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With this letter, the Central Intelligence Agency waives the estimated fees of $300 that had been mentioned in its initial response to's Freedom of Information Act requests dated 12 March 2002 for 1) "any report(s) on the history of the CIA polygraph division, including, but not limited to, any written by former CIA polygrapher John F. Sullivan" and 2) "documentation of any standardized briefing provided to CIA employees or applicants prior to their taking polygraph examinations, whether on paper, videotape, or any other media."

11 September 200[0]

Mr. George W. Maschke
Hart Nibbrigkade 22
2597 XV The Hague

Reference: F-2002-00237

Dear Mr. Maschke:

This acknowledges receipt of your 7 May 2002 facsimile regarding your 12 March 2002 Freedom of Information Act request for records pertaining to:

  1. The history of the CIA polygraph division.
  2. Standardized briefing provided to CIA employees or applicants prior to their taking polygraph examinations.

We have accepted your request; it will be processed in accordance with the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. 552, as amended, and the CIA Information Act, 50 U.S.C. 431. Our search will be for documents in existence as of and through the date of this acceptance letter.

Because we believe that fees would be minimal, and as an act of administrative discretion, we have determined that no fees will be charged for this request.

The heavy volume of FOIA requests received by the Agency has created delays in processing. Since we cannot respond within the 20 working days stipulated by the FOIA, you have the right to consider this a denial and may appeal to the Agency Release Panel. It would seem more reasonable, however, to have us continue processing your request and respond to you as soon as we can. You can appeal any denial of records at that time. Unless we hear from you otherwise, we will assume that you agree, and we will proceed on this basis.

Kathryn I. Dyer
Information and Privacy Coordinator Home Page > FOIA