Waylon Jennings FBI file

David Bixenspan filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

DOJ-AP-2016-005143, 1353712-000

Est. Completion None
No Responsive Documents


From: David Bixenspan

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I should be categorized as a media requester. This request is part of my reporting process, and I will use the materials in my coverage (for various outlets including VICE, Wrestling Observer, Fighting Spirit Magazine, and Death & Taxes) of news in the public interest. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the FBI file on musician Waylon Jennings, full name Waylon Arnold Jennings. Proof of death:

June 15, 1937-February 13, 2002
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/13/obituaries/13WIRE-JENN.html
ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=101281
Nash Country Daily: http://www.nashcountrydaily.com/2002/02/13/waylon-jennings-dies-at-64/
The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2002/feb/15/guardianobituaries1

Please provide not just main file records, but also for cross-reference records, the products of an ELSUR search, and all records of past requests and denials for records pertaining to this case file. For anything not produced, please send a proper Vaughn Index.

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.


David Bixenspan

From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Bixenspan,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI's decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov<http://www.fbi.gov>/, http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ or http://www.justice.gov/oip. If you require additional assistance please contact us at foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Ofc: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A no responsive documents response.

From: David Bixenspan

To whom it may concern,

This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.

According to your "no responsive documents" response for FOIPA # 1353712-000, there are indeed responsive documents that theoretically should still be in the custody of the FBI, but they could not be located. Please make another attempt to locate the responsive documents, and regardless of the outcome, please produce all internal communications, inter-agency communications, and other documentation pertaining to this request and search for the missing responsive documents. In addition, please produce the actual computer search results that led you on your search for the misplaced documents in the original response to the request. For any of the above that exists and is not produced, please provide a complete Vaughn Index.

Thank you for your consideration of this appeal.

David Bixenspan

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

09/02/2016 01:09 PM FOIA Request: DOJ-AP-2016-005143

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

DOJ-AP-2016-005143 has been processed with the following final disposition: Affirmed on Appeal -- No records.

  • Bixenspan, David FBI 16-005143 (9-20-16) affirm.search.no.records.miss

From: David Bixenspan

To whom it may concern,

Since my original request did ask for "all records of past requests and denials for records pertaining to this case file," does that mean that there were no previous requests for Waylon Jennings' file? If there are, wouldn't that still be responsive to my original FOIA?

David Bixenspan