Communication with Senator Lindsey Graham (Department of Justice)

Chris Meller filed this request with the Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy of the United States of America.
Tracking # OLA/14-00570 (F)
Due Dec. 18, 2014
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Chris Meller

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communication to or from US Senator Lindsey Graham or his representatives since assuming office on January 3, 2003 through the date 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,

Chris Meller

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 Feb. 5, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Feb. 5, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Feb. 5, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MRUFOIA Requests

Mr. Meller,

Please see the attached response to your FOIA request. Please note, your request has been assigned tracking number EMRUFOIA050614-9.
Thanks

MRU FOIA

From: MuckRock

Please confirm that the FOIA request below has been forwarded to DOJ OIP for response.

Thank you.

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #EMRUFOIA050614-9.

Thank you for your help.

From: Baptista, Andrew B (OIP)

Good Afternoon Mr. Meller:

Thank you for your inquiry and I apologize in the delay in this Office's response to your request, administrative tracking number F-2014-00570. As we relayed to you in April this Office has completed a search and reviewed documents for responsiveness; however, in our review we found that the material contains equity of other offices so we are consulting with those offices before responding to you. Accordingly, we will need additional time to consult with these offices and estimate we should be able to respond to you in approximately four to six weeks.

Please contact us if you have any additional issues regarding your case. I apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience with this matter.

________________________________________

Initial Request Staff

Office of Information Policy
U.S. Department of Justice
1425 New York Avenue, NW
Suite 11050
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Phone: 202-514-FOIA (3642)
Fax: 202-514-1009

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2014-00570.

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2014-00570.

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2014-00570.

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2014-00570.

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2014-00570.

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2014-00570.

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2014-00570.

Thank you for your help.

From: Ort, Kelly J. (OIP)

Dear Mr. Meller:

This e-mail is to advise you that your Freedom of Information Act request to the Office of Information Policy numbered OLA/14-00570 (F) has been reassigned to me for processing. I was recently provided your file and was advised that you requested a status on your FOIA request. At this time we are currently reviewing documents for responsiveness and any necessary consultations with any other offices. We estimate a response time of six to eight weeks, however this is an estimate and should this estimate change we will advise you.

Thank you for your patience and should you have any inquiries regarding your request, please direct them to me.

Kelly Ort
Government Information Specialist
Office of Information Policy
Department of Justice
Suite 11050
1425 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
(202) 514-3642

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #OLA/14-00570 (F).

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #OLA/14-00570 (F).

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #OLA/14-00570 (F).

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #OLA/14-00570 (F).

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 May 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #OLA/14-00570 (F).

Thank you for your help.

From: OIP-NoReply

Dear Mr. Meller:

I am following up on the email I sent you on April 9, 2015 regarding your inquiry of April 2, 2015 about the status of your FOIA request. I have been further advised of your July 3, 2015 status inquiry as well as the inquiry we received today, August 4, 2015. As we did not receive a response from you in our July 3, 2015 inquiry, I wanted to discuss the information that I provided you in that email.

As I explained to you in my email of April 9, 2015, due to the 10 year time period of the request, it is taking us time to review all correspondence to and from Senator Graham. Because your request encompasses a wide range of topics and types of correspondence, you may choose to reduce the amount of processing time for your request by narrowing the types of records you seek. During our search for Congressional records, we typically locate the following categories of correspondence:

1) Constituent Correspondence
a. Correspondence from Members of Congress to Department officials on behalf of constituents, as well as the Department's reply. Constituent correspondence is often of a personal nature specific to the constituent and does not pertain to legislative issues.

2) General Correspondence
a. Correspondence from Members of Congress to the Attorney General or other Department officials thanking them for their assistance in legislative projects or participation in events, forwarding publications or materials for the Department's reference, and similar types of correspondence.

3) Congressional Grant Correspondence
a. Correspondence from Members of Congress to various Department components including the Offices of Justice Programs, Community oriented Policing Services, and Violence Against Women, in support of specific grant applications submitted by individuals, groups, and/or organizations, as well as the Department's reply.

4) Hearings Correspondence
a. Correspondence from the Chairman of a Congressional committee or subcommittee asking the Attorney General or other Department officials to testify at a Congressional hearing.

5) Invitations
a. Correspondence from Members of Congress to the Attorney General or other Department officials inviting them to speak at public gatherings, or to attend private or public events as guests or honorees.

6) Legislative Inquiries
a. Correspondence between Department officials and Members of Congress who solicited the Department's views on legislative issues.

7) Congressional Oversight Correspondence
a. Requests for information from Congressional committees and subcommittees that conduct oversight of Departmental activities, as well as the Department's reply.

8) Committee Chairman Correspondence
a. Correspondence between the Chairman of a Congressional committee or subcommittee and the Department regarding issues pertaining to the subject matter of the committee/subcommittee.

In an effort to speed up our records processing of your request, please respond which categories of records you would like our office to focus on. Should you not wish to narrow your request, you may also advise this office of that decision. Once we have your response we can provide an updated estimate with regard to the processing of your request. Please feel free to contact me should you have any further questions.

Kelly Ort
Government Information Specialist
Office of Information Policy
Department of Justice
Suite 11050
1425 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

From: Chris Meller

You may exclude category 2 (General Correspondence) and category 5 (Invitations), but please include all other results.

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