Communication on MorseLife

Jasper Craven filed this request with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America.
Tracking #

18-11382-F

18-11312-F

Est. Completion None
Status
No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Jasper Craven


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All email communication from Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter, Bruce Moskowitz and Marc Sherman (their involvement at VA is detailer here: https://taskandpurpose.com/trump-veterans-affairs-marvel-troika-scandal/) and VA officials concerning MorseLife Health Systems between August 1, 2017 and present day. Keywords include "aphasia," "TBI," "veterans," "morselife," "care," and "trauma."

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,

Jasper Craven

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dear Mr. Craven,

This email acknowledges receipt of your electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) dated August 10, 2018, in which you requested:

* All email communication from Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter, Bruce Moskowitz and Marc Sherman (their involvement at VA is detailer here: https://taskandpurpose.com/trump-veterans-affairs-marvel-troika-scandal/) and VA officials concerning MorseLife Health Systems between August 1, 2017 and present day. Keywords include "aphasia," "TBI," "veterans," "morselife," "care," and "trauma."

The FOIA Service received your request on August 13, 2018, and assigned it FOIA tracking number 18-11382-F. Please refer to this number when communicating with the VA about this request.

The records you requested, if they exist, would be maintained by Office of the Secretary Veterans Affairs (OSVA). Therefore, we are redirecting your request to this office for a file search and a direct response to you. If you wish to know the status of your request, please contact them directly at the following address:

Department of Veterans Affairs
OSVA, (002B) VACO
FOIA Officer: Richard Ha
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
Email: osvafoia@va.gov<mailto:osvafoia@va.gov>
Phone: (202) 632-5286
Fax: (202) 273-4880

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

We appreciate your interest in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service (005R1C)
Office of Privacy Information and Identity Protection (PIIP)
Quality, Privacy, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Email: vacofoiase@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiase@va.gov>
Office: (202) 632-7426
Fax: (202) 632-7581
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

Please take a moment and let us know how we did by completing a quick evaluation: Got a minute? Rate Our Service!<https://vaww.vashare.oit.va.gov/sites/QPR/Lists/QPR%20Customer%20Satisifaction%20Evaluation/Item/newifs.aspx>

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QPR's Mission Statement:
"To instill and promote a culture of quality, privacy and risk management in collaboration with our business partners to enable a better Veteran experience."

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Good morning,

Mr. Craven would like the status of the below request.

Thank you,

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Privacy, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 632-7426 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

Please take a moment and let us know how we did by completing a quick evaluation: Got a minute? Rate Our Service!<https://vaww.vashare.oit.va.gov/sites/QPR/Lists/QPR%20Customer%20Satisifaction%20Evaluation/Item/newifs.aspx>

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QPR's Mission Statement:
"To instill and promote a culture of quality, privacy and risk management in collaboration with our business partners to enable a better Veteran experience."

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Good morning,

Mr. Craven would like the status of the below request.

Thank you,

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Privacy, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 632-7426 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

Please take a moment and let us know how we did by completing a quick evaluation: Got a minute? Rate Our Service!<https://vaww.vashare.oit.va.gov/sites/QPR/Lists/QPR%20Customer%20Satisifaction%20Evaluation/Item/newifs.aspx>

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QPR's Mission Statement:
"To instill and promote a culture of quality, privacy and risk management in collaboration with our business partners to enable a better Veteran experience."

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Short, Jacqueline would like to recall the message, "FOIA Request 18-11382-F: Communication on MorseLife".

From: Jasper Craven

Hello,

Looking for the status of this request. Feel free to email me directly at jclarkcraven@gmail.com. Thanks!

-Jasper

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

September 17, 2018 In Reply Refer To: 001B

FOIA Request: 18-11382-F

Jasper Craven
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 58306
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>; jclarkcraven@gmail.com<mailto:jclarkcraven@gmail.com>

Dear Mr. Craven:

This is the Partial Initial Agency Decision (IAD) to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (OSVA) dated and received August 10, 2018, and assigned FOIA tracking number 18-11312-F. You requested:

"All email communication from Isaac 'Ike' Perlmutter, Bruce Moskowitz and Marc Sherman (their involvement at VA is detailed here: https://taskandpurpose.com/trump-veterans-affairs-marvel-troika-scandal/) and VA officials concerning MorseLife Health Systems between August 1, 2017 and present day. Keywords include 'aphasia,' 'TBI,' 'veterans,' 'morselife,' 'care,' and 'trauma.'"

