OANN comms with FBI public affairs

CJ Ciaramella filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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A-2021-02215

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Awaiting Appeal

Communications

From: CJ Ciaramella


To Whom It May Concern:

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

- all communications with NPO@ic.fbi.gov to or from email addresses containing the domain "@oann.com" between Jan. 20, 2017 and July 21, 2020.

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,

CJ Ciaramella

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

  • E689c85e1a12be10ddb27c29c784552e300190f4d_Q84701_D2503214

From: CJ Ciaramella

To whom it may concern:

This is a Freedom of Information Act appeal regarding FOIA request No. 1471957-000.

On July 2, 2020, Reason Magazine reporter C.J. Ciaramella submitted a FOIA requests to the FBI seeking "all communications with NPO@ic.fbi.gov to or from email addresses containing the domain '@oann.com' between Jan. 20, 2017 and July 21, 2020."

The request was assigned tracking number 1471957-000. On Aug. 3, 2020, the FBI issued a final response, writing that the request "did not contain enough identifying information for this office to make a determination regarding the responsiveness of records in our Central Records System."

This appeal challenges the adequacy of the search. The requester did not seek a search of the FBI's Central Records System, but rather a search of communications to and from the FBI's public email address for media inquires, NPO@ic.fbi.go. Such communications would not be contained in the Central Records System. Agencies must show "a good-faith effort to conduct a search for the requested records, using methods which can be reasonably expected to produce the information requested." Oglesby v. United States Dep't of the Army, 920 F.2d 57, 68 (D.C. Cir. 1990).

For reference, communications to and from public affairs offices within federal agencies are commonly released through FOIA. (See the Justice Department's FOIA Library, which includes releases of emails between the DOJ Office of Public Affairs and various media outlets: https://www.justice.gov/oip/available-documents-oip).

For the reasons above, the requester respectfully requests that the FBI perform the required search, produce any documents responsive to this request, and respond to this appeal within 20 days. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this appeal, please contact me directly at 503-951-9863.

Sincerely,

CJ Ciaramella

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Office of Information Policy has received your FOIA Appeal.  Please see the attached acknowledgment letter.

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