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Department of Justice expedites IRE request, assigns officer
The Department of Justice has expedited IRE's request for records pertaining to the surveillance of news organizations and has assigned an officer to handle the request. Last week, IRE reported that it had filed the request and that the DOJ had sent a letter of acknowledgement but had not assigned the request a reference number nor had it assigned a FOIA officer to the case.
The Department of Justice has not yet made a decision on IRE's request for a fee waiver. The agency also noted the request falls under "unusual circumstances" because it involves consultation with other agencies.