comms between VA phoenix director and VA secretary

CJ Ciaramella filed this request with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-04558-F
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From: CJ Ciaramella

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communications between Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman and the Office of the Secretary from March 1, 2013 to the date this request is received.

This includes Secretary Shinseki, Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson; and Under Secretary Steve Muro.

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,

CJ Ciaramella

From: VACO FOIA Service Inbox

Mr. Ciaramella,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your April 24, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs seeking "all communications between Phoenix VA HCS Director Sharon Helman and the Office of the Secretary from March 1, 2013 to the date this request is received."

The FOIA Service received your request on April 24, 2014, and assigned it tracking numbers 14-04557-F, 14-04558-F, and 14-04578-F. Please reference these numbers when communicating with this office about your request.

Sincerely,

Diane Cooke
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Privacy and Records Management
FOIA Service (005R1C)
Phone: 202-632-7419
Fax: 202-632-7581
Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

From: VACO FOIA Service Inbox

Mr. Ciaramella,

This pertains to your April 24, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeking "All communications between Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman and the Office of the Secretary from March 1, 2013 to the date this request is received. This includes Secretary Shinseki, Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson, and Under Secretary Steve Muro."

The FOIA Service received your request on April 24, 2014, and assigned it tracking numbers 14-04557-F, 14-04558-F, and 14-04578-F. Please reference these numbers when communicating with us about this request.

The records you seek are not located in this office. The records, if they exist, would be maintained by the Office of the Secretary, the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, and the National Cemetery Administration. Therefore, we are redirecting your request to these offices for a file search and a direct reply to you. If you have any questions about the status of your request, please contact them directly at the addresses below.

For records related to OSVA, please reference tracking number 14-04557-F and contact:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of the Secretary (001B)
FOIA Officer: Lisa Matuszczak
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420 Phone: 202-461-4857 / Fax: 202-273-4880

For records related to the Phoenix VA HCS, please reference tracking number 14-04558-F and contact:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Phoenix VA Healthcare System
FOIA Officer: Kristina Miller
650 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012-1892 Email: vhaphofoia@va.gov / Phone: (602) 277-5551 x5085 / Fax: (602) 200-6280

For records related to NCA, please reference tracking number 14-04578-F and contact:

Department of Veterans Affairs
National Cemetery Administration (43D) VACO
FOIA Officer: James Killens, III
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420 Email: nca.foia@va.gov / Phone: 202-632-7728 / Fax: 202-632-7572

This concludes the FOIA Service's response to your request.

We appreciate your interest in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Customer service is very important to us. If you have questions about this letter, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Diane Cooke
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Privacy and Records Management
FOIA Service (005R1C)
Phone: 202-632-7419
Fax: 202-632-7581
Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

From: VACO 001B FOIA Inbox

Dear Mr. Ciaramella, this pertains to your April 24, 2014 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeking "All communications between Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman and the Office of the Secretary from March 1, 2013 to the date this request is received. This includes Secretary Shinseki, Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson, and Under Secretary Steve Muro."
Your request was referred to the Office of the Secretary, Veterans Affairs (OSVA) on April 29, 2014 and assigned the internal tracking number 14-04557-F. Please be advised that OSVA's response to your request will be delayed due to a backlog of requests requiring email searches. Once the backlog is resolved, OSVA will process FOIA requests in the order in which they were received. Due to the delay in processing your request, OSVA is granting a waiver of any search and duplication fees associated with the FOIA request cited above. We apologize for the delay and will keep you informed of the our progress in processing your request. Should you have any questions or concerns, please submit them along with the assigned tracking number to OSVAFOIA@va.gov<mailto:OSVAFOIA@va.gov>. Thank you for your patience.
Sincerely,
FOIA Officer
OSVA

From: Miller, Kristina E. (PHO)

Good afternoon,

Please note the attached initial agency decision (IAD) and the records
responsive to your request.

Thank you,

Kristi

KRISTINA E. MILLER, MA, FACHE, CIPP/US, CIPP/G

Government Information Specialist

650 E. Indian School Road

Phoenix, AZ 85012

Telephone: (602) 277-5551, X1-5085

Fax: (602) 222-2736

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail message, including any attachments,
is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain
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From: VACO 001B FOIA Inbox

Dear CJ Ciaramella - attached is the initial agency decision letter from the Office of the Secretary, Veterans Affairs (OSVA) in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, identified by the OSVA tracking number shown above. We apologize for OSVA's delay in processing your request, which was due to a backlog of requests requiring email searches. Please note that VA has a decentralized FOIA system, and you may receive direct responses pertaining to this request from other VA components. Should you have any questions or concerns, please submit them along with OSVA's assigned tracking number to OSVAFOIA@va.gov<mailto:OSVAFOIA@va.gov> and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,

FOIA Officer

OSVA

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