KGB (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # NFP-52012
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Files relating to the KGB, which is the abbreviation for Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti, or the original Russian names, КГБ and Комите́т госуда́рственной безопа́сности.

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 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,

Michael Best

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

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.

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

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: 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: Michael Best

I am a little bit astonished that the name of the organization is not enough for a records search and a search under the names provided (KGB, Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti, КГБ, Комите́т госуда́рственной безопа́сности) is an unreasonable amount of effort.

The KGB operated from 1954 until 1991 and operated on a global scale, including in the United States, but primarily in the Soviet Union and specifically in Russia. It was the main security agency for the Soviet Union and was the successor of the Cheka, NKGB.

Additional information about the KGB can be found on its Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KGB

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

Dear Mr. Best,

The FBI has received your additional correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it has been forwarded to Initial Processing or 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/, http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ or http://www.justice.gov/oip.

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: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

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 https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1@@search-fdps, 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- LAST UPDATED ON January 6, 2016

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.

Thank you,

Lauren McGuinn
Public Liaison/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
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>
The FBI has launched eFOIA! You can now make a FOIA request using this link https://efoiapub.tmbc.me/#home

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 http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

The request was received on 12-16-2015 (actual date request was scanned into the FOIPA Document Processing System) and assigned FOIPA Request Number #NFP-52012. The request was closed on 12-29-2015. Correspondence was mailed to your attention on 12-29-2015.

Please verify a current mailing address in order for us to resend the material.

The correspondence was mailed to:

MR. MICHAEL BEST
MUCKROCK
DEPARTMENT 22669
POST OFFICE BOX 55819
BOSTON, MA 02205-5819

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/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
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.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 http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Michael Best

The request was not closed on December 29, it was acknowledged and a fix was requested. Additional information was provided to fix the request on January 1st. The additional information was acknowledged on January 6. At no point was it closed, as is now being claimed.

Please advise.

From: FOIPAQUESTIONS

Dear Mr. Best,

Your request NFP-52012 on KGB was received on 12-16-2015 (actual date request was scanned into the FOIPA Document Processing System) and assigned Request Number NFP-52012. The request was closed on 12-29-2015. Correspondence indicating your letter did not contain enough descriptive information to permit a reasonable search of our records was mailed to your attention on 12-29-2015. Additional correspondence was received 01-07-2016 (actual date correspondence was scanned into the FOIPA Document Processing System). Initial Processing determined that the request remained too vague and the additional correspondence still did not provide enough information for the FBI to conduct a reasonable search.

Examples of specific information which could assist us in locating potentially responsive records within a reasonable amount of effort are as follows:

· Complete names of individuals

o Birth date

o Place of birth

o Place of death

o Location of incident

· Organizations/Events

o Date of event

o Time frame

o Location

· Specific time frame

· Specific location

If you require additional assistance in perfecting your request, please contact me.

Thank you,

Holly Early
Public Liaison/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
E-mail: foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foiparequest@ic.fbi.gov>
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.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 http://www.fbi.gov/foia by clicking on the CHECK STATUS OF YOUR FOI/PA REQUEST under the FOIA INDEX located on the right side of the page. Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

From: Michael Best

I have provided the request information, name of the organization, location in which it operated and the timeframe, yet I am repeatedly told that this is somehow insufficient to perform a search. Unless it is the Bureau's contention that no records were kept on KGB, nor their activities in the United States or abroad (where the FBI cooperated with other agencies and bureaus and received updates from the Central Intelligence Agency), I demand that a search be performed - at least a perfunctory search for the organization's name and abbreviations which were originally provided.

Please note, that the request was improperly closed upon receipt and before I was given an opportunity to provide more information.

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2016-002287 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- Records not reasonably described.

  • Best, Michael, AP-2016-002287, FBI, appeal response letter-signed

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