Invoices to the FBI from Yahoo! Inc.

Runa Sandvik filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

AP-2014-03914

Due Dec. 18, 2013
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Runa A. Sandvik

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of invoices from Yahoo! Inc. to the agency over the past 10 years. If retrieving the invoices themselves is too burdensome please provide a list of invoices. Please include any processing notes made in completing this request.

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,

Runa A. Sandvik

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Runa Sandvik,

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 http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A fix is required to perfect the request. The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: Runa A. Sandvik

Hello,

Please amend my request to a list of invoices from Yahoo! Inc. to the agency over the past 3 years. If retrieving the full list of invoices is too burdensome, please provide a list of invoices concerning the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch within the agency.

Please include any processing notes made in completing this request.

Thanks,

Runa A. Sandvik

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Runa Sandvik,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it has been forwarded to the assigned analyst for review. If appropriate, a response will be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding the FOIPA may be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
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

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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. 5, 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 #1236572-1.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Runa Sandvik,

Please check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request at: http://www.fbi.gov (Freedom of information Act link), http://www.fbi.gov/foia or http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps and follow the instructions below.
Check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request
If your FOIPA Number is 11195846-0 please enter 11195846-000 into the system. If your FOIPA number is 11195846-1 please enter 11195846-001 into the system.
Find status of FOIPA−Last updated on December 24, 2013
Please enter the whole FOI/PA number- Example: 1234567-000
FOIPA:
Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:
FOIPA
1234567-000
Case Type
FOIPA
Process Description (will display the current progress of request)
The FBI's FOIPA Program is searching the FBI's indices for potentially responsive documents. You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.
NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status online, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online status database. Status information is updated weekly. At this time, closed requests are not available.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
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: 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. 5, 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 #1236572-1.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Runa Sandvik,

Please check the Status of Your FOIPA Request at: http://www.fbi.gov and access the (Freedom of Information Act) link at the bottom of the page, or http://www.fbi.gov/foia, or http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.
Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request
If your FOIPA Number is 11195846-0 please enter 11195846-000 into the system. If your FOIPA number is 11195846-1 please enter 11195846-001 into the system.

Find status of FOIPA−Last updated on January 29, 2014
Please enter the whole FOIPA number- Example: 1234567-000
FOIPA:
Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:
FOIPA
1234567-000
Case Type
FOIPA
Process Description (will display the current progress of request)
The FBI's FOIPA Program is searching the FBI's indices for potentially responsive documents. You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.
NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status online, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online status database. Status information is updated weekly. At this time, closed requests are not available.
Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
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: 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. 5, 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 #1236572-1.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Runa Sandvik,

Please check the Status of Your FOIPA Request at: http://www.fbi.gov and access the (Freedom of Information Act) link at the bottom of the page, or http://www.fbi.gov/foia, or http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps, and follow the instructions below.
Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request
If your FOIPA Number is 11195846-0 please enter 11195846-000 into the system. If your FOIPA number is 11195846-1 please enter 11195846-001 into the system.

Find status of FOIPA−Last updated on March 5, 2014
Please enter the whole FOIPA number- Example: 1234567-000
FOIPA:
Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:
FOIPA
1234567-000
Case Type
FOIPA
Process Description (will display the current progress of request)
The FBI's FOIPA Program is searching the FBI's indices for potentially responsive documents. You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.
NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status online, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online status database. Status information is updated weekly. Closed requests will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
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: 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. 5, 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 #1236572-1.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Runa Sandvik,

Please view the attachment regarding Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request, which was last updated on April 4, 2014.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
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

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Runa A. Sandvik

RE: Invoices to the FBI from Yahoo! Inc., FOIPA #1236572-1

This letter constitutes a formal appeal under the U.S. Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts (5 U.S.C. §552/552a) and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

Along with a letter dated April 30, 2014, the FBI responded to my request for a list of invoices from Yahoo! Inc. to the agency and cited a (b)(7)(E) exemption to justify the withholding of information.

i) I appeal all withholdings and redactions in FOIPA #1236572-1 and request OIP release to me all improperly withheld documents or portions thereof. I fail to see how disclosing the withheld information in this particular FOIA request would interfere with law enforcement proceedings. I believe the (b)(7)(E) exemption was improperly applied.

ii) The FBI performed an inadequate search for records responsive to my request. This is violative of the FOIA. I appeal the FBI’s inadequate search for records responsive to my request. I request OIP compel the FBI to conduct a new complete and thorough search for invoices from Yahoo! Inc. to the agency over the past 3 years and to disclose any responsive records to me.

