|Submitted||Feb. 24, 2017|
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
All Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) documents, reports, files, and electronic-mail messages (hereafter “documents”) related to its 2009 investigation of Credit Suisse AG (including its subsidiaries and branches), designated as OFAC case number MUL-473923. The following constraints limit this FOIA request:
1. The inclusive dates of October 1, 2009, to December 16, 2009;
2. Excluding any documents containing the agency’s deliberative material or recommendations;
3. Excluding any documents classified Top Secret (“TS”), Sensitive Compartmented Information (“SCI”), and/or Special Access Program (“SAP”); however,
4. Including all of the agency’s responsive documents that are classified below the TS, SCI and/or SAP levels; for example, any documents marked: Unclassified (“U”), Sensitive But Unclassified (“SBU”), For Official Use Only (“FOUO”), Confidential (“C”), Law Enforcement Sensitive (“LES”), and/or Secret (“S”).
Although FOIA has always presumed that government records are open to public inspection, the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, Pub. L. 114-185, prohibits agencies from withholding records unless (1) “disclosure is prohibited by law” or (2) “the agency reasonably foresees that disclosure would harm an interest protected by” one of FOIA’s exemptions. 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(8)(A). Thus, in addition to FOIA favoring disclosure and requiring its exemptions to be narrowly construed, Section 552(a)(8)(A) prohibits agencies from using their discretion to broadly withhold records merely because they believe an exemption could technically apply.
In order to expedite the agency’s release of the requested documents, please disclose them on an interim, rolling basis as they become available; for example, without waiting for all of the agency’s relevant systems of record to be searched, or all of its relevant records to be processed. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. If the agency’s processing costs for this request exceed $350.00, please notify me in advance so that I might consider paying any additional fees for a complete and accurate set of responsive documents.
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.
Good Morning ,
Please see the Department of the Treasury's receipt letter pertaining to your recently submitted FOIA request. Please refer to the information provided in the receipt letter when inquiring about your FOIA request.
Government Information Specialist
Privacy, Transparancy, Records
Department of the Treasury
This concerns your FOIA requests, outlined in the table below, which have been assigned to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for processing.
We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss these requests with you. To that end, what are your periods of availability to speak with us on Thursday (March 30, 2017) and Friday (March 31, 2017), between the hours of 10 AM and 3:00 PM ET? Also, please provide us with the phone number we should use to contact you.
Documents dated between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014 that relate to OFAC's investigation of BNP Paribas SA (involving OFAC case number COMPL-2013-193659).
Documents from November 1, 2012 through December 15, 2012 related to OFAC's 2012 investigation of HSBC Holdings Plc (including its subsidiaries and branches), designated as OFAC case number MUL-615225.
Documents from November 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009 related to OFAC's 2009 investigation of Lloyds TSB Bank Plc (including its subsidiaries and branches), designated as OFAC case number MUL-4745344.
Documents from November 1, 2013 through December 15, 2013 related to OFAC's 2013 investigation of Royal Bank of Scotland Plc (including its subsidiaries and branches), designated as OFAC case number MUL-651983.
Documents from October 1, 2009 through December 16, 2009 related to OFAC's 2009 investigation of Credit Suisse AG (including its subsidiaries and branches), designated as OFAC case number MUL-473923.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, you may email us at OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov<mailto:OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov> or contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 622-2500, option 3.
OFAC FOIA Office
Dear OFAC FOIA Office:
Per your request, I'm available for a call at either 1000 EST or 1300 EST on Friday, March 31, 2017. Please let me know if either of these time slots will work for your schedule.
The best number to call me on is 330-867-2537.
Friday morning would work best for us. We will call you at 10 AM on Friday, March 23, 2017 using the number you provide below.
Please let us know if anything changes regarding your availability.
The OFAC FOIA Office