Neil Welch, FBI file

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1380420-000
Due Sept. 8, 2017
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Response

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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 Neil Welch, an obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on July 11, 2017 under the headline "Neil Welch, F.B.I. Mastermind in Abscam Sting Operation, Dies at 90". Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be found at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/us/politics/neil-welch-dead-fbi-abscam-kitty-genovese.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

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: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning Mr. Higgins,

Reference is made to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request # 1380420-000 for FBI records concerning Neil Welch. The FBI has located approximately 2,335 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 us in response to this email or by phone and we can discuss this possibility. We appreciate your patience and hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
540-868-4894

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