A Call with the Department of Defense

On 10/17 we talked to our FOIA request processor at the Department of Defense about the email we received the previous week classifying our request as “complex” and asking us to call to narrow our request. We were told that the language in the email is standard for every FOIA confirmation they send out. They also told us that we could expect a response on our request within a few days.

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3 thoughts on “A Call with the Department of Defense

  1. Kel McClanahan October 21, 2012 at 8:16 am Reply

    I refer you to my comment on your initial 10/15 post. Nice to see that DOD is actually admitting that what they wrote is standard boilerplate language. That, for the record, is not allowed under FOIA. If you wanted to sue them (which I expect you probably don’t), you’d have a good case. Especially since this policy by a DOD component has already been the subject of a previous lawsuit, albeit one that later withdrew the challenge.

  2. […] to make sure there was not a misunderstanding about what we are seeking, he told us it was standard language they include in all letters. Using such language is disingenuous, at best, and – as our […]

  3. […] In today’s mail we received a new example that illustrates why we called the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) “anything but an efficient and effective tool that the public can use to get timely access to government records” in our recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee: a final response to a FOIA request we made to the Department of Defense (DOD) almost a year and a half ago, and that DOD had told use to expect within “a few days.” […]

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