John Raines, FBI file

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1390610, RD 55597

Due March 22, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to John Raines, an obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on November 17, 2017 under the headline "John Raines, 84, Who Evaded Capture in an F.B.I. Break-in, Dies". Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be found at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/obituaries/john-raines-84-who-evaded-capture-in-an-fbi-break-in-dies.html.

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,

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:

The FOIA request copied below has been forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
______________________
To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to John Raines, an obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on November 17, 2017 under the headline "John Raines, 84, Who Evaded Capture in an F.B.I. Break-in, Dies". Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be found at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/obituaries/john-raines-84-who-evaded-capture-in-an-fbi-break-in-dies.html.

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,

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Parker Higgins,

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act
request to the National Archives and Records Administration, via
FOIA@nara.gov.

Because you have requested access to historically permanent federal
records, we have forwarded your FOIA request, received in our office
December 14, 2017, to our Office of Research Services, Special Access and
FOIA staff, for further review and handling. As a result, you will be
assigned a tracking number by that office.

If you would like to follow up with that office directly, please contact
them at the address below, or electronically via email.
Special Access and FOIA Staff (RD-F)
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By phone: 301-837-3190
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Sincerely,

Matthew Heichelbech
Government Information Specialist Detailee
National Archives and Records Administration
Office of the General Council, Archives II
301-837-1934
matthew.heichelbech@nara.gov

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From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 2:19 PM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request #1390610
To: FOIA@nara.gov

National Archives and Records Administration
FOIA Office
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843

December 14, 2017

This is a follow up to request number 1390610:

To Whom It May Concern:

The FOIA request copied below has been forwarded to your office for
processing. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion
would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
______________________
To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to John Raines, an obituary
of whom was published in The New York Times on November 17, 2017 under the
headline "John Raines, 84, Who Evaded Capture in an F.B.I. Break-in, Dies".
Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be found at
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/obituaries/john-raines-
84-who-evaded-capture-in-an-fbi-break-in-dies.html.

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,

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

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On Dec. 8, 2017:
There are eFOIA files available for you to download.
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On Nov. 21, 2017:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to John Raines, an obituary
of whom was published in The New York Times on November 17, 2017 under the
headline "John Raines, 84, Who Evaded Capture in an F.B.I. Break-in, Dies".
Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be found at
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/obituaries/john-raines-
84-who-evaded-capture-in-an-fbi-break-in-dies.html.

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,

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/
national-archives-and-records-administration-129/john-
raines-fbi-file-46061/?uuid-login=c7c0b931-4cfc-4f92-b64e-
b30dddeb7284&email=FOIA%40nara.gov#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the
above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 46061
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Higgins,

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated
December 14, 2017 for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration (NARA). You requested access to Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) case file 100-PH-52344, which were identified by the
FBI as potentially responsive to your request for records pertaining to
John C. Raines. Your request was received in this office on December 19,
2017 and assigned FOIA case number *RD 55597*.

We located and surveyed case file number 100-PH-52344. The subject of the
file is John C. Raines and it consists of approximately 250 pages within
one section. It was compiled between the years 1970 and 1976 as part of a
security investigation conducted by the FBI.

The file require screening for categories of information exempted from
disclosure under the FOIA. Specifically, there are documents which may be
redacted in order to protect the identities of named informants or
confidential sources, including FBI informant codes or informant file
numbers.

We have added your request to our first tier processing queue. This queue
is reserved for requests that consist of less than 500 pages. The
estimated time required to complete the processing of your request is
approximately 24 months from the date of this correspondence. We will
notify you as soon as our review of the files is complete.

Please notify this office of any change of address that may occur during
the time required to complete the processing of your request. To inform
our staff regarding a change in your contact information or to track the
status of your case, you may call our customer service number at (301)
837-3190 or send an email to specialaccess_foia@nara.gov. If you have any
other questions, you may email me at jennifer.namsiriwan@nara.gov. Please
cite your FOIA case number *RD 55597* in any further communications
concerning this request.

In the event that any correspondence to you from this office is returned as
undeliverable, no forwarding address, we will presume that you are no
longer interested in pursuing the case and it will be closed.
If you are not satisfied with our action on this request and would like the
opportunity to discuss our response, you may contact our FOIA Public
Liaison for assistance at:

FOIA Public Liaison: Martha Wagner Murphy
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Email: DC.foia.liaison@nara.gov
Telephone: 301-837-3270

Sincerely,

Jennifer Namsiriwan Crabb
Archivist
Special Access and FOIA Branch (RD-F)
National Archives and Records Administration
https://www.archives.gov/research/foia

From: Liam Knox

Hello!

I'm following up on this request for files on John Raines, to see if you have an updated estimated date of completion for the document review process?

Thank you!

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Higgins,

Currently your request is in our first tier processing queue. The
estimated time required to complete the processing of your request is
approximately 24 months from the date of our original correspondence, which
was December 19, 2017. As such, we estimate that we will begin processing
your request in December 2019. We will notify you as soon as our review of
the file is complete. To track the status of your case in the future, you
may call our customer service number at (301) 837-3190 or send an email to
specialaccess_foia@nara.gov.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Namsiriwan Crabb
Archivist
Special Access and FOIA Branch (RD-F)
National Archives and Records Administration
https://www.archives.gov/research/foia

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

April 19, 2019

Parker Higgins

MuckRock News

Dept. MR 46061

411A Highland Ave.

Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Dear Mr. Higgins,

I am writing you as a courtesy to inform you that the current structure of
the tier for which your case is assigned FOIA case number RD 55597 has been
revised to include requests for pages up to 700 pages. Since your request
includes 250 pages your case will remain in this same queue and there is no
action for you to take at this time. To give you an indication of our
existing backlog for Tier 1, we are currently processing requests received
in June 2013.

As a result of an office effort to improve efficiency and potentially
decrease the amount of time your case is in our processing queues, we have
updated our processing queues to the following structure:

- Tier 1:Requests that do not exceed 700 pages
- Tier 2: Requests for records totaling between 701 and 3000 pages
- Tier 3: Requests that exceed 3000 pages

If you would like to narrow your request, you are welcome to do so by
contacting our office using the contact information below. Additionally, if
you no longer wish to receive these records we ask that you indicate in
writing to our office.

If this correspondence is returned as undeliverable and no new contact
information is provided within 90 business days from the date of this
letter, your case will be administratively closed.

We will continue to process your case in the order that it was received.
You will receive a final letter once review and processing is complete.

Our contact information is as follows:

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If you are not satisfied with our action on this request and would like the
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Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

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FOIA Public Liaison: Britney Crawford (Acting)

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Sincerely,

Lauren Edler

Archives Technician

Special Access and FOIA Staff

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