AL GORE - NO FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
WASHINGTON

APRIL 23, 1997

Mr. Charles R. Smith
Softwar
7707 Whirlaway Drive
Midlothian,  VA  23112

Dear Mr. Smith:

I write in response to your April 5, 1997 letter requesting,
under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), access to all
data provided to and/or about the individuals listed in
reference to project Clipper, encryption software, legislation
on encryption software, policy and contractual agreements.

Please be advised that FOIA applies only to records maintained
by "agencies" within the Executive Branch.  The Office of the
President and the Vice President - - including the units in the
Executive Office of the President whose sole function is to
advise and assist the President and the Vice President - - are
not "agencies" for purpose of this law.  Therefore, your request
must be denied.

Thank you for contacting us on this matter.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth M. Brown
Deputy Counsel to the Vice President


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