Arne Duncan email search (ED)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the U.S. Department of Education 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 emails and corresponding attachments sent to (to:, cc: or bcc:) or from Arne Duncan (or any person who communicates on his behalf) where the email contains any of the following keywords in the subject or body: "just between us" "breach" "big trouble" "too late" "stupid" "bad company" "perception issue" "the real objective" "very slippery slope" or "true disaster". Limit responsive emails to those sent between 01/20/2009 and the date this request is processed. If he does not use email, expand the search to all methods of communication which he does use.

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, 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.


Jason Smathers
Filed via
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

Daytime: (857) 488- 3081

From: Department of Education

FOIA Tracking Number: 11-00365-F
Name of Requester: John Smathers
E-mail Address:
Name of Organization:
Date of Request: 11/12/2010
Date Request Received: 11/15/2010

Your request (below) has been forwarded to the appropriate office within the Department to search for responsive documents. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 401–8365 or by e-mail at (please include the case tracking number).

Thank you.

From: Department of Education

Dear Mr. Smathers:
This letter is in response to your e-mail dated November 12, 2010, requesting information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. Your request was received in this office on November 15, 2010. Your request has been assigned case number 11-00365-F and assigned to the appropriate office within the Department to search for documents that may be responsive to your request.

You have asked for a waiver of all fees, including duplication fees, associated with processing your request based on your status as a representative of the news media and the information requested will be disseminated to the public. That request is granted.

If you have any questions, or would like the original signed copy of this letter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 401-8365 or via e-mail at


Linda Darby

FOIA Public Liaison, OM/RIMS

From: Department of Education

Dear Mr. Smathers:

Today, the USPS returned the Department’s final determination letter to your November 15, 2010 FOIA request which was given tracking number 11-00365-F. I’ve attached a copy of the final letter along with the returned envelope.

The following address is what we have on file for you:
Mr. Jason Smathers
185 Beacon Street, #3
Somerville, MA 02143

Please provide your mailing address so that we can update your file here at the Department of Education.

Thank you,
Robert Wehausen
Management & Program Analyst
FOIA Appeals Coordinator
FOIA Service Center
U.S. Dept. of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4510