2018 FOIA logs - USDA (USDA Farm Services Agency)

Russ Kick filed this request with the USDA Farm Services Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2020-FPAC-FSA-05742-F

Multi Request 2018 FOIA logs - USDA
Status
Completed

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From: Russ Kick

To Whom It May Concern:

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

your agency's FOIA request log covering 2018, 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.

Thank you for your assistance,

Russ Kick

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: USDA Farm Services Agency

Control Number 2020-FPAC-FSA-05742-F

Dear Mr. Kick:

This responds to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated August 10, 2020, assigned control number 2020-FPAC-FSA-05742-F.

In response to your request, we located one document, comprising twenty-one (21) pages. With respect to these pages, we are releasing eighteen (18) pages in full and releasing 3 pages in part pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(3) and (b)(6) of the FOIA. Electronic copies have been sent as attachments to this email.

Exemption 3 -- 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(3):

Exemption 3 protects information included in FSA’s records specifically exempted from disclosure by another Federal Statute, in this instance Section 1619(b) of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (7 USC § 8791), prohibits disclosing the information requested.

The records you have requested include information that FSA has obtained from agricultural producers or landowners that concerns their farming or agricultural operation, including production and marketing of agricultural commodities and livestock, farming practices, conservation practices or the land itself. The type of information withheld includes contract numbers. This information is required to be provided to FSA for the
agricultural producers and/or landowners shown on these records to participate in FSA’s farm programs.

Exemption 6 -- 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(6):

Exemption 6 protects personal information affecting an individual’s privacy.

Specifically, exemption 6 protects personnel and medical files and similar files, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. The courts have held that the phrase "similar files" involves all information that applies to a particular person. When disclosure of information about particular individuals is requested, the courts have decided that it is necessary for us to determine whether release of the information would constitute a clearly "unwarranted" invasion of the individuals’ privacy. To make this determination, we are required to perform a "balancing test." This means that we must weigh the individual’s right to privacy against the public’s right to disclosure. In this instance, we have determined that the disclosure of this information would shed little or no light on the performance of the agency’s statutory duties and that, on balance; the public interest to be served by its disclosure does not outweigh the privacy interest of the individuals in question, in withholding it. The records withheld under this exemption are the names of third party individuals.

If you believe this determination to withhold information is incorrect, you may appeal to the FSA Administrator. The Appeals and Litigation Staff must receive your written appeal within ninety (90) calendar days of the date of this letter. Please include in the appeal the location of the responsive records, if it is known to you, and the reason why you believe that there are records responsive to your request in FSA files. Be sure to include a copy of your initial request letter in your appeal package. You may submit your appeal electronically to FSAFOIAappeal@wdc.usda.gov<mailto:FSAFOIAappeal@wdc.usda.gov> or by mail. If mailing the appeal, clearly mark both your letter and its envelope with the words “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.” Mail your appeal package to the following address.

ADMINISTRATOR
ATTN: APPEALS AND LITIGATION STAFF
USDA FSA
1400 INDEPENDENCE AVE SW RM 5971-S
STOP CODE 0570
WASHINGTON DC 20250-0570.

You may seek dispute resolution services from the FSA FOIA liaison. Contact information for the FSA FOIA liaison is:

OFFICE OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
PUBLIC AFFAIRS STAFF
USDA-FSA
1400 INDEPENDENCE AVE SW RM 4074-S
STOP CODE 0506
WASHINGTON DC 20250-0506
PHONE: (202) 720-6788
FAX: (202) 720-4034
EMAIL: fsa.foia@wdc.usda.gov<mailto:fsa.foia@wdc.usda.gov>

You may contact the Office of Government Information Services at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. Contact information for the Office of Government Services is:

OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION
8601 ADELPHI ROAD-OGIS
COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND 20740-6001
PHONE: (202) 741-5770
TOLL FREE: (877) 684-6448
FAX: (202) 741-5769
EMAIL: ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>

Contacting the FSA FOIA liaison or the Office of Government Information Services does not affect your right to administratively appeal to FSA.

This information has been previously provided to another requester; Therefore, there is no fee for the processing of this request.

Sincerely,
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Patrick McLoughlin
FOIA Officer
Farm Production and Conservation

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