Mayor Marion Barry Files (National Park Service)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the National Park Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # NPS-2015-00203
Est. Completion None
Status
No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of any agency files on former DC Mayor Marion Barry, as well as investigative files, summaries or reports regarding him or his administration, between this agency and the Mayor or his offices.

His death was widely reported, including here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/us/politics/marion-s-barry-jr-former-mayor-of-washington-dies-at-78.html

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 Morisy

From: Wilson, Charis

Mr. Morisy,

Before we can begin processing your request, we need to clarify the scope
of what you are asking for.

1. Are you seeking only records that are *about* Mayor Marion Barry? That
is are you seeking records where Marion Barry is the *subject * of the
records. As currently worded we cannot tell if your request would include
records relating to the daily administration of the National Park units
within the DC metro area that may have merely mentioned Mayor Barry or the
Mayor's office but that were not specifically about Mayor Barry.

2. What date range are you seeking records for?

3. Are you seeking only records relating to Marion Barry during the time he
served as Mayor or does your request also include any records the National
Park Service may have about Marion Barry from the period he served on the
Council?

Additionally, you also requested a fee waiver. However, you did not provide
sufficient justification to qualify for a fee waiver under the Department’s
FOIA regulations (43 CFR 2.48). The statutory requirement for granting a
fee waiver is that release of the information must be in the public
interest because it—

(1) Is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the
operations and activities of the Government; and
(2) Is not primarily in your commercial interest.

In accordance with 43 CFR 2.48, you must specifically address the
Department’s fee waiver criteria for each request you submit, regardless of
whether you may have been granted a fee waiver previously. To assist us in
making a decision on your request for a fee waiver, we ask that you address
the following:

(1) How the records concern the operations or activities of the Federal
government.

(2) How disclosure is likely to contribute to public understanding of those
operations or activities, including:

(3) How disclosure is likely to significantly contribute to the
understanding of a reasonably broad audience of persons interested in the
subject, as opposed to your individual understanding, including:

(4) How the public's understanding of the subject in question will be
enhanced to a significant extent by the disclosure.

In accordance with 43 CFR 2.51(c), if we do not hear from you within 20
workdays of this letter, we will presume you are no longer interested in
this matter and will close the file on your request. Please do not hesitate
to contact me with any further questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________
Ms. Charis Wilson, MLS, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA

"What we find changes who we become." - Peter Morville

"The historian works with records...there is no substitute for records: no
records, no history." - Paraphrasing Langlois & Seignobos (1903)

"Let us be guardians, not gardeners" - Unknown, From 1963 Living Wilderness
editorial - Attributed to Adolph Murie

From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

Thank you for your questions to help clarify my request.

1. I specifically want documents and files *about* Mayor Barry, and not necessarily every document that mentions him. I am not interested in emails regarding the daily administration during his tenure.

2. You may limit this to records generated between Jan. 1, 1979 and Jan. 1, 2000.

3. I am interested in records relating to both his time as Mayor and his time on the council during the dates mentioned above.

4. Regarding my fee waiver request, I would like to withdraw this if I'm being classified as a media requester. If not, please let me know what fee category I am being placed in and I will provide a fee waiver and appeal.

Thanks again!
Michael

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 30, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Wilson, Charis

Mr. Morisy,

This is an interim response to your request, a search of the files in our
National Capital Region located no records responsive to your request. I
am still waiting for the results of the search of the US Park Police files.

Also please remember to reference the tracking number in the subject line
of all correspondence relating to this request. For your reference the
tracking number assigned to this request is NPS-2015-00203.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________
Ms. Charis Wilson, MLS, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA

"What we find changes who we become." - Peter Morville

"The historian works with records...there is no substitute for records: no
records, no history." - Paraphrasing Langlois & Seignobos (1903)

"Let us be guardians, not gardeners" - Unknown, From 1963 Living Wilderness
editorial - Attributed to Adolph Murie

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 30, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #NPS-2015-00203.

Thank you for your help.

From: Wilson, Charis

Mr. Morisy,

I'm still waiting for a response from the US Park Police. I've sent them a
message asking for an update. As will let you know what I hear back from
them.

I apologize for the delay in getting our final response to you. Please
note, because we were not able to process your request within the required
twenty workday period you have the right to appeal. You may file an appeal
by writing to:

Freedom of Information Act Appeals Officer
Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
MS-6556-MIB,
Washington, D.C. 20240
foia.appeals@sol.doi.gov

Your failure to timely respond appeal may be filed anytime between now and
the date we issue our final response. The appeal should be marked, both on
the envelope and the face of the appeal letter, with the legend "FREEDOM OF
INFORMATION APPEAL." Your appeal should be accompanied by a copy of your
original request and copies of all correspondence between yourself and the
National Park Service related to this request, along with any information
you have which leads you to believe our response to be in error. Note, any
appeal received after 5 p.m. EST will be considered to have been received
on the next business day.

