Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc./USAID contracts (2015)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the United States Agency for International Development of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-00006-16
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All contracts (and their amendments), memorandums of understanding, intergovernmental service agreements, and any agreements of any sort entered into by U.S. Agency for International Development for all services, equipment, and activities involving/provided by/contracted for regarding Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc. through any of the aforementioned agreements.

Responsive materials should include but not be limited to:

• the initial Invitation to Bid, Request for Proposal, or equivalent call for contractors
• the responsive materials provided by the winning bidder
• all other vendor responses
• all evaluation material, scorecards, reports, and notes generated in the selection process
• the current contract
• all exhibits
• all amendments
• all invoices/receipts detailing compensation received as a result of any agreements
• all agreements related to the provision of services, such as water and sewage
• all financial agreements (such as loans or bonds) entered into as a result or in association with any of the aforementioned agreements

This request is being made as part of a journalistic investigation. 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 fees cannot be waived, 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,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Smith, Pamela

August 27, 2015
Dear Mr. Beryl C.D. Lipton,
Attached is an acknowledgement letter assigning the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) number to your request.  You will be notified shortly of the assigned Government Information Specialist that will be processing this FOIA request.  If you have questions, please contact us on 202 712-0960 or by e-mail at
foia@usaid.gov. (mailto:foia@usaid.gov)
Pamela A. Campbell
USAID
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division
M"oving Development Forward

From: Frazier, Kimberly

September 2, 2015
Dear Beryl C.D. Lipton: This acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), dated August 26, 2015 and received on August 27, 2015. Specifically, you requested records concerning Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc. We are unable to conduct a search for the information you seek. To assist us with performing a reasonable search for records, please specify a time frame for this information (such as 2013 to 2014). Your request has been placed on hold pending your response to the request for a date range to facilitate the search. Please provide your response within 10 days from the date of this email. You may send your response to foia@usaid.gov, and please reference the FOIA request number cited above. If we do not receive your response within this time frame, we will consider your non-response a withdrawal of your request.  Accordingly, your request will be closed and no further action will be taken on it. This is not a denial of your request. Once we receive the date range, your request will be perfected.  You will be notified of the FOIA Specialist assigned to process your case.  If you have questions, please contact us on (202) 712-0960 or by e-mail at foia@usaid.gov. Thank you for your patience and interest in USAID. Sincerely,
Kimberly D. Frazier
Senior Government Information Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

From: Sillah, Alecia

September 30, 2015
Dear Mr. Lipton:
This is the final agency response to your August 26, 2015 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to USAID for various records concerning Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc.  On September 2, 2015, Kim Frazier, Senior FOIA Specialist, contacted you by email for additional information.  In her correspondence, she advised that, if she did not receive a response within 10 days from that communication, USAID would consider the non-response a withdrawal of your request.
As of today, we have not received a response from you.  Accordingly, this request will be closed; no further action will be taken on it.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Alecia S. Sillah
FOIA Team Lead
USAID - Washington DC

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi there,

It is my understanding that this request was closed. Please accept the below as a new, amended request, encompassing the requested timeframe. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

____________

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All contracts (and their amendments), memorandums of understanding, intergovernmental service agreements, and any agreements of any sort entered into by U.S. Agency for International Development for all services, equipment, and activities involving/provided by/contracted for regarding Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc. through any of the aforementioned agreements.

Responsive materials should include but not be limited to:

• the initial Invitation to Bid, Request for Proposal, or equivalent call for contractors
• the responsive materials provided by the winning bidder
• all other vendor responses
• all evaluation material, scorecards, reports, and notes generated in the selection process
• the current contract
• all exhibits
• all amendments
• all invoices/receipts detailing compensation received as a result of any agreements
• all agreements related to the provision of services, such as water and sewage
• all financial agreements (such as loans or bonds) entered into as a result or in association with any of the aforementioned agreements

Provision of all available materials ever generated would be appreciated. However, if a database of such awards, with associated RFP and contract numbers, is available, provision of this would suffice in conjunction with provision of all aforementioned materials for awards given since January 1, 2010.

