OLC opinion on 30-day notification law

CJ Ciaramella filed this request with the Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel of the United States of America.
Tracking # FY 14-051
Due July 10, 2014
Est. Completion June 30, 2016
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: CJ Ciaramella

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any communications, emails or memos between the DOJ OLC and the Department of Defense from Jan. 1 2013 to the date this request is received regarding Section 1035(d) of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which requires Congress be notified 30-days in advance of any release or transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

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,

CJ Ciaramella

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Ciaramella,

Attached is the acknowledgement letter for your FOIA request, FY 14-051.

Bette Farris

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 June 11, 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 #FY 14-051.

Thank you for your help.

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Ciaramella,

With our current backlog we estimate that it will take 6-9 months to complete your request.

Bette Farris

From: CJ Ciaramella

Hi,
Last August I was given an estimate of 6-9 months to complete my FOIA request, FY 14-051, and I was wondering if I could get any update on it. Thanks!

Best,

CJ Ciaramella

From: USDOJ-Office of Legal Counsel (SMO)

Dear Mr. Ciaramella:

Earlier-received requests in OLC’s FOIA queue have required more of OLC’s resources than anticipated. The best current estimate is that your request will be processed in approximately 9 months.

_____________________
Jared Kaprove
FOIA and Records Management Attorney
Office of Legal Counsel
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530

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