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Dec 21st 2006, 03:11 AM
I need to get files from the State Dept., FBI and FAA on someone who died 10 years ago. Before I blindly begin submitting foia forms, can anyone give me shortcuts/suggestions for getting the information quicker than it would take to submit them to the various pio offices? Thanks in advance!
Dec 21st 2006, 04:54 AM
In my experience, it has worked to call the PIO and tell them what you are looking for. Tell them (in a friendly and non-threating way) that you are willing to file an FOI request if necessary. About half the time I have done that, the PIO has said not to worry about the FOI request and they get me the information quickly.
It's doesn't always work, but it's worth a shot.
Dec 21st 2006, 07:02 AM
Each compartment of each agency has its own procedure (and possibly forms), also.
Dec 21st 2006, 11:46 AM
Your station attorney can't do it? Or is this for personal reasons?
Dec 21st 2006, 01:48 PM
I deal with the DOD, and they have a lot of web-based help on filling out FOI for their department, perhaps the agencies you are dealing with do as well.
But I agree with those who say start with the PIO... if you are respectful and polite it could save you MONTHS in you search. (The last FOI request I filed was months ago and haven't heard word one back and that is typical at DoD.)