FBI/DEA 1987 Proposed Merger (DEA)

Emma Best filed this request with the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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18-00278-F

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From: Emma Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Materials relating to, describing or dealing with the 1987 proposed merger between DEA and the FBI, up to and including the April 22, 1987 announcement from Attorney General Meese that they would not merge and that the DEA would retain its separate identity and mission. I request that all fees be waived, as the importance and significance of this event is demonstrated by former FBI Director William Webster listing it as one of his "major accomplishments" at the Bureau.

I am a member of the news media and request classifcation as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the fles online and make them available through the non-proft Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross- section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualifed because it also had “frm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived.

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,

Emma Best

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good Morning Ms. Best,

Please find attached to this e-mail, the acknowledgment letter for your FOIA request dated January 17, 2018. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Channel Wood
Contractor
FSA Paralegal II
DEA Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit
202-353-1441

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good Morning,

Can you please provide the FOIA case number so that I can look up your request.

Thank you,
Channel Wood
Contractor
FSA Paralegal II
DEA Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit
202-353-1441

From: Emma Best

So sorry about that - case 18-00278-F.

Thanks!

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Hi Ms. Best,

I conducted the initial intake for this request #18-00278-F. However, I no longer handle this request but you can contact the Government Information Specialist who is handling this request for updates. The Government Information Specialist is Ms. Gutrick and her number is 202-307-7628. You may contact her and she can give you an update on your request.

Thank you,
Channel Wood
Contractor
FSA Paralegal II
DEA Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit
202-353-1441

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 17, 2018. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From:

Good Afternoon Ms. Best,

I have completed your request and it has been submitted for review and signature. You will receive your response in a few day.

Regards,

Denise M. Gutrick
Government Information Specialist
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit (SARF)
DEA/HQS - West Bldg. 6th Floor
8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152
Denise.M.Gutrick@usdoj.gov
202-307-7628 (desk)
202-307-8556 (fax)

Denise M. Gutrick
Government Information Specialist
Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Unit (SARF)
DEA/HQS - West Bldg. 6th Floor
8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, Virginia 22152
Denise.M.Gutrick@usdoj.gov<mailto:Denise.M.Gutrick@usdoj.gov>
202-307-7628 (desk)
202-307-8556 (fax)

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

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