This new search should also include, but not be limited to searches of/for: main file records, cross-reference records, ELSUR (electronic surveillance) records, laboratory records, FOI/PA records, 190 Files, 197 Files, and (-0, -2, -5) Control Files, the FBI’s administrative records system, confidential indices and filing systems, the Investigative Data Warehouse, seized asset information, and the FBI’s “Bureau Mailing Lists” records system.

Sincerely,

Runa A. Sandvik

From: OIP-NoReply

THIS MESSAGE IS SENT FROM AN UNATTENDED ID. DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE

From: Runa A. Sandvik

To Whom It May Concern,

I wanted to follow up on the administrative appeal that your office received on May 19, 2014. You had assigned it reference number #AP-2014-02924. The appeal is concerning two separate FOIA requests that seem to have been treated as one single request:

1. A request for a list of invoices from Yahoo! Inc. to the agency over the past 3 years. You had assigned this request reference number #1236572-1.

2. A request for a list of invoices from Apple, Inc. to the agency over the past 3 years. You had assigned this request reference number #1239982-0.

On April 30, 2014, I received a cover letter granting the request and outlining exempted materials. The reference number on the cover letter was #1236572-1. In the letter, the FBI responded to my request for a list of invoices to the agency from both Apple, Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. and cited a (b)(7)(E) exemption to justify the withholding of information.

i) I appeal all withholdings and redactions in FOIPA #1236572-1 and #1239982-0 and request OIP release to me all improperly withheld documents or portions thereof. I fail to see how disclosing the withheld information in this particular FOIA request would interfere with law enforcement proceedings. I believe the (b)(7)(E) exemption was improperly applied.

ii) The FBI performed an inadequate search for records responsive to my request. This is violative of the FOIA. I appeal the FBI’s inadequate search for records responsive to my request. I request OIP compel the FBI to conduct a new complete and thorough search for invoices from Apple, Inc. to the agency over the past 3 years and to disclose any responsive records to me.

This new search should also include, but not be limited to searches of/for: main file records, cross-reference records, ELSUR (electronic surveillance) records, laboratory records, FOI/PA records, 190 Files, 197 Files, and (-0, -2, -5) Control Files, the FBI’s administrative records system, confidential indices and filing systems, the Investigative Data Warehouse, seized asset information, and the FBI’s “Bureau Mailing Lists” records system.

Sincerely,

Runa A. Sandvik

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Runa Sandvik,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it has been forwarded to the assigned analyst for review. If appropriate, a response will be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding the FOIPA may be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/.

If you require additional assistance please contact me.

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: 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. 5, 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 #1236572-001 ; AP-2014-02924.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Runa Sandvik,

The above FOIPA request was closed and a release of records mailed to you on 4-30-14.

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: MuckRock

Hello Mr. Sobonya,

For your information, the following letter has been sent to the Appeals Authority at the DOJ OIP.

Thank you.

_______

Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP)
U.S. Department of Justice
1425 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 11050
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

July 14, 2014

To Whom It May Concern,

I filed an administrative appeal that your office received on May 19, 2014. I later followed up with more information, which your office received on June 2, 2014. I have included the follow up below. Did you close my FOIPA request before you had received and processed my appeal?

Follow up on the appeal:

I wanted to follow up on the administrative appeal that your office received on May 19, 2014. You had assigned it reference number #AP-2014-02924. The appeal is concerning two separate FOIA requests that seem to have been treated as one single request:

1. A request for a list of invoices from Yahoo! Inc. to the agency over the past 3 years. You had assigned this request reference number #1236572-1.

2. A request for a list of invoices from Apple, Inc. to the agency over the past 3 years. You had assigned this request reference number #1239982-0.

