FBI: Hans Bethe

Robert Hovden filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 1342703-000
Due Jan. 20, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Robert Hovden

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of FBI files on Hans Bethe, Cornell Professor of Physics and recipient of the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Bethe).

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,

Robert Hovden

From: Mcguinn, Lauren S. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Hovden,

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FBI-Records Management Division
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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: Robert Hovden

Dear David M. Hardy,

Regarding my FOIA request # 1342703-000 on Hans Albrecht Bethe, I am prepared to pay the $40.00 required to access the 1266 pages. Your letter has requested my response and confirmation in this matter. Thank you for your help with this matter and I apologize for the delayed response.

Regards,
Robert Hovden

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Dear Mr. Hovden,

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.

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Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4854
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning Mr. Hovden,

I'm contacting you about the FOIA request you made for records concerning Hans Bethe. As you probably recall, the FBI located approximately 1200 pages that are potentially responsive to your request. I just wanted to let you know about the potential waiting time for a request of this size. Once requests go over a certain size, usually in the 50-100 page range, they become increasingly complex, greatly slowing down the time required for processing. Generally the larger the file, the longer it takes to process. Given our current workload and staffing levels, it may be a very long time before you would begin to receive material from this request.
We contact folks with requests of this size to see if there might be a way to possibly narrow the scope of the request. Is this something you might be willing to consider? I can help you decide how to reduce the scope. We can narrow the request by date, or if you are looking for something specific, we can approach it that way.
Please let me know how you would like to proceed. I can be reached at 540-868-1695<tel:540-868-1695>, Monday - Friday from 7:00 am until 3:30 pm, Eastern time, or you can reply to this email if you prefer.
Thanks much,
Becki

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

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning Mr. Hovden,

I hadn't heard back from you and just wanted to follow up.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon.
Best regards,
Becki

From: Robert Hovden

Becki,

Thank you for the candid response regarding the unwieldy documents for the influential Hans Bethe. There is no rush on my end and I would be happy to receive processed records every ~300 pages, every couple months. I believe all his information is historically important and it is my preference to have all documents released.

That said, if you strongly prefer to reduce the scope would it be sensible to break it up by dates? He left the Los Alamos in 1947 to begin his academic career. Either period of his life—during the war, and after—are of interest to me. Could we modify to the scope to one of those two time periods (1947 and earlier or post 1947)? I hope doing so wouldn't preclude a future request for the remaining Hans Bethe documents down the road.

Thank you, I appreciate the help.

Regards,
Robert

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Robert,

Thanks for getting back to me on this. Looking at the dates of the files, everything we have runs from 1947 forward. Is there anything specific that you’re looking for? Perhaps we can approach it that way.
Best,
Becki

From: Robert Hovden

Becki,

I see. Bethe was part of a fascinating time where global conflict drove academic success in many scientific domains. I am interested in understanding the relationships of influential academics during the war and after.

Could we further reduce the scope of this request to documents up to 1970?

Regards,
Robert

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Robert,

That’s good to know, thanks for sharing your research interest. If we reduce the scope to everything from 1970 and before, that takes the request down to 1149 pages, just to let you know.
Best,
Becki

From: Robert Hovden

Wow, only 5% of the files pertain to information after 1970. At that point, it would be sensible to have all documents. I am OK with breaking the document release up into long periods of time. For example, release documents before 1955 (i.e. the 1954 Oppenheimer Security Hearing) this year and documents after 1955 (years where he voiced political concerns) next year.

I know there has been a lot of back and forth between us, thanks for the patience and public service.

-Robert

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Hi Robert,

I’ll let them know your preference, but can’t guarantee the order in which they will be processed.
Best,
Becki

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning,

Your request is still waiting to be assigned to an analyst.
Best,
Becki

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning,

Your request is waiting to be assigned to an analyst.
Best,
Becki

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning Mr. Hovden,

Your request is still waiting to be assigned to an analyst. If you would like to speed the process along, we could speak again about narrowing the scope of the request. You had mentioned an interest in receiving material prior t to 1955, I believe it was. We could look at narrowing the request to those materials and see if that would get the request out of the large track. You are always welcome to request additional material later if you would like.

Would you be willing to consider that?
Best,
Becki

From: Robert Hovden

Becki,

After speaking over the phone, it sounded like the request for everything up to 1955 would move forward reasonably quickly. It has been a year and half from the original request. Anything we can do to speed up the process? Thank you for your help.

Regards,
Robert

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning,

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://vault.fbi.gov by clicking on "Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request" on the right side of the page, and follow the instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request:
If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov%3cmailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- Request statuses are updated weekly
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Case Type:
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The FBI's FOIPA Program is searching the FBI's indices for potentially responsive documents.

NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.
Best regards,

Rebecca Bronson
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation

540-868-1695

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