State Department files relating to Zvonko Busic

Zack Sampson filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1326271-000
Status
Completed

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From: Zack Sampson

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am requesting all State Department documents pertaining to Zvonko Busic, born Jan. 23, 1946 and died Sep. 1, 2013. Proof of death is not required because it was widely reported. See the Washington Post obituary here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/zvonko-busic-skyjacker-who-championed-croatian-independence-dies-at-67/2013/09/06/e08d2612-1703-11e3-be6e-dc6ae8a5b3a8_story.html

"Zvonko Busic, a Croatian nationalist who served 32 years in prison in the United States for hijacking a plane and planting explosives that killed a policeman, has committed suicide. He was 67.

Police said Mr. Busic was found dead Sept. 1 at his home in Rovanjska, near the coastal Croatian town of Zadar. They said he left a suicide note."

I am requesting files from between January 1, 1975 and the date this request is processed.

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,

Zack Sampson

From: Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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 Sept. 11, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2013-15874.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Request

Your query has been forwarded to the FOIA Requester Status mailbox for reply.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sampson,

I have contacted the Case Analyst and requested an estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

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 Sept. 11, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2013-15874.

Thank you for your help.

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 Sept. 11, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2013-15874.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

The subject case has been assigned to a case analyst, and the below November 17 and December 17 requests for an estimated completion date have been forwarded to the assigned Branch for action. Regards,

From: FOIA Status

The estimated completion date is for the subject case is May 2014. Regards,

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 Sept. 11, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2013-15874.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sampson,

The estimated completion date for this case is: May 2014.

- ECDs are subject to change.
- ECDs are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completions, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).
Interim release dates are provided, as applicable

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

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 Sept. 11, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2013-15874.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Jack Sampson,

The proposed estimated completion date for this case is still set for May/2014.

I hope this information is helpful and thank you for your patience. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov
Regards,
Katrina M. Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov


This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Zack Sampson,

The proposed estimated completion date for this case is still set for May/2014.

I hope this information is helpful and thank you for your patience. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov
Regards,
Katrina M. Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov


This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

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 Sept. 11, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2013-15874.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sampson,

Your request for status inquiry has been forwarded to the appropriate office for action.
Best,
Jennine A. Daniels

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sampson,

Your new estimated date of completion is December 31, 2014.
Best,
Jennine A. Daniels
U.S. Department of State

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 Sept. 11, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2013-15874.

Thank you for your help.

From: Savage, Timothy M

I am beginning to review some documents found in a search as a result of your FOIA request.

Before I do, however, I have one question. If a document also contains material that is not relevant to your request, do you agree that we may excise that/those portion(s) of the document that are not relevant to your interests? Documents often contain a variety of subjects, e.g., weekly embassy "round-up" cables touching on different subjects.

Excluding non-relevant material (if any) in FOIA reviews will expedite the process, particularly by eliminating the need to coordinate with other offices or agencies on matter that do not pertain to your specific request.

Please reply by return email to confirm that you concur or do not concur in our redaction non-relevant material from your request.

Timothy M. Savage
FOIA Reviewer

From: Zack Sampson

Yes, that is OK, thank you.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sampson,

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is: July 2015.

- ECDs are subject to change.
- ECDs are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completions, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).
Interim release dates are provided, as applicable

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: Department of State

A first set of responsive documents from the agency, with more to be sent at a specified date.

From: Department of State

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Department of State

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Department of State

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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 Sept. 11, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1326271-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Savage,

The case number you have provided is not a Department of State Case number. The Department of State keeps track of requests by case numbers. In the future when you request a status on a case please provide the correct case number in the subject line of your message. This will not only make it easier to find your case, it will facilitate a quick answer to your inquiry.

The Department’s electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is: July 2015

- ECDs are subject to change.
- ECDs are “strictly” estimates and not intended to be used as “actual” dates of completions, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).
Interim release dates are provided, as applicable

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Chris Barnes
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

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 Sept. 11, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1326271-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Zack Sampson–At this time the estimated completion date is still July 31, 2015.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Department of State

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of State

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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