|Submitted||May 6, 2013|
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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 copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan.1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed. These communications are stored together and should be easily accessible.
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.
May 9, 2013
Mr. Michael Morisy
Dept MR 1699
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
Re: Freedom of Information Act
Request No. 2013-054
Dear Mr. Morisy:
This is in response to your correspondence of May 6,
2013, requesting pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 5
U.S.C. § 552 "A copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees
between Jan.1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed. These
communications are stored together and should be easily accessible."
In order to process your request, we ask that you narrow its scope by
specifically identifying the "Congressional committees" for which you
are requesting copies of responses. Contrary to your statement that
"these communications are stored together and should be easily
accessible," we do not maintain a separate record of correspondence
with Congressional committees. We therefore need you to indicate the
specific committees you are seeking information on in order to search
our records. And in that regard, you should be advised that you
directed this request to the Office of the Pardon Attorney, not the
Office of Public Affairs, and this office has historically had
extremely limited contact with "Congressional committees."
Once you provide this information, your request will be considered
"perfected" and will be processed in accordance with established
department regulations. If we do not receive a response within 30
days, we will assume you are no longer interested in pursuing your
request, and it will be closed administratively.