Syrian Oil Licences 2

SyriaUntold filed this request with the Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2021-APP-00172

2021-FOIA-00017

Due Jan. 11, 2021
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: SyriaUntold

To Whom It May Concern:

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

To Whom It May Concern:

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

- Any and all applications or written requests made from October 1, 2017 to October 8, 2020 for OFAC licenses to engage in transactions related to petroleum, gas or petroleum products of Syrian origin. This could also apply to oil companies incorporated abroad, such as UK-based GulfSands, which recently reiterated its intention to protect its rights over oil fields in Syria [https://syrianobserver.com/EN/features/60493/british-company-concerned-over-its-oil-rights-in-northeastern-syria.html].

- Any and all all active licenses to engage in transactions related to petroleum, gas or petroleum products of Syrian origin as of October 8, 2020. In particular, we would like to obtain a copy of OFAC Lic.# SY-2019-363130, which was reportedly granted to Delta Crescent Energy. There have also been unconfirmed reports (https://al-akhbar.com/ArticleFiles/20197151112056636987498800565178.pdf; https://taskandpurpose.com/news/trump-syria-oil-production) about Moti Kahana's Global Development Corporation (GDC) having been nominated by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) to represent it in oil sales in January 2019. Please provide us with a copy of licences issued to GDC or request for licences submitted by the company (if any).

In October 2017, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took control of Al-Omar oil field in Deyr al-Zour Province, which is the largest oil field in Syria. Since then there have been multiple reports about purported oil deals between US companies and the Kurdish-led administration.

As SyriaUntold (www.syriauntold.com), a European Endowment for Democracy (EED)-funded Syria-focused journalistic platform, we are seeking expedited processing of our request pursuant to 5 U.S.C.§ 552(a)(6)(E) because not doing so "could reasonably be expected to pose a threat to the life or physical safety of an individual". In particular, a wave of assassinations have targeted Arab tribal leaders in the last months in eastern Syria, in an escalation that could be linked to undisclosed details of the aforementioned deal with Delta Crescent Energy. The announcement of this purported deal, whose details are still obscure, have prompted the Syrian Democratic Forces' regional competitors (Turkey and the Syrian government) to condemn it. All these players are likely to ramp up hostile activities against the Kurdish-led administration by mobilising segments of the population who feel excluded from the beneficiaries of a deal signed behind closed doors. Hence, the importance of transparency and of our investigataion on oil deals, in order to inform Syrian and international audiences.

The Syrian public has an urgent need to understand a deal that concerns the future of their country's natural resources, and to identify the beneficiaries of such agreement. Especially since officials of the Kurdish-led administration have not commented officially on this, with some even questioning the existence of an actual deal (https://syriafiles.net/en/dirar-to-syria-files-sdf-not-authorized-to-sign-oil-contracts-russia-is-assads-guarantor/).

We are a group of international and Syrian journalists working on this story, and we are requesting this information in that editorial capacity. The outcome of this work will be published in English and Arabic, and shared across multiple platforms on traditional and social media. SyriaUntold has collaborated with several other regional and international media platforms, including OpenDemocracy, the Network of Iraqi Reporters for Investigative Journalism, Pan Arab Al-Hayat newspaper and UPI press agency. According to a 2017 study published by the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom at the Samir Kassir Foundation, SyriaUntold stood out as one of the most accurate Syrian outlets for its attention to multiple sourcing in its stories. In addition to expedited processing, we request to be properly classified as a news media requester.

If you have any questions about our media status, please contact us.

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,

SyriaUntold

From: Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control

Good morning,

I am in receipt of your FOIA request sent to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) which was forwarded to the Office of FOIA and Transparency to log and assign a FOIA tracking number. The first and last name of a requester are mandatory fields in our database. Before we can move forward with your request, I kindly ask that you provide me with the information required. You can simply respond to this email with the first and last name of the requester and copy our FOIA mailbox, FOIA@Treasury.gov.

Thank you,

Cawana

From: SyriaUntold

Thanks for your prompt reply,

You can add the name of Roberta Pasini to our request. She works for SyriaUntold.

We don't know how to copy your email address in this communication using the Muckrock website but we'll send you a separate email to confirm this from info@syriauntold.com.

