Communication with USDA Agricultural Research Service

Joseph Malochee filed this request with the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2015-REE-03710-F.
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From: Joseph Malochee

Dear USDA Agricultural Research Service,

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

Any and all communication between (to/from) the following companies, including their subsidiaries, and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service between January 1, 2007 and the date upon which you complete the request:

1. Nestlé
2. Monsanto
3. Syngenta
4. Walmart a.k.a. Wal-Mart
5. Yum!
6. Carrefour
7. McDonald's
8. PepsiCo
9. Bunge
10. Cargill

In this request, communication includes but is not limited to emails, faxes, letters, text messages and instant messages. I am happy to help identify more specific search terms, in addition to the names of the companies , so please don't hesitate to contact me regarding the scope of this request if needed.

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. 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,

Joseph Malochee
Data Coordinator
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
University of California, Berkeley
202-286-3582

From: Barnes, Marqui - OCIO

Good Morning Mr. Malochee,

Please see the attached correspondence pertaining to your recent FOIA requests to the USDA Department FOIA Service Center.

Should you have any questions regarding the letter, please feel free to contact me.

Regards,

Marqui

(Ms.) Marqui Q. Barnes
FOIA Service Center
Policy, E-Government, and Fair Information Practices (PE&F)
Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
(202) 694-1802 (direct)
Marqui.Barnes@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:Marqui.Barnes@ocio.usda.gov>

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From: Repoza, Melissa

Good Afternoon Mr. Malochee,

Thomas Moreland wanted to schedule a conference call with you to discuss a FOIA request. Are you available anytime this week? Thank you.

Melissa Repoza
USDA/Agricultural Research Service
Office of Technology Transfer
5601 Sunnyside Ave., Rm 4-1154
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: 301-504-6905
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From: Repoza, Melissa

Good Morning,

I am just checking in to see if you received the email below. Thank you!

Melissa Repoza
USDA/Agricultural Research Service
Office of Technology Transfer
5601 Sunnyside Ave., Rm 4-1154
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: 301-504-6905
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

The FOIA request copied below has been forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
________________

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all communication between (to/from) the following companies, including their subsidiaries, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration between January 1, 2007 and the date upon which you complete the request:

1. Nestlé
2. Monsanto
3. Syngenta
4. Walmart a.k.a. Wal-Mart
5. Yum!
6. Carrefour
7. McDonald's
8. PepsiCo
9. Bunge
10. Cargill

In this request, communication includes but is not limited to emails, faxes, letters, text messages and instant messages. I am happy to help identify more specific search terms, in addition to the names of the companies , so please don't hesitate to contact me regarding the scope of this request if needed.

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. 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,

Joseph Malochee
Data Coordinator
202-286-3582
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
University of California, Berkeley
460 Stephens Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2330

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Please send future communications regarding this request to requests@muckrock.com.

Thank you.

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Joseph Malochee
University of California, Berkley, CA,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated May 6, 2015, and submitted via the MuckRock News website portal. Your request was addressed to the Department FOIA Office and forwarded to this office for response. The request was received in this office on May 27 and assigned FOIA No. 2015-REE-03710-F. This office has been working with you to perfect your request.

Specifically, your initial request was for:

Any and all communication between the following companies, including their subsidiaries, and the Agricultural Research Service between January 1, 2007, and the date upon which you complete the request:

Nestle, Monsanto, Syngenta, Walmart, Yum!, Carrefour, McDonald's, PepsiCo, Bunge, Cargill

Per our teleconference today in which we discussed your request and the mission of ARS, you will be modifying your request. Please send your email to stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov> and provide a description of the records you are interested in receiving.

If you have further questions concerning the ARS mission and research, please contact Tom Moreland, Office of Technology Transfer, at thomas.moreland@ars.usda.gov<mailto:thomas.moreland@ars.usda.gov>; 301-504-4838.

If you have questions concerning your FOIA requests, please contact me at stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov> or 301-504-1655.

Sincerely,

Stasia

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Office, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 Telephone; 301-504-1647 Fax
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From: Joseph Malochee

Dear Ms. Stasia Hutchison,

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

1. Current and past National Program Leaders, back as far as 2005.

2. Lists of research areas of interest generated from National Program Stakeholder Meetings.

3. List of research areas of interest and priorities presented to Congress for funding.

4. List of research collaborations and partnerships (including but not limited to domestic and international, private and public sector, academic, corporate, etc.) and any correspondence or agreement which details the relationship and involvement of third parties in USDA research.

