ISO 8859 12188 State req
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Date Created:May 22, 2013
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Judicial Watcli Because one abot'e the law! May 21, 2013 Office oflnfonnation Programs and Services A/GIS/IPS/RL Department State Washington, 20522-8100 Re: Freedom Information Act Dear Freedom oflnfonnation Officer: Pursuant the Freedom Information Act (FOIA), U.S.C. 552, Judicial Watch, Inc. hereby requests that the Department State produce the following within twenty.(20) business days: Any and all SF-50 (Notification Personnel Action) forms for Ms. Huma Abed in. Any and all contracts (including, but not limited to, personal service contracts) between the Department State and Ms. Ruma Abcdin. Any and all records 1egarding, concerning, related the authorization for Ms. Huma Abedin represent individual clients and/or otherwise engage outside employment while employed and/or engaged contractual arrangement with the Department State. The time frame for this request January 2010 the present. any responsive record portion thereof claimed exempt from production under FOIA, please provide sufficient identifying information with respect each allegedly exempt record portion thereof allow assess the propriety the claimed exemption. Vaughn Rosen, 484 F.2d 820 (D.C. Cir. 1973), cert. denied, 415 U.S. 977 (1974). addition, any reasonably segregable po1tion responsive record must provided, after redaction any allegedly exempt material. U.S.C. 552(b). For purposes this request, the te1m "record" shall mean: (1) any written, printed, typed material any kind, including without limitation all correspondence, memoranda, notes, messages., letters, cards, facsimiles, papers, forms, telephone Department State May 21, 2013 messages, diaries, schedules, calendars, chronological data, minutes, books, reports, charts, lists, ledgers, invoices, worksheets, receipts, returns, computer printouts, printed matter, prospectuses, statements, checks, statistics, surveys, affidavits, contracts, agreements, transcripts, magazine newspaper articles, press releases; (2) any electronically, magnetically, mechanically stored material any kind, including without limitation all electronic mail e-mail; (3) any audio, aural, visual, video records, recordings, representations any kind; any graphic materials and data compilations from which information can obtained; and (5) any materials using other means preserving thought expression. Judicial Watch also hereby requests waiver both search and duplication fees pursuant U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II) and (a)(4)(A)(iii). Judicial Watch entitled waiver search fees under U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(Il) because member the news media. CJ. National Security Archive Department Defense, 880 F.2d 81, 1387 (D.C. Cir. 1989)(defining news media within FOIA context). Judicial Watch has also been recognized member the news media other FOlA litigation. See, e.g, Judicial Watch, Inc. U.S. Department Justice, 133 Supp.2d (D.D.C. 2000); and, Judicial Watch, Inc. Department Defense, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44003, (D.D.C. June 28, 2006). Judicial Watch regularly obtains information about the operations and activities government through FOIA and other means, uses its editorial skills turn this information into distinct works, and publishes and disseminates these works the public. intends likewise with the records receives response this request. Judicial Watch also entitled complete waiver both search fees and duplict1tion fees pursuant U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). Under this provision, records: shall furnished without any charge charge reduced below the fees established under clause (ii) disclosure the information the public interest because likely contribute significantly public understanding the operations activities government and not primarily the commercial interest the requester. U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). addition, records are not produced within twenty (20) business days, Judicial Watch entitled complete waiver search and duplication fees under Section 6(b) the OPEN Government Act 2007, which amended FOIA U.S.C. (a)(4)(A)(viii). Judicial Watch 50l(c)(3), not-for-profit, educational organization, and, definition, has commercial purpose. Judicial Watch exists educate the public Department State May 21, 2013 about the operations and activities government, well increase public understanding about the importance ethics and the rule law government. The particular records requested herein are sought part Judicial Watch's ongoing efforts document the operations and activities the federal government and educate the public about these operations and activities. Once Judicial Watch obtains the requested records, intends analyze them and disseminate the results its analysis, well the records themselves, special written report. Judicial Watch will also educate the public :via radio programs, Judicial Watch's website, and/or newsletter, among other outlets. also will make the records available other members the media researchers upon request. Judicial Watch has proven ability disseminate infonnation obtained through FOIA the public, demonstrated its long-standing and continuing public outreach efforts. Given these circumstances, Judicial Watch entitled a'.public interest fee waiver both search caste; and duplication costs. Nonetheless, the event our request for waiver search and/or duplication costs denied, Judicial Watch willing pay $350.00 search and/or duplication costs. Judicial Watch requests that contacted before any such costs are incurred, order prioritize search and duplication efforts. effort facilitate record production within the statutory tirne limit, Judicial Watch willing accept documents electronic format (e.g. e-mail, .pdfs). When necessary, Judicial Watch will also accept the "rolling production" documents.