Communications between Keita Franklin + Jeff Miller

Jasper Craven filed this request with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America.
Due Aug. 24, 2018
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Jasper Craven

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All e-mail communications between Dr. Keita Franklin and Jeff Miller, a lobbyist at McDermott, Will & Emery, between Jan 1. 2018 and present day. Search terms include: "meeting." "ptsd," "private," "Cohen," "invisible wounds," and "care"

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.


Jasper Craven

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dear Mr. Craven:

This letter acknowledges receipt of your electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) dated July 27, 2018, requesting "requesting all e-mail communications between Dr. Keita Franklin and Jeff Miller, a lobbyist at McDermott, Will & Emery, between Jan 1. 2018, and present day. Search terms include: "meeting." "ptsd," "private," "Cohen," "invisible wounds," and "care".

The FOIA Service received your request on July 27, 2018, and assigned it FOIA tracking number 18-11239-F. Please refer to this number when communicating with the VA about this request.

The records you requested are maintained at the Veterans Health Administration. Your request has been referred to Ms. Tracy Cephas at the following address:

Department of Veterans of Affairs
Veterans Health Administration
Attention: Tracy Cephas
810 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20420
Office: (202) 461-5879
Facsimile: (202) 273-9387

Questions regarding the status of your request should be directed to Ms. Cephas.

We appreciate your interest in the VA. If you have any further questions concerning this letter, you may contact Ms. Barbara Brown at (202) 632-7382.


Barbara J. Brown
Government Information Specialist, FOIA Service
Office of Privacy, Quality, Privacy, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)

202-632-7382 (Telephone)
202-400-5958 (Mobile)
202-632-7581 (Fax)
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From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Good Afternoon Mr. Craven,

Attached to this message is VHA's acknowledgment of your FOIA Request. Ms. Amber Smith will be processing your request and her contact information is listed on the attached letter. Please let me know if you should have any questions.

I would kindly appreciate your confirmation of receipt of this email. A hard copy of the attached letter will not follow in postal mail unless specifically requested by you.


Ms. Tracy R. Cephas, Staff Assistant
VHA Central Office FOIA Office (10A7B)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
Office: 202-461-5879
Fax: 202-273-9387
"I am a Disabled Army Veteran and former Army Civilian and I CARE!"

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Good afternoon,

I am still in the process of conducting the search for VHA Central Office records responsive to your request. Once received, I will need to review the records to make a release determination. The VHA FOIA Office processes requests made under the FOIA on a first-in-first-out basis. Currently, I have 24 complex requests received prior to yours in my processing queue. I am working on closing these requests as quickly as possible. Unfortunately at this point in time, I am unable to provide an estimated response date. I sincerely apologize for the delay with processing your request and will continue to work diligently towards its completion.

Since my response is overdue, you have the right to appeal my delayed response to the VA Office of General Counsel. Appeals may be submitted electronically to their electronic appeal mail box,<> or mailed to the following address:

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

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.

Amber Smith, CIPP/US, CIPP/G
VHA FOIA Officer | Information Access and Privacy Office
Office of Health Informatics (10A7)
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20420
Tel. (319) 530-7694 | Fax (202) 273-9387