Chief FOIA officer exemption 5 guidance (General Services Administration)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the General Services Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 259150
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any guidance, memo, protocol, directive or other document (or segment of another document) written by or for the Chief FOIA/Privacy Officer that provides departmental application of FOIA exemption 5 from 1990 to the day this request is processed.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: GSA FOIA

Good Afternoon Mr. Musgrave,

We received your request in the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office and assigned control *FOIA I.Q.
number 259150*. Please refer to this number in all future correspondence
concerning this request. We have twenty workdays from today's date to
respond (excluding Federal holidays). Based on this, we anticipate a
response on or prior to November 14, 2013.

However, it may not always be possible to provide the documents within this
time frame. In some cases, we may take an extension and will advise you.
Please be advised your request may be subject to fees for search, review
and reproduction costs. Should this be the case, you will be given an
estimate of the costs. All estimates in excess of two hundred and fifty
dollars ($ 250.00) must be paid in advance prior to processing your
request. Estimates are developed in good faith and are based on our
reasonable judgment. However due to the unique nature of each request and
complexity of documents involved, actual costs to search and review the
material may vary. You will be notified of fees, time frames and any other
issues prior to and throughout the process.

Please feel free to contact this office at (202) 219-1603 or by email at
gsa.foia@gsa.gov to inquire about the status of your FOIA request. Should
you have concerns regarding the FOIA Requester Service Center, please
contact Mr. Rallph L. Boldt, GSA FOIA Public Liaison Officer at (202)
501-3094 or by email at ralph.boldt@gsa.gov.

Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

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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 Oct. 10, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #259150.

Thank you for your help.

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 Oct. 10, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #259150.

Thank you for your help.

From: GSA FOIA

Mr. Musgrave,

Per your request,this email is to provide you an update on your Freedom of
Information Act request of October 10, 2013 (GSA FOIA number 259150), in
which you requested “Any guidance, memo, protocol, directive or other
document (or segment of another document) written by or for the Chief FOIA
/PRIVACY OFFICER that provides departmental application of FOIA Exemption 5
from 1990 to the day this request is processed."

Please excuse our delay in responding to your request. Your request is in
the final stages of review and we should have it finalized and released in
the next week or two.

I apologize for this delay and any inconvenience it may cause you. If you
have any questions, you may contact me at 202-536-8144 or via email at
duane.fulton@gsa.gov <debra.traylor@gsa.gov>.

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Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any attachments to this
email message contain confidential information belonging to the sender,
which is legally privileged. The information is intended only for the use
of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. Please do not forward
this message without permission. If you are not the intended recipient or
the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of
this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone or return
email and delete and destroy the original email message, and attachments
thereto and all copies thereof.

From: GSA FOIA

Mr. Musgrave:

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (GSA
number 259150), dated October 10, 2013, in which you requested "[a] ny
guidance, memo, protocol, directive or other document (or segment of
another document) written by or for the Chief FOIA /Privacy Officer that
provides departmental application of FOIA Exemption 5 from 1990 to the day
this request is processed."

Enclosed please find the documents responsive to your request. These
documents include portions of GSA’s internal FOIA Handbook and a list of
FOIA exemptions accessible by GSA staff. Please note that GSA is not
required to produce information that is not responsive to a FOIA request
and as such, we have withheld non-responsive material from the FOIA
Handbook.

You have the right to appeal the partial denial of the information
withheld. To do so, you must write, within 120 days of your receipt of
this letter, to the following address:

Freedom of Information Act Office (H1A)

U.S. General Services Administration

1800 F St. NW, Room 7308

Washington, DC 20405

Your appeal must be in writing and contain a brief statement of the reasons
why the withheld information should be released. Enclose a copy of your
initial request and a copy of this letter. Both the appeal letter and
envelope should be marked prominently, “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.”

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at
travis.lewis@gsa.gov or (202) 219-3078.

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Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any attachments to this
email message contain confidential information belonging to the sender,
which is legally privileged. The information is intended only for the use
of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. Please do not forward
this message without permission. If you are not the intended recipient or
the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of
this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone or return
email and delete and destroy the original email message, and attachments
thereto and all copies thereof.

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