The following is a November 25, 2008 Freedom of Information Act response from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the following request:
“A reasonably segregable bibliography of investigation records stored at the SEC offices once located within floors 11-13, of World Trade Center building 7 in New York City, New York.”
Dear Mr. Monaghan:
This letter refers to your request, dated November 21, 2008 and received in this office on November 24, 2008, for information concerning NYRO World Trade Center records.
Under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552 (a)(6) and 17 CFR § 200.80(d)(5)-(7)) the Commission must determine within 20 business days after the receipt of the request whether to comply with such request and notify the requestor of the decision. This letter is to notify you that your request is being processed. We will not be able to complete the processing of your request within this time frame due to the need to search for and collect the requested records from field facilities or other establishments that are separate from this office.
As soon as the responsive records are received from the appropriate office, I will review the records and provide further response to your request within 30 working days. If you would like to modify your request to enable us to respond within a shorter time frame, or if you would like to arrange an alternative time frame for the processing of your request, please contact me as soon as possible.
In the interim, if you have any questions, please call me at (202)551-8371, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. At any time you may request the status of your request by calling 202-551-7900 or sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Sonja L. Osborne
FOIA/Privacy Act Research Specialist
SEC & EEOC: Attack Delays Investigations
By Margaret Cronin Fisk
National Law Journal
September 17, 2001
Additional details emerged Friday about the effect of the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on investigations being conducted by the New York offices of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, both of which were housed in the building.
The SEC has not quantified the number of active cases in which substantial files were destroyed. Reuters news service and the Los Angeles Times published reports estimating them at 3,000 to 4,000. They include the agency’s major inquiry into the manner in which investment banks divvied up hot shares of initial public offerings during the high-tech boom.