building 4 Palo Alto va earthquake risk

Brian McCarter filed this request with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America.
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From: Brian McCarter

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Please provide all records related to assessment of earthquake risk and repairs or retrofits related to correcting earth quake risk for building 4 Palo Alto va.

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.


Brian McCarter


Dear Mr. McCarter:

This letter acknowledges receipt of your electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) dated September 1, 2017, in which you are seeking all records related to assessment of earthquake risk and repairs or retrofits related to correcting earthquake risk for building 4 Palo Alto VA.

The FOIA Service received your request on September 1, 2017, and assigned it FOIA tracking number 18-00796-F. Please refer to this number when communicating with the VA about this request.

The court has sanctioned a practice of generally handling backlogged FOIA requests on a "first-in, first out" basis. The electronic FOIA amendments authorizes agencies to promulgate regulations providing for "multitrack processing" of their FOIA requests. The VA has a decentralized FOIA system, and each Administration may use two or more processing tracks to distinguish between simple and more complex requests. This will be based on the number of pages involved, some other measure of the amount of work and/or time needed to process the request, and whether the request qualifies for expedited processing.

The records you requested are maintained at the Veterans Health Administration, Palo Alto VA Medical Center. Your request has been referred to Ms. Nancy Ungson at the following address:

Department of Veterans of Affairs
Veterans Health Administration
Palo Alto VA Medical Center
Attention: Nancy Ungson
3801 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Office: (650) 493-5000, x69245

Questions regarding the status of your request should be directed to Ms. Ungson.

We appreciate your interest in the VA. If you have any further questions concerning this letter, you may contact Ms. Barbara Brown at (202) 632-7382.


Barbara J. Brown
Government Information Specialist, FOIA Service
Office of Privacy, Quality, Privacy, and Risk (QPR)
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Hello Mr. McCarter,

Attached is the acknowledgement letter to your September 1, 2017 request under the Freedom of Information act (FOIA).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Nancy C. Ungson
Privacy /FOIA Officer
Office of Director
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Tel: 650-493-5000, ext. 69245
Fax: 650-849-0325


An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.


A copy of documents responsive to the request.


Hello Mr. McCarter,

The FOIA request #18-0096-F, Initial agency decision (IAD) letter dated November 7, 2017 was sent out and assigned an USPS tracking number 9171999991703305723406. The USPS tracking showed that the package was delivered on November 13, 2017 at 1:18pm.

The package contained the IAD letter and CD.

Sorry, we cannot send it through email due to the size of the files.


From: Brian McCarter

Thank you for sending the documents related to assessments for earthquake risk. These documents satisfy that part of the request. The second half was related to what repairs or retrofits have been made to building 4 to correct this earthquake risk that was assessed in the provided report. I have quoted the original request and removed the completed part of the request.

"Please provide all records related to ...and repairs or retrofits related to correcting earth quake risk for building 4 Palo Alto va."


There's no repair or retrofits done to the building. They are going to demolish the building.