NIST: NSA communications

Ryan Carboni filed this request with the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2015-000444
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From: Ryan Carboni

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I request all communications between NIST and the NSA during the past five years.

My last phone conversation with NIST indicated a willingness to spend thirty hours search through the desk drawers of NIST staff members to fulfill a more limited FOIA request for searching for communications between NIST and the NSA limited to Keccak. I request an equally rigorous search for interagency communications between NIST and the NSA.

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,

Ryan Carboni

From: foia

Mr. Carboni,

Attached is a letter seeking clarification of your 12/29/14 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for “all communications between NIST and the NSA during the past five years .”

Thank you,
Janet W. Brumby
NIST FOIA Office
/for/
Catherine S. Fletcher
NIST FOIA Officer

From: Ryan Carboni

I will clarify it as: I request all communications between NIST and the NSA during the past five years regarding the SHA-3 competition.

From: foia

Mr. Carboni,

Attached is a letter acknowledging receipt of your clarified Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for “all communications between NIST and the NSA during the past five years regarding the SHA-3 competition.”

Janet W. Brumby
NIST FOIA Office

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 Dec. 29, 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 #DOC-NIST-2015-000444.

Thank you for your help.

From: foia

Mr. Carboni,

Thank you for your February 13, 2015, email; I apologize for the delayed response.

Please see the attached letter addressing your request for a fee waiver which explains that we need additional information on three of the six factors used to consider the determination as to whether or not your request satisfies the statutory standard 5 U.S.C. § 552 (a) (4) (a) (iii).

We look forward to hearing from you while we proceed with estimating the fee to process your request.

Janet W. Brumby
NIST FOIA Office

From: Ryan Carboni

For fee waiver factor 2: The information itself is a topic of discussion on forums and of news articles.
For fee waiver factor 3: It allows the average American to better perceive the extent of the NSA-NIST relationship, of which there has been controversy over. https://www.google.com/search?q=NIST+NSA+news
For fee waiver factor 4: Any documents released would assuage or confirm fears regarding the NSA-NIST relationship.

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 Dec. 29, 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 #DOC-NIST-2015-000444.

Thank you for your help.

From: foia

Thank you for your inquiry.
No further clarification is necessary at this time.
The documents have been located and are in the review stages now.

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 Dec. 29, 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 #DOC-NIST-2015-000444.

Thank you for your help.

From: foia

Mr. Carboni:

This acknowledges receipt of your request for an updated status of your clarified January 6, 2015, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request #DOC-NIST-2015-000444 submitted to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in which you requested “all communications between NIST and the NSA during the past five years regarding the SHA-3 competition.”

The voluminous responsive records requested are currently under review by the co-authors. We will be sending you releasable documents on a rolling release as they become available.

Janet W. Brumby

From: National Institute of Standards and Technology

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: National Institute of Standards and Technology

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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