Democracy Assistance programs in Mexico/Mexican Political parties

John Dyer filed this request with the United States Agency for International Development of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-00167-13
Status
Completed

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From: John Dyer

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I request any and all documents pertaining the democracy and political assistance programs mantained by USAID through the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute with Mexican political parties through FY 2000 to 2013. Please detail the activities undertaken by both the IRI and the NDI with Mexican political parties during this period. Also, please include information on the budget approved by USAID for programs that involved Mexican political parties during this period.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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,

John Dyer

From: Smith, Pamela

Dear Mr. John Dyer,
Attached is an acknowledgement letter assigning the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) number to your request.  You will be notified shortly of the assigned Government Information Specialist that will be processing this FOIA request.  If you have questions, please contact us on 202 712-0960 or by e-mail at

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 Feb. 22, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Smith, Pamela

Could you please provide the FOIA Request that was associated with your
case? Thank you.

From: John Dyer

Hello,

This with regard to case number F-00167-13.

Thank you.

From: Sillah, Alecia

Re: USAID FOIA Request No. F-00167-13
Dear Mr. Dyer:

Thank you for your letter dated February 22, 2013, requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  The tracking number for your request is F-00167-13.  Please use this number when corresponding with our office.
The Government Information Specialist assigned to your request is Ms. Kathleen Hearne.  Ms. Hearne will request the document(s) from the appropriate office(s) for review. She will contact you when the review is completed.
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hearne on (202) 712-4008 or by email at khearne@usaid.gov
Sincerely,

Alecia S. Sillah Team Lead, Government Information Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

From: Hearne, Kathleen

*Sent via e-mail:*

*requests@muckrock.com*

Mr. John Dyer

MuckRock News

Dept. MR 2931

P.O. Box 55819

Boston, MA 02205-5819

*Re: FOIA Tracking No. F-00167-13*

Dear Mr. Dyer,

Regarding your FOIA request dated February 22, 2013, I am writing to ask
that you clarify and narrow the scope of your request. Your request for
any and all documents pertaining to the democracy and political assistance
programs maintained by USAID through IRI and NDI with Mexican political
parties from FY 2000 to 2013 is very broad, which may require a very
lengthy and costly search.

Are you looking for a particular document, documents or type of document?
It would assist us greatly if you could further define and target the type
of information and documentation that you are requesting. The time period
you asked for covers a very long span of years. Would it be possible for
you to shorten the time span? Such a clarification and narrowing would
allow us to direct our energy and focus on items of importance to you.

We also have a large backlog of requests in the FOIA Office. Because of
all these factors, the completion of your request as it is now stated will
take a great amount of time.

We would greatly appreciate a clarification and narrowing of your request.
Please respond to this letter by cob Thursday, May 9, 2013, so that we can
continue processing your FOIA request. Right now, it is on hold until we
hear back from you.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Hearne

From: John Dyer

Thank you for your comments. Concerning the request being too broad, it's ok by me if we narrow it down to FY 2006-2012 and include only reports that mention what were the activities that were undertaken with each Mexican party. Not the results of every program, but just information on the names of projects, semminars, training sessiones, etc. Would that be workable?
Regards

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 Feb. 22, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00167-13.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 22, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00167-13.

Thank you for your help.

From: Kathleen Hearne

Dear Mr. Dyer,

We have been working on your request, and we should be able to send you our
final response soon. That final response is with our clearance officer
right now, and I hope it is sent back to me soon so that I can send it to
you.

Thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,
Kathleen Hearne
Govt. Info. Specialist
USAID

From: Kathleen Hearne

Dear Mr. Dyer,

Our final response to your FOIA request is attached.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Kathleen

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