Bernhardt Burner Phones

Jimmy Tobias filed this request with the Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary of the United States of America .
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OS-2020-00704

Est. Completion None
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No Responsive Documents

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From: Jimmy Tobias


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all records related to any new phones Secretary Bernhardt has acquired since January 1, 2020 to the date this request is processed. This request also seeks any email or other electronic communication sent or received by DOI tech support, scheduling or secretarial personnel that helped Secretary Bernhardt obtain one or more new phones in June 2020, including so-called burner phones or dumb phones for one-time or intermittent use.

I am a reporter for The Guardian.

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,

Jimmy Tobias

From: Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary

Dear Mr. Tobias,

Please find attached an acknowledgment letter for FOIA Request OS-2020-00704.

Thank you,
Michelle McBryde
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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: Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary

Dear Mr. Tobias,

Please find attached the final response letter for FOIA request OS-2020-00704.
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: Jimmy Tobias

Thank you for this Cindy. The trouble is, I have email records showing that the Secretary indeed requested and received at least two new phones since January 2020. I can't share those specific records with you, but I know they exist. Why would those not have turned up in this search?

Thanks again.

Jimmy Tobias

From: Department of Interior, Office of the Secretary

Good afternoon,

Without seeing the records you are referencing we cannot explain why they were not found during the course of our search. We can assure that per the letter sent to you on August 7, 2020, a thorough search was conducted and it was determined that the Office of the Secretary had no records responsive to your request.

If you would like to appeal this response, you may do so by contacting the Department's FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals Officer at:

Department of the Interior
Office of the Solicitor
1849 C Street, N.W.
MS-6556 MIB
Washington, DC 20240

Attn: FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals Office

Telephone: (202) 208-5339
Fax: (202) 208-6677
Email: FOIA.Appeals@sol.doi.gov<mailto:FOIA.Appeals@sol.doi.gov>

Any appeal must be received no later than 90 workdays from the date of our final response to you. You may also contact OGIS at:

Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road - OGIS
College Park, MD 20740-6001
E-mail: ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>
Web: https://www.archives.gov/ogis
Telephone: 202-741-5770
Fax: 202-741-5769
Toll-free: 1-877-684-6448

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

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hello Leah,

Yes I plan to appeal, but just so you know Secretary Bernhardt requested two new cell phones this summer, and I know for a fact that there are emails and other records about these new phones.

Thanks you.

Jimmy

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