W. Marvin Watson, FBI file

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

13900580-000

Est. Completion None
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Fix Required

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From: Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to W. Marvin Watson, an obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on November 29, 2017 under the headline "W. Marvin Watson, Johnson’s Unofficial Chief of Staff, Dies at 93". Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be found at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/obituaries/w-marvin-watson-johnsons-unofficial-chief-of-staff-dies-at-93.html.

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,

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

A no responsive documents response.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

As further described in the attached letter, this request is being forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Parker Higgins,

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act
request to the National Archives and Records Administration, via
FOIA@nara.gov.

Because you have requested access to historically permanent federal
records, we have forwarded your FOIA request, received in our office
December 20, 2017, to our Office of Research Services, Special Access and
FOIA staff, for further review and handling. As a result, you will be
assigned a tracking number by that office.

If you would like to follow up with that office directly, please contact
them at the address below, or electronically via email.
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Matthew Heichelbech
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National Archives and Records Administration
Office of the General Council, Archives II
301-837-1934
matthew.heichelbech@nara.gov

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Date: Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 1:35 PM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request #1390580 - 000
To: FOIA@nara.gov

National Archives and Records Administration
FOIA Office
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Winchester, VA 22602-4843

December 20, 2017

This is a follow up to request number 1390580 - 000:

To Whom It May Concern:

As further described in the attached letter, this request is being
forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of receipt and an
estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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On Dec. 15, 2017:
There are eFOIA files available for you to download.
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On Dec. 5, 2017:
There are eFOIA files available for you to download.
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On Nov. 29, 2017:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to W. Marvin Watson, an
obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on November 29, 2017
under the headline "W. Marvin Watson, Johnson’s Unofficial Chief of Staff,
Dies at 93". Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also
be found at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/obituaries/w-marvin-
watson-johnsons-unofficial-chief-of-staff-dies-at-93.html.

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,

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/
national-archives-and-records-administration-129/w-marvin-
watson-fbi-file-46261/?uuid-login=3d3df810-19fd-4829-854b-
dd2724c37d03&email=FOIA%40nara.gov#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the
above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 46261
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

Mr. Higgins--

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of
December 20, 2017 for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration. Your request was received in this office on
December 21, 2017, and assigned FOIA case number *55620*. This is your
FOIA request #1390580-000.

You requested access to case file numbers
*94-HQ-61420 and *
*161-HQ-2855*, identified by the FBI as potentially responsive to your
request for records relating to *W. Marvin Watson*. My initial assessment
confirms that W. Marvin Watson is in fact the subject of these files.

Case file *94-HQ-61420* has been reviewed pursuant to the Freedom of
Information Act (5 USC 552) and I have released 33 pages in full.

You
​ or your representative may view the released version of the file in Room
4000, the reading room operated by the Motion Pictures Branch at the
National Archives facility in College Park, Maryland. Please contact
Jessica Hartman at least one week in advance of your visit at
Jessica.Hartman@nara.gov <Rebecca.Calcagno@nara.gov> to arrange to see the
file.
When you arrive in the reading room, staff will provide a CD/DVD with a
copy of the file in .pdf format that can be transferred to a blank CD/DVD
or to your personal storage device. There is no charge to transfer the
file, unless you need to purchase a blank CD/DVD in the reading room.

If you cannot visit our College Park facility, you may order a reproduction
copy at the cost of $.80 per page. Please contact Ms. Hartman to place an
order.

Case file *161-HQ-2855* has an estimated 175 pages, compiled as part of an
internal security investigation conducted between October 1964 and January
1969.

File 161-HQ-2855 requires screening for categories of information exempted
from disclosure under the terms of the FOIA, prior to public release. In
particular, there are documents that may be redacted to protect the
identities of confidential sources, including FBI informant codes and
informant file numbers.

This portion of your request has been assigned to our first-tier processing
queue. Taking into consideration our existing backlog, the estimated time
required to complete the processing of your request is approximately 24
months from the date of this letter.

To notify this office of a *change in your contact information* or to *track
the status of your request*, please telephone 301-837-3190
<(301)%20837-3190> or e-mail specialaccess_foia@nara.gov.

If you have specific questions regarding the subject of your request,
please contact me directly at Amanda.Weimer@nara.gov or at 301-837-0604
<(301)%20837-0604>. All communications concerning this request should
reference your case tracking number *55620*.

If you are not satisfied with our action on this request, you have the
right to file an administrative appeal within ninety (90) calendar days
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deciding agency with an opportunity to review your request and reconsider
its decision. If you submit your appeal by regular mail, it should be
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this response does not meet the requirements of the Freedom of Information
Act. All communications concerning this request should reference FOIA case
number 55620.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss our response and attempt to
resolve your dispute without initiating the appeals process, you may
contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190 <(301)%20837-3190>

FOIA Public Liaison: Martha Wagner Murphy

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Telephone: 301-837-3270 <(301)%20837-3270>

E-mail: dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

If you are unable to resolve your dispute through our Public Liaison, the
Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is the federal FOIA
ombudsman. OGIS offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between
FOIA requesters and federal agencies. You may contact OGIS at the following
address:

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National Archives and Records Administration

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1-877-684-6448 <(877)%20684-6448>

V/r

Dr. Amanda Weimer
Special Access and FOIA (RD-F)
National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740-6001
+1 (301) 837-0604

https://www.archives.gov/research/foia
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