Dan Brouillette Emails

Taylor Amarel filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
Tracking #

HQ-2018-01167-F

Due July 17, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Taylor Amarel


To Whom It May Concern:

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

All emails sent to, from, or copied to: Dan Brouillette, from January 1, 2016 to Present Day containing any of the following non-case-sensitive key-string "liberals", "kushner", "Giuliani", "Mastroianni", "Elliott Broidy", "Mark Siffin", "George Nader", "Erik Prince", "alias", "FOIA", "Israel" or "whistleblower". After conducting a search to determine how many email records exist, if these records are too cumbersome to go through, please let me know the total number of records for the time period requested and I may desire to modify my request to limit the keywords or timeframe.

You may exclude emails that may be classified as newsletters, junk, or spam.

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,

Taylor Amarel

From: Department of Energy

-----Original Message-----
From: Deberry, Sheree L. (CONTR)
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2018 3:43 PM
To: 'requests@muckrock.com' <requests@muckrock.com>
Subject: HQ-2018-01167-F

Ms. Amarel:

Thank you for the request for information that you submitted to the Department of Energy. Your FOIA request number is HQ-2018-01167-F. Please reference this number when corresponding with the Department of Energy regarding your request.

Best,
Sheree DeBerry
202-287-6733

From: Department of Energy

Ms. Amarel:

Thank you for requesting information from the Department of Energy. You will find your interim letter attached to this email. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.
Best,

Sheree

From: Taylor Amarel

Thank you, I appreciate the update.

From: Department of Energy

Good morning Ms. Amarel,

I'd like to discuss these two pending FOIA requests with you, if possible. Are you available for a phone call today (9/18) at 2 pm?

Thank you.
Best,
Rachel

Rachel Fellows, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
(202) 287-6831

From: Department of Energy

Good morning Ms. Amarel,

I just wanted to follow up with you regarding these requests. Please let me know when you might be available for a phone call.

Alternatively, if you're no longer interested in receiving this information, please let me know so that I can close the cases. If I don't hear from you by Friday, October 5, 2018, I'll go ahead and proceed with closing them.
Thanks,
Rachel

From: Taylor Amarel

I'm currently abroad and don't have access to a phone. If you need to explain any issues or suggestions to limit the scope I'm happy to discuss via email. Thanks!

From: Department of Energy

Re: Pending DOE FOIA Requests (HQ-2018-01167-F and HQ-2018-01168-F)

Ms. Amarel,

I'm happy to discuss via email. In the interest of processing your requests quickly and efficiently, I have a few suggestions.

First, would you be willing to combine these requests under one control number to make communication a bit easier? If so, I'll combine them under control number HQ-2018-01167-F and close out HQ-2018-01168-F.

Second, I have started to review the search results for your requests and there is a considerable amount of material. If we limit the scope of the requests, as you mentioned in your email, I will be able to process them much faster for you.

Are there specific documents you are looking for? If so, I can try to locate them for you.

Alternatively, would you be willing to waive email attachments? Many of the email attachments are either publicly available documents, or pre-decisional drafts that will most likely be heavily redacted by the time you receive them.

Please let me know how to proceed. Thank you very much, and safe travels.
Best,
Rachel

From: Taylor Amarel

Thank you, my responses are below:

First, would you be willing to combine these requests under one control number to make communication a bit easier? If so, I'll combine them under control number HQ-2018-01167-F and close out HQ-2018-01168-F.

-Yes you can do this.

Second, I have started to review the search results for your requests and there is a considerable amount of material. If we limit the scope of the requests, as you mentioned in your email, I will be able to process them much faster for you.

-Given the volume of results, could you please exclude the following keywords: "alias", "FOIA", "Israel". You may also ignore newsletters, spam, or junk mail.

Thank you,
Taylor Amarel

From: Department of Energy

Ms. Amarel,

Thanks very much for your reply. We will combine these requests under control number HQ-2018-01167-F and exclude the keywords "alias", "FOIA", and "Israel."

Are you willing to waive email attachments as well, as I suggested earlier this week? Even with the above search terms excluded, there will still be a large amount of material to review and process, particularly if we include the attachments. If this is not an option though, just let me know- I just wanted to clarify your answer below.
Best,
Rachel

From: Taylor Amarel

Hi Rachel,

Yes you can waive email attachments.

Thank you,
Taylor Amarel

From: Department of Energy

Great, thank you for letting me know. We will proceed as instructed.

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