System Development Corporation

Joseph Lloyd filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1375079-001

Due Sept. 6, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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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 System Development Corporation (SDC), based in Santa Monica, California, was considered the world's first computer software company.

SDC started in 1955 as the systems engineering group for the SAGE air defense ground system at the RAND Corporation. RAND spun off the group in 1957 as a non-profit organization that provided expertise for the United States military in the design, integration, and testing of large, complex, computer-controlled systems.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_Development_Corporation

In addition 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.

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.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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: Muckrock Staff

Hello,
I'm writing to inform you that the requester of FOIA Request #1375079-000 has agreed to pay the fees outlined in the most recent communication sent by your office. Please continue processing the request. Thank you!

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning Mr. Lloyd,

I left a voicemail yesterday referencing this request on the System Development Corporation. I didn't realize I had this one waiting for you to discuss otherwise I would have brought it to your attention while we were conversing about your other request.

Anyway, this request consists of approximately 1,275 potentially responsive pages on the subject and I'm inquiring to see if you want to reduce the size to the 950 page threshold. Based on the files I scanned, it appears that there are some duplicative records, some administrative pages without substance to the investigation, and then if you are not interested in search slips within the files, this would reduce some of the page count. There are 14 files, most of which are under a page count of 100 pages. The date range overall is from 1960 to 1991. There is one large file that is a loss attributed to a fraudulent loan. It also would entail redactions due to third party privacy concerns. There are also three very small files related to theft of government property which I estimate under 45 pages for these.

Please let me know how you would like for me to proceed with this request.

Again, thank you for your time in consideration to this inquiry to narrow the scope of your request.

Sincerely,

Ms. Wilson
Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
540-868-4894

From: Joseph Lloyd

Hi,

I'm really interested in the files related to theft of government property.

- Joe

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Thanks for further guidance on this request. I will proceed then to see how close we come to the 950 by addressing duplicate, administrative pages that will not affect the investigations, and eliminate the one file with regards to a loan. You can always come back for additional records upon completion of this request. I will follow up with you on a page count based on this approach.

Ms. Wilson

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mr. Lloyd,

All files will now be addressed for this request. There were more duplicate records than I thought; one Field Office file mirrored another Field Office file (until it was decided only one office would handle the investigation) so I removed the duplicate pages. There were also many pages removed that only had the file or serial number located on the backside of a document which would not take away anything from the investigation. In addition, the one large Los Angeles Field Office file, with regards to a fraudulent loan, will be partially processed up to the limit of 950 pages for the overall page count. If you are interested in additional records from this file, upon completion of this request, you can place another request to address this file.

I have estimated the page count at 950 pages. Please let me know if you want to proceed with this reduction.

Sincerely,
Ms. Wilson

From: Joseph Lloyd

Yes that sounds good.

Thanks,
Joe

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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