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* DXer proposes … get those FOIA requests moving … and here’s how …

Posted by DXer on August 4, 2009

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about FOIA requests …

Former FBI agent/CIA lead WMD analyst Jennifer Smith was quite wonderful in her talk to the NAS panel.  She urged the NAS panel to press the FBI for documents.

Given the score of labs, both government and private, that helped the FBI, we should take Dr. Smith’s advice and press for documents.

We should then share the documents for efficiency’s sake and so as to avoid duplicative requests.

Perhaps the first request should be to the US DOJ to ask for a copy of all documents provided to the National Academies of Sciences.

LMW NOTE: In order to keep track, if you submit cc’s of your FOIA requests to the CASE CLOSED blog, I’ll figure out some way to keep them organized and updated.

Here is a list of US DOJ subcomponents to which FOI requests should be addressed.  It includes other agencies.
http://www.usdoj.gov/oip/04_4.html

Here are instructions for submitting DARPA FOIA requests online.
http://www.darpa.mil/foia.html

Don’t overlook state FOI statutes.  There are many state universities where labs are located that are subject to state FOI statutes for which the FOI Form Letter generator will quickly make your FOI request shine by referencing the particular state statutory provisions.

Here is FOIA Form Letter Generator
http://www.rcfp.org/foialetter/index.php

Here is the electronic form for DOE HQ.
http://management.energy.gov/FOIA/foia_request_form.htm

The email for the FOI officer for Sandia National Laboratories is FOIOfficer@doeal.gov

Here is the website where USAMRIID responses to date are located.
USAMRMC Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
https://mrmc.amedd.army.mil/foia/index.cfm

The Army has done an excellent job in making the processed documents available at a central location.  Despite pressing them for the documents currently not produced, they are demonstrating through their actions how the Freedom of Information Act should work and deserve praise for their hard and conscientious work.

Search costs are avoidable if as a non-media requester you commit to sharing the documents and making them generally available.  Under the federal statute, the first 100 pages are free.  Beyond that, there is the cost of copying.  But to date the fee has been waived given the public interest in the matter.

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