For this request, the chronological scope should be considered to be the current and previous 5 year cycle unless, otherwise noted. Please feel free to contact me to discuss any aspect of this request you feel is important to its fulfillment.

Thank you for all of your assistance with this request.

Sincerely,
Joseph

Joseph Malochée
Data Coordinator
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
University of California, Berkeley
202-286-3582

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Mr. Malochee,

This is to confirm receipt of your revised FOIA request. If our program office has additional questions concerning your request, I will be back in touch with you. The estimated response date of your request is August 26.

If you have any questions, please contact this office at 301-504-1655 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Mr. Malochee,

This is to confirm our telephone conference on August 26 in which Tom Moreland and this office discussed your revised FOIA request dated July 29. Your request was perfected on August 26. The estimated response date is September 24.

Per our discussion, your request has been revised to include:

· List of current National Program Leaders, Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

· Information that shows the ARS research areas of interest and priorities based on funding from Congress

· List of research collaborators and partners with ARS

If you have any questions, please contact this office at 301-504-1655 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Office, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 Telephone; 301-504-1647 Fax
www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398<http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398>
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From: Hutchison, Stasia

Mr. Malochee,

This is an interim response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was perfected on August 26 and assigned FOIA No. 2015-REE-03710-F.

Per our discussion on August 26, your request has been revised to include:

· List of current National Program Leaders, Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

· Information that shows the ARS research areas of interest and priorities based on funding from Congress

· List of research collaborators and partners with ARS

We are continuing to compile the information responsive to your request and hope to send our response to you by September 30.

If you have any questions, please contact this office at 301-504-1655 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Office, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 Telephone; 301-504-1647 Fax
www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398<http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398>
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From: Hutchison, Stasia

Joseph Mr. Malochee,

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was perfected on August 26, 2015, and assigned FOIA No. 2015-REE-03710-F.

Per our discussion on August 26, your request has been revised to include:

· List of current National Program Leaders (NPLs), Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

· Information that shows the ARS research areas of interest and priorities based on funding from Congress

· List of research collaborators and partners with ARS

Attached are two excel spreadsheets that list both funded and non-funded research collaborations and partnerships with ARS.

We are continuing to compile information concerning the NPLs and ARS research projects and hope to provide the information to you by October 15.

If you have any questions, please contact this office at 301-504-1655 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Office, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 Telephone; 301-504-1647 Fax
www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398<http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398>
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From: Hutchison, Stasia

Joseph Malochee,

This is in final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was perfected on August 26, 2015, and assigned FOIA No. 2015-REE-03710-F.

Per our discussion on August 26, your request has been revised to include:

· List of current National Program Leaders (NPLs), Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

· Information that shows the ARS research areas of interest and priorities based on funding from Congress

· List of research collaborators and partners with ARS

Attached is an excel spreadsheet that shows all the research projects ARS is working on with the appropriated funding from Congress. The lists of both funded and non-funded research collaborations and partnerships with ARS, which were provided to you on September 30, show the partners ARS worked with to help accomplish these goals.

The following is a list of NPLs for each research area:

Nutrition, Food Safety, and Quality
Pamela Starke-Reed, Deputy Administrator
John Finley, NPL
David M Klurfeld, NPL
Gene E Lester, NPL
James A Lindsay, NPL
Eileen Thacker, NPL

Animal Production and Protection
Steven M Kappes, Deputy Administrator
Cyril G Gay, NPL
NPL (open)
NPL (open)
NPL (open)
NPL (open)

Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Sally M Schneider, Deputy Administrator
Marlen Eve, NPL
Mark R Walbridge, NPL
Charles L Walthall, NPL

Crop Production and Protection
Deputy Administrator (Open)
Peter K Bretting, NPL
Jose Costa, NPL
Deborah Fravel, NPL
Kevin J Hackett, NPL
Rosalind James, NPL
Jack Okamuro, NPL
Roy Scott, NPL
Gail C Wisler, NPL

If you have any questions concerning your request, please contact this office at 301-504-1655 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Office, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 Telephone; 301-504-1647 Fax
www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398<http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398>
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