FOIA Logs

Joshua Eaton filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 79617B
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From: Joshua Eaton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

- FOIA logs for FY2014
- FOIA logs for the period from Oct. 1, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2014, inclusive

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,

Joshua Eaton

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 Nov. 1, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: National Security Agency

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: National Security Agency

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been rejected.

From: Joshua Eaton

Dear Mr. Blaskowski,

I am writing in response to your letter rejecting my request for a fee waiver to FOIA case #79617, dated 12.19.2014.

I am an independent journalist who regularly writes about national security for outlets that include the Boston Globe, Al Jazeera America, GlobalPost, and DeSmog Blog. Additionally, I am a digital producer at the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. I am requesting these documents in the process of reporting on the National Security Agency and the FOIA process, and my relationship with a broad range of publications ensures that any articles I write based on these documents will be distributed widely to the public at large. In addition, I will make the documents themselves available to the public via MuckRock.com and my personal website.

For these reasons, I believe that I qualify for a fee waiver and ask that you reverse your decision to reject my fee waiver request.

Please feel free to contact me if you need any additional information to process my fee waiver request. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Joshua Eaton

From: National Security Agency

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Good Morning Mr. Eaton,

We have nearly completed the processing of FOIA Case 79617, which was amended to be for the FOIA Logs from calendar year 2014. While we realize that you have submitted an appeal for the fee waiver denial, we wanted to offer you the opportunity to continue processing your request. As it stands now, the estimated DUPLICATION fees are under $30.00. There were no assessable fees for SEARCH as the documents were readily available.

If you wish for us to continue processing FOIA Case 79617, please provide a "promise to pay" statement for DUPLICATION fees of $30.00. Please be advised that agreeing to pay this fee will obligate you to pay those duplication fees upon receipt of the responsive documents. You will be provided payment instructions with our letter that accompanies the documents. Once received, failure to pay the agreed upon fee will result in the administrative closure of any other cases pending with this Agency. Additionally we would be unable to process any future FOIA requests you submit until fees are paid on Case 79617.

Alternately, we will continue to hold Case 79617 in a pending status until the NSA Office of General Council (OGC) is able to evaluate your Appeal in this case. Your appeal was received by OGC on/about 9 January 2015, and was assigned No. 4075. mI am aware that our OGC office has a significant backlog of appeals to evaluate, but I am not certain what the timeline may be for your appeal to come up in turn.

Please advise which route you would like to take.
Regards,
Cindy B
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

From: Joshua Eaton

Dear Cindy,

I'm perfectly happy paying fees of $30 or less for these logs, and I would like to withdraw my appeal. Thanks for your help!

Regards,
Joshua Eaton

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Good Morning Mr. Eaton,

Thank you for the prompt reply! We will continue processing your request and notify OGC of your withdrawn appeal. We hope to have the logs out to you within 30 days.
Regards,
Cindy B
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

From: Joshua Eaton

Many thanks, Cindy!

From: National Security Agency

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

From: National Security Agency

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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 Nov. 1, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #4075.

Thank you for your help.

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