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I'm constantly filing Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIA) with various agencies for Gizmodo and the Paleofuture blog. But sometimes the documents and videos I receive aren't quite interesting enough for a story. This is where I'm publishing those documents--the FOIA requests that might be interesting or useful to someone else, but not quite a "Gizmodo story."

Entries in FOIA (6)


Jack Lemmon's FBI File

Jack Lemmon in the 1979 film The China Syndrome

I filed a request back in August for actor Jack Lemmon's FBI file. Yesterday, the FBI finally sent me the entire thing. It's just one page.



The page contains a newspaper clipping from June 2, 1962 about a cultural exchange between the US and Romania. Lemmon, who's full name was John Uhler Lemmon III, died in 2001.

From the file:

Motion picture personalities from the United States and from Rumania will attend the respective film premieres in each country. The American group will be composed of Mr. Frank McCarthy, producer and executive of the Twentieth Century Fox Studios in Hollywood, and the Hollywood stars are Miss Shirley MacLaine and Mr. Jack Lemmon.


FBI file on the film The Boy With the Green Hair (1948)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Request: FBI FOIPA request: 1348679-000

Any documents held by the FBI on the 1948 film The Boy With the Green Hair

Documents: 2 pages of press clippings on the film



Emails between OPIC and USAID OIG (2014-2016)

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Request: FOIA Number 2016-00035

A copy of all correspondence between OPIC and the USAID Office of Inspector General between January 1, 2014 and the present. The search may be limited to OPIC Correspondence Files. If records are not available in centralized correspondence files, I request that you search the following offices: Keith Kozloff, Barbara Day, Robert Campbell, and Mimi Alemayehou. 

Documents: 50 pages of emails and 5 pages of attachments


Letters from Members of Congress to CFPB

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Request: CFPB-2017-173-F

I request all correspondence from members of Congress to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding the CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs.

Documents: Five letters from members of Congress all from 2013





Michael Crichton's FBI File

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The request, FBI FOIPA Request 1359436:

Any documents held by the FBI on Michael Crichton, author of books like Jurassic Park and Congo.

The documents: One page from 1992 congratulating Crichton on winning the Golden Plate Award.