Beacon Global Strategies - Resubmitted Office of Secretary of State

David Sirota filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # F-2015-14692
Due Oct. 23, 2015
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: David Sirota

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

- All email correspondence between employees of Beacon Global Strategies and specific employees of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. The specific employees of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs that this request covers are those individuals who have held the following titles during the specified time period: Assistant Secretary; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary; Deputy Assistant Secretary; Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements; Director of the Office of Regional Security and Arms Transfers; Director of the Office of Security Assistance; and Deputy Director of the Office of Security Assistance.

- All email correspondence between employees of Beacon Global Strategies and specific employees of the Office of the Secretary of State. The specific employees of the Office of the Secretary of State that this request covers are are those who held the following titles in the Office of the Secretary during the specified time period: the Secretary of State, Deputy Secretary of State Counselor to the Secretary of State, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State, and the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.

I request these records from 1/1/13 to the present. This includes (but is not limited to) all emails with from the domain name "@beaconglobalstrategies.com." It includes (but is not limited to) emails to or from Beacon Global Strategies officials Jeremy Bash, Philippe Reines, Andrew Shapiro, Michael Allen, Leon Panetta, Michael Morell, James Stavridis, Kristen Silverberg, Brian Hook, Julianne Smith, Josh Kirshner, Kristin White, Ashley Woolheater, Sarah Davey, Meredith Steen and Khizer Syed.

Please search for responsive records regardless of format. I request the information in a machine-processable format, such as a spreadsheet (CSV or XLS) or word processor (TXT, DOC, DOCX) format. It can be provided by email, thumb drive, or CD. If it is unavailable in any other format, an OCRed PDF (i.e. searchable) will do.

If it is your position that any portion of the requested records is exempt from disclosure, I request that you provide it with an index of those documents as required under Vaughn v. Rosen, 484 F.2d 820 (D.C. Cir. 1973), cert. denied, 415 U.S. 977 (1972). As you are aware, a Vaughn index must describe each document claimed as exempt with sufficient specificity “to permit a reasoned judgment as to whether the material is actually exempt under FOIA.” Founding Church of Scientology v. Bell, 603 F.2d 945, 949 (D.C. Cir. 1979). Moreover, the Vaughn index must “describe each document or portion thereof withheld, and for each withholding it must discuss the consequences of supplying the sought-after information.” King v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 830 F.2d 210, 223-24 (D.C. Cir. 1987) (emphasis added). Further, “the withholding agency must supply ‘a relatively detailed justification, specifically identifying the reasons why a particular exemption is relevant and correlating those claims with the particular part of a withheld document
to which they apply.’” Id.at 224 (citing Mead Data Central v. U.S. Dep’t of the Air Force, 566 F.2d 242, 251 (D.C. Cir. 1977)).

In the event some portions of the requested records are properly exempt from disclosure, please disclose any reasonably segregable non-exempt portions of the requested records. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(b). If it is your position that a document contains non-exempt segments, but that those non-exempt segments are so dispersed throughout the document as to make segregation impossible, please state what portion of the document is non-exempt, and how the material is dispersed throughout the document. Mead Data Central, 566 F.2d at 261. Claims of nonsegregability must be made with the same degree of detail as required for claims of exemptions in a Vaughn index. If a request is denied in whole, please state specifically that it is not reasonable to segregate portions of the record for release.

I request a waiver of fees associated with processing this request for records. International Business Times is a news media organization. Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government. 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 fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

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,

David Sirota
Senior Editor
International Business Times
(646) 867-7155

From: FOIA Request

Your query has been forwarded to the FOIA Requester Status mailbox for reply.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

Your organization has a substantial number of requests. The Department of State keeps track of requests by case numbers. In the future when you request a status on a case please provide the case number in the subject line of your message. This will not only make it easier to find your case, it will facilitate a quick answer to your inquiry.

Please provide a case number so we can answer your inquiry.

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: JPat Brown

Hello-
Your last communication asked that we provide you a case number - unfortunately, your department has yet to issue this request one. For your convenience, I have copied the original request below.

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- All email correspondence between employees of Beacon Global Strategies and specific employees of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. The specific employees of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs that this request covers are those individuals who have held the following titles during the specified time period: Assistant Secretary; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary; Deputy Assistant Secretary; Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements; Director of the Office of Regional Security and Arms Transfers; Director of the Office of Security Assistance; and Deputy Director of the Office of Security Assistance.

- All email correspondence between employees of Beacon Global Strategies and specific employees of the Office of the Secretary of State. The specific employees of the Office of the Secretary of State that this request covers are are those who held the following titles in the Office of the Secretary during the specified time period: the Secretary of State, Deputy Secretary of State Counselor to the Secretary of State, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State, and the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.

