Leidos or SAIC contracts with IRS

Jacob Fenton filed this request with the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

F18074-0003

Status
Rejected

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From: Jacob Fenton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of contracts awarded to Leidos Inc, or it's corporate parent, Science Applications International Corporation, also known as SAIC, by the Internal Revenue Service, in the past 3 years.

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,

Jacob Fenton

From: Internal Revenue Service

The request has been rejected by the agency.

From: Jacob Fenton

I'm writing to appeal the integrity of the search process used by Internal Revenue Service's deemed denial of my FOIA request of Mar. 14, 2017, tracking number F18074-0003

Please note that the IRS has denied this request as "imperfect" because I sought contracts *by vendor name* and not by vendor contract number. This mistaken characterization by IRS is in wanton disregard of the law.

Whatever wording used by IRS personnel, this is action is a deemed denial of my FOIA without even the appearance of any due diligence or adherence to any search process whatsoever. Simply telling me this FOIA is imperfect represents the IRS' incorrect opinion.

This is the wording used by IRS personnel

"A contract number must be provided in order for us to search our database for the documents that may be responsive to your
request. Without this information, your FOIA request is considered imperfect and will not be processed."

I do not believe that IRS may only search contracts by contract number, nor do I believe that the IRS alleged inability to use their own computer systems is whatsoever relevant to this denial. Please provide the statute specifying that contracts may only be searched by contract number.

Please contact me at (202) 997-6477 to discuss this request. It appears IRS' actions are aimed at limiting the number of reasonable, lawful requests to IRS instead of fulfilling them.

From: Jacob Fenton

FOIA Appeals Officer:

After discussing IRS rules with an agency lawyer, I understand there *is* a specific regulation that requires contracts to be identified by number, and I therefore withdraw this appeal. Please consider amending the response you give when rejecting "imperfect submissions" to include a working URL to the IRS Manual or appropriate reference material explaining what the agency believes the rules are. To be clear, I regard this regulation to be unlawful, but in the interests of not wasting agency time, please consider this appeal withdrawn.

--Jacob Fenton

From: Internal Revenue Service

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Internal Revenue Service

The request has been rejected by the agency.

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