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Foia And Noncompliance


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I hope everyone is fine and wish I could have posted this earlier but have had some health setbacks and not able to be as proactive as I would like. I have actively pursued FOIA with Dept. like DOD, US Army , EPA , National Archives and Records, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, OSHA and it has been a nightmare. I have sent certified letters to all of these including one to the Inspector General. I have also been specific on several forms and records and it has not produced any documents. The favorite ploy is to write you back and either refer you to this or that agency or they will say " a thorough search of our records but found no records pertaining to your request", or "your response has been forwarded to" or "this agency has no knowledge". So far the only agency that has tried to be helpful is the EPA Region 10 Office and they have called me numerous times and have been very cooperative. Oh yes , I have 3 Senators and a Congressman trying to help and so far there has been no compliance with any FOIA request even with the specific title, and DD or DA number forms. This is so outrageous and frustrating that noone wants to comply with law and now it seems the VA and any associated agency now have full cooperation within the scopes of their Departments to protect them and to further frustrate the efforts of the Veteran and his rights. This system is gone and incapable of operating even when there is law involved. Anyone have any ideas or similiar dealings with FOIA, then please by all mean share? God Bless, C.C. NEVER GIVE UP.

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You bet- Appeal their denials and then consider sueing them in District COurt-where you live

It does not cost too much to sue under FOIA- every District Court has their Rules of Civil-Procedure and the suit info ,must comply with that.

I used to get so many FOIA denials that I have many signatures of Ken Starr (Clinton- Lewinsky fame) as he was the Solicitor General who handled many Government record FOIA appeals in those days.

One FOIA got me a disk I wanted re medication affects but it came 2 years after the FOIA_ I have another FOIA now-if denied- I will consider the lawsuit-

long story on that one

DONT Give up- even though I had problems with FOIAs-by being persisent I got some really good stuff.

Dynamite stuff.

Keep trying and appeal their decisions using the regs for FOIAs and challenge every reason they are denying or appear to be withholding the info-which is the same as a denal anyhow.

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