CDC Ebola Databases

Emmanuel Freudenthal filed this request with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States of America.
Tracking #

19-00092-FOIA

Est. Completion March 4, 2019
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records that are referred to in emails disclosed in FOIA 18-0052 (from 15-00827). Please see the file attached for specific emails mentioning those documents (and having them as attachements).

- EI_DataDictionary.xlsx
- Kenema_Ebola Master file August 2, 2014.xlsx
- Ebola Master Linelist_2014_08_12.xls,
- vhf_kenema_ebola_zaire_2014.zip
- Epi Info database for Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia (or any database for parts of these countries, e.g. if there's a database for Kenema).

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,

Emmanuel Freudenthal

From:

October 29, 2018
Request Number: 19-00092-FOIA

Dear Mr.  Freudenthal:

This letter is in response to your Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry(CDC/ATSDR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of October 25, 2018, for the specified files mentioned in the email string accompanying your request, mentioning the specified documents.
Please see the attached letter.

Sincerely,
CDC/ATSDR FOIA Office
770-488-6399

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

Dear CDC,

I don't believe that this should be on the complex track because I'm asking for very specific files that a few specific CDC employees have sent over email. All you'd need to do is ask those few staff members for the files.

I am requesting 5 files that were exchanged by a few named CDC staff. All you'd need to do is ask Mohammad Islam, Tara Perti and/or Trevor Shoemaker for these files. One of them is likely to have all 5 files. I've even given you the specific emails that were used to exchange those files with dates and subject lines. I can't see how this would take more than a few minutes to complete.

Maybe I am missing something, so I'd be grateful if you could provide details on the reasons this request has been put on the complex track:
- Could you let me know which other facilities you'd need to consult? (all the staff is CDC)
- And why you need to examine many records even though I've even given you the specific file names and specific emails exchanged?

If there's one file that is harder to find, please let me know and I'll narrow down my request.

Thanks in advance. Best regards,
Emmanuel

From:

Hi Mr. Freudenthal:
I am in the process of reviewing the records responsive to your request. There are two enormous excel tables, each with well over 1000 rows and at least 175 columns. It is taking some time to remove PII but I hope to be able to close your request by the end of this month.
Mark Harper
CDC FOIA Analyst

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

Hello Mark,

Thanks for the update. I'm looking forward to receiving the tables.

Best,
Emmanuel

From:

Hi Mr. Freudenthal. FYI. I am still working your two enormous excel tables. I worked on them today but will be off next week and return to work 1/2/2019. Happy holidays.
Mark Harper
CDC FOIA Analyst

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

Dear Mr Harper,

That sounds good. Have a nice break!

Best,
Emmanuel

From:

Mr. Freudenthal, I am back working on your request today. If we could arrange a call time to speak via telephone, we can discuss a possible way of speeding completion via a new scope on these very, very large excel tables. As it stands, April 1, 2019 is still the estimated date of completion. Thanks.
Mark Harper
770-488-8154

From:

Hi Mr. Freudenthal, I will be able to send you your records early next week. Thanks.
Mark H.

From:

Hi, Mr. Freudenthal, I apologize. I will be able to release your records March 4th.

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

Dear Mark,

Thanks very much, I'm looking forward to the reply.

Best,
Emmanuel

From:

March 5, 2019

Request Number: 19-00092-FOIA

Dear Mr.  Freudenthal: This is regarding your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of October 25, 2018, attached above.

Please see the attached letter and responsive records.

Sincerely,
CDC/ATSDR FOIA Office
770-488-6399

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

Dear Mark,

Thanks very much. Lots of work there! I'll have a close look soon.

Best,
Emmanuel

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi there,

We recently received a set of materials in response to this request, but the file named "other docs for 19-00092(2).zip" was actually sent to us as "other docs for 19-00092(2).zip.txt," preventing us from opening it and accessing the documents within. Would your office be able to resend that folder again, please?

Thanks so much,
Beryl Lipton, MuckRock

From:

Hi Mr. Freudenthal:
Sorry about that. Let me finish a pressing matter and send it to you in the early afternoon if that is okay. I don’t think I’ll even need to zip it in a direct email to you.
Mark H.

From:

Hi,
Here are the four files individually that are the same as in the attached zipped. So, either way, you have the four from the zip. Thanks.
Mark H.

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

Hi Mark,

Thanks for that. Well received.

Best,
Emmanuel

From: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mr. Freudenthal:
You received the responsive records on March 5, 2019 and then again in an unzipped folder on March 22. Please see your attached email confirming receipt. If you lost the tables, let me know and I could send it again. Thanks.
Mark H.

From: Emmanuel Freudenthal

Dear Mark,

Apologies for that, it was an automatic message. Thanks for your help on this request.

Best,
Emmanuel

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