2011 National Day of Prayer (OSD)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All records concerning the selection of a person or person(s) to pray at the pentagon for the 2011 national day of prayer and the way in which the pentagon will celebrate the national day of prayer.

Including, but not limited to:
1) All meeting minutes where the national day of prayer was discussed
2) All email, memos, or other records discussing, mentioning, or declaring the selection of a person to pray at the pentagon.
3) All email, memos, or other records discussing , mentioning, or declaring the allowable content of a prayer for the person or persons praying on the 2011 national day of prayer.
4) All invitations to pray at the pentagon on the national day of prayer.
5) All records where pentagon employees are notified of any observance of the national day of prayer on pentagon property.
6) All records which discuss, mention, or declare the criteria for selecting a person to pray at the pentagon on the national day of prayer.
7) All correspondence between the department of defense and any representative of congress concerning the 2011 national day of prayer.
8) Any other record concerning the observance of 2011 national day of prayer at the pentagon.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.


Jason Smathers

From: OSD

Mr. Smathers,

We received your request for the below described information on the same day it was submitted. After reviewing your request, we will only respond for the portions regarding prayer policy and Congressional correspondence (items three and seven). You should consider sending a request for the remaining items to the Army Office of the Chief of Chaplains at the following address.

SUITE 12500
ARLINGTON, VA 22202-3907
COMM: (703) 601-9370 DSN: 329-1160
FAX: (703) 607-5951
EMAIL: occhfoia-pa@hqda.army.mil
WEBSITE: http://www.chapnet.army.mil/

We will be unable to respond to the information under our purview within the FOIA's 20 day statutory time period as there are unusual circumstances which impact on our ability to quickly process your request. These unusual circumstances are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this Office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; or (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. For these reasons, your request has been placed in our complex processing queue and will be worked in the order the request was received. Our current administrative workload is 1,375 open requests.

Thank you,
Brandon J. Gaylord
OSD/JS FOIA Specialist
(703) 696-3203

From: OSD

Mr. Smathers,

I just received word from one on our components that the policy information would be held by the Chaplains as well. Our search will only cover the Congressional correspondence.


From: Department of Defense