I request these records from 1/1/13 to the present. This includes (but is not limited to) all emails with from the domain name "@beaconglobalstrategies.com." It includes (but is not limited to) emails to or from Beacon Global Strategies officials Jeremy Bash, Philippe Reines, Andrew Shapiro, Michael Allen, Leon Panetta, Michael Morell, James Stavridis, Kristen Silverberg, Brian Hook, Julianne Smith, Josh Kirshner, Kristin White, Ashley Woolheater, Sarah Davey, Meredith Steen and Khizer Syed.

Please search for responsive records regardless of format. I request the information in a machine-processable format, such as a spreadsheet (CSV or XLS) or word processor (TXT, DOC, DOCX) format. It can be provided by email, thumb drive, or CD. If it is unavailable in any other format, an OCRed PDF (i.e. searchable) will do.

If it is your position that any portion of the requested records is exempt from disclosure, I request that you provide it with an index of those documents as required under Vaughn v. Rosen, 484 F.2d 820 (D.C. Cir. 1973), cert. denied, 415 U.S. 977 (1972). As you are aware, a Vaughn index must describe each document claimed as exempt with sufficient specificity “to permit a reasoned judgment as to whether the material is actually exempt under FOIA.” Founding Church of Scientology v. Bell, 603 F.2d 945, 949 (D.C. Cir. 1979). Moreover, the Vaughn index must “describe each document or portion thereof withheld, and for each withholding it must discuss the consequences of supplying the sought-after information.” King v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 830 F.2d 210, 223-24 (D.C. Cir. 1987) (emphasis added). Further, “the withholding agency must supply ‘a relatively detailed justification, specifically identifying the reasons why a particular exemption is relevant and correlating those claims with the particular part of a withheld document
to which they apply.’” Id.at 224 (citing Mead Data Central v. U.S. Dep’t of the Air Force, 566 F.2d 242, 251 (D.C. Cir. 1977)).

In the event some portions of the requested records are properly exempt from disclosure, please disclose any reasonably segregable non-exempt portions of the requested records. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(b). If it is your position that a document contains non-exempt segments, but that those non-exempt segments are so dispersed throughout the document as to make segregation impossible, please state what portion of the document is non-exempt, and how the material is dispersed throughout the document. Mead Data Central, 566 F.2d at 261. Claims of nonsegregability must be made with the same degree of detail as required for claims of exemptions in a Vaughn index. If a request is denied in whole, please state specifically that it is not reasonable to segregate portions of the record for release.

I request a waiver of fees associated with processing this request for records. International Business Times is a news media organization. Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government. 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 fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

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,

David Sirota
Senior Editor
International Business Times
(646) 867-7155

From: Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of State

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been accepted.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

This case has been closed because it is a duplicate of F-2015-14692.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Angela Burks
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

From: David Sirota

Ms. Burks:

This is in reference to FOIA request F-2015-14692. I never received a response on that request, though your last email asserted that my request "is a duplicate of F-2015-14692." Can you please provide me with a status update on FOIA request F-2015-14692.

David Sirota
International Business Times

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated August 31, 2016, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. Please accept an apology for the previous e-mail responses that you have received up to this date. The correct case number for your request is F-2015-14962. Please disregard the case number mentioned in the subject line above. Our office has been informed that a search of records has been initiated for your request. That search is continuing. The estimated completion date for your request is May 2017.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number F-2015-14962.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated September 30, 2016. Our office was recently informed that the search process has been completed and that information located is currently being prepared for the review process. The estimated completion date is still May 2017.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is May 31, 2017.

ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Dominique Cotten
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is May 31, 2017.

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Dear Mr. Sirota,

This is in reference to your email of December 30, 2016 regarding Freedom of Information Act request F-20165-14692. The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records. The estimated completion date for this case is May 31, 2017. Please note that ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Sincerely,
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is May 31, 2017.

ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Dominique Cotten
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

From: FOIA Status

Dear Yun Chen,

I checked the status of this case and it was closed on September 29, 2015. You were informed of this in the letter that was sent to you on that date. The letter states your request is a duplicate for case control number F-2015-14279. In regards to your FOIA case number F-2015-14279, I have contacted the Case Analyst and requested a status update and estimated completion date. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Sincerely,

Jasmin Berhane
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: FOIA Status

David Sirota-At this time the ECD is still 5/31/2017.
Regards,
Charlotte

From: FOIA Status

David Sirota-At this time the ECD is still 5/31/2017.
Regards,
Katrina

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated June 7, 2017, inquiring about the status of your request. For future updates on the status of your request, please use the correct case control number "F-2015-14962". The case number on the subject line is "incorrect". A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Our office has requested an update on the status and a new estimated completion date. The new estimated completion date will be provided as soon as our office receives a response.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

CASE CONTROL NUMBER F-2015-14962

Dear David Sirota,

This is a follow-up to your e-mail dated June 7, 2017. The new estimated completion date for your request is September 2017.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

Official
UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is a follow-up to your e-mail dated July 14, 2017. The new estimated completion date for your request is still September 2017.
Please note that ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates. They are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

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