FOIA Processing Documents for Request No 145-FOIA-16005

Matthew Hoppock filed this request with the Department of Justice, Civil Division of the United States of America.
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From: Matthew Hoppock

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The processing documents for FOIA Request 145-FOI-16005, including any documents referencing how the agency arrived at its determination of the fee amount. This should also include the tasking memo assigning processing of the FOIA request to a specific person or agency, any response from any agency component to whom the request was assigned, the FOIA tracking sheets and the documents the agency maintains to track the progress of the FOIA request, documents revealing what search was performed for the requested records, and any records revealing what databases were searched and what search terms were used.

I am a member of the news media and should not be charged a fee for searching for these documents.

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.


Matthew Hoppock

From: Department of Justice, Civil Division

Dear Mr. Hoppock:

Attached is the Civil Division's response to your FOIA request. Thank you.

Hirsh D. Kravitz
Senior Supervisory FOIA Counsel
Office of FOIA, Records, and E-discovery
Department of Justice-Civil Division

From: Matthew Hoppock

The officer did not conduct an adequate search.

Also, the officer erred in withholding all records pursuant to category (b)(5). We are seeking information on why we were charged $97 for production of a single page of statistics which was generated by a basic query in a database. That information is not protected by (b)(5).

Also, the officer plainly erred in declining to describe the documents withheld or provide a vaughn index.