FOIA Training

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1441056-000, 1441057-000, 1441059-000, 1441060-000, 1441061-000, 1441062-000, 1441063-000, 1441064-000

Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Appeal

Communications

From: Emma North-Best


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records mentioning or describing the following FOIA training courses described by the Department of Justice's Chief FOIA Officer Reports, including but not limited to copies of course materials and related examinations:

o Initial Processing of FOIA/PA Requests: This six to seven-week training course covers the intake and acknowledgement of requests, the search and import of responsive records, and the initial review of records for disclosure.

o FOIA/PA Disclosure: This three to four-week training course covers the review of responsive records and proper application of exemptions.

o Classification Review and Declassification: This week-long training course covers the review of classified documents or information and subsequent declassification procedures pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 13,526.

o Critical Thinking: The FBI’s Records Management Division (RMD) began a multi-year series of lessons/exercises specifically designed to help develop individual analytical skills for use by FOIA professionals during the processing of FOIA requests.

o Expert/Supervisor FOIA/PA Analysis: This bi-weekly continuing education session stresses analytical methodologies for specific substantive issues.

o Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Training: Overview of the FBI’s recruitment, management, validation, and assessment of sources and how the FOIA fits into this process by a representative of the FBI’s HUMINT Operations Section.

o FOIA/PA Topical Matters – This ad hoc training has sessions conducted throughout the fiscal year by FOIA instructors,s, covering topics such as conducting a search and Glomar responses.

o FOIA/PA Litigation Practice – This two-week course introduces employees to federal court civil litigation practice, FOIA litigation procedures, litigation case management, and declaration writing.

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: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Emma North-Best

I provided the name of the record and the citation for it (DOJ's FOIA reports). If the Bureau's FOIA office is unable to find its own FOIA training manuals, that's really not a good look. Are you sure you want to go there?

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Thank you for contacting foipaquestions@fbi.gov. Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://vault.fbi.gov by clicking on “Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request” on the right side of the page, and follow the instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request
If your FOIPA Number is [1234567-0] please enter [1234567-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1234567-1] please enter [1234567-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- Request statuses are updated weekly

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:
Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:
FOIPA:
1234567-000

Case Type:
FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)
The FBI’s FOIPA Program is searching the FBI’s indices for potentially responsive documents.
You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.

NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.

Estimated Dates of Completion
Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our multi-track processing system. Requests are divided into two primary tracks--simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Complex requests are further divided into medium, large, and extra-large sub-tracks based upon request size. Simple track requests typically require the least amount of time to process. Currently, simple track cases average approximately 138 days from the date of receipt for processing. Our complex requests in the medium processing track are currently averaging 571 days, large processing track are currently averaging approximately 1,289 days, and extra-large processing track are currently averaging 1,649 days for processing.

Respectfully,

Public Information Officer
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) FBI-Information Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

Note: This is a non-emergency email address. If this is an emergency, please call 911 directly. If you need to report a tip for immediate action, please contact FBI Tips at http://tips.fbi.gov/ or reach out to your local field office.

From: Emma North-Best

I did not ask for a follow-up. I was responding to a letter from your office. Did you read what I wrote before you responded? For your convenience,

I provided the name of the record and the citation for it (DOJ's FOIA reports). If the Bureau's FOIA office is unable to find its own FOIA training manuals, that's really not a good look. Are you sure you want to go there?

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning,

Thank you for contacting foipaquestions@fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@fbi.gov>. All below listed FOIPA Requests remain in the initial processing stage, with the exception of 1441062-000. As advised in our July 26, 2019 response, should you disagree with the determination of that request, you may file an appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, Suite 11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20530-0001, or you may submit an appeal through OIP’s FOIAonline portal by creating an account on the following web site: https://foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/home. Your appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within ninety (90) days from the date of the letter in order to be considered timely. If you submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.” Please cite the FOIPA Request Number assigned to your request so that it may be easily identified.

You may seek dispute resolution services by contacting the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at 877-684-6448, or by emailing ogis@nara.gov. Alternatively, you may contact the FBI’s FOIA Public Liaison by emailing foipaquestions@fbi.gov for dispute resolution services from the FBI. If you submit your dispute resolution correspondence by email, the subject heading should clearly state “Dispute Resolution Services,” and you should also cite the FOIPA Request Number assigned to your request. Your use of dispute resolution services does not toll the time limit to file a timely appeal with the Director, OIP, U.S. Department of Justice.

Respectfully,

Public Information Officer
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) FBI-Information Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

Note: This is a non-emergency email address. If this is an emergency, please call 911 directly. If you need to report a tip for immediate action, please contact FBI Tips at http://tips.fbi.gov/ or reach out to your local field office.

From: Emma North-Best

You did not send a response on July 26. You sent a response on July 16th. However, since you insist on a f-ing appeal being filed, I will file a f-ing appeal. I hope you enjoy wasting more time and more of your superior's time, because that's literally all you're accomplishing.

From: Emma North-Best

I am appealing the response to 1441062-000 in its entirety, as I provided the name of the record and the citation for it (DOJ's FOIA reports). To request a date of birth for a FOIA training manual is utterly and absolutely absurd.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good afternoon,

My apologies. Correspondence for FOIPA Request Number 1441062-000 was sent on July 16, 2019.

Respectfully,

Public Information Officer
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) FBI-Information Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

Note: This is a non-emergency email address. If this is an emergency, please call 911 directly. If you need to report a tip for immediate action, please contact FBI Tips at http://tips.fbi.gov/ or reach out to your local field office.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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