Partial IAD and August 21, 2018 Reasonable Search

On August 21, 2018, our search cut-off date, OSVA searched through former VA Secretary David Shulkin's email boxes from August 1, 2017, to March 30, 2018 (the date Shulkin left VA). OSVA searched through VA Secretary Robert Wilkie's email boxes from April 1, 2018 (the date Wilkie became VA Acting Secretary) to June 5, 2018. OSVA will conduct a follow-up search of Wilkie's email boxes from June 6, 2018, to August 21, 2018.

OSVA searched through former VA Acting Secretary Peter O'Rourke's email boxes from February 15, 2018 (the date O'Rourke became VA Acting Chief of Staff), to June 22, 2018. OSVA will conduct a follow-up search of O'Rourke's email boxes from June 23, 2018, to August 21, 2018. OSVA searched through former VA Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman's email boxes from August 1, 2017 (the date Bowman became VA Deputy Secretary), to June 15, 2018 (the date Bowman left VA).

OSVA searched though the email boxes of former VA Chief of Staff Vivieca Wright-Simpson from August 1, 2017, to February 14, 2018 (the date Wright-Simpson left VA). OSVA searched though the email boxes of former VA Acting Chief of Staff Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd from August 1, 2017, to June 22, 2018. OSVA will conduct a follow-up search of Hayes-Byrd's email boxes from June 23, 2018, to August 21, 2018.

OSVA searched through VA White House Liaison Casin Spero's email boxes from March 5, 2018 (the date he joined OSVA), to June 22, 2018. OSVA will conduct a follow-up search of Spero's email boxes from June 23, 2018, to August 21, 2018. OSVA searched through VA White House Senior Advisor Darin Selnick's email boxes from August 1, 2017, to May 3, 2018 (past when Selnick left the VA). OSVA searched through VA White House Senior Advisor Michael Lukach's email boxes from August 1, 2017, to May 3, 2018 (past when Lukach left the VA).

In searching through the email boxes of the employees identified above, OSVA used the search term "morselife." Unfortunately, this search yielded no responsive records thus far.

FOIA Mediation
As part of the 2007 FOIA amendments, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) was created to offer mediation services to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation. Using OGIS services does not affect your right to pursue litigation. Under the provisions of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, the following contact information is provided to assist FOIA requesters in resolving disputes:

VA Central Office FOIA Public Liaison:
Name: John Buck
Email Address: vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)
Email Address: ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>
Fax: 202-741-5769
Mailing address:
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

FOIA Appeal
This concludes OSVA's partial IAD response to request 18-11382-F. Please be advised that should you desire to do so, you may appeal the determination made in this response to:

Office of General Counsel (024)
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

If you should choose to file an appeal, please include a copy of this letter with your written appeal and clearly indicate the basis for your disagreement with the determination set forth in this response. Please be advised that in accordance with VA's implementing FOIA regulations at 38 C.F.R. § 1.559, your appeal must be postmarked no later than ninety (90) days of the date of this letter.

Sincerely,

Richard Ha, JD, CIPP/G

OSVA FOIA Officer

Richard Ha, JD, CIPP/G
OSVA FOIA/Privacy Officer
Office of the Executive Secretary
Office of the Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (OSVA)
202-632-5286 o
202-309-3072 c
Richard.ha1@va.gov<mailto:Richard.ha1@va.gov>
Telework Weds
CWS 2nd Mon

These messages and attachments are For Official Use Only, not to be shared outside intended parties, and may be exempt from disclosure pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(3) prohibiting the release of information that another statute prohibits; 41 U.S.C. § 4702(b) prohibiting the release of unincorporated proposals; 41 U.S.C. § 423(a) prohibiting the release of bid or proposal information or evaluations before award; 26 U.S.C. § 6103 prohibiting the release of tax identification numbers; 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(4) prohibiting the release of confidential commercial information; 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(5) under the deliberative process, attorney-client, and work product privileges; and 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(6) protecting personally identifiable information. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately. The VA reserves its discovery rights including, but not limited to, objections, privileges, motions, etc.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

September 17, 2018 In Reply Refer To: 001B

FOIA Request: 18-11382-F

Jasper Craven
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 58306
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>; jclarkcraven@gmail.com<mailto:jclarkcraven@gmail.com>

Dear Mr. Craven:

This is the Partial Initial Agency Decision (IAD) to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (OSVA) dated and received August 10, 2018, and assigned FOIA tracking number 18-11382-F. You requested:

"All email communication from Isaac 'Ike' Perlmutter, Bruce Moskowitz and Marc Sherman (their involvement at VA is detailed here: https://taskandpurpose.com/trump-veterans-affairs-marvel-troika-scandal/) and VA officials concerning MorseLife Health Systems between August 1, 2017 and present day. Keywords include 'aphasia,' 'TBI,' 'veterans,' 'morselife,' 'care,' and 'trauma.'"

