Camp Lejeune Health Effects 2016-Present (Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration)

Mackenzie Farkus filed this request with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration of the United States of America .
Tracking #

21-06552-F

Multi Request Camp Lejeune Health Effects 2016-Present
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Mackenzie Farkus


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Materials from 2016 onward related to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune and its subsequent health effects on those currently or formerly stationed at Camp Lejeune. Potential documents include but are not limited to correspondences containing the keywords "illness," "water contamination," and "disability benefits," reports concerning levels of current water contamination at Camp Lejeune, and brochures/pamphlets/booklets given to those impacted by Camp Lejeune's water contamination.

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,

Mackenzie Farkus

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Good Afternoon Ms. Farkus,

Attached to this message is VHA's acknowledgment of your FOIA Request. I will be processing your request and my contact information is listed on the attached letter. Please let me know if you should have any questions.

I would kindly appreciate your confirmation of receipt of this email. A hard copy of the attached letter will not follow in postal mail unless specifically requested by you.

V/R,

Angela Pluff, RHIA
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics
Health Information Governance (10A7B)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (315) 263-3653 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Mackenzie Farkus

Hello Angela,

Thank you so much for this email about Request 19-05439-F. Let me know if I can clarify anything, and I'll get back to you ASAP.

Looking forward to hearing back from you!

Thanks,
Mackenzie Farkus

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

The search for records responsive to your request has been completed. The records now require review for a release determination. However, VA's FOIA implementing regulations require processing of requests made under the FOIA on a first-in-first-out bases. Currently, I have 52 complex requests received prior to yours in my processing queue. I am working on closing these requests as quickly as possible. Due to this significant backlog of requests being experienced in our office, I expect a significant delay in processing your request. An estimated time of completion for your request is 2 years. Note that this is an estimated timeframe that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue. Please feel free to contact me periodically for continued updates on the processing of your request.

If you have questions about your request, or if your need for records changes, allowing for us to tailor your request and assist in expediting processing, you may contact me at (315) 263-3653 or at angela.pluff@va.gov.

Sincerely,

Angela Pluff, RHIA
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics
Health Information Governance (10A7B)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (315) 263-3653 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

Unfortunately, there has been no progress with the processing of your request since the last update provided to you on April 24, 2019. The VHA FOIA Office continues to negotiate a significant backlog of FOIA requests that is resulting in processing delays. As previously stated, an estimated time of completion for your request is 2 years. Note that this is an estimated timeframe that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.

Sincerely,

Angela Pluff, RHIA
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics
Health Information Governance (10A7B)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (315) 263-3653 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

Unfortunately, there has been no progress with the processing of your request since the last update provided to you on June 5, 2019. Currently, I have 52 complex requests received prior to yours in my processing queue. I am working on closing these requests as quickly as possible. The VHA FOIA Office continues to negotiate a significant backlog of FOIA requests that is resulting in processing delays. As previously stated, an estimated time of completion for your request is 2 years. Note that this is an estimated timeframe that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.

Sincerely,

Angela Pluff, RHIA
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics
Health Information Governance (10A7B)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (315) 263-3653 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

Currently, I have 51 complex requests received prior to yours in my processing queue. I am working on closing these requests as quickly as possible. The VHA FOIA Office continues to negotiate a significant backlog of FOIA requests that is resulting in processing delays. As previously stated, an estimated time of completion for your request is 2 years. Note that this is an estimated timeframe that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.

Sincerely,

Angela Pluff, RHIA
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics
Health Information Governance (10A7B)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (315) 263-3653 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

Currently, I have 46 complex requests received prior to yours in my processing queue. I am working on closing these requests as quickly as possible. The VHA FOIA Office continues to negotiate a significant backlog of FOIA requests that is resulting in processing delays. As previously stated, an estimated time of completion for your request is 1 ½ years. Please note that this is an estimate that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.

Sincerely,
Angela Pluff, RHIA
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics
Health Information Governance (10A7B)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (315) 263-3653 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

Unfortunately, there are still 46 complex requests received prior to yours in my processing queue. I am working on closing these requests as quickly as possible. The VHA FOIA Office continues to negotiate a significant backlog of FOIA requests that is resulting in processing delays. Specifically, I have been negotiating complex FOIA requests that contain high volumes of emails, resulting in processing delays for other requests in my queue. As previously stated, an estimated time of completion for your request is 1 ½ years. Please note that this is an estimate that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.

