Cathy Lanier Letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Jeff Golightly filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
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From: Blase Schmid

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act of 1974, D.C. Code Ann. § 2-531 et seq. ("D.C. Act"), I hereby request the following records:

On December 19, 2016, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report on the use of cell site simulators (It can be found at this link: Contained in the report, at footnotes 151, 152, and 164, letters from former chief Cathy Lanier to the Committee and a briefing by the Metropolitan Police Department to committee staff. Please disclose the materials sent to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as well as any briefing materials prepared by MPD for its meeting with committee staf.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.


Blase Schmid


Dear Mr. Schmid:
This office is in receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Your FOIA Request Number is 2017-FOIA-02315. Your assigned FOIA Specialist is Robert Eckert. Pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 2-532, we have fifteen (15) business-days, subject to the possibility of a ten (10) business-day extension, to respond to the request as of the date of receipt.
If you have any questions regarding your request, please contact the assigned FOIA Specialist at (202) 727-3721. For ease of reference, we ask that you have your FOIA Request Number available when you contact our office. Donald Kaufman MPD FOIA Officer


Mr. Blase Schmid:
Attached find a response to your FOIA request.
Tara Branch
MPD FOIA Specialist

From: Metropolitan Police Department

Mr. Schmid,

This e-mail is to advise, an audit of our records indicate you still have an open FOIA request with the Metropolitan Police Department's FOIA Office dated March 7, 2017, regarding the above listed subject FOIA for the following: