Mark S. Zaid, Esq...
Reference: 6 (Arianna Huffington) Dear Mr. Zaid:
This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records pertaining to the following persons:
"1. ambassador Maurice Uny Lawrence, . Ambassador to Switzerland, who died inS.
2. Shelia Davis Lawrence,. Special Representative to the World Conservation Union aad widow of Ambassador Lawrence."
Your request has been assigned the reference number above for identification purposes.
We are able to acceptf your request, but with regard torecords pertaining to Shelia Davis Lawrence--we need more information before we begin processing. Specifically, to conduct an offectivo search of our files for information on an individual, we need the full name, the date and place of birth, nationality, and citizenship status. Without those we may be unable to distinguish between individuals with the same or similar names.
In addition, the Privacy Act requires that youigned, notarized statement from the individual authorizing us to release personal information. Privacy rights are described in the Privacy Acta) and the FOIA Although we can search without this waiver, if we should locate relevant records and did not have such an authorization, we might have to withhold information that, if released, would be an unwarranted invasion of that person's privacy.
Concerning your requestee waiver,m required to consider your FOIA request in light of the rules and regulations governing the -waiver of fees as published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFRhapter XIX,
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nclosed] as well as relevant department of justice and office of management and budget guideline*. ave reviewed your request and havo determined that your petition does not meet the requirements of those regulations. release of the information you have requested would not be likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the united states government. accordingly, in thia instance your requestee waiver is denied.
based on the information provided in your letter, we have determined that your client arianna huffington qualifies for the -representatives of the news media- fee category, which means she will bo assessed fees only for the reproduction of documents at the rate of ten cents per page for pages in excess of the.
we will hold your request in abeyance forays pending receipt of the information described above, specifically, biographic informationigned release from mrs. lawrence.
llee s.nformation and privacy coordinator