State Dept OIRF Communications from the Church of Scientology

R. M. Seibert filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2015-00620
Due Jan. 30, 2015
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: R. M. Seibert

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communications received by the Office of International Religious Freedom that originated from members, clergy, parishioners, practitioners, employees, agents or other supportive representatives of the Church of Scientology.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest due to the unique aspects of the Church of Scientology's controversial tax exemption and the undetermined reasons behind why special tax privileges were granted to this organization. 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,

Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: FOIA Request

Please provide a time frame for the records you are seeking so that we can continue processing your request. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Requester Communications Branch

From: R. M. Seibert

Please use the time frame beginning January 4, 1999 and ending December 31, 2014 for processing this request.

Thank you,
Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: FOIA Request

Thank you.

From: Department of State

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been accepted.

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. 1, 2015. 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-2015-00620.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Request

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

From: FOIA Status

As you are aware, this is a new request and although assigned to a Compliance and Research Branch, there has not been enough time to review and make a determination as to where to locate the material. Until an assessment of the request has been made, an estimated completion date cannot be provided at this time.
Regards,
Charlotte Duckett
FOIA Requester Service Center

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. 1, 2015. 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-2015-00620.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Ms. R.M. Seibert-At this time the estimated completion date is March 2016.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: FOIA Status

Ms. R. M. Seibert,

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 March 31, 2016.

ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, 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) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

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

From: FOIA Status

Ms. Seibert,

Given the high volume of FOIA requests, in addition to a backlog which the Department is working diligently to reduce, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA requests.

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 new estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is: October 2016.

- 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

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

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: R. M. Seibert

To Whom It May Concern:

I am hoping to follow up on a pending Freedom of Information request assigned to reference number #F-2015-00620. The last communication I received from your agency pertaining to this request was dated April 8, 2016 and it stated that the estimated completion date (ECD) for this case was October 2016.

Can you please confirm if this ECD is still valid, and if not - can you please provide me with a revised date?

Thanks for your assistance, and please let me know if further clarification is needed.

Respectfully,

Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: FOIA Status

Ms. Seibert,

This is in reference to your email dated September 9, 2016 regarding FOIA case number F-2015-00620. 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. As you requested, we have contacted the analyst working on the case and have asked for a revised estimated completion date. As soon as we receive the reply, we will inform you.

We 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>

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

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