Applications to be a National Strategic Partner

Brooke Williams filed this request with the Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences - FNCS of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-FNS-02140-F
Status
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From: Brooke Williams

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records, which I understand to be in possession of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion:

Any and all applications submitted to become a National Strategic Partner, whether approved or denied, and any and all responses to those applications.

The time frame of this request is from the first application received to the date the request is fulfilled. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions about the scope of this request.

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 ask that you please provide the records in their original electronic format. Also, I would prefer the request to please be filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to an open and transparent government process. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brooke Williams
Reporter

From: McGill, Ashleigh

Hello,
Please see attached correspondence.
Thank you.

From: FOIA - FNS

Ms. Williams,
This is pertaining to our phone conversation. Please send me you job title and contact information and I will update your profile within our FOIA system.
Thanks
Jennifer

Jennifer Weatherly
FNS FOIA and Privacy Act Officer
Information Management Branch
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
(703) 605-0773
jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov
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From: Brooke Williams

Hi, Jennifer,

I'm an investigative journalism fellow at the Lab@Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. In this capacity, I publish articles in a variety of news outlets, such as magazines, newspapers, TV, radio and websites.

Based on our conversation, it sounds like you have me listed as a reporter at the San Diego Union-Tribune. I left that position in 2009 for another news outlet.

Also, per our conversation, I'm happy to consolidate my three requests, as this will be more efficient for you.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. I look forward to receiving the records.

Thank you,
Brooke

From: FOIA - FNS

Hi Brooke,
I met with the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion last week and we discussed your request(s). They provided some information that would assist with your request however, we would like to know if you would be available to discuss possibly narrowing the scope. The information requested is very voluminous and we want to make sure we provide you the correct information.

The National Strategic Partner list is on the ChooseMyPlate.gov Web site here. We have 112 National Strategic Partners that have met the acceptance criteria for the Partnership (pasted below). Note that the list on our site includes only those active partners who have provided their logo to our webmaster, as requested.

Acceptance Criteria for National Strategic Partners
• They must have a health mandate consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the mission of the USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion (CNPP).
• They will promote nutrition content in the context of the entirety of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
• They will specifically disseminate CNPP's Dietary Guidelines messages.
• They will participate in CNPP sessions to develop and execute a joint strategic nutrition promotion plan annually.

Please let me know if this information satisfies your request or if you would be willing to speak with us about narrowing the topic. We will wait for your response.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Jennifer Weatherly
Acting Chief, Information Managment Office
FNS FOIA and Privacy Act Officer
Information Management Office
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
(703) 605-0773
jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov
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From: Brooke Williams

Dear Jennifer,

I would be happy to speak with you about this request. You can reach me on my cell at 202-615-3551, or we could meet in person, as I am in the DC area until Tuesday March 25. I will call you to arrange a good time for a meeting or phone conversation.

Thank you,
Brooke

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 Feb. 19, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FNS-02140-F.

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 Feb. 19, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FNS-02140-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA - FNS

Hi Ms. Williams,
We are very close to being complete with this request. Just a few more reviews and then consult with our General Counsel. Probably have a response sometime next week.

Thank you for your understanding.

Jennifer

Jennifer Weatherly
FNS FOIA and Privacy Act Officer
Information Management Office
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
(703) 605-0773
jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov
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From: Brooke Williams

Thank you, Jennifer. Do you have an updated ETA? I appreciate your assistance and look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,
Brooke

202-615-3551

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