Information Sharing Policies (FBI)

Avinash Samarth filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: Avinash Samarth

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any memoranda, training materials, guidelines, statements of policy, legal advice, legal opinions, and legal briefs regarding the sharing of intelligence-community information between the NSA and any domestic law enforcement agencies, including, but not limited to, the DEA and/or the FBI.


According to a report by Reuters, the DEA's Special Operations Division has a practice of obtaining intelligence-community information from the NSA for use in domestic law enforcement efforts. John Shiffman & Kristina Cooke, Reuters (Aug. 5, 2013), available at

I therefore request that the search be of, but not limited to, the Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Ombudsman, Office of Integrity and Compliance, Criminal Investigative Division, and any other offices reasonably likely to have responsive records.


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, 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.


Avinash Samarth

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Avinash Samarth,

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<>/ or If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

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