On April 30, 2014, I received a cover letter granting the request and outlining exempted materials. The reference number on the cover letter was #1236572-1. In the letter, the FBI responded to my request for a list of invoices to the agency from both Apple, Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. and cited a (b)(7)(E) exemption to justify the withholding of information.

i) I appeal all withholdings and redactions in FOIPA #1236572-1 and #1239982-0 and request OIP release to me all improperly withheld documents or portions thereof. I fail to see how disclosing the withheld information in this particular FOIA request would interfere with law enforcement proceedings. I believe the (b)(7)(E) exemption was improperly applied.

ii) The FBI performed an inadequate search for records responsive to my request. This is violative of the FOIA. I appeal the FBI’s inadequate search for records responsive to my request. I request OIP compel the FBI to conduct a new complete and thorough search for invoices from Apple, Inc. to the agency over the past 3 years and to disclose any responsive records to me.

This new search should also include, but not be limited to searches of/for: main file records, cross-reference records, ELSUR (electronic surveillance) records, laboratory records, FOI/PA records, 190 Files, 197 Files, and (-0, -2, -5) Control Files, the FBI’s administrative records system, confidential indices and filing systems, the Investigative Data Warehouse, seized asset information, and the FBI’s “Bureau Mailing Lists” records system.

Sincerely,

Runa A. Sandvik

From: Runa A. Sandvik

To Whom It May Concern,

I filed an administrative appeal that your office received on May 19, 2014. I later followed up with more information, which your office received on June 2, 2014. I have included the follow up below. Did you close my FOIPA request before you had received and processed my appeal?

Follow up on the appeal:

I wanted to follow up on the administrative appeal that your office received on May 19, 2014. You had assigned it reference number #AP-2014-02924. The appeal is concerning two separate FOIA requests that seem to have been treated as one single request:

1. A request for a list of invoices from Yahoo! Inc. to the agency over the past 3 years. You had assigned this request reference number #1236572-1.

2. A request for a list of invoices from Apple, Inc. to the agency over the past 3 years. You had assigned this request reference number #1239982-0.

On April 30, 2014, I received a cover letter granting the request and outlining exempted materials. The reference number on the cover letter was #1236572-1. In the letter, the FBI responded to my request for a list of invoices to the agency from both Apple, Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. and cited a (b)(7)(E) exemption to justify the withholding of information.

i) I appeal all withholdings and redactions in FOIPA #1236572-1 and #1239982-0 and request OIP release to me all improperly withheld documents or portions thereof. I fail to see how disclosing the withheld information in this particular FOIA request would interfere with law enforcement proceedings. I believe the (b)(7)(E) exemption was improperly applied.

ii) The FBI performed an inadequate search for records responsive to my request. This is violative of the FOIA. I appeal the FBI’s inadequate search for records responsive to my request. I request OIP compel the FBI to conduct a new complete and thorough search for invoices from Apple, Inc. to the agency over the past 3 years and to disclose any responsive records to me.

This new search should also include, but not be limited to searches of/for: main file records, cross-reference records, ELSUR (electronic surveillance) records, laboratory records, FOI/PA records, 190 Files, 197 Files, and (-0, -2, -5) Control Files, the FBI’s administrative records system, confidential indices and filing systems, the Investigative Data Warehouse, seized asset information, and the FBI’s “Bureau Mailing Lists” records system.

Sincerely,

Runa A. Sandvik

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.

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

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://vault.fbi.gov by clicking on “Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request” on the right side of the page, and follow the instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request
If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- Request statuses are updated weekly

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:
Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:
FOIPA:
1234567-000

Case Type:
FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)
The FBI’s FOIPA Program is searching the FBI’s indices for potentially responsive documents.
You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.

NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.

Estimated Dates of Completion
Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our multi-track processing system, and the FBI receives a voluminous amount of requests on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Requests are divided into two primary tracks--simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Our complex requests are further divided into medium, large, and extra-large sub-tracks. Simple track requests typically require the least amount of time to process.

Currently, simple track cases average approximately 80 days from the date of receipt for processing. Requests in the medium processing track are currently averaging 281 days from the date of receipt for processing, those in the large processing track are currently averaging approximately 774 days, and those in the extra-large track are averaging 879 days.

Thank you,

Public Information Officer
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

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