WSB emails

Adrien Salzberg filed this request with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States of America .
Tracking #

21-00034- REMD

21-00186-APPS

21-00773-FOIA

Est. Completion June 3, 2021
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Adrien Salzberg

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Emails sent to, from, or copied to addresses in the @sec.gov domain containing any of the following non-case sensitive keystrings:

- "Gamestop"

- "GME"

- "WSB"

- "Wall Street Bets"

- "r/wallstreetbets"

Please search for responsive documents from 01/01/2021 to the date this request is processed.

I ask that the fee for this request be waived, as I believe it to be in the public interest concerning active, ongoing events receiving widespread news coverage.

To assist in processing, note that I am not interested in seeking any identifiable personal information of SEC employees or private citizens in response to this request - if any such information is present in responsive documents, I am open and amendable to appropriate redactions as long as the corresponding FOIA exemption(s) are cited. Additionally, if any aspect of the search for these records is unduly burdensome or unclear, please notify me ahead of time and I will be happy to clarify or amend the scope of my request.

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,

Adrien Salzberg

From: Securities and Exchange Commission

Your request was successfully submitted and sent to the appropriate SEC division or office.
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Please see the attached response to a FOIA request you submitted to the SEC.
Sincerely,

From: Securities and Exchange Commission

Please see the attached response to a FOIA request you submitted to the SEC.
Sincerely,

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Good afternoon.  Please see the attached interim response concerning your January 28, 2021 FOIA request.  Please take action by June 3, 2021 and reply to this message to confirm receipt of the referenced letter.

From: Adrien Salzberg

Hi Ronnye,

Thank you for the update on my request! I've tried calling your number but I got sent to voicemail, so I'm emailing a list of questions I had about your recent letter. For the record, I'm currently uninterested in reducing the scope of my request, as I feel removing even one of the keywords would result in important information being left behind. I also do not have a sense of how much the enormous processing time of this request would be cut by removing any one keyword.

I approve of this request being placed in the Complex track, but if you or another member of your team could provide insight on the questions I have below, that would be a huge help. I know this is a voluminous request and plenty of places have been struggling through the pandemic, and I'd rather not have to wait 5 years for this request as much as I'm sure it would be a hassle to produce these records over that length of time.

1. Given the estimated 36 month time frame before processing can begin, what are the number of requests that would be ahead of this request in the Complex processing queue? How was this estimate reached?

2. Does the estimated 36 month time frame before processing can begin encompass the need to consult with other offices having a substantial interest in these records, or does that solely reflect the amount of requests ahead of mine in the Complex queue? Are these "other offices" governmental entities, private entities, or both?

3. You described the need to search for and collect records from an organization "geographically separated from this office." Are some or all of these records solely available as physical documents? Given that this request is asking for email records, I'm unaware of why they would need to be physically retrieved at all. Please advise if you are aware of some digital files that would have been responsive to this request being destroyed.

4. In your recent letter, you wrote it would take "a staff member" an estimated 13,920 hours to process my request. Is there only ever going to be one employee working on my request? While I'm not aware of the specifics of the SEC's staffing demands, even having two employees working on and off seems like it should greatly reduce the time and hassle needed to produce these documents.

5. If possible, please provide the number of hits for each individual keyword to aid in narrowing the scope of this request.

Please advise to the above - if you have any addition questions, please let me know.

Best,

Adrien

From: Securities and Exchange Commission

Mr. Salzberg,

I tried to call you this morning, but the number we have on file went straight to the MuckRock voicemail. Please feel free to give me a call regarding your questions below, or provide a number at which you can be reached. You can contact me directly at 202-551-5816. I will be in meetings today from 11:30-2:30, but I am otherwise available until 4:00.

If we do not hear back from you by Friday, June 11, we will proceed with placing your request in the Complex track, per your statements below that you do not wish to modify your request and that you approve of this request being placed in the Complex track.

Thank you,

Carrie Hyde-Michaels
FOIA Branch Chief
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Office of FOIA Services
hyde-michaelsc@sec.gov<mailto:hyde-michaelsc@sec.gov>
Direct: (202) 551-5816

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