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Pardon this slight delay

I refer the reader to my July 15, 2013, article titled “Department of State FOIA Delay” for the story of how I had submitted a FOIA for a specific microfilm passport issuance card for Ann Dunham in January of the previous year. They told me back then that they would supply me with an estimated completion date in “a day or two.” I said at the time:

Anybody want to bet me that the response won’t be either (a) not in a day or two, or (b) we cannot tell you when to expect a response, or  both?

Nobody took that bet. The correct answer was (a). Indeed, I never did hear back from them until today. In a letter dated June 28, 2016 Eric F. Stein, Co-Director, Acting, Office of Information Programs and services wrote:

I refer to our letter dated January 30, 2012, regarding the release of certain Department of State material …

The Department of State is undertaking a comprehensive effort to clear up its backlog of information requests. As part of that effort, we are writing to inquire whether you are still interested in pursuing this case. …

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4 Responses to Pardon this slight delay

  1. avatar
    Reality Check July 3, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    You are so impatient Doc. 😆

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    Sluffy1 July 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    If you say yes to, “whether you are still interested in pursuing this case. …”
    you’ll have to keep this blog going much longer than you’ve planned.

  3. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy July 3, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    Just wait until I get the response. I’m going to file a new FOIA and ask for details of every memorandum and log of the case. Everyone who saw it. Comparisons for processing time of this case and similar cases. Any White House correspondence.

    Sluffy1: If you say yes to, “whether you are still interested in pursuing this case. …”
    you’ll have to keep this blog going much longer than you’ve planned.

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    katahdin July 4, 2016 at 12:09 am #

    To be fair, the Republicans have cut the budgets of federal agencies to the bone. It’s a wonder they get anything done.