Notes on Removal of FOIA Reading Room Documents

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.


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 emails, instructions, written or electronic memos and other guidance or policies regarding the removal of documents from the Department of Defense's FOIA Reading Room website between Janury 2013 and the date this request is processed.

One such removed document includes the PDF at this URL:

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, 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.


Michael Morisy

From: Gibbens, Curtis A CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Michael Morisy
MuckRock News
Boston, MA

Sent by electronic mail to:

Dear Mr. Morisy,

This is in response to your attached Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The DoD FOIA Policy "Requirements for DoD Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic
Reading Rooms" is available online at the following address:

Your request will be closed in our office. There are no fees associated with this response.


Curtis Gibbens, FOIA Analyst
For Suzanne Council on behalf of
M.L. Wahling, Acting Chief, Freedom of Information Act Division
Office of Freedom of Information OSD/JS FOIA Office
(571) 372-0412