|June 23, 2016
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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 William Zinsser, renowned journalist and writing teacher and author of "On Writing Well," whose death was widely reported in the media on May 12, 2015.
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.
Dear Mr. Eil,
Before the FBI can process your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request you must provide the following information highlighted with an "X" Mark.
_____A current and complete mailing address is required as the FBI does not send releases and/or correspondence by electronic means. (Unless the request has already been submitted through eFOIPA.)
___X__Proof of death is required such as: (death certificate, obituary, written media, recognized source that can be documented, Who's Who in America, FBI file that indicates subject is deceased, or the Social Security Death Index Page). Proof of death is not required if date of birth is 100 years ago or greater but a date of birth is needed
___X__A website link in itself does not satisfy the proof of death requirement (Please provide the actual documentation and source)
_____The U. S. Department of Justice DOJ-361 Form<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (Certification of Identity) requires an original and legible signature
_____ The U. S. Department of Justice DOJ-361 Form<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (Certification of Identity) and/or privacy waiver must be completed before a Privacy Act request can be processed. Please send the attachment or attachments independently in either a Word Document or PDF.
_____The U. S. Department of Justice DOJ-361 Form<http://www.fbi.gov/foia/u.s.-department-of-justice-form-361-certification-of-identity> (Certification of Identity) and/or privacy waiver is not legible, properly sized or cannot be accessed in the submitted format. Please send the attachment or attachments independently in either a Word Document or PDF. The documents must be compatible with Microsoft Office 2007 products.
_____Other information as stated:
_____The attachments cannot be opened in the present format. Please resend either as a pdf or a Word Document.
Please complete and submit the required information in order for the FBI to process your request.
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
Questions E-mail: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia
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