US-Russia cybersecurity working group

Patrick Howell O'Neill filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2017-14082
Due Aug. 25, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Patrick Howell O'Neill

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All documents, procedures, guidelines and communications regarding the U.S.-Russia "working group" on cybersecurity and election hacking as announced on July 7 by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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.


Patrick Howell O'Neill

From: Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Patrick H. O'Neill,

This is in reference to your letter dated November 14, 2017, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. The Department takes its FOIA responsibilities seriously. We currently have a FOIA backlog of approximately 12,100 cases. Depending on the scope of your request, and the potential volume of responsive material, and other factors, there could be a delay in completing its process. We will provide an estimated date of completion to you, when it becomes available.


Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: U.S. Department of State

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