FBI Granted FOIA Fee Waivers 2014-2015

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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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 FOIA requests that were granted fee waivers for 2014 and 2015. Please include the request for fee waivers along with any supporting documentation and associated communications with OGIS. Please also include any processing notes generated for the fee waiver determination. 13 out of 285 fee waiver requests were granted in 2014 and 33 out of 558 were granted in 2015.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the Bureau for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure. As such, I have a reasonable expectation of publication.

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.


Michael Best

From: FOIPARequest

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 https://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, by clicking on the SERVICES link at the top of the homepage and then click on the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy picture, or the direct link is: 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 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

A no responsive documents response.

From: Michael Best

I am appealing the determination not to provide me the records I requested. I requested copies of the FOIA requests, which cannot be provided by the FBI's website, as well as processing notes. None of this was provided, and cannot be provided by the website. Further, even IF that would have a link and instructions do not satisfy the FOIA requirements. Additionally, I did not ask for records to be created, research to be performed, answer inquiries or draw conclusions.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

11/02/2016 02:20 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2017-000509

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2017-000509 has been processed with the following final disposition: Completely reversed/remanded.

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: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

We are willing to provide payment of $25.00 to satisfy the fees associated with 1358481-000, and a check will be placed in the mail as soon as your office indicates that it is appropriate to do so.

Thanks so much for your help.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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