Consultant Records

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

20-04908-F

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From: George Johnston


To Whom It May Concern:

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

A by-name list of all consultants paid for calendar years 2018 and 2019, and the amount paid to each consultant. In addition, the amount of money utilized for calendar year 2018, and 2019 respectively on consultants collectively. This is for the entire VA system.

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,

George Johnston

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Johnston,

Please see the attached letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs seeking clarification to your February 3, 2020, Freedom of Information Act request.

The original will be forthcoming in the mail.

V/R,

Diane Cooke for Jacqueline Short
Department of Veterans Affairs
VACO FOIA Service (005R1C)
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OIT)
Fax: 202-632-7581
Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

From: George Johnston

Thank you for the response.

I would like a by-name list of paid consultants that were paid by the VA from 01 June 2019 until 31 August 2019.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Johnson,

As stated in the attached letter, your request is too broad and not specific enough for a complete and detailed search. We are asking that you narrow your scope; and provide the names of the VA office(s) that should conduct a search.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, 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

[cid:image001.png@01D5FB96.75A52100]QPR's Mission Statement:
"To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience."

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Good afternoon:

Please see the attached document concerning your FOIA request to the Department of Veterans Affairs FOIA Service Center.

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

[cid:image001.png@01D60F11.8B9F6C70]QPR's Mission Statement:
"To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience."

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

From: George Johnston

Any records regarding a Will Rausch for the respective years.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Johnson,

You still have not stated what VA Office(s) should conduct the search, without knowing this information I cannot process your request.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 680-2004 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image001.png@01D60F18.774D3A70]QPR’s Mission Statement:
“To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience.”

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Johnson,

This request is still far too broad. We would need contract numbers, topics/subjects in order to conduct an adequate search for Agency records. Literally each and every individual organization within the VA could hire (contract) and pay for a consultant's services. It could be at a medical center, it could be at VACO, it could be at NCA, VBA, OI&T, etc. Until you provide clarification, it would be impossible for us to process this request.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 680-2004 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image005.png@01D617DC.1D846C30]QPR's Mission Statement:
"To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience."

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

From: George Johnston

Thank you -- at the Office of Information and Technology.

George

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Johnston,

Could you please give me a call. I am still having trouble understand exactly what documents you are requesting.

Thank you,

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 680-2004 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image001.png@01D634DF.644D30A0]QPR’s Mission Statement:
“To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience.”

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Johnston,

Could you please give me a call. I am still having trouble understand exactly what documents you are requesting.

Thank you,

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 680-2004 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image001.png@01D639A9.EBF1B1B0]QPR’s Mission Statement:
“To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience.”

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Johnston,

Could you please give me a call. I am still having trouble understand exactly what documents you are requesting.

Thank you,

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 680-2004 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image001.png@01D63FBF.BF900B00]QPR’s Mission Statement:
“To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience.”

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Johnston,

Could you please give me a call. I am still having trouble understand exactly what documents you are requesting.

Thank you,

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 680-2004 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image001.png@01D65070.7BBD4890]QPR’s Mission Statement:
“To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience.”

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Good morning,

If you are still interested in your request, please contact me. If I don’t get a reply by July 17, 2020, I will have no choice by to administratively close your request.

Thank you

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 680-2004 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image001.png@01D65680.DF269A60]QPR’s Mission Statement:
“To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience.”

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

From: Short, Jacqueline
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2020 6:11 AM
To: requests@muckrock.com
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request #20-04908-F
Importance: High

Good morning,

If you are still interested in your request, please contact me. If I don’t get a reply by July 17, 2020, I will have no choice by to administratively close your request.

Thank you

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 680-2004 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image001.png@01D65C23.39838660]QPR’s Mission Statement:
“To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience.”

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

Mr. Johnston,

Since you have not responded to my latest email your request will be administratively closed as of today.

v/r,

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 680-2004 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image001.png@01D65C23.39838660]QPR’s Mission Statement:
“To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience.”

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

From: Short, Jacqueline
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2020 11:02 AM
To: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #20-04908-F
Importance: High

Mr. Johnston,

Could you please give me a call. I am still having trouble understand exactly what documents you are requesting.

Thank you,

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 680-2004 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image001.png@01D65C23.39838660]QPR’s Mission Statement:
“To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience.”

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

From: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com> <requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>>
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020 4:00 PM
To: Short, Jacqueline <Jacqueline.Short@va.gov<mailto:Jacqueline.Short@va.gov>>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #20-04908-F

May 1, 2020

This is a follow up to request number 20-04908-F:

Thank you -- at the Office of Information and Technology.

George

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Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share, and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

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On April 21, 2020:
Subject: FOIA request 20-04908-F
Mr. Johnson,

This request is still far too broad. We would need contract numbers, topics/subjects in order to conduct an adequate search for Agency records. Literally each and every individual organization within the VA could hire (contract) and pay for a consultant's services. It could be at a medical center, it could be at VACO, it could be at NCA, VBA, OI&T, etc. Until you provide clarification, it would be impossible for us to process this request.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 680-2004 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov%3cmailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image005.png@01D617DC.1D846C30]QPR's Mission Statement:
"To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience."

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

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On April 10, 2020:
Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #20-04908-F
Mr. Johnson,

You still have not stated what VA Office(s) should conduct the search, without knowing this information I cannot process your request.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Office: (202) 680-2004 / Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov%3cmailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image001.png@01D60F18.774D3A70]QPR’s Mission Statement:
“To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience.”

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

---

On April 10, 2020:
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request #20-04908-F
Any records regarding a Will Rausch for the respective years.
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On April 10, 2020:
Subject: 20-04908-F Clarification 2 (Johnston)
Good afternoon:

Please see the attached document concerning your FOIA request to the Department of Veterans Affairs FOIA Service Center.

VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performancer, and Risk (QPR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Fax: (202) 632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov%3cmailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image001.png@01D60F11.8B9F6C70]QPR's Mission Statement:
"To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience."

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

---

On March 16, 2020:
Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Consultant Records
Mr. Johnson,

As stated in the attached letter, your request is too broad and not specific enough for a complete and detailed search. We are asking that you narrow your scope; and provide the names of the VA office(s) that should conduct a search.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Short
VACO FOIA Service
Quality, Performance, 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<mailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov%3cmailto:vacofoiaservice@va.gov>>
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

[cid:image001.png@01D5FB96.75A52100]QPR's Mission Statement:
"To lead a culture of quality and accountability to drive an exceptional Veteran and customer experience."

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. If you received these messages and attachments in error, you must inform the FOIA Officer and destroy them immediately.

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On Feb. 3, 2020:
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: Consultant Records

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A by-name list of all consultants paid for calendar years 2018 and 2019, and the amount paid to each consultant. In addition, the amount of money utilized for calendar year 2018, and 2019 respectively on consultants collectively. This is for the entire VA system.

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,

George Johnston

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E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
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For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 87301
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share, and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.
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