Best

From: Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control

RE: Your FOIA Request to Treasury, Case Number2021-FOIA-00017 Dear Ms. Pasini: This email acknowledges the receipt of your Freedom ofInformation Act (FOIA) request tothe U.S. Depa rtment of the Treasury,dated 10/08/2020 . You have requested accessto the following records: - Any and all applications or written requests made from October 1, 2017 to October 8, 2020 for OFAC licenses to engage in transactions related to petroleum, gas or petroleum products of Syrian origin. This could also apply to oil companies incorporated abroad, such as UK-based GulfSands, which recently reiterated its intention to protect its rights over oil fields in Syria [https://hyperlink.services.treasury.gov/agency.do?origin=https://syrianobserver.com/EN/features/60493/british-company-concerned-over-its-oil-rights-in-northeastern-syria.html].- Any and all all active licenses to engage in transactions related to petroleum, gas or petroleum products of Syrian origin as of October 8, 2020. In particular, we would like to obtain a copy of OFAC Lic.# SY-2019-363130, which was reportedly granted to Delta Crescent Energy. There have also been unconfirmed reports (https://hyperlink.services.treasury.gov/agency.do?origin=https://al-akhbar.com/ArticleFiles/20197151112056636987498800565178.pdf; https://hyperlink.services.treasury.gov/agency.do?origin=https://taskandpurpose.com/news/trump-syria-oil-production) about Moti Kahana's Global Development Corporation (GDC) having been nominated by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) to represent it in oil sales in January 2019. Please provide us with a copy of licences issued to GDC or request for licences submitted by the company (if any).In October 2017, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took control of Al-Omar oil field in Deyr al-Zour Province, which is the largest oil field in Syria. Since then there have been multiple reports about purported oil deals between US companies and the Kurdish-led administration.As SyriaUntold (https://hyperlink.services.treasury.gov/agency.do?origin=www.syriauntold.com), a European Endowment for Democracy (EED)-funded Syria-focused journalistic platform, we are seeking expedited processing of our request pursuant to 5 U.S.C.§ 552(a)(6)(E) because not doing so "could reasonably be expected to pose a threat to the life or physical safety of an individual". In particular, a wave of assassinations have targeted Arab tribal leaders in the last months in eastern Syria, in an escalation that could be linked to undisclosed details of the aforementioned deal with Delta Crescent Energy. The announcement of this purported deal, whose details are still obscure, have prompted the Syrian Democratic Forces' regional competitors (Turkey and the Syrian government) to condemn it. All these players are likely to ramp up hostile activities against the Kurdish-led administration by mobilising segments of the population who feel excluded from the beneficiaries of a deal signed behind closed doors. Hence, the importance of transparency and of our investigataion on oil deals, in order to inform Syrian and international audiences.The Syrian public has an urgent need to understand a deal that concerns the future of their country's natural resources, and to identify the beneficiaries of such agreement. Especially since officials of the Kurdish-led administration have not commented officially on this, with some even questioning the existence of an actual deal (https://hyperlink.services.treasury.gov/agency.do?origin=https://syriafiles.net/en/dirar-to-syria-files-sdf-not-authorized-to-sign-oil-contracts-russia-is-assads-guarantor/).We are a group of international and Syrian journalists working on this story, and we are requesting this information in that editorial capacity. The outcome of this work will be published in English and Arabic, and shared across m (Date Range for Record Search: From 10/1/2017 To 10/8/2020) Your request has been assigned to theOffi ce of Foreign Assets Control (O FAC). OF ACwill contact you directly concerning your request. Your request may require further submissionsand/or justifications in order to beprocessed. When inquiring aboutyour request, please reference FOIA case number 2021-FOIA-00017 and contact theOFAC FOIA Reques ter S ervice Center at 202-622-2500, option 3 or via email atOFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov. Sincerely, Cawana Pearson Case Manager , FOIA and Transparency Office of Privacy, Transparency, and Records

From: SyriaUntold

To whom it may concern,

The aforementioned request by Mordechai "Moti" Kahana supposedly has a reference number SY-2019-359047-1. Disclosure of all the related correspondence would be beneficial to our project.

Thanks

Best

From: Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control

Dear Ms. Pasini,

Re: FOIA No. 2021-FOIA-00017
OASIS No.: 1155363

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your FOIA request 2021-FOIA-00017. As of today, there are 282 cases pending ahead of yours.

We are currently in the search stage of the process. Unfortunately, we are unable, at this time, to provide you with a date certain when we can provide our next response to you.

We appreciate your patience as we work through our queue.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at our FOIA Request Service Center via email OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov<mailto:OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov> or call us at 202-622-2500, option 3. Please reference your FOIA No. 2021-FOIA-00017 in any future communications.

