0
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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:

The most recent 5 FOIA appeals which resulted in full or partial overturning of a FOIA denial, the 5 most recent appeals which resulted in overturning of a news media fee category denial, the 5 most recent appeals which resulted in overturning of a fee waiver denial, and the 5 most recent appeals which resulted in overturning of a request to expedite.

For each responsive record, include the original FOIA request, the appeal, all other related correspondence between the FBI and the requester, and all internal communication or case notes which relate to the FOIA request.

The actual responsive documents are not being requested for each FOIA appeal, but any enclosed letters and other records are requested.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jason Smathers

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dear Mr. Smathers,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request and it will be forwarded to the Work Process Unit for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOI/PA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.
Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOI/PA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.
Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at www.fbi.gov or http://foia.fbi.gov/. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

Melinda Trotter
Public Information Officer/Legal Administrative Specialist
Service Request Unit (SRU)
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI Records Management Division (RMD)
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Office: 540-868-4593
Fax: 540-868-4995/4997
________________________

From: Jason Smathers

Hi,

I wanted to follow up to this request. We never received an acknowledgement letter.

Thanks.

From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Mr. Smathers,

The FOIA request in question was closed on 1-24-2011 because you did not respond to the cost letter. To have the request reopened, please respond to the cost letter which was mailed to you on 12-22-2010.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Front Office
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4286
PIO Number: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Jason Smathers

Hi David,

Thanks for the clarification. The cost letter was never received: Could it be resent?

From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Another cost letter will be mailed to your attention.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Front Office
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4286
PIO Number: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

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 Oct. 1, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Oct. 1, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy

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 Oct. 1, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Oct. 1, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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 Oct. 1, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Smathers,

The above request has been forwarded to the Office of Information Policy (OIP), U. S. Department of Justice for review and response. Please contact OIP for further assistance at #202-514-3642.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Payment which was rendered for the above FOIA request:

*(Check #0150, Dated 9-5-12, Payable to the Order of FBI, Amount $20.00, Drawn on the account of Jason R. Smathers)

Was reported from the U. S. Department of Treasury as a frozen account. The check is being mailed back to you. Please submit payment in order for the FBI to continue processing the above request.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

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 Oct. 1, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Please see the response below. Your request was forwarded to the Office of Information Policy (OIP), U. S. Department of Justice for processing. Please contact OIP for further assistance at #202-514-3642.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: OIP.IR Staff

Please see attached.

From: Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy

An interim response, 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 July 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 July 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 July 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 July 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 July 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy

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

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