2012 and 2013 National Day of Prayer (AAA)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the U.S. Army, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary 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 2012 and 2013 observances of the national day of prayer. Include any audits of expenses or observances or records of AAA personnel being invited to or participating in a national day of prayer observance in 2012 or 2013. Further, please include all pictures and video taken at any national day of prayer observance attended by any AAA personnel.

I authorize fees up to $25. If fees are expected to surpass this amount, please let me know before incurring them to allow me an opportunity to agree to higher fees or to narrow my request.

Although I make requests in various capacities, this particular request is being made as a news media requester.

I have a track record of being able to take raw materials released under the FOIA and turning them into a unique work using my editorial skills. For a related example, please see the following articles:

A short history lesson for Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates: http://www.witnessesuntome.com/2010/12/a-short-history-lesson-for-secretary-of-defense-robert-gates/
US Pentagon Sponsors Muslim Evangelism: http://www.witnessesuntome.com/2011/06/us-pentagon-sponsors-muslim-evangelism/

Witnesses Unto Me will be publishing the work created based on the results of this FOIA requests. My numerous works published with Witnesses Unto Me demonstrates my ability to distribute my work to an audience made up of the general public.

The material requested is of current interest to the public. This can be demonstrated by the media attention which this issue has received. A Google search for “National Day of Prayer” searching only news media outlets using Google News Search, yields over 48,000 results. Clearly, the public is interested in all facets of the National Day of Prayer and its observance.

Just as a major newspaper would contain editorials, funny pages, and advertisements alongside of the news, Witnesses Unto Me also publishes a variety of types of material. Similarly, writers whom are published in major newspapers are considered news media for the purposes of FOIA, this request should also be billed as a news media request. Again, the responsive records will be turned into a unique work product using my editorial skills and published as a news piece on Witnesses Unto Me.

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.

Sincerely,
Jason Smathers

From: Tolu Olabode

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: FOUO

Good Afternoon Sir/Ma:

Attached is a response to your FOIA request.

If you have any question(s), please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Thanks

Tolu Olabode, Program Analyst

7701 Telegraph Road, Suite 144

Alexandria, VA 22315-3905

U.S. Army, RMDA

Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Office (FOIA/PA)

Direct Line: (703)-428-6497

Email: tolu.a.olabode@us.army.mil

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Per the attached, this request was forwarded to the Office of the Chief of Chaplains. Please confirm.

Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: U.S. Army, RMDA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: FOUO

Good Afternoon Sir/Ma:

Attached is a response to your FOIA request.

If you have any question(s), please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Thanks

Tolu Olabode, Program Analyst

7701 Telegraph Road, Suite 144

Alexandria, VA 22315-3905

U.S. Army, RMDA

Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Office (FOIA/PA)

Direct Line: (703)-428-6497

Email: tolu.a.olabode@us.army.mil

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Attachment Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Attachment Caveats: NONE

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: FOUO

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Per the attached, this request was forwarded to the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.

Please confirm and provide a tracking number, as applicable.

Thank you.

From: Burgosperez, Jose L CIV USARMY HQDA OAA (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Smathers,

Attached is this office's response to your FOIA request. Let me know if you
have any questions.

Respectfully,

Jose L. Burgos
Program Manager, Freedom of Information Act
Special Programs Office
Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
(703) 545-9139

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