Sincerely,

C.
____________________
Ms. Charis Wilson, MLS, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA

"What we find changes who we become." - Peter Morville

"The historian works with records...there is no substitute for records: no
records, no history." - Paraphrasing Langlois & Seignobos (1903)

"Let us be guardians, not gardeners" - Unknown, From 1963 Living Wilderness
editorial - Attributed to Adolph Murie

____________________
Ms. Charis Wilson, MLS, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA

"What we find changes who we become." - Peter Morville

"The historian works with records...there is no substitute for records: no
records, no history." - Paraphrasing Langlois & Seignobos (1903)

"Let us be guardians, not gardeners" - Unknown, From 1963 Living Wilderness
editorial - Attributed to Adolph Murie

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 30, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #NPS-2015-00203.

Thank you for your help.

From: Wilson, Charis

Mr. Morisy,

I still have not received any response from the USPP on this one. Again, I
apologize for the delay. As I said previously, because we have not
responded within the required 20 workdays you do have the right to appeal.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________
Ms. Charis Wilson, MLS, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA

"What we find changes who we become." - Peter Morville

"The historian works with records...there is no substitute for records: no
records, no history." - Paraphrasing Langlois & Seignobos (1903)

"Let us be guardians, not gardeners" - Unknown, From 1963 Living Wilderness
editorial - Attributed to Adolph Murie

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 30, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #NPS-2015-00203.

Thank you for your help.

From: Wilson, Charis

Mr. Morisy,

I reached out to the USPP asking for a status update on this one but have
not received any response. Again, I apologize for the delay in the USPP's
response to your request.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________
Ms. Charis Wilson, MLS, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA

"What we find changes who we become." - Peter Morville

"The historian works with records...there is no substitute for records: no
records, no history." - Paraphrasing Langlois & Seignobos (1903)

"Let us be guardians, not gardeners" - Unknown, From 1963 Living Wilderness
editorial - Attributed to Adolph Murie

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 30, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #NPS-2015-00203.

Thank you for your help.

From: Wilson, Charis

Mr. Morisy,

I have been advised by the US Park Police staff that after searching their
files they have no records responsive to your request. Accordingly this
completes our processing of your request.

Should you consider this NO RECORDS response to be a denial of your
request, you have the right to appeal. You may file an appeal by writing
to:

Freedom of Information Act Appeals Officer
Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
MS-6556-MIB,
Washington, D.C. 20240
foia.appeals@sol.doi.gov

Your appeal must be received no later than 30 workdays after the date of
this final response. The appeal should be marked, both on the envelope and
the face of the appeal letter, with the legend "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
APPEAL." Your appeal should be accompanied by a copy of your original
request and copies of all correspondence between yourself and the National
Park Service related to this request, along with any information you have
which leads you to believe the records are available, including where they
might be found, if the location is known to you. Please note, appeals
received after 5 p.m. EST will be considered to have been received as of
the following day.

Also as part of the 2007 OPEN Government Act FOIA amendments, the Office of
Government Information Services (OGIS) was created to offer mediation
services to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies
as a nonexclusive alternative to litigation. Using OGIS services does not
affect your right to pursue litigation.

You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways:

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)
National Archives and Records Administration
Room 2510
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

E-mail: ogis@nara.gov
Phone: 301-837-1996
Fax: 301-837-0348
Toll-free: 1-877-684-6448

Additionally, because the National Park Service creates and maintains law
enforcement records, we are required by the Department of Justice to
provide the following information, even though it may or may not apply to
your specific request. Congress excluded three discrete categories of law
enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the
FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. 552(c) (2006 & Supp. IV 2010). This response is limited
to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is
a standard notification that we are required to give all our requesters and
should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not,
exist.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions or
concerns. I can be reached at the address above or by phone at
303-969-2959. I can also be reached via e-mail at charis_wilson@nps.gov.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________
Ms. Charis Wilson, MLS, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA

"What we find changes who we become." - Peter Morville

"The historian works with records...there is no substitute for records: no
records, no history." - Paraphrasing Langlois & Seignobos (1903)

"Let us be guardians, not gardeners" - Unknown, From 1963 Living Wilderness
editorial - Attributed to Adolph Murie

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