August 28 Hilcorp Energy Company

Daniel Sherwood filed this request with the Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary of the United States of America.
Tracking #

OS-2018-00772

Status
Completed

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From: Daniel Sherwood

To Whom It May Concern:

This request, under the Freedom of Information Act, pertains to the August 28, 2017 meeting between Hilcorp Energy Company ("Hilcorp") and Department of Interior ("DOI"). According to the attached calendar, the meeting was attended by Jeffrey Hildebrand (Hilcorp CEO), Justin Furnace (Hilcorp Director of External Affairs), Katharine MacGregor (DOI Deputy Assistant Secretary), Ryan Zinke (DOI Secretary), Downey Magallanes (DOI Deputy Chief of Staff), Vincent DeVito (DOI Counselor for Energy Policy), Scott Hommel (Chief of Staff), and Christine Bauserman (DOI Office of the Assistant Secretary).

As it relates to the above-referenced meeting, I request the following:

1. Records, correspondences, and documents exchanged between representatives of Hilcorp and DOI from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017;
2. Briefing materials, internal memorandums, and talking points prepared or produced for internal DOI purposes from March 1, 2017 to September 1, 2017;
3. A complete and accurate record of all attendees if it differs from attached calendar.

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,

Daniel Sherwood

From: Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary

Dear Mr. Sherwood,

Please find attached the acknowledgement letter for FOIA request
OS-2018-00772.

Thank you,
Michelle
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Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Daniel Sherwood

Michelle,

Thank you for acknowledging my request. I look forward to working with the DOI staff in collecting and releasing these records. Please let me know if anything needs to be clarified or narrowed.

Sincerely,

Daniel A. Sherwood

From: Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary

Dear Mr. Sherwood,

Thank you for your inquiry. At this time we are still waiting on a program
office to send us any potentially responsive records as we do
not retain records in the OS FOIA office. Once we have those records, we
can begin processing them. While we cannot provide you a timeline at this
point, please be assured we are working to complete your request as
promptly as we can.
Thanks,

Cindy Sweeney

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Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Daniel Sherwood

Ms. Sweeney:

Thank you for following up with me, I appreciate it. When you have a better idea of the timeline, I would be glad if you told me. Let me know if there is any way I can help refine or clarify my request.

Best,

Daniel Sherwood, J.D.

From: Daniel Sherwood

To Whom it May Concern:

I am following up on the status of my request filed on February 26, 2018. I am curious as to when the Department is planning on releasing these documents. I spoke with a representative in the FOIA office on or around May 16, 2018 and he told me it should be ready within a few weeks. I would be happy to discuss this further or refine my request if it's burdensome.

When do you think these records will be ready? Is there a date range that you would be comfortable in designating when I would expect a release? Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing back from you.

Sincerely,

Daniel A. Sherwood, J.D.
(248) 953 5327

From: Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary

Dear Mr. Sherwood,

We are still waiting a program offices to send us all potentially
responsive record for the request that you inquired about as we do
not retain records in the OS FOIA office. Once we have those records, we
can begin processing them. While we cannot provide you a timeline at this
point, please be assured we are working to complete your request as
promptly as we can.
Thanks,

Cindy Sweeney

--
Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary

Dear Mr. Sherman,

This email is to confirm what we verbally spoke about on the phone today
regarding this request, OS-2018-00772.

I informed you we have received some records but are still waiting on
others, and you said you would like to change the scope of this request to
include only the records from the program offices that already have
submitted their responsive records.

We could close the request after reviewing and then releasing only the
records we've already received.

Any additional records you seek will be requested in a new request that you
file after we close this request.

Thank you,
Emily Karp
--
Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary

Also, I apologize, Mr. Sherwood, for addressing the previous email to the
wrong name.

Sincerely,
Emily Karp

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: OS, OS FOIA <osfoia@ios.doi.gov>
Date: Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Subject: Confirmation of Narrowing of Request # OS-2018-00772
To: <requests@muckrock.com>

Dear Mr. Sherman,

This email is to confirm what we verbally spoke about on the phone today
regarding this request, OS-2018-00772.

I informed you we have received some records but are still waiting on
others, and you said you would like to change the scope of this request to
include only the records from the program offices that already have
submitted their responsive records.

We could close the request after reviewing and then releasing only the
records we've already received.

Any additional records you seek will be requested in a new request that you
file after we close this request.

Thank you,
Emily Karp
--
Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax
--
Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Daniel Sherwood

Ms. Karp,

Thank you for your correspondence (and no worries on the name - happens often).

Yes, I confirm that we spoke and would be happy to review the responsive records that have been collected at this time, fulfilling/closing this request.

Let me know if there is anything I could do to further expedite the process. Thank you again for your time.

Best,

Daniel

From: Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary

Dear Mr. Sherwood,

Please find attached the final response letter and responsive documents for
FOIA request OS-2018-00772.

V/r,
Leah
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Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

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