INL vetting clearances

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Office of Information Programs and Services A/GIS/IPS/RL U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
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F-2018-00677

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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:

1) Copies of all requests since Jan. 1, 2012 by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) for Department of State vetting and clearance to train individuals or units in foreign countries. INL's memorandums of understanding with local law enforcement agencies state that they cannot train individuals or units in foreign countries until they receive Department of State clearance. See Section XII(g) of the attached MOU between the Boston Police Department and INL.

2) A list of all foreign individuals and units the Department of State has vetted and cleared for INL training.

I ask that all fees be waived for this request as I am a journalist and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest about the function of government and not for any 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,

Todd Feathers

From: Office of Information Programs and Services A/GIS/IPS/RL U.S. Department of State

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Office of Information Programs and Services A/GIS/IPS/RL U.S. Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

It is past the 20 business day deadline for a response to this request. Please confirm you have received it and provide me with an estimated date of completion.

Todd Feathers

From: Office of Information Programs and Services A/GIS/IPS/RL U.S. Department of State

Mr. Feathers,

This is in reply to your letter dated February 27, 2018.

The Office of Information Programs and Services' electronic records system indicates your case is in processing and it has been given the case number F-2018-00677. You will be notified of the Department's search and review efforts in response to your request as soon as that information becomes available.

The Department currently has a backlog of approximately 10,600 cases. It is taking significant steps to improve its responsiveness to the public and has undertaken a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) surge project to reduce the backlog in the coming months. In order to further the core FOIA goals of transparency and accountability, the State Department is committing more resources and personnel to clear the backlog of requests, while still maintaining the highest standards of quality.

The Department of State has a collection of records on its website and continues to post records previously released in response to FOIA requests. You may search the Department's website at www.foia.state.gov<http://www.foia.state.gov> for records that may be responsive to your request.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484<tel:(202)%20261-8484>, or fax us at (202) 261-8579<tel:(202)%20261-8579> or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,

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U.S. Department of State
(202)261-8484

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From: Office of Information Programs and Services A/GIS/IPS/RL U.S. Department of State

Mr. Feathers,

This is in reply to your letter dated February 27, 2018.

The Office of Information Programs and Services' electronic records system indicates your case is in processing and it has been given the case number F-2018-00677. You will be notified of the Department's search and review efforts in response to your request as soon as that information becomes available.

The Department currently has a backlog of approximately 10,600 cases. It is taking significant steps to improve its responsiveness to the public and has undertaken a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) surge project to reduce the backlog in the coming months. In order to further the core FOIA goals of transparency and accountability, the State Department is committing more resources and personnel to clear the backlog of requests, while still maintaining the highest standards of quality.

The Department of State has a collection of records on its website and continues to post records previously released in response to FOIA requests. You may search the Department's website at www.foia.state.gov<http://www.foia.state.gov> for records that may be responsive to your request.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484<tel:(202)%20261-8484>, or fax us at (202) 261-8579<tel:(202)%20261-8579> or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,

FOIA Status
U.S. Department of State
(202)261-8484

Official
UNCLASSIFIED

From: Office of Information Programs and Services A/GIS/IPS/RL U.S. Department of State

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