ISOO-CIA 1990-2000 (Central Intelligence Agency)

Emma Best filed this request with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.
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Due March 16, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Correspondence (to include letters, memos, notes, and emails) between CIA (including but not limited to the Information Privacy Coordinator(s) and their offices)and the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) from 1990-2000.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, 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. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived.

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.


Michael Best

From: Wanda Williams

I am out of the office until Wednesday, June 7th, I will return all calls and emails upon my return.
If you need urgent assistance please email Jodi Foor or Joseph Scanlon at or call our FOIA information line at 301-837-3642. (
Thank you,
Wanda Williams Deputy Freedom of Information Act Officer/Archivist
Office of General Counsel
College Park, Maryland
301-837-0773 work (
Wanda Williams Deputy Freedom of Information Act Officer/Archivist
National Archives and Records Administration Office of General Counsel College Park, Maryland 301-837-0773

From: Wanda Williams

*RE: NGC17-190 **NARA-NGC-2017-000294 CIA and OSOO *

Dear Mr. Best,

Thank you for contacting our office. Your request, NGC17-190, is currently
#26 in our complex queue. However, as responsive documents are sent out
for consultation, we may be able to get to your case as soon as possible.
We have identified and gathered all the responsive documents. I will
contact you in a week with a status update.

Thank you

Wanda Williams
Deputy Freedom of Information Act Officer/Archivist
National Archives and Records Administration
Office of General Counsel
College Park, Maryland
301-837-0773 <(301)%20837-0773>


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