Your agency's ten oldest requests

Brandon Smith filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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Due Aug. 15, 2017
Est. Completion None
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From: Brandon Smith

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The full, unaltered text of the oldest 100 FOIA requests made to NSA that are still open or unresolved, as of the date of this request. (That is, those with the oldest origination dates.)

For reference, I filed a similar request earlier this year, which your office gave tracking number 101649. I considered this a satisfactory response, and would be happy to have one for this request that follows a similar process/pattern. Request number 101649 asked for the oldest 10 requests; this request asks for the oldest 100. It would appear that the response was generated by a simple query of a database. I request that the response be remitted to me in the form of a spreadsheet, such as a Microsoft Excel file. Requesters can request that records be remitted in a form in which they are kept by the government. That has also been interpreted to mean "exported" to a spreadsheet form from a database maintained by the government.

As with my previous request, these response lines should include the "metadata" attached to the request in your request system: items such as the requester's name and return address, and the date of 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.


Brandon Smith

From: National Security Agency

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Brandon Smith

Dear FOIA officer:

You may or may not be aware, but FOIA caselaw provides that if documents are kept in one file format inside a government agency, a requester has the right to demand the documents be remitted in that format. In this case, the requested "documents" are clearly possessed by your agency in a database or spreadsheet form. I request they be remitted to me in that form. Ideally, if you have the opportunity, you should export them in a form read-able by a standard spreadsheet application like Microsoft Excel, which is to say a .xls extension, or a .xlsx extension.

Thank you for your assistance on this matter.

Brandon Smith