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David Sirota filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2015-12971
Due Aug. 27, 2015
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: David Sirota

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All correspondence between the Office of the Secretary of State and the United States Trade Representative's Office that references the Trans Pacific Partnership, or "TPP." I request such correspondence from the dates 1/20/09 to 3/1/13.

Please search for responsive records regardless of format. I request the information in a machine-processable format, such as a spreadsheet (CSV or XLS) or word processor (TXT, DOC, DOCX) format. It can be provided by email, thumb drive, or CD. If it is unavailable in any other format, an OCRed PDF (i.e. searchable) will do.

If it is your position that any portion of the requested records is exempt from disclosure, I request that you provide it with an index of those documents as required under Vaughn v. Rosen, 484 F.2d 820 (D.C. Cir. 1973), cert. denied, 415 U.S. 977 (1972). As you are aware, a Vaughn index must describe each document claimed as exempt with sufficient specificity “to permit a reasoned judgment as to whether the material is actually exempt under FOIA.” Founding Church of Scientology v. Bell, 603 F.2d 945, 949 (D.C. Cir. 1979). Moreover, the Vaughn index must “describe each document or portion thereof withheld, and for each withholding it must discuss the consequences of supplying the sought-after information.” King v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 830 F.2d 210, 223-24 (D.C. Cir. 1987) (emphasis added). Further, “the withholding agency must supply ‘a relatively detailed justification, specifically identifying the reasons why a particular exemption is relevant and correlating those claims with the particular part of a withheld document to which they apply.’” Id.at 224 (citing Mead Data Central v. U.S. Dep’t of the Air Force, 566 F.2d 242, 251 (D.C. Cir. 1977)).

In the event some portions of the requested records are properly exempt from disclosure, please disclose any reasonably segregable non-exempt portions of the requested records. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(b). If it is your position that a document contains non-exempt segments, but that those non-exempt segments are so dispersed throughout the document as to make segregation impossible, please state what portion of the document is non-exempt, and how the material is dispersed throughout the document. Mead Data Central, 566 F.2d at 261. Claims of nonsegregability must be made with the same degree of detail as required for claims of exemptions in a Vaughn index. If a request is denied in whole, please state specifically that it is not reasonable to segregate portions of the record for release.

I request a waiver of fees associated with processing this request for records. International Business Times is a news media organization. Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government. 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.

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,

David Sirota
Senior Editor
International Business Times
(646) 867-7155

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 July 30, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: FOIA Request

Your query has been forwarded to the FOIA Requester Status mailbox for reply.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

Your organization has a substantial number of requests. The Department of State keeps track of requests by case numbers. In the future when you request a status on a case please provide the case number in the subject line of your message. This will not only make it easier to find your case, it will facilitate a quick answer to your inquiry.

Please provide the case number of your request so we can answer your inquiry.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: Department of State

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

This FOIA request has yet to receive a tracking number. Provision of such would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated regarding a FOIA request. The case number is: F-2015-12971. Please refer to this case number when inquiring about the status of your request. Currently we are determining if we have sufficient information to process your search and ensure we are able to protect personal identifiable information. You will be receiving a formal acknowledgement letter shortly. A timeframe cannot be provided until the assigned team has had an opportunity to fully review the request.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 12958, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

We have contacted the Case Analyst and requested an estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

The Department’s electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is: April 2016

- ECDs are subject to change.
- ECDs are “strictly” estimates and not intended to be used as “actual” dates of completions, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).
Interim release dates are provided, as applicable

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated November 16, 2015, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A search of records has been initiated with the Department's Office of the Secretary. That search is continuing. Our office was recently provided with an estimated completion date for your request. That date is April 2016.

We appreciate your patience during this process.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

The search is still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is April 30, 2016.

ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Angela Burks
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your email January 18, 2016. Your ECD is still April 2016. Given the high volume of FOIA requests, in addition to a backlog which the Department is working diligently to reduce, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA requests.

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>
Regards,

Suzanne B Gardner
Government Information Specialist
Office of Information Programs and Services
Advocacy and Oversight

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

Your ECD is still April 2016. Given the high volume of FOIA requests, in addition to a backlog which the Department is working diligently to reduce, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA requests.

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,
The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is: April 2016.

- ECDs are subject to change.
- ECDs are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).
Interim release dates are provided, as applicable

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>
Regards,

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated April 21, 2016, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Our office has requested an update on the status of your request and also asked if the office would confirm the estimated completion date of your request.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated May 23, 2016, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Our office was recently informed that the search process has been completed and that the information located from that search is currently being prepared for the review process. The new estimated completion date for your request is November 31, 2016.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State
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From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated June 30, 2016, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your request has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. The estimated completion date is still November 2016.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated August 1, 2016, regarding your FOIA Case: F-2015-12971.

The estimated completion date is still November 2016. We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Gardner
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated August 31, 2016, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. The office that is processing your request is aware of your continued interest. The estimated completion date is still November 2016.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,
This is in reference to your e-mail dated September 30, 2016, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. The estimated completion date is still November 2016.
Sincerely,
Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State
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From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is November 30, 2016.

ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Dominique Cotten
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

We have contacted the Case Analyst and requested a new estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Sirota,

I have contacted the Case Analyst and requested a status update and estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Dominique Cotten
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated February 2, 2017, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Our office has requested an update on the status and a new estimated completion date for your request. Information will be provided to you as soon as our office receives a response.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have any questions regarding the status, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,
This is in reference to your e-mail dated March 6, 2017, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Our office has requested an update on the status and a new estimated completion date for your request. Information will be provided to you as soon as our office receives a response.
We appreciate your continued patience during this process.
If you have any questions regarding the status, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.
Regard,
Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated April 6, 2017, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. Our office was recently informed that your request has been forwarded to a different office for a response. A copy of this e-mail has been has been forwarded to that office for an update on the status. Information will be provided to you as soon as our office receives a response.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Mr. David Sirota,

Thank you for inquiring on your case control number F-2015-12971. The case is still open and the Compliance and Research Division Center initiated a search that is pending. I informed the Branch Chief and case Analyst for another estimated completion date(ECD). Once the status is provided I will email you with the up-dated status. I hope this information was helpful and please do not hesitate to call us at: 202-261-8484.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated June 12, 2017, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Information pertaining to your request will be provided to you as it becomes available.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,
Katrina M Wood
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated July 13, 2017, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the appropriate office for the status on your request. Information will be provided to you as soon as our office receives a response.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Dear David Sirota,

This is in response to your e-mail dated August 14, 2017, inquiring about the estimated completion date for your Freedom of Information Act request. A search of records has been initiated with the Department's Executive Secretariat. Our office has requested and update on the status. We will get back to you regarding the estimated date of completion for your request.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

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