Bush (43) communication with Obama (Bush 43 Library)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the George W Bush (43) Presidential Library of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-0073-F
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communication between George Bush (43) and Barack Obama or their representatives during the presidential term of Bush (43).

I prefer records provided in electronic format, by email is possible and by CD if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,
Jason Smathers

From: GWBush Library

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for contacting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and
Museum. Please see the attached letter concerning your FOIA request.

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Lewis

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-0073-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: GWBush Library

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for contacting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and
Museum. Please see the attached letter concerning your FOIA request.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Lewis
FOIA Coordinator

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-0073-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: GWBush Library

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Please see the attached letter concerning an estimated completion date for
FOIA request 2014-0073-F.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Lewis
FOIA Coordinator

From: GWBush Library

Dear Mr. Smathers,

We have recently had an opening of Presidential records that were processed
systematically. Please see the attached information concerning records from
this opening that may potentially be responsive to your FOIA request.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Malisa Lewis

FOIA Coordinator

From: Jill Zawacki

Dear Mr. Smathers,

I am beginning to process the electronic portion of your FOIA request #
2014-0073-F, on the topic of all communications between George W. Bush and
Barack Obama or their representatives.

With the structure of our electronic records system, it would be beneficial
to know any names of the specific representatives that you are interested
in. Using specific names will allow us to narrow to the records most
related to your topic.

Thank you,
Jill Zawacki

*Jill N. Zawacki*Archivist, George W. Bush Presidential Library

From: Jason Smathers

I do not have any specific names of representatives. Please complete the search the best you are able without that information. Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-0073-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: GWBush Library

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Attached is an updated estimated completion date letter for your FOIA
request. The initial review of the records responsive to your request is
complete and NARA has officially notified the representatives of the
incumbent and former Presidents of its intent to release the records. The
representatives have 60 working days in which to perform their executive
privilege review with the possibility of one extension of 30 working days.
After the representatives review period has passed, the Library will make
the records available. For more information, please see the Letters of
Notification of Intent to Release Presidential Records (LM 2015-043 George
W. Bush Presidential records) at:
http://www.archives.gov/foia/pra-notifications/. The letter of notification
was sent on March 27, 2015.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Malisa Culpepper

FOIA Coordinator

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 4:00 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request #2014-0073-F
To: jill.zawacki@nara.gov

April 2, 2015
George W Bush (43) Presidential Library
George W. Bush Presidential Library
c/o FOIA Coordinator
2943 SMU BLVD
Dallas, Texas 75205

This is a follow up to request number 2014-0073-F:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 20, 2014. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-0073-F.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Feb. 13, 2015:

I do not have any specific names of representatives. Please complete the
search the best you are able without that information. Thank you.

---

On Nov. 12, 2014:

Dear Mr. Smathers,

I am beginning to process the electronic portion of your FOIA request #
2014-0073-F, on the topic of all communications between George W. Bush and
Barack Obama or their representatives.

With the structure of our electronic records system, it would be beneficial
to know any names of the specific representatives that you are interested
in. Using specific names will allow us to narrow to the records most
related to your topic.

Thank you,
Jill Zawacki

*Jill N. Zawacki*Archivist, George W. Bush Presidential Library

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On Aug. 21, 2014:

Dear Mr. Smathers,

We have recently had an opening of Presidential records that were processed
systematically. Please see the attached information concerning records from
this opening that may potentially be responsive to your FOIA request.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Malisa Lewis

FOIA Coordinator

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On Aug. 4, 2014:

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Please see the attached letter concerning an estimated completion date for
FOIA request 2014-0073-F.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Lewis
FOIA Coordinator

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On Aug. 4, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 20, 2014. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-0073-F.

Thank you for your help.

---

On April 7, 2014:

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for contacting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and
Museum. Please see the attached letter concerning your FOIA request.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Lewis
FOIA Coordinator

---

On March 13, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 20, 2014. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-0073-F.

Thank you for your help.

---

On Feb. 11, 2014:

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for contacting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and
Museum. Please see the attached letter concerning your FOIA request.

If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Lewis

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On Jan. 20, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communication between George Bush (43) and Barack Obama or their
representatives during the presidential term of Bush (43).

I prefer records provided in electronic format, by email is possible and by
CD if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,
Jason Smathers

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From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-0073-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: GWBush Library

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Please see the attached letter for an updated estimated completion date for
request 2014-0073-F. As stated in my last email, this request has been officially
notified to the representatives of the incumbent and former Presidents. The representatives
have 60 working days from the date the letter was sent, March 27, 2015, in
which to perform their executive privilege review with the possibility of
one extension of 30 working days. After the representatives review period
has passed, the Library will make the records available. For more
information, please see the Letters of Notification of Intent to Release
Presidential Records (LM 2015-043 George W. Bush Presidential records) at:
http://www.archives.gov/foia/pra-notifications/.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Culpepper
FOIA Coordinator

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-0073-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: GWBush Library

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for contacting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and
Museum. As noted in my previous emails, this request has been officially
notified to the representatives of the incumbent and former Presidents. The
representatives have 60 working days from the date the letter was sent,
March 27, 2015, in which to perform their executive privilege review with
the possibility of one extension of 30 working days. After the
representatives review period has passed, the Library will make the records
available. Attached is an updated estimated completion date for this
request.

If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Malisa Culpepper
FOIA Coordinator

From: GWBush Library

Dear Mr. Smathers

Please see the attached information regarding the completed processing of
your FOIA request. Attached are a processing letter, finding aid, and list
of PRA restrictions and FOIA exemptions. If you wish to order copies,
visit our research room, or need any further assistance, please contact our
staff at 214-346-1557 or gwbush.library@nara.gov.

Sincerely,
Malisa Culpepper
FOIA Coordinator

From: Jason Smathers

Malisa Culpepper,
I would like to obtain a CD of the electronically processed records from this request as well. Please let me know how to proceed.

Thank you.

Regards,
Jason Smathers

From: George W Bush (43) Presidential Library

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: George W Bush (43) Presidential Library

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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