|Submitted||Feb. 22, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
A list of all pardons granted and denied during the Obama administration, 2008-2016.
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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.
February 27, 2017
DEPT MR 33860
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Re: Freedom of Information Act Request: FOIA 2017-267344 (Full Grant)
Dear JPat Brown:
This correspondence is in response to your Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) request dated and received in the Office of the
Pardon Attorney (OPA) on 02/22/2017. Pursuant to the Freedom of
Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 et seq., you requested a list of all
pardons granted and denied during the Obama administration.
Please be aware that the records you have requested are
proactively disclosed on our website at
For your information, 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). This response is limited to those
records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a
standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should
not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not,
You may email this office at PardonAttorneyFOIA@usdoj.gov
<mailto:PardonAttorneyFOIA@usdoj.gov> for any further assistance with
your FOIA request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of
Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and
Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services
they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of
Government Information Services, National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland
20740-6001, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> ; telephone
at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at
If you are not satisfied with my response to this request, you may
administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of
Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, Suite
11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, or you may
submit an appeal through OIP's FOIAonline portal by creating an account
on the following web site:
<https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home> . Your
appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days
of the date of my response to your request. If you submit your appeal
by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked
"Freedom of Information Act Appeal."
William N. Taylor II
Office of the Pardon Attorney