FBI parallel construction

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1254772-000
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Appeal

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All memoranda, training materials and official policies regarding "parallel construction," the act of recreating an investigative trail to obscure the original methods used.

Please note that this is not a request for investigative records, but for operational documents of the FBI.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

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/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

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 Feb. 5, 2014. 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. Musgrave,

Please Reference FOIPA #1254772-000.

Please check the Status of Your FOIPA Request at: http://www.fbi.gov and access the (Freedom of Information Act) link at the bottom of the page, or http://www.fbi.gov/foia, or http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.
Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request
If your FOIPA Number is 11195846-0 please enter 11195846-000 into the system. If your FOIPA number is 11195846-1 please enter 11195846-001 into the system.

Find status of FOIPA−Last updated on March 5, 2014
Please enter the whole FOIPA number- Example: 1234567-000
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Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:
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Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
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 Feb. 5, 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 #1254772-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

Please view the attachment regarding Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request, which was last updated on April 8, 2014.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

A no responsive documents response.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP)
U.S. Department of Justice
1425 New York Avenue, Suite 11050
Washington, D.C. 20530

May 28, 2014

To Whom It May Concern:

I appeal the adequacy of the search conducted by the FBI for FOIA 1254772-000, in which I requested documents related to "parallel construction."

In January, the DEA provided hundreds of pages of training materials and procedures around parallel construction. [See the full release here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/dea-policies-on-parallel-construction-6434/.]

It is reasonable to presume that the FBI, too, has many of the same training materials in its possession, in addition to unique materials with which the FBI trains its own investigators on parallel construction methods.

I request that this request be remanded back to the FBI for further search, and for the release of all requested documents immediately.

Respectfully,

Shawn Musgrave

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