access to the WWII Memorial during the Government shutdown (Department of the Interior)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Department of the Interior 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 legal opinions in October 2013 relating to the Honor Flights or access to the WWII Memorial during the Government shutdown.

For context, please see the following from ABC News:

The first busload of veterans arrived to a circus of media and members of Congress just after 11 a.m. Several members of Congress who were on hand opened the barricades, allowing the veterans access to the memorial. Since then, several hundred of them have passed through the gates.

According to the National Park Service, the memorial remains officially closed, but a statement released by the department states Honor Flight members will not be barred from entering the site.

"The Honor Flights are being granted access to the WWII memorial to conduct First Amendment activities in accordance with National Park Service regulations applicable to the National Mall and Memorial Parks," said National Park Service Spokeswoman Carol Johnson in a statement regarding the closure of World War II and other national memorials in DC. "This is consistent with the DOI Closure Determination and Notice issued on October 1, 2013."

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.

Sincerely,

Jason Smathers

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 Oct. 2, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Department of the Interior

A letter stating that no documents responsive to the request were found.

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 Oct. 2, 2013. 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 Oct. 2, 2013. 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 Oct. 2, 2013. 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 Oct. 2, 2013. 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 Oct. 2, 2013. 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

Hello Ms. Abreu,

This and about a dozen other requests have been sent to the Department of the Interior without acknowledgement. They have been sent to osfoia@nbc.gov. I will follow up on each of those requests individually. Please let me know if there is an alternative contact address that I should be using for this or any of the other requests.

Thank you very much.

From: Abreu, Daisy

Hello Mr. Smathers,

The correct contact information is:

Clarice Julka
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
MS-7328, Washington, D.C. 20240
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Daisy Abreu
Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240
Daisy_Abreu@ios.doi.gov <Clarice_Julka@ios.doi.gov>
(202) 208-2074

From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. Abreu,

Is clarice_Julka@ios.doi.gov the correct email address to use for this request or for all Department of the Interior requests?

Thank you.

From: Zusin, Debra

Mr. Smathers,

You have sent a status update email for your request regarding "all legal
opinions in October 2013 relating to the Honor Flights or access to the WWI
Memorial during the Government shutdown". The request you are referring to
has been closed and a final letter was sent to you on November 29, 2013 via
email. I have attached it again for your reference.

For future correspondence, please use the correct email address
osfoia@ios.doi.gov.

Thank you,
--
Debra Zusin
Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
Debra_Zusin@ios.doi.gov <Clarice_Julka@ios.doi.gov>
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 565-1076 - direct line
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Zusin, Debra

Mr. Smathers,

You have sent a status update email for your request regarding "all legal
opinions in October 2013 relating to the Honor Flights or access to the WWI
Memorial during the Government shutdown". The request you are referring to
has been closed and a final letter was sent to you on November 29, 2013 via
email. I have attached it again for your reference.

For future correspondence, please use the correct email address
osfoia@ios.doi.gov.

Thank you,
--
Debra Zusin
Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
Debra_Zusin@ios.doi.gov <Clarice_Julka@ios.doi.gov>
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 565-1076 - direct line
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Jason Smathers

Hello Ms. Zusin,

Thank you for including the closing letter. It appears to have been initially sent to an unrelated address, and so we did not realize that this request was closed. We have noted that you responded on November 29, 2013. Thanks for your time and apologies for the inconvenience.

Thank you very much.

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