2its public interest mission, Judicial Watch regularly requests access to public records of federal,state, and local government agencies and officials and disseminates its findings to the public.4. Defendant United States Department of Justice is an agency of the United StatesGovernment and is headquartered at United States Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001. Defendant has possession, custody, and control of records towhich Plaintiff seeks access.
STATEMENT OF FACTS
5. On August 27, 2012, Plaintiff submitted a FOIA request to the Office of
Information Policy (“OIP”) within
Defendant U.S. Department of Justice seeking recordsrelating to an annual legal conference. Specifically, Plaintiff sought access to
All recordsconcerning, referring, or relating to the National LGBT Bar A
ssociation’s 2012 Lavender Law
Conference & Career Fair.
6. By letter dated September 26, 2012, OIP acknowledged receiving
FOIA request on August 27, 2012 and asserted that the request fell within the
provision of 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)(i)-(iii). Despite invoking the
provision, the letter
failed to provide a “
date on which a determination is expectedto be dispatched
,” as required by the provision
.7. After receiving no further communication from OIP about the request, Plaintiff sent an email to the agency on March 18, 2013 asking that responsive records be providedwithout further delay. In a telephone conversation with a representative of OIP later that sameday, Plaintiff was advised that a search for responsive records in the Office of the AttorneyGeneral was still ongoing.
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