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August 30, 1976
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Approved For Release 200.1%O370 -: CIA.RDP79-00498 i 30 August 1976 MEMORANDUM FOR: Deputy Director for Intelligence Deputy Director for Operations Deputy Director for Science & Technology Assistant to the Director Comptroller General Counsel. Inspector General Legislative Counsel John F. Blake Deputy. Director for Administration Information and Privacy Staff Weekly Report The continuing senior interest in our administration of both the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act is such that I believe it might be helpful if addressees' received a copy of the weekly report made to me by the Chief, Information and Privacy Staff, DDA. The first such report is attached. I propose to send these regularly to your attention unless you indicate to me they serve no useful purpose. John F. Blake Distribution: 1 - AI-DDA & C/IPS w/att Orig - DDI w/cy Att A-- DDA Subject w/att 1 - Each Additional Addressee DDA Chrono w/att w/att 1 - JFB Chrono w/o att DDA:JFBlake:der (30 August 1976) STATINTL Approved For Release 2001/03/03 : CIA-RDP79-00498A000600070001-7 24 Approved For Release 2001/03/03 : CIA-RDP79-00498A000600070001-7 27 August 1976 MEMORANDUM FOR: Deputy Director for Administration STATINTLFROM Chief, Information and Privacy Staff SUBJECT IPS Weekly Report (20-27 August) 1. The Week 'in Review 20-26 August 1976 Ave'ra e Week a. New cases logged 51 72.9 b. Cases closed 67 83.0 c. Appeals logged 6 6.9 d. Appeals closed 1 4.0 e. Manpower (man-weeks) 91.5 88.8 2. 'Spotlight'ed Requests a. Assoc. Prof. Frederick P. Bunnell, Vassar College, requested copies of all CIA documents pertaining to Indonesia which were provided to the Senate Select Committee by the Agency during the course of the Committee's investigation of the CIA. Professor Bunnell, who is preparing a book on US- Indonesian relations, has previously submitted numerous re- quests for the mandatory classification review of CIA records held by the Presidential Libraries. This is his first request to the Agency, however, under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. b. Theodore R. Grevers, a private detective from Grand Rapids, Michigan, asked for access to all CIA files concerning the downing of a PB4Y-l on 8 April 1950 in the Baltic Sea, about 37 miles from Libau, Latvia. Approved For Release 2001/03/03 : CIA-RDP79-00498A000600070001-7 Itd[5T?ATIVI', -T~ITr: tfAL US7u O1ILi Approved For Release 2001/03/03 : CIA-RDP79-00498A000600070001-7 c. Flying saucers are always a popular topic for requesters. This week, requests were received from Brad C. Sparks of Berkeley, California, who asked for OSI's sub- ject file on UFOs, and from Dolores Tomashevsiza of Prairie du Sac, 1'Jisconsin, who requested specific documents related to CIA's interest in investigations of the phenomena. Mr. Sparks has been in frequent contact with us in the past. We have had only two previous letters from Ms. Tomashevska, who is affiliated with the Wisconsin Division of an organi- zation known as "Ground Saucer Watch." d. Requests for records dealing with CIA experimenta- tion with drugs as a means.of behavior control were received from Dr. Jerone Stephens, Bowling Green State University, and Ginger Dyal, San Mateo, California. Both would like copies'of the documents previously released to John D. Marks in connection. with an FOIA. appeal. 3. .Spotlighted Responses a. An interim reply to Jack Anderson's PA request was sent to Mr. Anderson's attorney, William A.'Dobrovir. This is the second partial response. The first increment, which was comprised, of the surveillance logs compiled by the Agency in monitoring Anderson's movements, was sent several weeks ago. Inasmuch as there has been no mention of this material in Anderson's column as yet, it must be assumed that he is waiting until processing of his request is completed before exploiting its rather considerable news potential. The docu- ments included in our latest reply were, by comparison, innocuous. b. Two requesters were provided copies of ADP-related contracts negotiated by the Agency. Donald L. Poling, ltel Corporation, obtained a copy of Amendment No. 2 to Contract