Guidance for financial institutions on terrorist activity (FBI)

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1293355-000
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records, likely maintained by the Joint Terrorism Task Force:

-Any and all guidance material provided by your agency since January 1, 2013 to financial institutions meant to supplement or replace partially or entirely the FATF's non-binding "Guidance for Financial Institutions in Detecting Terrorist Financing" or meant to otherwise help financial institutions identify potential transactions or other activity by terrorist groups. This should include any presentations your agency has given to employees of financial institutions.

-Blank copies of any forms – be they physical or electronic – that financial institutions are required or asked to submit to your agency when they identify potential financial activity by suspicious or terrorist groups. If financial institutions submit information on potential financial activity through an online form or series of forms please provide screenshots of every page of the submission process.

-Any and all lists maintained by your agency – other than that provided in Executive Order 13224 -- of individuals or groups designated for special attention or increased scrutiny by financial institutions. I understand that the names of some individuals may have to be redacted from such lists.

The search for these records should include the Central Records System, ELSUR system, cross-referenced records, and any agency records that fall outside those categories.

I request that I be classified as a member of the news media for fee purposes as I am a journalist employed and published by the Boston Globe. An internet search of my name will provide ample evidence of my continuing work for The Globe. Furthermore, I intend to use the requested documents to educate the public on the workings of the government -- specifically how government agencies partner with private entities to combat terrorism.

I would like to make it clear that I am requesting classification as a member of the news media and the subsequent fee category for myself as an individual journalist and not a blanket fee waiver of any kind.

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,

Todd Feathers

From: Morgan, Marcia M.

Mr. Feathers,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

Marcia M. Morgan
for David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer
Record/Information Dissemination Sections (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4483
Direct: 540-868-4286
PIO: 540-868-4593
FAX: 540-868-4391

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 June 18, 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: 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 June 18, 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: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

In your August 29 acknowledgement of my FOIA request, I believe you accidentally included a letter to another requester. The letter is addressed to Wolfhard Grummich and has nothing to do with my request.

Thank you,
Todd Feathers

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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