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This FOIA request was sent to Mr. Leslie R. Blake, head of the Defense Security Service Office of Freedom of Information and Privacy, by e-mail to <> on 11 July 2002.

Dear Mr. Blake:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). I request that a copy of the following documents be provided to me:
All inspection reports produced by the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute (DoDPI) Quality Assurance Program, from its inception in September 1996 to the present, along with any associated documentation.
The documentation to which I refer is described in Chapter 3 of DoDPI's Federal Psychophysiological Detection of Deception Examiner Handbook (Federal PDD Examiner Handbook, or Handbook), which states in relevant part:
F. Inspection Report.
        1. Response to Recommendations. A final report of inspection will be forwarded to the supervisor of the PDD program manager. The inspected agency shall respond, in writing, to the Director, DoDPI, to recommendations noted in the final inspection report.
        2. Final Disposition--Concur. In those instances wherein the QAP and the inspected agency concur that all recommendations have been satisfied, the compliance with these standards will be attested to, in writing, by the Director, DoDPI.
        3. Final Disposition--Non-concur. In those instances in which the QAP and the inspected agency do not concur on the findings of the inspection, the issues of disagreement will be forwarded through the Director, DoDPI, to the program manager's supervisor.
The Handbook also notes that DoDPI's Quality Assurance Program (QAP) will inspect each federal polygraph agency's quality control procedures biennially.

The requested information is of considerable public interest. According [to] the Federal PDD [Examiner] Handbook, the purpose of DoDPI's QAP inspections is "to ensure ethical, professional and technical standards are maintained." Release of the requested documentation will enable the public to know to what extent any ethical, professional, and technical standards are being maintained by the federal polygraph community, allowing for better-informed public debate over federal polygraph policy.

Please send the requested documents to me at the following address:

G.W. Maschke
Hart Nibbrigkade 22
2597 XV The Hague
The Netherlands

I am willing to pay fees for this request up to a maximum of $25. If you estimate that the fees will exceed this limit, please inform me first.

I request, however, a waiver of fees for this request because disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the DoD and is not in my commercial interest.


George W. Maschke

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