This request is being made as part of a journalistic investigation. 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 fees cannot be waived, 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,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Campbell, Pamela

October 05, 2015
Dear Mr. Beryl C.D. Lipton,
Attached is an acknowledgement letter assigning the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) number to your request.  You will be notified shortly of the assigned Government Information Specialist that will be processing this FOIA request.  If you have questions, please contact us on 202 712-0960 or by e-mail at
foia@usaid.gov. (mailto:foia@usaid.gov)
Pamela A. Campbell
USAID
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division
M"oving Development Forward

From: Frazier, Kimberly

October 7, 2015
Dear Beryl C.D. Lipton:
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Unfortunately, USAID is experiencing a backlog of FOIA requests. Please know that USAID management is very committed in remedying the FOIA backlog. This acknowledges receipt of your October 2, 2015 FOIA request to the USAID. The range for the search of potentially responsive records is January 1, 2010 to October 2, 2015.
Specifically, you requested all contracts including amendments, MOUs, intergovernmental service agreements for services, equipment, and activities involving, provided by, or contracted for regarding Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc.
Your request has been assigned to Makeda Weeks-Titus . You may contact Ms. Weeks-Titus by phone on (202) 216-3248 or by email at
mweekstitus@usaid.gov, and refer to the subject-referenced case number in your correspondence. If additional information is required to assist USAID search for responsive records, the Government Information Specialist assigned to your request will contact you. (mailto:mweekstitus@usaid.gov)
Thank you for your continued patience and interest in USAID.
Sincerely,
Kimberly D. Frazier
Senior Government Information Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

From: Makeda Weeks-Titus

Dear Mr. Lipton,

Thank you for inquiring about the status of your FOIA request. We are
processing your request. At this time, I do not have an estimated response
date, however, your request is in the queue and we are working diligently
to fulfill your request as quickly as possible.

We appreciate your continued patience and interest in USAID.

Best,

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*Ms. Makeda Weeks-Titus*
Senior FOIA Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division
(M/MS/IRD)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW / Suite 2.07.072 / Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 216-3248 / Email: mweekstitus@usaid.gov

From: Makeda Weeks-Titus

Good Morning Mr. Lipton,

We are currently processing your request. Unfortunately, USAID is
experiencing a backlog of FOIA requests, therefore, there is a delay in
providing responses to FOIA requests. We are working to fulfill your
request and we are very committed to providing a response as quickly as
possible. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact
me.

Thank you,

*Ms. Makeda Weeks-Titus*
Senior FOIA Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division
(M/MS/IRD)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW / Suite 2.07.072 / Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 216-3248 / Email: mweekstitus@usaid.gov

--
*Ms. Makeda Weeks-Titus*
Senior FOIA Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division
(M/MS/IRD)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW / Suite 2.07.072 / Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 216-3248 / Email: mweekstitus@usaid.gov

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Weeks-Titus,

Thank you very much for your message. Do you have an estimated date of completion for this request? If so, follow ups will be adjusted accordingly.

Thanks so much,
Beryl

From: Makeda Weeks-Titus

Hello Mr. Lipton,

We are processing your FOIA request and anticipate sending a response to
you shortly. Feel free to give me a call if you'd like to follow up on the
status at (202)216-3248.

Thank you,

*Ms. Makeda Weeks-Titus*
Senior FOIA Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division
(M/MS/IRD)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW / Suite 2.07.072 / Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 216-3248 / Email: mweekstitus@usaid.gov

--
*Ms. Makeda Weeks-Titus*
Senior FOIA Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division
(M/MS/IRD)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW / Suite 2.07.072 / Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 216-3248 / Email: mweekstitus@usaid.gov

From: Makeda Weeks-Titus

Good Morning Mr. Lipton,

Your FOIA request is in the final stage of the review process. USAID does
not provide an estimated date of response; however, I can assure you that
we are working diligently to fulfill your request and you will be receiving
a response shortly.

Thank you,

*Ms. Makeda Weeks-Titus*
Senior FOIA Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division
(M/MS/IRD)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW / Suite 2.07.072 / Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 216-3248 / Email: mweekstitus@usaid.gov
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From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. Weeks-Titus,

Thank you so much for your response with this request. I really appreciate it and all the hard work your office does.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Makeda Weeks-Titus

Dear Ms. Lipton,

USAID's final response to your FOIA request is attached.

Thank you,

*Ms. Makeda Weeks-Titus*
Senior FOIA Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division
(M/MS/IRD)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW / Suite 2.07.072 / Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 216-3248 / Email: mweekstitus@usaid.gov

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