Janet Reno

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1361244-000
Due Dec. 23, 2016
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All files and records relating to Janet Reno (July 21, 1938 – November 7, 2016). Her death has been widely reported. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/08/us/janet-reno-dead.html

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant names and companies.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the Bureau for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure. 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.

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,

Michael Best

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Dear Mr. Best,

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.

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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
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Direct: (540) 868-4286
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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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From: Michael Best

I am appealing the decision to not search the full number of indices specified and to not perform a cross-reference search.

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Good afternoon Mr. Best,

Reference is made to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request 1361244-000 for FBI records concerning Janet Reno. The FBI has located approximately 20,000 pages that are potentially responsive to your request. Once requests go over a certain size, usually in the 50-100 page range, they become increasingly complex, greatly slowing down the time required for processing. Generally the larger the file, the longer it takes to process. Given our current workload and staffing levels, it may be a very long time before you would begin to receive material from this request.

We contact requesters with requests of this size to see if there might be a way to possibly narrow the scope. Is this something you might be willing to consider? If so, please contact me and we can discuss this possibility. We appreciate your patience and hope to hear from you soon.

Leslie Wilson
540-868-4894
Government Information Specialist
Negotiation/RIDS/RMD
Federal Bureau of Investigation

From: Emma Best

Leslie,

I'd be happy to limit the scope of the request to background checks and investigations of or relating to Janet Reno while excluding investigations in which she merely appears as a cross-reference due to her role as Attorney General. If you have any other suggestions for limiting the scope, I'd be happy to hear you out.

Emma (formerly Michael)

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning Emma,

Thank you for responding to my inquiry. I do need some clarification from you. Are you handling all interests of Michael Best? Has Mr. Best provided us this information that he is no longer handling his requests? To go forward, I do need your full name and address to ensure correspondence will be going out correctly to you; and I would appreciate some notice from Mr. Best.
Thanks,
Leslie Wilson

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning Ms. Best,

I have gone through the files for Janet Reno. The only file pertaining to your interest as noted below is the congressional background file which consists of 3 sections. The size is estimated to be under 900 pages. If you are interested in this one file being processed through the medium-track queue, the current estimated processing time is about 7 months.

Please let me know if this will meet your needs on this subject.

Respectfully,
Leslie Wilson

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Ms. Best,

This is a follow up to the size of the one congressional background file on Janet Reno. The sections were uploaded and did not reflect the average size we estimate for sections. So upon reviewing the sections, the actual page count is at 2,239. This size will still keep your request in the large-track queue.

I do appreciate your consideration in reducing the scope of your request. Please do confirm if you still want me to proceed with the processing of this file so that I may move it forward.

Sincerely,
Leslie Wilson

From: Emma Best

Leslie,

Sorry for any confusion - I'm the same person. I've come out as trans.

I'm afraid I don't see any ways to reduce the scope here, but as always I'm open to suggestions.

Emma (formerly Michael)

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning,

I did move your case forward for all of the material under your interest for the security/background file on Janet Reno. The other files we eliminated pertained to assault on a federal officer, extortion overt and threats against president/staff, and gen/admin matters.
So we are not reducing the one file to fit into the medium track queue. You will want all 2,239 to be processed.
Hopefully I have not caused confusion with this.
Thanks,
Leslie Wilson

From: Emma Best

Sounds good, thanks.

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

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>.

Estimated Dates of Completion:

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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.
Best regards,

Ms. Wilson

From: Wilson, Leslie C. (RMD) (FBI)

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:

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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.

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.
Best regards,
Ms. Wilson

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning,

As you are aware you can check on the status of your request via the portal at FBI.gov. Through negotiations, the size of the request was reduced but still remained a large size case. Upon conclusion of our discussions, the case was forwarded to the unassigned backlog for large cases. It will be picked up for processing as other large cases close.
Respectfully.

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