FBI FOIA Logs 1980-1999

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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1350688-000

Due July 12, 2016
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of the FBI's FOIA logs for the years 1980 through 1999.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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,

Michael Best

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Best,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA 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 FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI's decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ or http://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact us at foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov.

Thank you,

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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Michael Best

I agree to pay duplication fees associated with this request.

Due to the straightforward and very simple nature of processing FOIA logs, I ask that processing be expedited. This will improve the FOIA process in the future by allowing requesters to more easily identify previously requested records relevant to their research, reducing the need for the FOIA office to conduct unnecessary searches.

If expedited processing is not possible, I also ask that, if appropriate, the files be released in stages as they're ready, ideally by year.

Thank you!

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Best,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it has been forwarded to Initial Processing or the assigned analyst for review. If appropriate, a response will be forthcoming.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at https://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, or the direct link is: https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/foia,<https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/foia> or by accessing the U. S. Department of Justice at https://www.justice.gov/oip.

If you require additional assistance please contact foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov.

Thank you,

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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Mike,

Hope you are well. I have four more of your requests for possible negotiation. Here's a brief rundown:

1343248/Egyptian American Transport and Services Corporation
* 6858 potentially responsive pages
* 1982-1984
* Are you looking for anything specific on this one?

1346465/62-HQ-101045 (Nikita Khruschev's visit to the U.S)
* 9500 potentially responsive pages
* 1957-1964
* You had asked about both previously processed and unprocessed material. There are about 4900 pages that were previously processed. The rest of the file was referred out to other government agencies and we haven't heard back yet on most of those, nor do we know when we will, since that's beyond our control. Would you be willing to reduce this one to the materials already processed?

1347822/Inslaw
* 4546 potentially responsive pages
* Mid 1970s - 1990s
* Looking for anything specific?

1350688/FBI FOIA logs, 1980-1999
* 14,121 pages
* This is an extra-large request, which will take many, many years to process. Narrow it further?

Please let me know.
Best,
Becki

Rebecca Bronson
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
540-868-1695

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Mike,

Just touching base on these since I hadn't heard back.

Thanks much,
Becki

From: Michael Best

The FOIA logs request should be simple to process, and would aid the FOIA office by allowing people to target requests for previously processed records, reducing the amount of future processing that will have to be done. To simplify things, the name of every requester from the log may be redacted for privacy purposes. The subject of their request may not. The other three are all inclusive.

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Mike,

This request is still waiting to be assigned. I'm sure you'll recall that it was over 13,000 pages, so is in the extra-large track. If you'd like, we can narrow it down and get it to you more quickly.
Best,
Becki

From: Michael Best

The FOIA logs request should be simple to process, and would aid the FOIA office by allowing people to target requests for previously processed records, reducing the amount of future processing that will have to be done. To simplify things, the name of every requester from the log may be redacted for privacy purposes. The subject of their request may not. The other three are all inclusive.

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Mike,

This one is waiting to be assigned to an analyst.
Best,
Becki

From: Michael Best

Thanks, Becki. Any idea how long that might take?

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Mike,

I checked with the person who handles the assignments and he's thinking probably another year or more, since it's in the extra-large track queue.

Hope this is helpful,
Becki

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Mike,

This one is still waiting to be assigned to an analyst.
Best,
Becki

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good afternoon Ms. Best,

It was brought to my attention that you made this request for FOIA Logs from 1980-1999 and that you were informed that there were over 13,000 pages. However, the listing of FOIA requests only comes to 41 pages. Since I do not have a phone number to reach you and explain this; notification is made here by email. This request should be completed promptly.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me either by phone or email.

Sincerely,

Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
Information Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
540-868-4894
Status check? Please contact Public Information Officer at foipaquestions@fbi.gov.

From: Emma Best

I would really like a written explanation for this.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good afternoon Ms. Best,

Previous material included all requests during the timeframe. Based on your request, when addressed for FOIA requests only, the page count does come down to the 41 pages. If you want to continue to wait for all the records to be processed, it will be heavily redacted per applicable exemptions. If you want the responsive material for FOIA requests, then by just addressing the FOIA requests within the Logs, you will get the records immediately and with least redactions.

I hope this clarifies this well enough.

Sincerely,

From: Emma Best

I'm sorry, I'm still confused. What sort of non-FOIA requests were included in the original estimate?

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning,

Mostly privacy requests.
Respectfully,

From: Emma Best

I'm interested in those as well. Let's go ahead and process the 13,000 page of Privacy Act requests in addition to the 41 pages of FOIA requests. I consider those responsive to the original request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good afternoon Ms. Best. This request for the FOIA logs to include Privacy Act requests will go forward for the approximate 13,000 pages to be processed. Privacy Act exemptions will be applied where required. An estimated date of completion for this request should be March 2023.
Respectfully,

Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
Information Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
540-868-4894
Status check? Please contact Public Information Officer at foipaquestions@fbi.gov.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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