AML Ebola samples and consent management A

Emmanuel Freudenthal filed this request with the U.S. Army - Freedom of Information Office of the United States of America.
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From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act, covering the time period December 1st 2013 to now.

I hereby request this records from the Army
A - A template of the consent forms signed by patients enrolled in Ebola vaccines and therapies clinical trials in the affected countries (i.e. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) and in possession of the Army. If you do not hold this document, please let me know where I can find this (institution and exact location within it)

And I hereby request the following records specifically from the 1st Area Medical Laboratory (AML) at Fort Bragg:
1. A template of the consent forms signed by patients enrolled in Ebola vaccines and therapies clinical trials in the affected countries (i.e. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) and in possession of the AML. If you do not hold this document, please let me know where I can find this (institution and exact location within it)
2. A template of the consent form signed by the Ebola patients whose samples have been analyzed in labs in the affected countries (e.g. in Nimba, Sinoe and Grand Gedeh) and in possession of the AML. If you do not hold this document, please let me know where I can find this (institution and exact location within it)
3. the inventory of all the consent forms that have been signed, both for sample extraction and vaccine and therapies clinical trials, in the affected countries and in possession of the AML
4. The policies that the AML follows to obtain consent of patients in the extraction of blood and other samples for medicinal or research purposes - both in the US and abroad.
5. the policy/document that AML follows to manage samples such as Ebola in order to keep them linked with their consent information, including in biobanks
6. A list of the origins of the samples processed in the AML labs in the affected countries (e.g. in Nimba, Sinoe and Grand Gedeh). Or if that does not exist, the documents that came with each of the samples.

This request should be properly classified as a media request. I am a freelance investigative reporter covering covering East and Central Africa, with a particular focus on business, corruption, natural resources, land and social issues. I have a strong likelihood of publishing news articles based on information released in response to this request. I have previously been published in Le Monde Afrique, IRIN News, Sydney Morning Herald, African Arguments and others. If you have questions about my media classification, please let me know and I'm happy to address them.

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 filed electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not, and I would like text-searchable documents.

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.

Best regards,
Emmanuel Freudenthal

From: U.S. Army - Freedom of Information Office

Hello,

Please be advised that this office serves as the policy and oversight office for the Department of the Army Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts entities, and is not a repository for documents for the Department of the Army. Requests for information and documents under the purview of the Army are sent to the agency most likely to have responsive records for a review in accordance with Army Regulation 25-55, The Army Freedom of Information Act program.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) only provides the means by which the public can request specific documents from the Army. The FOIA does not require Federal agencies to answer questions, render opinions, do legal research, compile or analyze data, conduct surveys, or provide subjective evaluations.

Per DoD 5400.7-R, requestors must include a statement regarding their willingness to pay all fees or those up to a specified amount. A requestor may request a fee waiver or reduction in fees, however, fees must be addressed before the request is considered perfected.

As stated previously, this office has no records, please resubmit your request with the information stated above to DHR Fort Bragg NC, below is their contact information.

Directorate of Human Resources
ATTN: IMSE-BRG-HRA-F (ADMIN SVCS DIV)
2175 Reilly Road, Stop A
Fort Bragg, NC 28310-5000
COMM: (910) 907-3642
FAX: (910) 432-0808
EMAIL: usarmy.bragg.imcom-atlantic.mbx.bragg-foia@mail.mil

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DA FOIA

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

Hi,

Thanks for your help with this request.

Sincerely,
Emmanuel Freudenthal

From: U.S. Army - Freedom of Information Office

Your request was forwarded to the Medical Command FOIA Office and not U.S. Army FOIA office.

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