Wish help filing an appeal to an adverse ruling, regards to securing my files held at a government agency that I had

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Customer: Wish help filing an appeal to an adverse ruling, regards ***** ***** my files held at a government agency that I had requested via FOIA/Privacy Act
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Utah
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: Written several letters requesting files. Latest reply was a denial from the agency
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Yes. I sent them (CIA) my involvement (history) with them (et al). The initial request was Sept. 2020. 6 letters from them, a dozen phone calls to them, and recently I was denied using 1949 ordinances, rulings, etc.
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Welcome and thank you for using Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I'm the attorney who will be assisting with your legal question, So I can best help, were your records classified?

Customer
Likely, since the Agency refuses to acknowledge any involvement. However, I sent them a summary with explicit details.
Customer
I'm hoping for a free consultation, a brief but clear directional consult. I know this will cost for services. However, I'm just not in position now to fwd additional funds.
Customer
I suppose my position ends our contact?
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Elizabeth, Expert

Oh no, you can ignore the phone prompt, I actually don't currently take calls. The next step is to send your appeals letter to their FOIA appeals officer.

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If the appeals officer denies, you can then seek a lawsuit in federal court to obtain the documents.

Customer
True. It's the help I require. Dec 10th is my deadline.
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The CIA provides a sample appeals letter: https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/foia_request

Customer
Oh! Thank you! May I continue this consult later after filing the appeals letter?
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Of course! our chat is open 7 days.

Customer
Thanks again. I'll be back in touch.
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Elizabeth, Expert

You're very welcome. This also has their appeals info: https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/how-appeal-foia-denial

Customer
Very well. Will report back and likely seek more help, more involved in the near future.
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