1619 Project

Brendan O'Connor filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
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Due Aug. 25, 2020
Est. Completion None
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From: Brendan O'Connor

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any talking points, or similar memos, emails, and transcripts providing advice on how to handle media interviews and statements, prepared for Department of State staff, including the Secretary of State, or any other federal official regarding the New York Times's 1619 Project, which the secretary referred to in a speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on July 16, 2020 (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/16/us/politics/pompeo-human-rights-policy.html). Please limit your search to records created between July 1, 2020, and the date this request is processed

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Brendan O'Connor

From: U.S. Department of State

**THIS EMAIL BOX IS NOT MONITORED, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.** Mr.O'Connor: This email acknowledges receipt of your July 28, 2020, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. § 552) request received by the U.S. Department of State, Office ofInformation Programs and Services on August 7, 2020, regardingthe New York Times's 1619 Project, which the Secretary of State referred to in a speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on July 16, 2020. Unless you advise otherwise, we will treat as non-responsive any compilations of publicly available news reports and any publicly available documents not created by the U.S. government, such as mass-distribution emails from news media.  This Office assigned your request the subject reference number and placed it in the complex processing track where it will beprocessed as quickly as possible. See 22 CFR § 171.11(h). This Office willnot be able to respond within the 20 days provided by the statute due to“unusual circumstances.” See 5 U.S.C. §552(a)(6)(B)(i)-(iii). In this instance,the unusual circumstances include the need to search for and collect requestedrecords from other Department offices or Foreign Service posts. If you have any questions regarding yourrequest , would like to narrow the scope or arrange analternative time frame to speed its processing, or would like an estimated dateof completion, please contact our FOIA Requester Service Center or our FOIAPublic Liaison by email at FOIAstatus@state.gov or telephone at202-261-8484. Additionally, youmay contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at theNational Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIAmediation services they offer. Thecontact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government InformationServices, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS,College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, email at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769. **THIS EMAIL BOX IS NOT MONITORED, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.**


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