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The full text of the FOIA request letter follows:

October 7, 2013

Freedom of Information Act Request

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Freedom of Information Officer, Department of the Treasury

1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20220 VIA EMAIL and U.S. MAIL

Dear FOIA Officer:

This is a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act seeking copies of records in connection with negotiation of  "intergovernmental agreements"  (IGAs) by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (hereinafter, "Treasury") with the governments of Canada, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom providing for  implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in those countries.

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Please provide copies of all departmental records (paper or electronic) concerning communications (emails, paper correspondence, or records of in-person meetings) between Treasury officials and officials of the three foreign states indicated above relevant to negotiation of IGAs with such foreign states, as well as departmental records concerning worldwide implementation of FATCA that may be relevant to the IGAs with any of the three foreign states indicated.

Date range of this request :   (a) From the earlier of January 1, 2012, or the time prior to the February 8, 2012, "Joint Statement" with the United Kingdom and four other European states (found at click here ) when the Treasury Department began preparations for contact or communication with officials of the United Kingdom in relation to such "Joint Statement"; (b) to the date of this request. 

Request for "news media" status :  As editor of , I am a "representative of the news media" for fee waiver purposes as "any person or entity that gathers information of potential interest to a segment of the public, uses its editorial skills to turn the raw materials into a distinct work, and distributes that work to an audience."   Based on my status as a "news media" requester, I am entitled to receive the requested record with only duplication fees assessed.  Further, because disclosure of this information will "contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government," any duplication fees should be waived.

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Jim Jatras is a former U.S. diplomat and foreign policy adviser to the U.S. Senate GOP leadership. He is pro-life, pro-gun, pro-traditional marriage, pro-immigration control, anti-war, pro-privacy, pro-tax reform, anti-phony 'free trade' deals. (more...)

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