All Ebola reports to USAID

Emmanuel Freudenthal filed this request with the United States Agency for International Development of the United States of America.
Tracking #

F-00179-20

Due May 15, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal


To Whom It May Concern:

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

- All of the reports received by USAID from recipients of USAID funding to the Ebola response in the Democratic republic of Congo. The reports would include Federal Financial Reports, Performance Reports, Annual Audits, and/or Foreign Tax (VAT) Reports. The recipients would include all NGOs, governmental institutions and multilateral institutions.

The time period is 1st August 2018 to today.

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,

Emmanuel Freudenthal

From: United States Agency for International Development

April 17, 2020 RE:  USAID FOIA No. F-00179-20 (Acknowledgment Letter) Dear Mr. Freudenthal: Thank you for your letter dated April 17, 2020, requesting information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552.  The tracking number for your request is F-00179-20.  Please use this number when corresponding with our office. At this time, we are in the process of perfecting your request.  A perfected request for records reasonably describes such records and is made in accordance with published rules stating the time, place, fees (if any) and procedures to be followed.  This process includes reviewing the request for clarity and fee category determination and related commitment to pay, if applicable. Once your request is perfected, you will be notified of the FOIA Specialist assigned to process your case.  If you have questions, please contact us at .  Please cite the above-referenced number when corresponding with our office. (mailto:foia@usaid.gov) foia@usaid.gov Thank you. Sincerely, Pamela A-Campbell
FOIA Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

From: United States Agency for International Development

April 17, 2020 RE:  USAID FOIA No. F-00179-20 (FOIA Specialist Assignment Email) Dear Mr. Freudenthal: This acknowledges receipt of your April 17, 2020, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  Specifically, you requested records concerning the all of the reports received by USAID from recipients of USAID funding to the Ebola response in the Democratic republic of Congo. The reports would include Federal Financial Reports, Performance Reports, Annual Audits, and/or Foreign Tax (VAT) Reports. The recipients would include all NGOs, governmental institutions and multilateral institutions.(Date Range for Record Search: From 8/1/2018 To 4/17/2020). The FOIA provides that fees should be waived or reduced if disclosure of the information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.  As a member of the media, the only applicable fee is duplication.  Duplication is $0.10 per page, but the first 100 pages are free.  After review of the fee waiver criteria, your fee waiver request is moot.  Since the only applicable fee is duplication, and USAID routinely furnishes responsive records to FOIA requesters in electronic format, it's most likely there will be no duplication fees to assess.
FOIA Specialist
Your request has been assigned to Pamela A-Campbell, FOIA Specialist.  You may contact me by email at parringtoncampbell@usaid.gov or by phone on 202-921-5010.  Please reference the tracking number cited above in any future correspondence.
Extending the FOIA’s Time Limits due to Unusual Circumstances The FOIA provides that an agency  may extend its time limits when “unusual circumstances” occur in the processing of a request. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)(i) (2016). Those “unusual circumstances” are set forth in the statute, 5 U.S.C § 552(a)(6)(B)(iii), and are described as: 1) The need to search for records from field facilities or other locations separate from the office processing the request; 2) The need to search, collect and examine voluminous records; and 3) The need for consultation with another agency. Based upon the records you have requested, we have determined that one or more unusual circumstances will occur during the processing of your request. Accordingly, your response time-limit has been extended beyond the 20 days required by statute; therefore, 10 additional processing days have been added to your request. To mitigate this action, you may limit the scope of the request so that it can be processed more quickly or to arrange an alternative time to respond. If you have any questions or wish to discuss reformulation or an alternative time frame for the processing of your request, you may contact the assigned FOIA Specialist noted above. You may also contact USAID’s FOIA Public Liaison, Christopher Colbow, at foia@usaid.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 offered: Office of Government Information Services National Archives and Records Administration 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001 E-mail: ogis@nara.gov Telephone: 202-741-5770; Toll Free: 1-877-684-6448 Fax: 202-741-5769 Thank you for your interest in USAID. Sincerely, Pamela A-Campbell
FOIA Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Freudenthal:

I have sent the request to the operating units, and I am actively engaged
in recovery of the possible responsive documents. I appreciate your
patience during this time. Thank you kindly.

Pamela A-Campbell

*FOIA Specialist USAID – US Agency for International DevelopmentBureau for
Management, Office of Management Services, Information and Records Division
(M/MS/IRD) *
*USAID Annex, Room 2.4C * **1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW ** * **Washington,
DC 20523 *
*Direct: (202) 921-5010 • parringtoncampbell@usaid.gov
<parringtoncampbell@usaid.gov>*

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

Dear Ms Campbell,

Thanks for the update. I'm looking forward to the response.

Best,
Emmanuel

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Freudenthal:

The operating units have recovered and provided possible responsive
documents. Those documents are in the queue for review.

Thank you kindly.

Pamela A-Campbell

*FOIA Specialist USAID – US Agency for International DevelopmentBureau for
Management, Office of Management Services, Information and Records Division
(M/MS/IRD) *
*USAID Annex, Room 2.4C * **1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW ** * **Washington,
DC 20523 *
*Direct: (202) 921-5010 • parringtoncampbell@usaid.gov
<parringtoncampbell@usaid.gov>*

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Freudenthal:

This letter is to advise you of further action taken on your Freedom of
Information (FOIA) request to the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID), dated April 17, 2020. You requested a copy of all of the reports
received by USAID from recipients of USAID funding to the Ebola response in
the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The reports would include Federal
Financial Reports, Performance Reports, Annual Audits, and/or Foreign Tax
(VAT) Reports. The recipients would include all NGOs, governmental
institutions and multilateral institutions. (Date Range for Record Search:
From 8/1/2018 To 4/17/2020).

In processing the above-referenced request, we found that responsive
records submitted by UNICEF may contain information that FOIA Exemption 4
prohibits from release as confidential business information.

Thank you.

Pamela A-Campbell

*FOIA Specialist USAID – US Agency for International DevelopmentBureau for
Management, Office of Management Services, Information and Records Division
(M/MS/IRD) *
*USAID Annex, Room 2.4C * **1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW ** * **Washington,
DC 20523 *
*Direct: (202) 921-5010 • parringtoncampbell@usaid.gov
<parringtoncampbell@usaid.gov>*

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

Dear Ms Campbell,

Thanks you for the update.

I'm sure this won't be an issue but please note that UNICEF is a charity and is thus not engaged in "trade" or "commerce". Therefore (as I understand it) any information relating to UNICEF cannot fall under FOIA Exception 4 (Physicians Comm. for Responsible Med. v. Horinko, 285 F. Supp. 2d 430 (S.D.N.Y. 2003))

UNICEF USA is registered as a not-for-profit and routinely discloses its accounts, for example here: https://www.unicefusa.org/sites/default/files/FY%2006-30-2019%20Audited%20Financial%20Statements-UnitedStatesFundUNICEF_FS.pdf Furthermore, UNICEF participates in a number of transparency initiatives, including an Information disclosure policy whose exceptions do not include any of the requested documents.
https://www.unicef.org/about/legal_disclosure.html

Best regards,
Emmanuel

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

PS: I've just been told that USAID-Food for Peace is funded the Ebola assistance provided by the World Food Programme. I'd appreciate if you could make sure that this funding (which falls under the scope of my request) isn't overlooked.

Thanks,
Emmanuel

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