Ben Carson, Secretary; Pam Patenaude, Deputy Secretary Emails

Taylor Amarel Scott filed this request with the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the United States of America .
Due Sept. 19, 2019
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Taylor Amarel Scott

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: "EB-5", "Kushner", "Hannity", or "Fraud".

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.


Taylor Amarel Scott

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Your request asks for emails of two HUD employees. It requires utilization of the Department's eDiscovery tool for a search for responsive records. The Department's eDiscovery tool is contracted with a third-party. The system utilized by this contractor auto-assigns a collection date on a first-in-first-out basis, and is capable of collecting records for a set number of custodians per day. As a result, the Department does not maintain direct control over the collection process and cannot alter the scheduled collection date for a particular request.

Given the high volume of requests for eDiscovery searches, the third-party system is operating at capacity with a significant backlog. Once the record collection has been completed, responsive records will be delivered to the FOIA Branch for review. At that time, we will work diligently to finalize your request as quickly as possible.

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

The request is still open and pending.

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

The request is still open and pending.