2017 FOIA logs: USDA (Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)

Russ Kick filed this request with the Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service of the United States of America.
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FOIA 2018-REE-01757-F

Multi Request 2017 FOIA logs: USDA
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From: Russ Kick

To Whom It May Concern:

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

your agency's FOIA request log covering 2017, which includes a field showing the subject of each request and a field for the final disposition.

Further, I request that this document be sent in any digital formats in which it exists (such as PDF and Excel). Under the terms of the E-FOIA Amendments of 1996, Section 5, if a document exists in electronic format, it must be released in that format upon request.

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.

Sincerely,

Russ Kick

From: Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

Russ Kick
via MuckRock FOIA portal

This in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated January 5, 2018, for the FY2017 FOIA Log. Your request was received in this office on January 8 and assigned FOIA No. 2018-REE-01757-F.

Specifically, you requested:

your agency's FOIA request log covering 2017, which includes a field showing the subject of each request and a field for the final disposition.

Further, I request that this document be sent in any digital formats in which it exists (such as PDF and Excel).

Attached is the FOIA log for requests received in FY2017 for the REE agencies, which include the:

Agricultural Research Service<http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/main.htm>
Economic Research Service<http://www.ers.usda.gov/>
National Agricultural Statistics Service<https://www.nass.usda.gov/>
National Institutes of Food and Agriculture<https://nifa.usda.gov/>

Personal information, which includes cellphone numbers, personal addresses, and personal email addresses, has been redacted from the log and is exempt from disclosure pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6), which protects information about individuals in personnel and medical files and similar files when the disclosure of such information would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. You may administratively appeal our determination by writing to the Administrator, ARS, USDA, Room 302-A, Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 14th & Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250. Your appeal must be postmarked within 90 days of the date of the response to your request. The phrase "FOIA Appeal" should be placed in capital letters on the front of the envelope containing the appeal.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, please contact this office at 202-815-2913, stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>, or our FOIA Public Liaison or FOIA Requester Service Center at 301-504-1743 or REEFOIA@ars.usda.gov<mailto:REEFOIA@ars.usda.gov>. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001; ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>; 202-741-5770<tel:(202)%20741-5770>; toll free at 1-877-684-6448<tel:(877)%20684-6448>; or facsimile at 202-741-5769<tel:(202)%20741-5769>.

Sincerely,

Stasia Hutchison

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Officer, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 (w) 301-504-1647 (fax)
Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Reference Guide<http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398>

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