William O'Neal (FBI)

JPat Brown filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.

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William O’Neal was an FBI informant for the Black Panthers that provided the layout used by the Chicago Police in the raid that killed Fred Hampton. His file has not previously made available to the public, and will provide valuable into FBI’s infamous COINTELPRO program’s targeting of “black militants.”

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From: JPat Brown

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of the FBI's files on informant William O'Neal

Proof of death is attached.

I am journalist who writes extensively about FBI files - https://www.muckrock.com/project/subjects-matter-fbi-files-10/, which have received national and international attention - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3219376/Undercover-FBI-agents-spy-annual-Burning-Man-festival-light-ongoing-war-terrorism-use-test-new-intelligence-collection-technology.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.


JPat Brown

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An acknowledgement letter, 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

To whom it may concern,
Enclosed please find a check for $250 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning Mr. Brown,

Reference is made to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request # 1378727-000 for FBI records concerning William M. O'Neal, Jr.. The FBI has located approximately 7,338 pages that are potentially responsive to your request. Once requests go over a certain size, usually in the 50-100 page range, they become increasingly complex, greatly slowing down the time required for processing. Generally the larger the file, the longer it takes to process. Given our current workload and staffing levels, it may be a very long time before you would begin to receive material from this request.

We contact requesters with requests of this size to see if there might be a way to possibly narrow the scope. Is this something you might be willing to consider? If so, please contact us in response to this email or by phone and we can discuss this possibility. We appreciate your patience and hope to hear from you soon.


Negotiation Team
FOIA Support Unit
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation

From: JPat Brown

Thank you for reaching out. I would like to fully process the request. Would it possible to have it released on a rolling basis?

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good afternoon Mr. Brown,

We can move this request forward in full for the potentially responsive 7,338 pages on William O'Neal. There will be a substantial wait for large sized cases. It will move into an unassigned backlog until it can be picked up.

If you desire for "rolling basis," your option would be for the request to reduce down to 950 pages or less. Upon completion of this medium size case (2 releases), then you can place another request for additional records.

Please let me know if you want to reduce to the medium size case. Otherwise, I will note it to be processed in full.

Thank you for responding back to our inquiry so promptly.


From: JPat Brown

Hello -
Thanks again for your help - in that case, I would like the request to be processed in full.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Thank you for confirming that you do want this request to be processed for all potentially responsive pages. I will move your case forward. You should receive correspondence in a few days indicating this decision.


From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://vault.fbi.gov by clicking on "Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request" on the right side of the page, and follow the instructions below.
Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request
If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-0] please enter [1195846-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1195846-1] please enter [1195846-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@ic.fbi.gov>.
FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- Request statuses are updated weekly
Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]
Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:
Case Type:
Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)
The FBI's FOIPA Program is searching the FBI's indices for potentially responsive documents.
You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.
NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.
Estimated Dates of Completion
Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our multi-track processing system, and the FBI receives a voluminous amount of requests on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Requests are divided into two primary tracks--simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Our complex requests are further divided into medium, large, and extra-large sub-tracks. Simple track requests typically require the least amount of time to process.
Currently, simple track cases average approximately 80 days from the date of receipt for processing. Requests in the medium processing track are currently averaging 281 days from the date of receipt for processing, those in the large processing track are currently averaging approximately 774 days, and those in the extra-large track are averaging 879 days.

Thank you,

Public Information Officer
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997
Questions E-mail: foipaquestions@fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

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