Some of our readers came up with a brilliant plan today to launch a coordinated FOIA (Freedom of information act) campaign. You can see how this came about in the comments section of last nights post 7/31/14. I think its a great idea.I believe we have a distinguished guest participating occasionally in our comments section as well. We should come up with the search terms, date’s etcetera. It will be very helpful to coordinate everything from this one post to avoid redundant requests. For starters, I think we should request documents related to the discovery issues. We also can come up with many of our own. Dan W already had this idea, “I’m considering it. I think the FHFA’s admission in its report to congress that there was a conflict of interest between being a regulator and conservator would be an interesting on to FOIA on “.
I will be updating this post as we proceed. Here are the links to both the FHFAs and the treasury departments FOIA web pages.
The FHFAs page has some very useful information. It will be interesting to see how much information they disclose. We can then turn over denials for attorneys to review. This will be an excellent way to ensure that we keep the flow of critical data to the public. I know for a fact our message is having an effect across all spheres of influence and power. This will only help further our cause.
I attended a moving community band performance on a town green tonight; I will be attaching a video to a post that will be very fitting in the next few days. Keep the Faith
UPDATES TO ORIGINAL POST
8/1/14 Comments on this post will be limited to FOIA related material, all others will be deleted. Feel free to comment on our other posts with other subject matter. As always we discourage senseless partisan bashing, both parties have equally wronged us.
8/2/14 We have already received some very good suggested FOI requests. I have received some excellent emails as well. Our email is email@example.com if there is something you want to share with us privately. Also, if you want to share something you can simply point us in the right direction with an “FOI suggestion”. Someone let me know that the “Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Investor Discussion / Message Board” has done some FOI work. I am posting a link to a discussion where this took place, https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/freddienfannie/t-dacWObczw .There is much very useful information there. David Sims was very involved in that process. He states “It says that it might be cheaper if someone has already requested this information. I will not be surprised if one of the hedge funds has requested the information and kept it to themselves. I inquired if there were any completed requests of a similar nature. I guess that a person has to be extremely specific and say “any document using the word shareholder” for instance.” Vicorjh provided a list of all the FOI requests received by FHFA in 2013. This is very enlighten, and it will give us a good idea how to phrase our requests. Vicor also attached a link to the treasury log as well. Here is a sample request Vicorjh posted as well.
Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)
FOIA Requester Service Center
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am making a request for records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
Please process this request under this statute to release all available records related to
this request. I thank you in advance for your assistance.
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following
records with, if deemed necessary, appropriate redaction to protect individual privacy:
1) A log of all FOIA requests made in the fiscal year 2008
2) A log of all FOIA requests made in the fiscal year 2009
3) A log of all FOIA requests made in the fiscal year 2010
4) A log of all FOIA requests made in the fiscal year 2011
5) A log of all FOIA requests made in the fiscal year 2012
6) A log of all FOIA requests to date made in this fiscal year of 2014
Please note, prior requests of the agency for these log files may have been
requested by other parties and may be readily available for transmittal.
I can receive responsive documents electronically via email at
<> or by postal mail in electronic or printed form at
I am also requesting that, if appropriate, associated processing and review
fees to be waived as this request is in the public interest. The requested
documents are for research and study purposes and are not for commercial
usage. Responsive documents will be made available to the general public
on-line and free of charge. I agree that I will pay up to <> for fees if fees
cannot be waived. Please notify me in advance if fees are expected to exceed
I am looking forward to your response and can be reached at <> if there are
any questions or concerns. Again, thank you for your assistance. Very best regards.
Under penalty of perjury, I hereby declare that I am the person named above and I
understand that any falsification of this statement is punishable under the provisions of
Title 18, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 1001 by a fine of not more than $10,000 or
by imprisonment of not more than five years, or both; and that requesting or obtaining any
record(s) under false pretenses is punishable under the provisions of Title 5, U.S.C.,
Section 552a(i)(3) as a misdemeanor and by a fine of not more than $5,000.