Sincerely,
Angela Pluff, RHIA
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics
Health Information Governance (10A7B)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (315) 263-3653 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

MuckRock,

There are 40 complex requests received prior to yours in my processing queue. I am working on closing these requests as quickly as possible. The VHA FOIA Office continues to negotiate a significant backlog of FOIA requests that is resulting in processing delays. Specifically, I have been negotiating complex FOIA requests that contain high volumes of emails, resulting in processing delays for other requests in my queue. As previously stated, an estimated time of completion for your request is 1 ½ years. Please note that this is an estimate that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.

Sincerely,

Angela Pluff, RHIA
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics
Health Information Governance (10A7B)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (315) 263-3653 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

MuckRock,

There are 31 complex requests received prior to yours in my processing queue. I am working on closing these requests as quickly as possible. The VHA FOIA Office continues to negotiate a significant backlog of FOIA requests that is resulting in processing delays. Specifically, I have been negotiating complex FOIA requests that contain high volumes of emails, resulting in processing delays for other requests in my queue. As previously stated, an estimated time of completion for your request is 9-12 months. Please note that this is an estimate that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.

Sincerely,

Angela

Angela Pluff, RHIA
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics
Health Information Governance (10A7B)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (315) 263-3653 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

MuckRock,

In regards to FOIA request 19-05439-F, unfortunately, the status of your request has not changed as VA continues to negotiate a backlog of FOIA requests. As such, there continues to be 31 complex requests received prior to yours in my processing queue. I continue to work on complex FOIA requests that contain high volumes of emails, resulting in processing delays for other requests in my queue. As previously stated, an estimated time of completion for your request is 9-12 months. Please note that this is an estimate that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.

Sincerely,

Angela

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

FOIA request 19-05439-F continues to be number 32 in my request. I continue to work on complex FOIA requests that contain high volumes of emails, resulting in processing delays for other requests in my queue. An estimated time of completion for your request is 6-12 months. Please note that this is an estimate that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.
Sincerely,

Angela Pluff
Angela Pluff, RHIA
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics
Health Information Governance (10A7B)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (315) 263-3653 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

FOIA request 19-05439-F is currently number 23 in my processing queue. I continue to work on complex FOIA requests that contain high volumes of emails, resulting in processing delays for other requests in my queue. An estimated time of completion for your request is 6-12 months. Please note that this is an estimate that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.

Sincerely,
Angela Pluff, RHIA
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics
Health Information Governance (105HIG)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (315) 263-3653 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

FOIA request 19-05439-F is currently number 20 in my processing queue. I continue to work on complex FOIA requests that contain high volumes of emails, resulting in processing delays for other requests in my queue. An estimated time of completion for your request is 6-12 months. Please note that this is an estimate that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.
Sincerely,

Angela Pluff

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

FOIA request 19-05439-F is currently number 19 in my processing queue. I continue to work on complex FOIA requests that contain high volumes of emails, resulting in processing delays for other requests in my queue. An estimated time of completion for your request is 6-12 months. Please note that this is an estimate that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.

Sincerely,
Angela Pluff

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

FOIA request 19-05439-F is currently number 17 in my processing queue. I continue to work on complex FOIA requests that contain high volumes of emails, resulting in processing delays for other requests in my queue. An estimated time of completion for your request is 6-12 months. Please note that this is an estimate that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.

Sincerely,
Angela Pluff
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From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

FOIA request 19-05439-F remains number 17 in my processing queue. I continue to work on complex FOIA requests that contain high volumes of emails, resulting in processing delays for other requests in my queue. An estimated time of completion for your request is 3-6 months. Please note that this is an estimate that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.
Sincerely,
Angela Pluff

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,
FOIA request 19-05439-F remains number 12 in my processing queue. I continue to work on complex FOIA requests that contain high volumes of emails, resulting in processing delays for other requests in my queue. An estimated time of completion for your request is 2-4 months. Please note that this is an estimate that could result in a shorter or longer timeframe. I sincerely apologize for the delay in processing your request. Your patience is appreciated while I continue to work to reduce the backlog of requests and move your request up in the processing queue.

Sincerely,
Angela Pluff

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Ms. Farkus,

The purpose of this email is to communicate the referral of a portion of your 3/11/19 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) FOIA Office for processing and direct response to you under FOIA tracking number 21-06552-F. Please refer to the attached letter for details.

Unless specifically requested by you, a hard copy of the attached letter will not be mailed via postal mail.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (315) 263-3653.

Sincerely,

Angela Pluff
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics
Health Information Governance (105HIG)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (315) 263-3653 | Fax (202) 273-9387

From: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Please see the attached responsive records to your FOIA request.

Thank you,

Respectfully;

Raul Magana
Privacy/FOIA Officer
VA Central California Health Care System
2615 E Clinton Ave
Fresno, CA 93703
Office: 559 225-6100 Ext.5057
Cell: 559-240-3064
Fax 559 228-6984
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