Inspector General closed cases 2013 (NASA - Office of the Inspector General)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the NASA - Office of the Inspector General of the United States of America.
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20-0IG-F-0012612020-06

Multi Request Inspector General closed cases 2013
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Appeal

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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

a copy of the list or printout or database listing of Inspector General investigations closed/reports completed during calendar year 2013. If the list is organized by FY rather than calendar year, the FY 2013 list is sufficient for this request. If no central list or database exists, then I request copies of the cover sheet or first page of each IG report completed during calendar year 2013.

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: NASA - Office of the Inspector General

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: NASA - Office of the Inspector General

Ms. Best,

Attached is a reply to your FOIA request. This letter is also being sent to you via U.S. mail.

NASA FOIA Office

  • 12-02-2019 - Initial Determination FOIA 2020-04 - 2020-06[1]

From: Emma North-Best

I am appealing the fee determination in its entirety, as NASA has acknowledged my media status in the past, which is also continuously acknowledged by FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA, DIA and numerous other federal agencies – and as has been repeatedly affirmed in cases brought to court. Further, per the statutes and case law, the reasons cited for denying the request are irrelevant. To quote my original request,

"Further, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information
to a broad cross- section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of
Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.
3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also
had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States
foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of
the news media.

"Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the
requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a
representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for
example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is
in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the
request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category. "

Further, I am well known for writing hundreds of articles based on FOIA documents and conducting long-term analysis of government documents. This request is part of a larger research project and is being used to help identify specific records of interest.

  • 12-02-2019 - Initial Determination FOIA 2020-04 - 2020-06[1]

From: NASA - Office of the Inspector General

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been rejected.

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