IG annual reports to AG (Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General )

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-00210
Due Dec. 18, 2013
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The annual report required under the Attorney General Guidelines for Offices of Inspectors General with statutory law enforcement authority for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Per those guidelines (available here: http://www.ignet.gov/pande/standards/agleguidelines.pdf), these reports are due November 1 each year.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

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. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: McHale, Kelly A., OIG DoD

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

This is an interim response to your Freedom of Information Act request dated
November 19, 2013, seeking annual reports required under the Attorney
General Guidelines for Offices of Inspectors General with statutory law
enforcement authority for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. We received your
request on December 26, 2013, and assigned it FOIA case number
FOIA-2014-00210. We currently have an administrative workload of 585 open
cases. Please note that our fax machine was inoperable for a time and we
were not able to receive fax requests. The fastest and most efficient way
to submit requests to our office is through our online submission form at:
http://www.dodig.mil/FOIA/submitfoia.html.

If you have any questions about your request, please feel free to contact
me.

Sincerely,

Kelly McHale
Senior FOIA Specialist
Department of Defense
Office of Inspector General
Tel: 703.604.8544

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. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

Thank you for your help.

From: McHale, Kelly A., OIG DoD

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

We are continuing to process your request. As you may know, we process
requests on a "first-in, first-out" basis. Therefore, we are processing your
request as well as those that were received ahead of yours. We hope to
provide you with a final response soon.

Sincerely,

Kelly McHale
Government Information Specialist
Department of Defense
Office of Inspector General

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. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

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 Nov. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

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 Nov. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

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 Nov. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

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 Nov. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

Thank you for your help.

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General

A no responsive documents response.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

I would like clarification regarding the attached response to FOIA request 2014-00210.

In the attached response letter dated November 7, 2004, Ms. Jeanne Miller cites a 2002 memo (available here: http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/ag/legacy/2009/02/10/ag-053002.pdf) in indicating that the Inspector General annual reporting requirement no longer applies. Having reviewed the cited 2002 memo, I see no such elimination of the annual reporting requirement for Inspectors General with statutory law enforcement authority.

The annual reporting requirement under which I've made the present FOIA request was established by a 2003 memo, which I've attached. (It is also available online here: https://www.ignet.gov/sites/default/files/files/invprg1211appf.pdf). Here is the relevant portion of that 2003 memo:

"XI. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Each Office of Inspector General shall make an annual written report to the Attorney General due on November 1 of each year, detailing the investigative and prosecutive activities of that Office of Inspector General. The report shall, at a minimum, contain information on the number of (1) federal criminal investigations initiated, (2) undercover operations undertaken, and (3) times any type of electronic surveillance was used. Additionally, the report shall provide information on all significant and credible allegations of abuse of authorities conferred by section 6(e)(I) of the
Inspector General Act by Office of Inspector General investigative agents and what, if any, actions were taken as a result. The names of the agents need not be included in such report."

Foremost, I note that the annual IG reporting requirement above was enacted by Attorney General Ashcroft in December 2003, whereas the memo cited by Ms. Miller was signed by Attorney General Ashcroft in May 2002. It is unclear to me how a May 2002 memo could have eliminated a reporting requirement enacted more than a year after that memo was signed. Secondly, the May 2002 memo concerns solely warrantless monitoring of communications, whereas the annual reports I've requested here are much broader: per the guidelines I've copied above, the requested reports are to include basic statistical information as to number of federal criminal investigations initiated, number of undercover operations undertaken, and number of times any type of electronic surveillance was used, as well as information on allegations of abuse of authorities.

Please advise as to whether the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General has completed the annual reports as required by the December 2003 memo, or else provide more substantive justification for your failure to locate the requested reports.

As this request is quickly approaching a year since its original submission to your office, I must insist on clarification and release of responsive documents immediately.

I look forward to your response.

Respectfully,

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

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. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

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 Nov. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

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 Nov. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

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 Nov. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

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 Nov. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

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 Nov. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

Thank you for your help.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Per my records, I have received no response to my November 2014 request for clarification on this request. Please advise.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

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. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

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 Nov. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-00210.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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