Deleted Tweets from @realDonaldTrump and rules of archival

Terrence O'Brien filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # NARA-NGC-2017-000293
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From: Terrence O'Brien

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I'd like to obtain copies of all posts deleted from the @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump Twitter accounts, along with any explanatory information available about the reasoning behind the deletions. I'd also like information about the regulations and mechanisms for archiving tweets from the executive branch (including the president).

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,

Terrence O'Brien

From: foia@nara.gov

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* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2017-000293
* Requester Name: Terrence O'Brien
* Date Submitted: 02/17/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: I'd like to obtain copies of all posts deleted from the @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump Twitter accounts, along with any explanatory information available about the reasoning behind the deletions. I'd also like information about the regulations and mechanisms for archiving tweets from the executive branch (including the president).

From: foia@nara.gov

8601 Adelphi Road Room 3110
College Park, MD 20740-6001

February 27, 2017
Terrence O’Brien MuckRock
DEPT MR 33086
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Re:  Freedom of Information Act Request NGC17-189
Dear Mr. O’Brien:
This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated, February 17, 2017, and received in our office on the same day, via FOIAonline.  Your request was assigned tracking number NARA-NGC-2017-000293, and the internal tracking number NGC17-189.  In your request you stated:
I'd like to obtain copies of all posts deleted from the @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump Twitter accounts, along with any explanatory information available about the reasoning behind the deletions. I'd also like information about the regulations and mechanisms for archiving tweets from the executive branch (including the president).
The National Archives and Records Administration has no records responsive to your request for deleted posts.  President Donald J. Trump’s use of Twitter is subject to the Presidential Records Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. §§ 2201-2209, which governs the official records of the President, Vice President, and their staff.  (Please note that Presidential records are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act while the President is in office.)
With regards to the second part of your request, we have publicly available documents about our regulations at the following links below: https://records-express.blogs.archives.gov/2017/01/27/records-management-of-social-media-and-electronic-records/ (ww.archives.gov) https://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/bulletins/2014/2014-02.html (ww.archives.gov)
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 NGC17-189 and FOIAonline Tracking Number NARA-NGC-2017-000293. (http://www.archives.gov)
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:
Gary M. Stern General Counsel and Chief FOIA Officer
8601 Adelphi Road, Suite 3110
College Park, MD 20740-6002
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

Sincerely,
Wanda Williams Deputy FOIA Officer
National Archives and Records Administration
Office of General Counsel
(301) 837-0773
wanda.williams@nara.gov

From: foia@nara.gov

8601 Adelphi Road Room 3110
College Park, MD 20740-6001

March 6, 2017 Terrence O’Brien
MuckRock
DEPT MR 33086
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Re:  Freedom of Information Act Request NGC17-189
Dear Mr. O’Brien:
This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated, February 17, 2017, and received in our office on the same day, via FOIAonline.  Your request was assigned tracking number NARA-NGC-2017-000293, and the internal tracking number NGC17-189.  In your request you stated:
I'd like to obtain copies of all posts deleted from the @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump Twitter accounts, along with any explanatory information available about the reasoning behind the deletions. I'd also like information about the regulations and mechanisms for archiving tweets from the executive branch (including the president).
The National Archives and Records Administration has no records responsive to your request for deleted posts.  President Donald J. Trump’s use of Twitter is subject to the Presidential Records Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. §§ 2201-2209, which governs the official records of the President, Vice President, and their staff.  (Please note that Presidential records are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act while the President is in office.)
With regards to the second part of your request, we have publicly available documents about our regulations at the following links below:
https://records-express.blogs.archives.gov/2017/01/27/records-management-of-social-media-and-electronic-records/
https://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/bulletins/2014/2014-02.html
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 NGC17-189 and FOIAonline Tracking Number NARA-NGC-2017-000293.
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:
Gary M. Stern General Counsel and Chief FOIA Officer
8601 Adelphi Road, Suite 3110
College Park, MD 20740-6002
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

Sincerely,
Wanda Williams Deputy FOIA Officer
National Archives and Records Administration
Office of General Counsel
(301) 837-0773
wanda.williams@nara.gov

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