No. XG-4301 with IBM; and Maurice B. Lewis, Federal Leasing, Inc., was given a copy of Contract No. XG-4512 with Comdisco, Inc., covering the rental of IBM disk drives. c. In partial response to a request from i?Iorton Halperin, a letter of agreement between the CIA and Arnold & Porter regarding remuneration for the legal services of 'Mitchell Regovin was sent to Ilalperin's attorney, ?':illiam A. Dobrovir. The search is continuing for additional records concerning attorney fee retainers which may be responsive to the request. .DNINIS''.'rATIVl T?r+.r:F,:1.I [f5 ONLY Approved For Release 2001/03/03 : CIA-RDP79-00498A000600070001-7 AI MINISTRATIVI;--INTERNAL USE ONLY f Approved For Release 2001/03/03 : CIA-RDP79-00498A000600070001-7 STATINTL d. Fred Graham, CBS News, was provided copies of four documents responsive to his PA request. One of them was a report of an interview, dated 16 December 1952, by an Agency recruiter when Mr. Graham was attending Yale University. e. Fifteen documents concerning US actions with respect to countering Soviet influence in the Congo--nine of them sanitized--were released to Madeleine G. Kalb, wife of news- man Marvin Kalb. Eleven cables were denied in their entirety. 4. Analysis a. During the three-week period, 6-26 August, 24 FOIA, PA and EO appeals were received by the Agency, whereas only 14 appeals were closed out. As of cob 26 August, our appeals backlog totaled 176-cases--an alltime high. The average response time far exceeds the 20 working days stipulated in the Freedom of Information Act for FOIA appeals. For exam- ple, the one final appeal response sent out during the current reporting period was to an appeal received last February. b. The request backlog was reduced by a modest 15 cases during the past week. The closed cases included one request withdrawn by the requester, two requests canceled because of the failure of the requesters to provide additional identi- fying information, and 12 requests canceled because of the requesters' failure to send advance fee payments. For CY 1976, we have now closed out 344 more requests than we have logged. c. Messrs. attended a meeting, held at CIA Headquarters on 25 August, with FOI/PA officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforce- ment Administration, and the Secret Service. This was the second such get-together, and the next meeting is scheduled for 27 September, with DEA as the host agency. During the course of the meeting, an FBI representative disclosed that the Bureau had been instructed by a Congres- sional committee to devise a plan for eliminating the FOI/PA request backlog (now in excess of 8,000 cases) so as to be operating on a current basis within one year. The plan, as yet not approved, calls for nearly doubling the size of FBI's permanent staff. (The Bureau now has an FOI/PA staff T/O of AD91NI$TR.AT_[VI,-I NTr,lt'jam USE ONLY Approved For Release 2001/03/03 : CIA-RDP79-00498A000600070001-7 ADWLNI$'TE,~TI VE--ItNTr:ry.NAL USE ONLY Approved For Release 2001/03/03 : CIA-RDP79-00498A000600070001-7 220, with `202 persons actually on board.) In addition, numer- ous agents will be detailed to Headquarters from various field offices for 2-3 month tours to work on backlogged requests, supplementing the efforts of the augmented permanent staff. The estimated cost of the year's crash program is $10 million, and, if implemented, the Congress will be asked for a supplemental appropriation. In the past, the Agency's backlog of approximately 1,200 cases and the ensuing delays in answering requests have been largely overlooked by critics. Our difficulties were dwarfed by those of the FBI, and it was the Bureau that was pointed out as the agency disregarding the mandate of the law. If the FBI's plan is implemented, however, and the organization is able to become current within one year, the critics in Congress and elsewhere may then turn their attention to the CIA's deficiencies in providing timely re- sponses to requests from the public. The resources which might then have to be diverted to FOI/PA activities could very well cause an impingement of other, more basic, CIA programs. STATINTL I~D~SINISTRATTV --IIwSt:1=1i .L USE ONLY Approved For Release 2001/03/03 : CIA-RDP79-00498A000600070001-7