Intellipedia contracts with Google (ODNI)

Conor Skelding filed this request with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence of the United States of America.
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From: Conor Skelding

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A full copy of all contracts, purchase orders, and/or other written agreements between the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and Google, Inc. regarding Intellipedia. I seek contracts for hardware, software, tech support, and/or any other services. I also seek any invoices, bills, and/or other statements of charges related to any existing contracts.

In 2008, the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "When the nation's intelligence agencies wanted a computer network to better share information about everything from al Qaeda to North Korea, they turned to a big name in the technology industry to supply some of the equipment: Google Inc.

The Mountain View company sold the agencies servers for searching documents, marking a small victory for the company and its little-known effort to do business with the government. [...]

Many of the contracts are for search appliances - servers for storing and searching internal documents. Agencies can use the devices to create their own mini-Googles on intranets made up entirely of government data."

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.


Conor Skelding

From: Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

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To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.


Mr. Skelding,

We did not receive your initial request dated 17 January 2014. We will consider this email your initial request and will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of this request.



Mr. Skelder,

Disregard previous email. A final letter was drafted and mailed to you on this day, 18 February 2014. Please feel free to contact us @874-8500 should you have any further questions.