Richard Bast

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1411474-000, DOJ-AP-2019-001059

1411474-000

Due Sept. 4, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Emma North-Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All documents on, about, mentioning, or concerning the private investigator Richard Lee Bast (October 18, 1932 - March 21, 2001), Social Security No. 578-40-9899 and the companies he founded in the greater Washington, DC area known as Redex Corporation (1970s) and International Investigations, Inc. (1980-90s).

I understand that the file may be rather large. If it exceeds 5,000 pages, I wish to speak to a negotiator to help reduce the scope of responsive records.

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.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Emma North-Best

I am appealing the integrity of the search, including but not limited to a failure to search for cross-references, and on the basis of mentions of Bast in a number of Watergate-related documents..

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

This message is to notify you of a new appeal submission to the FOIAonline application. Appeal information is as follows:
* Appeal Tracking Number: DOJ-AP-2019-001059
* Request Tracking Number: 1411474
* Requester Name: Emma Best
* Date Submitted: 11/14/2018
* Appeal Status: Submitted
* Description: FBI Appeal

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning Ms. Best,

We're contacting you about the FOIA request you made for records concerning Redex Corp. The FBI has located approximately 2948 pages that are potentially responsive to your request. Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our multi-track processing system, and the FBI receives a voluminous amount of requests on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Requests are divided into two primary tracks--simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Complex requests are further divided into medium (51-950 pages), large (951-8000 pages), and extra-large (over 8000 pages) sub-tracks based upon request size.

Simple track requests typically require the least amount of time to process. The more potentially responsive pages a request has, the more complex it becomes, greatly increasing the time required for processing. Generally, the larger the file, the longer it takes to process. A review of your request determined that it is currently in the complex request large processing track. Given our current workload and staffing levels, it may yet be a long time before you begin to receive material from this request.

Reducing the scope of your request may accelerate the processing and allow for a more timely receipt of the information you seek, as it could potentially place your request into a smaller, faster processing track. This may also reduce duplication costs, if applicable. Would you be willing to consider reducing the scope of your request? If so, I would be happy to help you to decide the best approach to take. We could potentially narrow your request by date, or if you are looking for something specific, we could approach the scope reduction process in that way.

Please let us know if you would like to potentially reduce the scope of your request. We can be reached via email at fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov, or you may call 540-868-1695, Monday - Friday between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm Eastern time.

Best regards,

FOIA Negotiation Team
FBI Information Management Division
540-868-1695

Need a status check? Contact FOIPA Questions (foipaquestions@fbi.gov).

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning Ms. Bets,

We hadn't heard back from you and just wanted to follow up.

Best regards,

FOIA Negotiation Team
FBI Information Management Division
540-868-1695

Need a status check? Contact FOIPA Questions (foipaquestions@fbi.gov).

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

DOJ-AP-2019-001059 has been processed with the following final disposition:

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From: Emma North-Best

Sorry, I'll need the full file.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good Afternoon Ms. Best,

We're contacting you about the FOIA request you made for records concerning Richard Bast. The FBI located approximately 3,144 pages that are potentially responsive to your request. Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our multi-track processing system, and the FBI receives a voluminous amount of requests on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Requests are divided into two primary tracks--simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Complex requests are further divided into medium (51-950 pages), large (951-8000 pages), and extra-large (over 8000 pages) sub-tracks based upon request size.

Simple track requests typically require the least amount of time to process. The more potentially responsive pages a request has, the more complex it becomes, greatly increasing the time required for processing. Generally, the larger the file, the longer it takes to process. A review of your request determined that it is currently in the complex request large processing track. Given our current workload and staffing levels, it may yet be a long time before you begin to receive material from this request.

Reducing the scope of your request may accelerate the processing and allow for a more timely receipt of the information you seek, as it could potentially place your request into a smaller, faster processing track. This may also reduce duplication costs, if applicable. Would you be willing to consider reducing the scope of your request? If so, we would be happy to help you to decide the best approach to take. If you are looking for something specific, we could approach the scope reduction process in that way.

The current average time to complete a large track request is approximately 56 months.

Please let us know if you would like to potentially reduce the scope of your request. If you reduce the size, you can request the additional records with a new FOIA request upon completion of this one.

We can be reached via email at fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov, or you may call 540-868-4894. We appreciate your patience and hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
FBI Information Management Division
Fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov
540-868-4894

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good Afternoon Ms. Best,

We're following up with the email sent out last week to you with regards to your FOIA request 1411474 for records concerning Richard Bast. The original email goes into more detail for our contact with you. If you are interested in narrowing the scope of your request, please respond either by email or phone.

We can be reached via email at fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov, or you may call 540-868-4894. We thank you for your time and attention to this inquiry.

Sincerely,

Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
FBI Information Management Division
Fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov
540-868-4894

From: Emma North-Best

I'm afraid I cannot see an acceptable way to reduce the scope of this particular request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good Afternoon Ms. Best,
Thank you for your email confirmation concerning the scope reduction of this request. We will move forward with processing without reducing the scope of this request.

We appreciate your patience.

Sincerely,

Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
FBI Information Management Division
Fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov<mailto:Fbi.foipa.negotiation@fbi.gov>
540-868-4894

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