FBI use of credit reporting agencies

Matt Stoller filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1212724-000
Status
Completed

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From: Matt Stoller

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I want policy guidelines around how the FBI uses credit reports from Experian, Transunion, and Equifax.

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,

Matt Stoller

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Stoller,

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.

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 Dec. 17, 2012. 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. Stoller,

Requests are processed in the order that they are received. The request is waiting to be opened, at which time it will be assigned a FOIPA request number and correspondence will be mailed to you. Upon receipt of the correspondence, you will be able to check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

Please remember that the FBI receives a voluminous amount of requests on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

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 Dec. 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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

From: Matt Stoller

I am looking for basic guidelines that the FBI operates under regarding its relationship with the three big credit reporting agencies, and specifically under what circumstances agents can ask for records without a subpoena. These three are Equifax, Experion, and TransUnion.

From: Matt Stoller

I am looking for basic guidelines that the FBI operates under regarding its relationship with the three big credit reporting agencies, and specifically under what circumstances agents can ask for records without a subpoena. These three are Equifax, Experion, and TransUnion.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Stoller,

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

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

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

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 Dec. 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Dec. 17, 2012. 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. Stoller,

Requests are processed in the order that they are received. The request is waiting to be opened, at which time it will be assigned a FOIPA request number and correspondence will be mailed to you. Upon receipt of the correspondence, you will be able to check the status of your request online at http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

Please remember that the FBI receives a voluminous amount of requests on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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 Dec. 17, 2012. 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. Stoller,

The above request was closed and a "TOO VAGUE" letter mailed to you on 2-15-13. If you did not receive the correspondence please advise this office and another copy will be mailed to you.

From: Matt Stoller

Hello,

Following revision of the request an acknowledgement letter was sent on 24 April 2013. Please confirm that this request is still open as acknowledged in that letter (attached).

Thank you.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Stoller,

Your request was received on 4-15-2013 (actual date request was scanned into the FOIPA Document Processing System) and assigned FOIPA Request Number #1212724-000. The request is presently in Initial Processing, where the assigned analyst is searching for, retrieving and reviewing potentially responsive records. If appropriate, correspondence regarding the request will be forthcoming.

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.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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 Dec. 17, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1212724-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Stoller,

The above FOIPA request was closed and you were sent correspondence dated 6-11-13 advising that the records are available on the FBI's public website (The Vault) at http://vault.fbi.gov.

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