FBI Security Informant Program

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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Crowdfund Request: FBI's Paid Confidential Informant List

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Help free these docs on FBI’s Security Informant Program AKA Confidential Informants! At 747,500 pages, the file includes policies and procedures to follow and quarterly reports, and covers information for both Confidential National Defense Informants and “underworld” informants. Memos indicate they had over 30,000 plant informants and over 2,250 informants on “General Un-American Activities”

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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:

The "Paid Confidential Informant List" (described in a memo by Clyde Tolson for Executive Conference to Director, 11/26/48 memo, HQ 66-2542-3, #432 which is in section 6 of file, page 90.) as well as HQ 66-2542 (also known as the FBI Security Informant Program) and all sub-files. In the event that the file referenced is too large, please provide information about the file and subfiles so that I can limit the scope of my request.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. The file will be made available through MuckRock and the Internet Archive, which is a non-profit organization. It will also be used for news and analysis purposes. As the file is entirely about government operations, it will undoubtedly improve the public's understanding of said operations and I therefore request that all fees be waived.

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

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
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, 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 have received your fee estimate, but do not see any ruling on the fee waiver that I requested when I filed the request on 02/16/2016. For your convenience,

"The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. The file will be made available through MuckRock and the Internet Archive, which is a non-profit organization. It will also be used for news and analysis purposes. As the file is entirely about government operations, it will undoubtedly improve the public's understanding of said operations and I therefore request that all fees be waived."

Was correspondence regarding the fee waiver lost in transit? If so, I would appreciate you're resending it. If the request for the fee waiver was accidentally missed (as inevitably happens, given the high volume of requests your office receives), when can I expect a determination regarding the fee waiver and how will this alter the 30 day requirement to agree to the duplication costs?

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

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 the assigned analyst for review. If appropriate, a response will be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding the FOIPA may be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

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: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A no responsive documents response.

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.

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