Correspondence between Commerce and SEVP

Jeff Elder filed this request with the Department of Commerce of the United States of America.
Tracking # DOC-ITA-2015-001425
Est. Completion None
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From: Jeff Elder

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Seeking correspondence between the Department of Commerce and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement from 2010-present related to F-1 student visa programs and Study in The USA and Study New Jersey and the OPT and CPT programs.

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,

Jeff Elder

From: efoia@doc.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28078e028)
* Tracking Number: DOC-OS-2015-001425
* Requester Name: Jeff Elder
* Date Submitted: 06/17/2015
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
Seeking correspondence between Department of Commerce and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement from 2010-present related to F-1 student visa programs and Study in The USA and Study New Jersey and the OPT and CPT programs.

From: Jeff Elder

Thanks very much. Any ETA?
Jeff

From: EFOIA@doc.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DOC-OS-2015-001425 has been
determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
06/17/2015
* Request Long Description:
Seeking correspondence between Department of Commerce and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement from 2010-present related to F-1 student visa programs and Study in The USA and Study New Jersey and the OPT and CPT programs.

From: Jeff Elder

I don't understand what you mean that my request is not billable. If I need to pay for processing, I am happy to. Please do not delay my request.

From: Jeff Elder

Hello?

From: Stilp, Mark

Mr. Elder,

I am writing to address to your FOIA request DOC-OS-2015-001425. The FOIA Specialist that you previously communicated with about this request is out of the office on extended leave. I will now handle the processing of your request. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

In an email below, you ask about the “not billable” determination made by my colleague. To the best I can tell, you requested a fee waiver, and the fee waiver was neither granted nor denied. The “not billable” determination means that my colleague decided that you will not be charged for the processing of this request.

Additionally, please respond to clarify your request. You are seeking “correspondence between the Department of Commerce and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement from 2010-present related to F-1 student visa programs and Study in The USA and Study New Jersey and the OPT and CPT programs”, but this does not provide enough information for me to initiate a search process.

The Department is made up of 12 decentralized bureaus (list below) and the Office of the Secretary. The Department does not have a centralized record keeping system, and each bureau independently processes FOIA requests. In your clarification, please list the bureaus that you believe possess responsive records.

Additionally, the Department’s FOIA Regulations provide helpful information for further clarifying your request: A request “must reasonably describe the agency records sought . . . a request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipient, and subject matter of the record, and the name and location of the office where the record might be found. . . . any file designations or descriptions of the requested records should be included. . . . the more specifically the request describes the records sought, the greater the likelihood that the Department will be able to locate those records.” 15 C.F.R. § 4.3(c).

Please respond to clarify your request. The Department will close your request if you do not respond within 30 calendar days.

Sincerely,

Mark Stilp
Office of Privacy and Open Government
U.S. Department of Commerce

Department of Commerce Bureaus (sub-agencies)

Bureau of Economic Analysis & Economics and Statistics Administration (BEA/ESA)
Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
U.S. Census Bureau (Census)
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
International Trade Administration (ITA)
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Office of Inspector General

From: Jeff Elder

Hi Mark,

Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Thanks much,

Jeff
704-650-4130

From: FOIA@trade.gov

The FOIA request DOC-OS-2015-001425 has had its Tracking Number changed to DOC-ITA-2015-001425. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number:
DOC-OS-2015-001425
* New Tracking Number:
DOC-ITA-2015-001425
* Requester Name:
Jeff Elder
* Date Submitted:
06/17/2015
* Long Description:
Seeking correspondence between Department of Commerce and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement from 2010-present related to F-1 student visa programs and Study in The USA and Study New Jersey and the OPT and CPT programs.

From: Stilp, Mark

Dear Mr. Elder:

I am writing to inform you that your request is now assigned to the International Trade Administration (ITA). Accordingly, the tracking number for your requester changed to DOC-ITA-2015-001425.

I am pasting the ITA FOIA contact information below.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Mark Stilp
Office of Privacy and Open Government
U.S. Department of Commerce

International Trade Administration

Justin Guz

Performance Management and Employment Programs Division
Mail Stop 40003
Washington, DC 20230

Phone: (202) 482-7937
Fax: (202) 482-1584
Email: FOIA@trade.gov<mailto:FOIA@trade.gov>
Website: International Trade Administration<http://www.ita.doc.gov/>
FOIA Webpage: ITA FOIA<http://www.ita.doc.gov/foia/>

From: Jeff Elder

So, the 20 business days are up. Where are the documents?

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 June 12, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-ITA-2015-001425 ; DOC-OS-2015-001425.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Justin Guz

Good afternoon,

I am sorry that I have not responded to your request for a status update but your e-mail blends in with the countless spam that I receive throughout the day. I will consult with my Travel and Tourism Office and hope to have a response by the end of the week. In the future, please send status update requests to this e-mail address.

Thank you,

Justin

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Justin Guz
FOIA Officer
International Trade Administration | U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Room 40003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: 202-482-7937
Fax: 202-482-1584
foia@trade.gov<mailto:foia@trade.gov>

From: FOIA@trade.gov

DOC-ITA-2015-001425 has been processed with the following final disposition: No records.
Please see the attached response letter from ITA.  Should you have trouble opening the attachment, the hand-signed original is being sent tomorrow.
Justin
FOIA Officer
International Trade Administration | U.S. Department of Commerce
202-482-7937

From: Department of Commerce

A no responsive documents response.

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