Regards,

OFAC FOIA Office

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From: SyriaUntold

To the attention of OFAC,

As 20 business days have already passed, is there an update on the status of our application? Thanks

Best

From: Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control

Dear Requester,

Please be advised that OFAC attempts to process its cases on a first-in, first-out basis. There are still currently 285 cases ahead of your request. The unprecedented effects of Covid-19 has negatively impacted our response time. You request has been placed in our complex queue because the type of records that you seek must be processed through the Treasury submitter notice process, please see 31 C.F.R§1.5. This will add substantial time to the processing of your request. At this time we cannot state when we will be able to process a response to you.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel contact us through our FOIA Requester Service Center at 202-622-2500, option 3 or via email to: OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov<mailto:OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov>. Please reference FOIA number 2021-FOIA-00017 in all correspondence related to this case.

Sincerely.

Marshall Fields
Assistant Director
Information Disclosure and Records Management
Office of Sanctions Support and Operations
Office of Foreign Assets Control

OFAC FOIA Requester Service Center
OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov<mailto:OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov>
202-622-2500, Option 3

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From: SyriaUntold

Thanks for getting back to us Mr. Fields.

While we do understand the current extraordinary circumstances dictated by Covid-19, we do not understand why on 11/6 there were 282 pending cases in front of our request, and these are now 285, according to your latest response. The queue seems to be getting longer rather than shorter. Thanks

Best

From: Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control

Dear Mr. Pasini,

My apologies. I mistyped the number of cases that are ahead of your request in our queue. There are currently 282 FOIA cases in our queue ahead of your request.

I hope that my miscommunication did not inconvenience you in any way. Please have a safe and restful Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

Marshall Fields
Assistant Director
Information Disclosure and Records Management
Office of Samctions Support and Operations
Office of Foreign Assets Control

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From: SyriaUntold

I see. Not a problem at all. Thanks Mr. Fields. Best

From: Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control

Dear Mr. Pasini,

We have completed the search phase of your request, however there are currently 279 cases ahead of your request in our queue. Because of the negative effects of Covid-19 and the fact that we are working through a backlog of FOIA cases we are unable to provide you with a date certain when we can provide you with a response.

If you have any further concerns, please contact us at our FOIA Requester Service Center via email to: OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov<mailto:OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov> or telephonically at 202-622-2500, option 3. Please reference FOIA number 2021-FOIA-00017 in all communications regarding this request.

Sincerely,

Marshall Fields
Assistant Director
Information Disclosure and Records Management
Office of Sanctions Support and Operations
Office of Foreign Assets Control

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From: SyriaUntold

Thanks for the update,

Please note that a heavily edited version of the OFAC licence such as the one disclosed to Mr. Kopplin would be of no use for the purpose of this investigation. https://fellowtravelersblog.com/2020/12/16/the-great-american-oil-graft/ We expect you to kindly disclose more content from the sections that were withheld in the copy made available to Mr. Kopplin.

Thanks for your cooperation

From: Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control

Dear Ms. Pasini;

Re: FOIA #: 2021-FOIA-00017
Subject: 1st Interim response

OFAC is in receipt of your email communication below. Please be advised that our review and redaction of records responsive to FOIA requests are not arbitrary and capricious. On the contrary, they are conducted an made in accordance with the applicable laws at the time. Your request is for applications and licenses granted from October 1, 2017 to October 8, 2020 for authorization to engage in transactions related to petroleum, gas or petroleum products of Syrian origin. As we indicated in our acknowledgement letter to you, dated October 22, 2020, this requires us to process the records through the Treasury submitter notice process found at 31 C.F.R.§1.5.

Upon the completion of that process and in accordance with 5 U.S.C.§552(a)(8)(A) we withhold information under this section only if;

(I) the agency reasonably foresees that disclosure would harm an interest protected by an exemption described in subsection (b)[5 U.S.C§552]; or
(II) disclosure is prohibited by law.

OFAC followed this same process when we processed Mr. Kopplin’s request and released to him those records and information that were not exempt from release under the FOIA. We withheld only that information and records that was exemption under the FOIA. We therefore cannot now disclose more information to you because properly and legally redacted records do not suit your purpose.

As we also indicated to you in our October 22, 2020 letter, we generally process our cases on a first-in, first-out basis. There are currently 275 cases ahead of your request in our queue. Because of the deleterious effects of Covid-19 our processing time has been negatively affected. We cannot at this time provide you with a date certain when we can provide you with a further response to your request. But we will work as diligently as we can to get to your request.

Since the records have been processed and they are also responsive to your request we will provide your with the records that we sent to Mr. Kopplin in FOIA case 2020-06-162. Please consider this as a first interim response to your request.

