FDA files on Scientology Electrometer or E-meter

R. M. Seibert filed this request with the Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America.
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From: R. M. Seibert

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All complaints, memorandums or investigative documents on, about or mentioning "Electrometer" or "E-meter" that was considered a medical device prior to the FDA raid on the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C. in January 1963.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest due the unfavorable outcome of the widely reported on lawsuit that the FDA raid related to this device instigated. 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.


Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: Food and Drug Administration

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Food and Drug Administration

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: Food and Drug Administration

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $6.75 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached FOIA request.

Thank you very much for your help.

From: Behram, Shera S

Good morning:

FYI, we received a check from you in the amount of $6.75 for our response letter to you dated 1/9/15.

We have to return this check to you b/c it is not referring to our invoice #.

Is your address to return this check is?

Muckrock, LLC
135 William T Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3310
Attn: R.M. Seibert

Shera K. S. Behram
Government Information Specialist (Billing)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Division of Freedom of Information
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1027 (Note New Address)
Rockville, Maryland 20857
301-796-8983 (direct); 301-796-3900 (main); 301-827-9267(fax)

From: R. M. Seibert

Yes, that is the correct address.

From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. Behram,

The check sent to satisfy the fee for this request was successfully returned today. Please advise as to how to further proceed.

Thank you.

From: Behram, Shera S

Good evening:

FYI, there is no outstanding invoice for your above FOI request.