SIGAR data classification correspondence

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction of the United States of America.
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2015-F-013

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All correspondence (including emails with attachments) between SIGAR and USFOR-A (US Forces - Afghanistan) and RSM (Resolute Support Mission) regarding the classification of data call responses for the SIGAR Quarterly Report released in January 2015.

From the quarterly report (see http://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2015-01-30qr-section3-security.pdf#page=5):

"This quarter SIGAR received its data call responses from USFOR-A in the usual unclassified format on December 29, 2014. Five days later, SIGAR received an email stating that RSM planned to retroactively classify many of the responses. On January 8, Special Inspector General Sopko requested that Resolute Support Commander General John F. Campbell have his staff review the classification of the responses to SIGAR’s data call.

On January 14, SIGAR was informed that its data call responses concerning ANSF strength, equipment, infrastructure, anticorruption measures and many other matters had been classified under NATO guidelines at the Secret, Confidential, or Restricted levels. On January 16, SIGAR received an update that three of those responses had been changed back to unclassified, leaving the vast majority classified."

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,

Shawn Musgrave

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 Jan. 29, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Kroot, Alexis D CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Musgrave,

Concerning your request under the Freedom of Information Act for:

"All correspondence (including emails with attachments) between SIGAR and
USFOR-A (US Forces - Afghanistan) and RSM (Resolute Support Mission)
regarding the classification of data call responses for the SIGAR Quarterly
Report released in January 2015."

You should expect to receive a response on March 26, 2015.

Regards,

Alexis Kroot
FOIA Office Assistant
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
Office: 703-545-6000

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: Kroot, Alexis D CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Shawn Musgrave,

This email serves as an update regarding your Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan
Reconstruction (SIGAR). I have attached to this email our response letter.

Regards,

Alexis Kroot
FOIA Office Assistant
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
Office: 703-545-6000

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: Kroot, Alexis D CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Shawn Musgrave,

This email serves as a response regarding your Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan
Reconstruction (SIGAR). I have attached to this email our response letter.

Regards,

Alexis Kroot
FOIA Office Assistant
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
Office: 703-545-6000

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: Kroot, Alexis D CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Musgrave,

The purpose of this email is to update you regarding the status of your
request. We require additional time to complete the processing of your
request, and we will continue to process it as expeditiously as possible.
You should expect a final response early next week.

If you have any questions concerning this request, please contact the Office
of Privacy, Records & Disclosure at (703)545-6000, or
sigar.pentagon.gen-coun.mbx.foia@mail.mil. Please subject all inquiries
using the assigned request number above. We sincerely apologize for the
delay you are experiencing and appreciate your continued patience.

Regards,

Alexis Kroot
FOIA Office Assistant
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
Office: 703-545-6000

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: Kroot, Alexis D CIV (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Shawn Musgrave,

This is the final response regarding your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
(SIGAR). I have attached to this email our response letter and the documents
responsive to your request.

Regards,

Alexis Kroot
FOIA Office Assistant
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
Office: 703-545-6000

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

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