Deleted Tweets on @USDA_ARS

Muira McCammon filed this request with the Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # FOIA 2017-REE-05451-F
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From: Muira McCammon

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I would like copies of all tweets deleted by the U.S. Agricultural Research Service's Twitter feed (@USDA_ARS) from September 2009 to the present. This would include any tweets sent out on Twitter that were deleted or kept in draft form from the Twitter accounts @USDA_ARS. This request also would include copies of any e-mails or correspondence regarding the drafting and deletion of these tweets.

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.

I am a journalist whose works have appeared in Slate, the Massachusetts Review, Kill Screen, and elsewhere. This FOIA request is part of research for an ongoing piece of journalistic work, and as such, I am requesting a fee waiver. I have submitted versions of this FOIA request to other agencies, including the Office of Government Ethics, and in the process, I have been granted this fee waiver without question.

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,

Muira McCammon

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Muira McCammon
Journalist
via the MuckRock FOIA Portal

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated July 1, 2017, for information concerning the ARS Twitter feed. Your request was received in this office on July 10 and assigned FOIA No. 2017-REE-05451-F with an estimated response date of August 7.

Specifically, you requested:

copies of all tweets deleted by the U.S. Agricultural Research Service's Twitter feed (@USDA_ARS) from September 2009 to the present. This would include any tweets sent out on Twitter that were deleted or kept in draft form from the Twitter accounts @USDA_ARS. This request also would include copies of any e-mails or correspondence regarding the drafting and deletion of these tweets.

We are currently processing your request. It would be beneficial if you can provide this office with your telephone number in case we have questions about your request.

If you have any questions concerning your request, please contact this office at 202-815-2913 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Officer, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 (w) 301-504-1647 (fax)
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From: Hutchison, Stasia

Muira McCammon
Journalist
via the MuckRock FOIA Portal

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated July 1, 2017, for information concerning the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Twitter feed. Your request was received in this office on July 10 and assigned FOIA No. 2017-REE-05451-F.

Specifically, you requested:

copies of all tweets deleted by the U.S. Agricultural Research Service's Twitter feed (@USDA_ARS) from September 2009 to the present. This would include any tweets sent out on Twitter that were deleted or kept in draft form from the Twitter accounts @USDA_ARS. This request also would include copies of any e-mails or correspondence regarding the drafting and deletion of these tweets.

The Office of Communications (OC) maintains the ARS Twitter account @USDA_ARS. A search of OC's files was conducted for records concerning tweets that were deleted or kept in draft form for posting to the ARS Twitter account. According to our records, since the account's establishment in September 2009, ARS deleted and reposted one tweet from its Twitter account due to a typo in the original post. Attached are emails in our files that pertain to the following tweet reposted on February 26, 2013:

--2/26/13: @NationalCorn developed podcasts 4 farmers on @USDA_ARS rsch. Here's one on our maize database. http://tiny.cc/vretsw [deleted and reposted]

ARS does not have any records of draft tweets that were not posted.

If you are not satisfied with the response to this request, you may administratively appeal our determination by writing to the Administrator, ARS, USDA, Room 302-A, Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 14th & Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250. Your appeal must be postmarked within 90 days of the date of the response to your request. The phrase "FOIA Appeal" should be placed in capital letters on the front of the envelope containing the appeal.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, please contact this office at 202-815-2913 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>, our FOIA Public Liaison or FOIA Requester Service Center at 301-504-1743 or REEFOIA@ars.usda.gov<mailto:REEFOIA@ars.usda.gov>. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001; ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>; 202-741-5770<tel:(202)%20741-5770>; toll free at 1-877-684-6448<tel:(877)%20684-6448>; or facsimile at 202-741-5769<tel:(202)%20741-5769>.

Sincerely,

Stasia

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Officer, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 (w) 301-504-1647 (fax)
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