Congressional Communication re Willow Beach NFH (FWS)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # FWS-2014-00955
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communication with any member of congress (including comittees of congress and any representative of a member of congress) concerning the trout program at Willow Beach NFH.

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,

Jason Smathers

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 April 10, 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 April 10, 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: Jason Smathers

FOIA APPEAL

Dear Appeals Authority,

This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.

On April 10, 2014 I made a FOIA request for "All communication with any member of congress (including committees of congress and any representative of a member of congress) concerning the trout program at Willow Beach NFH."

Over two months have passed, which exceeds the statutory deadline. Therefore, I appeal the constructive denial of my request.

Please provide the requested records.

Regards,
Jason Smathers

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A first set of responsive documents from the agency, with more to be sent at a specified date.

From: Jason Smathers

Thank you for the interim release. You may limit the search in items 1-3 to records created between January 1, 2013 and the date the first substantial search is done for the records.

Regards,
Jason Smathers

From: FOIA, FWHQ

Mr. Smathers,

Please send your correspondence to the office that provided you with the
responsive records. Thank you.

Ray McLaughlin
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Information Resources and Technology Mgmt
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 380
Arlington, VA 22203
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US Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Information Resources & Technology Mgmt.
4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Mailstop 380
Arlington, VA 22203

From: MuckRock

Ms. Ikenson -

You may limit the search in items 1-3 to records created between January 1, 2013 and the date the first substantial search is done for the records.

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 April 10, 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 #FWS-2014-00955.

Thank you for your help.

From: Ikenson, Melanie

Mr Smathers: Our final response was signed on August 13, 2014. It was sent
via certified mail (tracking number 7000 2870 0000 1167 9367). We tracked
it and it shows that the letter was delivered on August 18 and is available
for pickup at your post office. Please let me know if you do not locate it
and we can resend.
Best,
Melanie Ikenson

Melanie Ikenson
ESA Litigation/FOIA Coordinator (Region 2)
USFWS-Ecological Services
500 Gold Ave SW (Room 6034)
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-248-6284

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 April 10, 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 #FWS-2014-00955.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. Ikenson,

Our in-building post office has no record of having received this package. Is it possible to confirm the location at which it was signed? The USPS Tracking simply indicates it arrived in Boston.

Thank you!

From: Ikenson, Melanie

I've attached a copy of the signed Certified Receipt. Please let me know
if you would like me to resend the response and if so, confirm your address.

Thank you,
Melanie

Melanie Ikenson
ESA Litigation/FOIA Coordinator (Region 2)
USFWS-Ecological Services
500 Gold Ave SW (Room 6034)
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-248-6284

From: Jason Smathers

Melanie, hello-
Yes, please re-send. The address is

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 11218
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Thanks,

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 2

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 2

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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 April 10, 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 #FWS-2014-00955.

Thank you for your help.

From: Ikenson, Melanie

Mr. Smathers: I apologize for the delay. I discovered that we've twice now
sent our final response to the incorrect DEPT MR. It went to 11216 instead
of 11218. We are resending the response today and I've been assured that
it's going to the correct MR. The certified tracking number is
70002870000011679718.
Please let me know if you do not receive the package in a few days.
Best,
Melanie

Melanie Ikenson
ESA Litigation/FOIA Coordinator (Region 2)
USFWS-Ecological Services
500 Gold Ave SW (Room 6034)
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-248-6284

From: MuckRock

Ms. Ikenson,

Thank you so much for your help on this request. It seems as though we've received the requested materials. If a new batch has been resent already, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Have a wonderful afternoon!

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