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Request for Report of Investigation on a Stolen Bible (NARA OIG FOIA 19-11)


Mr. Siddall,


Thank you for talking with me on April 17th clarifying your previous

FOIA request by letting me know you were looking solely for the price

a stolen Bible was sold for.  The records at the OIG indicate the

Bible was sold for $1250 by the subject of the investigation.


For your information, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an

independent unit of the National Archives and Records Administration

(NARA) tasked by Congress to combat fraud, waste, abuse and

mismanagement within NARA.  As such, we have no control or authority

over records kept and maintained by any other government agency, or

even any office at NARA.  We only control those records generated

within the OIG alone.  I have reviewed our files and a redacted copy

of the report is attached.


You have the right to administratively appeal this release by writing

to the Archivist of the United States, National Archives and Records

Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740, within

ninety (90) calendar days of the date of this letter.  If you choose

to appeal, your appeal letter and its envelope should be clearly

marked “Freedom of Information Act Appeal,” and you should explain why

you believe NARA should release the withheld information.


If you would like to discuss our response before filing an appeal to

attempt to resolve your dispute without going through the appeals

process, you may contact the OIG’s FOIA Public Liaison, James Springs,

for assistance at:


National Archives and Records Administration

Office of Inspector General

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 1300

College Park, MD 20740-6001


If you are unable to resolve your FOIA dispute through the FOIA Public

Liaison, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the

Federal FOIA Ombudsman’s office, offers mediation services to help

resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies. The

contact information for OGIS is:


Office of Government Information Services

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road–OGIS

College Park, MD 20740-6001

202-741-5770 or 1-877-684-6448


Finally, in accordance with Department of Justice guidance, I would

also like to notify you that Congress excluded three discrete

categories of law enforcement and national security records from the

requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. 552(c) (2006 & Supp. IV 2010).

This response is limited to those records that are subject to the

requirements of the FOIA.  This is a standard notification given to

all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication excluded

records do, or do not, exist.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at

301-837-1966 or  Thank you for contacting the





John Simms

Counsel to the Inspector General

Office of Inspector General

National Archives and Records Administration


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