Ron Brown

Joseph Lloyd filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1369779-001
Due July 12, 2017
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From: Joseph Lloyd

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all records on Ronald Harmon "Ron" Brown (August 1, 1941 – April 3, 1996) was the United States Secretary of Commerce, serving during the first term of President Bill Clinton. He was the first African American to hold this position. He was killed, along with 34 others, in a 1996 plane crash in Croatia.

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Indices, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices.

Proof of death is not required it was widely reported at the time:

http://edition.cnn.com/US/9604/04/ceo_brown_list/
http://www.nytimes.com/1996/04/05/world/crash-in-the-balkans-the-overview-bad-equipment-tied-to-crash-perry-suggests.html

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,

Joseph Lloyd

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning Mr. Lloyd,

I'm contacting you about the FOIA request you made for records concerning Ron Brown. As you probably recall, the FBI located approximately 2421 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 me know if you would like to potentially reduce the scope of your request. I can be reached via email at rbronson@fbi.gov, or you may call me at 540-868-1695, Monday - Friday between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm Eastern time.
Best regards,

Rebecca Bronson
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation

540-868-1695

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

Good morning Mr. Lloyd,

I hadn't heard back from you and just wanted to follow up.
Best regards,
Becki

From: Joseph Lloyd

Hi, Rebecca

I want to have as much material realised as possible . So i'm happy to wait however long it takes the files to be processed in order for this to happen.

All the best,
Joe

From: Bronson, Rebecca (RMD) (FBI)

I will pass this along.
Best regards,
Becki

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