Please be advised that OFAC has conducted a search of its records and found 134 pages of responsive material. Of these 134 pages, 98 pages are being withheld in full pursuant to FOIA exemption (b)(4) and (b)(6). We are releasing 16 pages of records with redactions made. in part, pursuant to exemptions (b)(4) and (b)(6) of the FOIA, with the remaining 20 pages being released in full.

FOIA exemption (b)(4) protects from disclosure “trade secrets and commercial and financial information obtained from a person, including companies, [that is] privileged or confidential.” The recent Supreme Court decision in Food Marketing held that information is confidential within the meaning of exemption (b)(4) when it is customarily and actually treated as private by its owner. In other words, the information is not customarily disseminated to the public. See Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, 588 U.S. (2019). OFAC used this exemption to withhold confidential business information.

FOIA exemption (b)(6) protects from disclosure personal privacy information, the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. OFAC used a balancing test to determine that the individuals’ right to personal privacy outweighed the public’s right to release of the information. OFAC withheld information such as names of individuals, signatures, addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, and email addresses.

When your case comes up in our queue, we will continue to process the records that are responsive to your request until all responsive records are processed.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at our FOIA Requester Service Center by way of telephone to: 202-622-2500, Option 3, or by email to the OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov<mailto:OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov>. Please reference FOIA number 2021-FOIA-00017 in all communications regarding this request.

Sincerely,

Marshall Fields
Assistant Director
Information Disclosure and Records Management
Office of Sanctions Support and Operations
Office of Foreign Assets Control

OFAC FOIA Requester Service Center
OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov<mailto:OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov>
202-622-2500, Option 3

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From: SyriaUntold

Dear all,

We would like to appeal to your response, which is unfortunately not satisfactory for the purpose of our investigation and the right of the Syrian and international public to obtain information about 'shady' oil deals that are signed with little or no transparency at all.

Delta Crescent Energy might be violating international law by "pillaging" Syrian natural resources for which there is no publicly-available agreement in place with the Syrian government or an internationally-recognized representative of the Syrian people. (See what some international law experts are saying on this issue https://newrepublic.com/article/158841/pompeo-trump-steal-oil-kurds-syria-iraq). It is therefore necessary to understand in details who are the Syrian signatories of the deal with Delta Crescent.

Part of the export plans discussed by Delta Crescent Energy in the Kurdistan Regional Government seem to imply the use of pipelines jointly owned by Turkey and Iraq without consulting all the concerned parties. Major international legal issues could arise from this oil deal. This is one of the reasons why we pursue a full disclosure of the export route, business entities mentioned in the OFAC licence.

Not without mentioning all the middlemen, smugglers who reap profits from the Syrian oil business in a war economy. The public needs to know whether Delta Crescent Energy is engaging with certain entities in both Syria and KRG. Releasing more details of the OFAC licence would definitely serve this purpose.

We also request full disclosure of the OFAC licence applications submitted by Moti Kahana and Mashriq Analytics and Consulting Llc, and of the documents related to any other applicant and issued between October 1, 2017 and May 6, 2021.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

From: Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control

Good afternoon,
We are in receipt of your appeal of FOIA request 2021-FOIA-00017, your appeal has been assigned FOIA Tracking number 2021-APP-00172.
Please reference the above indicated Appeal Tracking number when contacting our office.  We can be reached at FOIA@Treasury.gov. (mailto:FOIA@Treasury.gov)
Thank you,
Cawana

From: SyriaUntold

Dear all,

On August 11 we received the following letter explaining why our appeal had been turned down (see below for public records). Although our request to know more about the activities of Delta Crescent LLC in Syria was rejected on "privacy" grounds, we reiterate our interest in obtaining all OFAC records related to other applicants, as expressed in our initial request. If possible, we would also like to update our request to include applications submitted until today, 9 September 2021. Thanks for your cooperation.


August 11, 2021 FOIA No.: 2021-FOIA-00017 OASIS No.: 1149705 Roberta Pasini SyriaUntold DEPT MR 103307 411A Highland Ave. Somerville, MA 02144


