Restricted Data Declassification Decisions

Martin Pfeiffer filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America .
Tracking #

HQ-2019-00482-F

Status
Completed

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From: Martin Pfeiffer

To Whom It May Concern:

THIS IS A FOIA REQUEST
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request copies of the following records:

The current version of the document--or of analogous documents of similar form or serving similar purposes--"Restricted Data Declassification Decisions: 1946 to the Present (RDD-8)" of which the last publicly available version was published in 2002. Please also include all restricted data declassification decision memos/reports produced since January 1, 2002.

As the FOIA requires, please release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of documents. If you withhold information or records then please identify the exemption through which you do so and advise me of my options for appeal under the law.

FEES AND FEE STATUS
I am a PhD student at the University of New Mexico and the information requested is for academic and public education purposes, including my PhD dissertation project, and not primarily for commercial use. Furthermore, I will make responsive records available to the public via my academic publications and presentations; on social media (I have over 13,000 Twitter followers); and through the News Site MuckRock.com. Please note that you can access my UNM student profile page at the following url: https://anthropology.unm.edu/people/grad-students/profile/martin-pfeiffer.html.

Therefore, as per Sack v. DOD (2016) I qualify for educational institution fee status and ask that you process my request accordingly. In your response please confirm that you will be processing my request under the educational institution fee status.

If fees are assessed then I agree to pay fees up to $30 without additional notice. In the event that there are fees exceeding $30 then please inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

RECORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS
I hereby request that all records generated by this request be delivered in electronic format via email or, if that is not possible, on CD-ROM if available.
Please do not hesitate to contact me (preferably via email) with any questions or information. You may, and I request that you do so if convenient, engage in rolling release of responsive documents.

CONCLUSION
I look forward to receiving your response within the twenty day statutory period. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and time in this matter.

Regards,

Martin Pfeiffer

From:

Mr. Pfeiffer:

Please find the attached Acknowledgment Letter.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Crile, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc., Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585
t: 202-586-6097

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Dear Mr. Crile,

Thank you for your response regarding my request FOIA HQ-2019-00482-F. I look forward to your update regarding when/where it is sent for a search for responsive records.

Have a great week.

Regards,
-marty-
Martin Pfeiffer

From:

Mr. Pfeiffer:

Please find the attached interim letter.
I look forward to processing your request.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Crile, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc., Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585
t: 202-586-6097

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Hi Mr. Crile,

Thank you for your message and the interim response letter. I appreciate your effort and consideration on this request.

Have a great day!

Regards,
-marty-

From:

Mr. Pfeiffer,

I would like to speak with you regarding this FOIA request filed with the Department of Energy.
Please give me a call at the number below, or provide me with your number and a time you are available.
I am in the office and available between 08:00 am to 15:00 pm (EST).

I look forward to servicing your request.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Crile, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc., Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585
t: 202-586-6097

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Hi Mr. Crile,

I will attempt calling you tomorrow or thursday afternoon. May I ask ahead of time that any changes to my request agreed upon verbally not be enacted until we have confirmed our mutual understanding of what is agreed to over email.

Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you.

Regards,
-marty-
Martin Pfeiffer

From:

Mr. Pfeiffer,

That is acceptable. As a predicate for our future conversations, I will email you following every phone contact with a summary of what was discussed and we can go from there.
Talk to you soon.
Best,

Jeffrey Crile, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc., Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585
t: 202-586-6097

From:

Mr. Pfeiffer,

Thank you for the phone call today. To recap- we discussed the OSTI.gov/opennet site and what it contains. We talked about the availability of 'Classification Bulletins', and the like, that are published by the DOE for public use. Because of the availability of these bulletins you agreed to amend your FOIA request to omit the portion relating to declassification memos/reports produced since 2002.

You indicated what you are after is the successor document to the "RDD-8" if it exists; alternatively, the document(s) that fill a similar role or listing similar content. Additionally, you would like any reports similar to RDD-8 that would effectively be an index or collection of decisions that would be found in a document like RDD-8. I would like a short time to discuss this amendment with our project manager in order to refine the search language for what you are looking for. I will respond via email after that discussion and seek your agreement to the amendment as you requested in a previous email.

If you have any questions about this email please contact me.
I look forward to servicing your request.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Crile, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc., Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585
t: 202-586-6097

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Hi Mr. Crile,

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today about this request.

Thank you also for summarizing our conversation in this email and this looks good to me in terms of what we discussed and agreed upon. I look forward to your next message. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and the effort that you have put into this matter.

Have a great week and I'll talk to you soon.

Regards,
-marty-
Martin Pfeiffer

From:

Mr. Pfeiffer,

After speaking with my team this morning we decided to send the below email to the program office to begin searching their records. It would be redundant to expound on the language in the below as we are in agreement. If you have any issues with your request, this step will not preclude addressing them. I will stay in touch with you through this process and update you as we reach any milestones.

Thank you again for helping me better understand your request.
If you have any questions feel free to call me or reply to this email.
Best,

Jeffrey Crile, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc., Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585
t: 202-586-6097

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Hi Mr. Crile,

Thank you for your message and the update; I do not seem to have received the email you referenced: may I ask that you resend it or attach as a PDF just for my files and future reference?

Again, I greatly appreciate the effort and consideration that you have put toward this matter. Thank you.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Regards,
-marty-
Martin Pfeiffer

From:

Mr. Pfeiffer,

Please see the attached email from myself, to you, dated 3/6/2019.
Best,

Jeffrey Crile, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc., Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20585
t: 202-586-6097

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Hi Mr. Crile,

Awesome, thank you and gotcha. I appreciate your effort on this.

Have a good weekend.

Regards,
-marty-

From: Department of Energy

Hello Mr. Pfeiffer,

Please find attached the Final Response along with responsive documents in the above referenced case.
Best regards,

Michael G. Snytkin, Esq.
FOIA Analyst - CRI Contractor
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
(202) 287-6814

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Martin Pfeiffer

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