Partial IAD and August 21, 2018 Reasonable Search

On August 21, 2018, our search cut-off date, OSVA searched through former VA Secretary David Shulkin's email boxes from August 1, 2017, to March 30, 2018 (the date Shulkin left VA). OSVA searched through VA Secretary Robert Wilkie's email boxes from April 1, 2018 (the date Wilkie became VA Acting Secretary) to June 5, 2018. OSVA will conduct a follow-up search of Wilkie's email boxes from June 6, 2018, to August 21, 2018.

OSVA searched through former VA Acting Secretary Peter O'Rourke's email boxes from February 15, 2018 (the date O'Rourke became VA Acting Chief of Staff), to June 22, 2018. OSVA will conduct a follow-up search of O'Rourke's email boxes from June 23, 2018, to August 21, 2018. OSVA searched through former VA Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman's email boxes from August 1, 2017 (the date Bowman became VA Deputy Secretary), to June 15, 2018 (the date Bowman left VA).

OSVA searched though the email boxes of former VA Chief of Staff Vivieca Wright-Simpson from August 1, 2017, to February 14, 2018 (the date Wright-Simpson left VA). OSVA searched though the email boxes of former VA Acting Chief of Staff Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd from August 1, 2017, to June 22, 2018. OSVA will conduct a follow-up search of Hayes-Byrd's email boxes from June 23, 2018, to August 21, 2018.

OSVA searched through VA White House Liaison Casin Spero's email boxes from March 5, 2018 (the date he joined OSVA), to June 22, 2018. OSVA will conduct a follow-up search of Spero's email boxes from June 23, 2018, to August 21, 2018. OSVA searched through VA White House Senior Advisor Darin Selnick's email boxes from August 1, 2017, to May 3, 2018 (past when Selnick left the VA). OSVA searched through VA White House Senior Advisor Michael Lukach's email boxes from August 1, 2017, to May 3, 2018 (past when Lukach left the VA).

In searching through the email boxes of the employees identified above, OSVA used the search term "morselife." Unfortunately, this search yielded no responsive records thus far.

FOIA Mediation
As part of the 2007 FOIA amendments, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) was created to offer mediation services to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation. Using OGIS services does not affect your right to pursue litigation. Under the provisions of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, the following contact information is provided to assist FOIA requesters in resolving disputes:

VA Central Office FOIA Public Liaison:
Name: John Buck
Email Address: vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)
Email Address: ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>
Fax: 202-741-5769
Mailing address:
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

FOIA Appeal
This concludes OSVA's partial IAD response to request 18-11382-F. Please be advised that should you desire to do so, you may appeal the determination made in this response to:

Office of General Counsel (024)
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

If you should choose to file an appeal, please include a copy of this letter with your written appeal and clearly indicate the basis for your disagreement with the determination set forth in this response. Please be advised that in accordance with VA's implementing FOIA regulations at 38 C.F.R. § 1.559, your appeal must be postmarked no later than ninety (90) days of the date of this letter.

Sincerely,

Richard Ha, JD, CIPP/G

OSVA FOIA Officer

Richard Ha, JD, CIPP/G
OSVA FOIA/Privacy Officer
Office of the Executive Secretary
Office of the Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (OSVA)
202-632-5286 o
202-309-3072 c
Richard.ha1@va.gov<mailto:Richard.ha1@va.gov>
Telework Weds
CWS 2nd Mon

These messages and attachments are For Official Use Only, not to be shared outside intended parties, and may be exempt from disclosure pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(3) prohibiting the release of information that another statute prohibits; 41 U.S.C. § 4702(b) prohibiting the release of unincorporated proposals; 41 U.S.C. § 423(a) prohibiting the release of bid or proposal information or evaluations before award; 26 U.S.C. § 6103 prohibiting the release of tax identification numbers; 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(4) prohibiting the release of confidential commercial information; 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(5) under the deliberative process, attorney-client, and work product privileges; and 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(6) protecting personally identifiable information. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately. The VA reserves its discovery rights including, but not limited to, objections, privileges, motions, etc.

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