John Cody – FBI

Brendan O'Connor filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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Due Feb. 26, 2018
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Brendan O'Connor

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records maintained by the FBI on John Cody (June 17, 1921—April 4, 2001), the late head of Teamsters Local 282, who was convicted on federal labor racketeering charges following a January 1982 indictment.

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.


Brendan O'Connor

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. O’Connor,

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<>/, by clicking on the SERVICES link at the top of the homepage and then click on the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy picture, or the direct link is:, or by accessing the U. S. Department of Justice at If you require additional assistance please contact us at

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
Ofc: (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: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Brendan O'Connor

I have submitted payment for this FOIA request via

Application Name: FBI FOIA Tracking ID: 25VV1P46
Agency Tracking ID: 75161025289
Transaction Type: Sale
Transaction Date: 01/06/2017 05:42:16 PM EST

Please confirm receipt of this payment. Thanks.

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

Good afternoon Mr. O'Connor,

Reference is made to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for FBI records concerning John Cody. Correspondence was sent on November 30, 2016 noting that the FBI located approximately 12,222 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
Government Information Specialist
Federal Bureau of Investigation

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

Good afternoon Mr. O'Connor,

I'm following up on the initial email I sent last week regarding your request on John Cody, FOIA Request #1358905-0. Please do get in touch with me if you are interested in reducing the scope of your request so we could try and move it into a quicker processing queue.

I do appreciate your consideration of this inquiry.

Leslie Wilson

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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

Good morning Mr. O’Connor,

As indicated in correspondence we sent out to you June 19th, your request will still be handled as one in the large-track processing queue. The letter indicated that these requests move into an unassigned backlog waiting for assignment to an analyst. Your request has moved into this backlog and I cannot provide a date when it will be assigned and processing begins.

Back in June, I had sent you two emails inquiring if you would consider reducing the scope of your request. This might not be a route you prefer to take; but, if you are looking to receive information on your subject more timely, it may be a good course to pursue. We can move a request into the medium track queue if the number of pages falls below 950 pages. Current estimated time of completion for this size is about 7 months with an interim release of 500 pages.

Please let me know if you would be interested in changing the size of your request. Upon completion of the medium size request, you can come back in with another FOIA request to pick up additional material. By citing this FOIA number, there would be no time lost in searching records or determining what next to process, since the FOIA number allows the analyst to work from that FOIA. If you don’t narrow it down in the next request, as a large request it, It should come directly to negotiations. For remaining materials, we can again determine how you want to proceed.

I do look forward to hearing from you. Until then, your request is still considered a large case request.

Thanks for getting in touch with me. You can also check the site for updates on your request.

Leslie Wilson

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good afternoon Mr. O’Connor,

I had sent emails to you last summer and realized that only the standard “status inquiry” email that is sent by Muckrock on all requests had been received on this subject. This is an inquiry to see if you are still interested in receiving records on this subject of John Cody. Furthermore, another negotiated request on this subject has been processed with approximately 630 pages completed.

Please respond to this email if you are interested in receiving this preprocessed material and/or if you would consider reducing the overall size of this request – potentially responsive page count of 11,593. With older requests, where we have attempted to contact the requester and we do not get a response of interest, after 30 days from our last attempt, the request will then be closed.

We do appreciate your continued patience and look forward to hearing from you.

Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
Information Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Status check? Please contact Public Information Officer at

From: Brendan O'Connor

Good afternoon. Thank you for following up on this; can you tell me some more about the 630-page negotiated request?

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Greetings Mr. O’Connor,

The release contains material from 1981-1982 including a prosecutive report. Most of the material comes from section 10. Let me know if you want to receive this release, or if you would rather start with the first sections up to 950 pages – which allows your request to move into the medium processing track for quicker release. As always, upon completion of a reduced request, another request can be made for additional records to be processed.


From: Brendan O'Connor

I would like to receive the 1981-1982 release first, and then the first sections up to 950 pages please!

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Thank you for your response. A letter will be forthcoming documenting this exchange. Your request will go forward as a medium size case based on the decision below.