COVID-19 FOIA impact (National Archives and Records Administration)

Emma Best filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

NARA-NGC-2020-000449

NARA-NGC-2020-000449

Multi Request COVID-19 FOIA impact
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Appeal

Communications

From: Emma Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records mentioning or describing any impact on the processing of FOIA requests caused by COVID-19 AKA the Corona virus.

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,

Emma Best

From: National Archives and Records Administration

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=NARA-NGC-2020-000449&type=request)

* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2020-000449
* Requester Name: Emma Best
* Date Submitted: 03/17/2020
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records mentioning or describing any impact on the processing of FOIA requests caused by COVID-19 AKA the Corona virus.

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,

Emma Best

Attachments:

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

The FOIA
request
- NARA-NGC-2020-000449 description has been modified. Additional details for this item are as follows:

* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2020-000449
* Requester: Emma Best
* Submitted Date: 03/16/2020
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern: Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Records mentioning or describing any impact on the processing of FOIA requests caused by COVID-19 AKA the Corona virus. 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, Emma Best

Attachments:

https://cdn.muckrock.com/outbound_composer_attachments/EmmaBest/82199/Fee20category20and20search20parameters.pdf
Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?url_auth_token=AAAj2rB5qII1P-WIK1ujY9EeM1E%3A1jE1qw%3ABBdwUNwyLTXiv0HOE6TvWfx2RNk&next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Fnational-archives-and-records-administration-129%252Fcovid-19-foia-impact-national-archives-and-records-administration-90813%252F%253Femail%253Dfoia%252540nara.gov

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request NARA-NGC-2020-000449 has been
determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable.
Additional details for this request are as follows:

* Request Created on:
03/16/2020
* Request Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records mentioning or describing any impact on the processing of FOIA requests caused by COVID-19 AKA the Corona virus.

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,

Emma Best

Attachments:

https://cdn.muckrock.com/outbound_composer_attachments/EmmaBest/82199/Fee20category20and20search20parameters.pdf
Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?url_auth_token=AAAj2rB5qII1P-WIK1ujY9EeM1E%3A1jE1qw%3ABBdwUNwyLTXiv0HOE6TvWfx2RNk&next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Fnational-archives-and-records-administration-129%252Fcovid-19-foia-impact-national-archives-and-records-administration-90813%252F%253Femail%253Dfoia%252540nara.gov
* Fee Waiver Original Justification:
As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and
making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason:
N/A

From: National Archives and Records Administration

The FOIA
request
- NARA-NGC-2020-000449 has been supplemented with additional supporting files. Additional details for this item are as follows:

* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2020-000449
* Requester: Emma Best
* Submitted Date: 03/16/2020
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern: Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Records mentioning or describing any impact on the processing of FOIA requests caused by COVID-19 AKA the Corona virus. 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, Emma Best

Attachments:

https://cdn.muckrock.com/outbound_composer_attachments/EmmaBest/82199/Fee20category20and20search20parameters.pdf
Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?url_auth_token=AAAj2rB5qII1P-WIK1ujY9EeM1E%3A1jE1qw%3ABBdwUNwyLTXiv0HOE6TvWfx2RNk&next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Fnational-archives-and-records-administration-129%252Fcovid-19-foia-impact-national-archives-and-records-administration-90813%252F%253Femail%253Dfoia%252540nara.gov

From: National Archives and Records Administration

NARA-NGC-2020-000449 has been processed with the following final disposition: Full Denial Based on Exemptions.

March 17, 2020

VIA FOIAonline
Ms. Emma Best
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 90823
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request: NGC20-314

Dear Ms. Best:

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated March 16, 2020 and received in our office on March 17, 2020. Your request has been assigned the above internal tracking number in addition to your FOIAonline tracking number NARA-NGC-2020-000449. In your request, you stated:

I hereby request the following records: Records mentioning or describing any impact on the processing of FOIA requests caused by COVID-19 AKA the Corona virus.

After conducting a search, we were able to locate one document, consisting of email communication, totaling two pages that is responsive to your FOIA request. We are withholding the document in full pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(5), under the deliberative process privilege, which protects the decision making processes of government agencies.

This completes the processing of your FOIA request.

If you are not satisfied with our action on this request, you have the right to file an administrative appeal within ninety (90) calendar days from the date of this letter via regular U.S. mail or email. By filing an appeal, you preserve your rights under FOIA and give the agency a chance to review and reconsider your request and the agency’s decision. If you submit your appeal in writing, please address it to the Deputy Archivist of the United States (ND), National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740. Both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.” If you submit your appeal by e-mail please send it to FOIA@nara.gov, also addressed to the Deputy Archivist of the United States. Please be sure to explain why you believe this response does not meet the requirements of the FOIA. All correspondence should reference your case tracking number NGC20-314 and your FOIAonline tracking number.

If you would like to discuss our response before filing an appeal to attempt to resolve your dispute without going through the appeals process, you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison Gary M. Stern for assistance at:

National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 3110
College Park, MD 20740-6001
301-837-1750
garym.stern@nara.gov

If you are unable to resolve your FOIA dispute through our FOIA Public Liaison, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the Federal FOIA Ombudsman’s office, offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies. The contact information for OGIS is:

Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road–OGIS
College Park, MD 20740-6001
ogis@nara.gov
ogis.archives.gov
202-741-5770
1-877-684-6448

Thank you for contacting the National Archives and Records Administration.

Sincerely,

Jodi L. Foor
Deputy FOIA Officer
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
301-837-2099
Jodi.foor@nara.gov

From: Emma Best

I am appealing the withholdings in their entirety.

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