RE: FOIA Appeal No. 2021-FOIA-00017A
Dear Ms. Pasini: This responds to your Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) appeal dated June 1, 2021 and
received July 14, 2021 of the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (“OFAC” or “Agency”)
February 4, 2021 first interim response to your March 19, 2021 FOIA request (2021-FOIA-
00017) (the “Request”). The above-referenced request was made on behalf SyriaUntold. The FOIA requires that where information is deleted from a record pursuant to an exemption, the
exemption under which the deletion is made shall be indicated on the released portion of the
record, unless indicating the exemption would harm an interest protected by the exemption.1 As
relevant here, OFAC’s first interim response to the Request included documents with
information redacted or withheld pursuant to FOIA Exemptions (b)(4) and (b)(6). Although you
do not identify the grounds on which the appeal rests — and although OFAC’s processing of
your request remains ongoing — your submission appears to challenge OFAC’s assertion of
these exemptions in the files provided as part of OFAC’s first interim response to the Request. Exemption (b)(4) protects “trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from
a person [that is] privileged or confidential.”2 For purposes of this exemption, courts treat
information as “confidential” when the information is “customarily kept private, or at least
closely held” by the submitter.”3 Courts also consider whether the government has provided
“some assurance” that the information will not be disclosed.4 I conclude that OFAC properly asserted Exemption (b)(4) in this instance. Your appeal argues
that OFAC should have revealed “more details” about Delta Crescent Energy, LLC’s license
application so it could identify the Syrian signatories to the transaction at issue in the application.
This argument does not address the propriety of OFAC’s assertion of Exemption (b)(4), i.e., the
sensitivity and privacy of information withheld or redacted in OFAC’s first interim response. 1 5 U.S.C. § 552(b). 2 Id. § 552(b)(4). 3 Food Mktg. Inst. v. Argus Leader Media, 139 S. Ct. 2356, 2363 (2019). 4 Id.
Irrespective of this deficiency, a careful review of OFAC’s first interim response reveals that the
information withheld or redacted pursuant to Exemption (b)(4) relates to commercial or financial
information about Delta Crescent Energy, LLC and its parent companies that is sensitive and/or
confidential in nature. Therefore, I deny your appeal to the extent it challenges OFAC’s Exemption (b)(4) assertions
over portions of the Agency’s first interim response. Exemption (b)(6) protects information about individuals in “personnel and medical files and
similar files” when the disclosure of such information “would constitute a clearly unwarranted
invasion of personal privacy.”5 In assessing agencies’ assertions of Exemption (b)(6), courts
have held that an agency should: (1) determine whether the information at issue is a personnel,
medical or “similar” file; (2) determine whether a personal privacy interest is involved;
(3) determine whether a public interest in disclosure is involved and qualifies for consideration;
and (4) balance the personal privacy interest against any qualifying public interest.6 I conclude that OFAC properly asserted Exemption (b)(6) in this instance. Your arguments
relate exclusively to the third prong of this analysis, i.e., that OFAC should release “more
details” about Delta Crescent Energy, LLC’s license — namely, the “Syrian signatories to the
deal with Delta Crescent” — because “the public needs to know” whether these engagements
“violat[e] international law.” But your appeal neither discusses the personal privacy interest
implicated by the potential release this information nor balances these personal privacy interests
against the claimed public interest. Even so, I conclude that OFAC’s assertion of Exemption (b)(6) satisfies each step of the required
analysis. A careful review of the records produced to SyriaUntold shows that OFAC asserted
Exemption (b)(6) over information relating to names, signatures, addresses, birth dates,
government identification numbers, telephone numbers, and email addresses of Delta Crescent
Energy, LLC’s employees and business partners. This information implicates a “substantial”
privacy interest under FOIA that is not outweighed by the public interest concerns you allude to
in the appeal.7 Therefore, I deny your appeal to the extent it challenges OFAC’s Exemption (b)(6) assertions
over portions of the Agency’s first interim response. Judicial review of my decision is available in the district court of the United States in the district
in which you reside or have a principal place of business, in which the agency records are
situated, or in the District of Columbia, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(B).

From: Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control

Dear Ms. Pasini;

OFAC is in receipt of your September 9, 2021 communication regarding updating the scope of your request. You ask that OFAC update your request to include applications submitted until 9 September 2021.

Please be advised that OFAC cannot modify your request as you have requested. The search for responsive records has been completed.

If you would like to request any responsive records since the date of your initial request, you will have to submit a new FOIA request.

If you have any additional questions, comments or concerns, please contact us via our FOIA Requester Service Center by email to: OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov<mailto:OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov> or telephonically at: 202-622-2500, option 3. Please reference FOIA number 2021-FOIA-00017 in all communications regarding this request.

Sincerely,

Marshall Fields
Assistant Director
Information Disclosure and Records Management
Office of Sanctions Support and Operations
Office of Foreign Assets Control

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From: SyriaUntold

Dear Ms Field,

We understand it's not possible to update the date. Not a problem. We will wait for the results of your research according to the original date specified in this FOIA request.

Thanks

From: SyriaUntold

Dear all,

We haven't received any update on this FOIA request.

Thanks

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