Ben Carson, Secretary; or Pam Patenaude, Deputy Secretary

Taylor Amarel filed this request with the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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Communications

From: Taylor Amarel

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

I would like to obtain all emails sent to, from, or copied to Ben Carson, Secretary; or Pam Patenaude, Deputy Secretary, from January 1, 2016 to Present Day containing at least one of the following non-case-sensitive key-strings: "Henssler"

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,

Taylor Amarel

From: Taylor Amarel

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

I would like to obtain all emails sent to, from, or copied to Ben Carson, Secretary; or Pam Patenaude, Deputy Secretary, from January 1, 2016 to Present Day containing at least one of the following non-case-sensitive key-strings: "Henssler"

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,

Taylor Amarel

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Good afternoon Taylor,

I'm emailing with regard to FOIA request 18-FI-HQ-01411. I sent an email last Monday, 7/16/18, but have yet to receive a response. The eDiscovery search has been completed, and I have been given the responsive records for review. The initial search turned up over 2,000 records, many of which are what I would consider "false positives." These are records that technically are responsive to the request - they belong to one of the named custodians and they contain one of the keywords you provided - but which have no actual substantive content. These are things like daily news subscription emails or HUD newsletters that go out to all employees. For instance, many employees subscribe to a general news service like the New York Times that sends out short news clips and links to articles. HUD Daily News Briefings are distributed to employees every day, and feature news clips from various media sources. Because some of the terms used here are widely used throughout the media (such as Kushner or Hannity), we turned up a significant amount of records of this nature - primarily HUD News Briefings. Requesters frequently tell us they do not want these records, but it is important to find out if that is the case here before beginning the review.

If you are not interested in these types of records, I can review only the documents that contain actual substantive materials - HUD employee emails and attachments with genuine content rather than generic news material. However, I have to check first because they are within the scope of what you originally asked for.

At your convenience, please send me a quick email to advise. I do not want to spend a great deal of time reviewing records that you do not actually want, and I want to be sure we are on the same page before taking any action. I can be reached at this email address or at 202-402-3450.
Best,

Ethan

Ethan G. Bodell, Esq.
Government Information Specialist
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of the Executive Secretariat
FOIA Branch, Room 10139
(202) 402-3450 | ethan.g.bodell@hud.gov

From: Taylor Amarel

To whom this may concern,

Thank you for the update and apologise for the delay - I was ill with a fever.

You may disregard the "false positives" as you described and other items such as: subscription newsletter, news articles, spam, junk, etc.

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