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Re: UK Defence Intelligence Staff UFO Files - Pope

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 16:56:45 +0100
Fwd Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 08:30:15 -0400
Subject: Re: UK Defence Intelligence Staff UFO Files - Pope

>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>To:  ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 15:16:48 -0300
>Subject: Re: UK Defence Intelligence Staff UFO Files

>>From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 10:53:17 +0100
>>Subject: UK Defence Intelligence Staff UFO Files

>>Details of the 24 Defence Intelligence Staff UFO files that are
>>currently being reviewed for release are now available on the
>>MoD website, in the Freedom of Information section:


>Certainly the second section/part-# Enc to DIS 'UFO Incident'
>files PDF [22.4 KB]-shows the level of frustration of the
>bureaucratic file clerk who has clearly better things to do with
>his/her time than alot said time to something as un-important as
>the pursuit of documents dealing with some phenomenon past
>his/her comprehension.


There _is_ a degree of frustration about this at the MoD, but
it's not coming from file clerks.

FOI requests - particularly the more complex ones - generally
have to be handled by the relevant subject matter experts. This
is because only the subject matter expert will have the
specialist knowledge and experience needed to identify all
material covered by the request, and then to consider whether
any Exemptions apply.

I've led on and contributed to FOI requests myself. It can be a
time consuming task.

Officials were given good guidance and training in the run up to
the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act, but few - if
any - extra resources to deal with the additional workload.

The MoD receives more FOI requests on UFOs than on any other
subject, so officials who were already busy are now having to
deal with numerous FOI requests in addition to their previous

Best wishes,

Nick Pope


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