Department Heads travel expenses communications (Department of Housing and Urban Development)

Elijah Kaplan filed this request with the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the United States of America.
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18-FI-HQ-01135

Multi Request Department Heads travel expenses communications
Est. Completion None
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Communications

From: Elijah Kaplan

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communications and documents in your possession, of any type whatsoever, regarding the travel expenditures of all agency political appointees confirmed by the Senate from January 20, 2017 to present

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,

Elijah Kaplan

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mr. Kaplan,
Attached, please find a letter acknowledging the Department's receipt of your FOIA request 18-FI-HQ-01135.  This request relates to travel expenditures of all agency political appointees confirmed by the Senate.
While we can search for documents pertaining to travel expenditures of political appointees, in order to search for "communications" we will need to know whose communications you are seeking.  We can run a search for email records if given the names of any HUD custodians, but cannot run a search agency wide for any type of communication whatsoever.  Please provide the names of any HUD employees whose communications you are interested in, and I can have a search submitted for responsive records.
Thank you for your interest in the Department's programs and policies.
Best,
Ethan G. Bodell, Esq.
Government Information Specialist
Office of the Executive Secretariat

From: Elijah Kaplan

Good afternoon,

In regards to the communications requested in my initial email, I would like to specifically request any emails to or from Ben Carson on the subject. That is in addition to the records requested.

Let me know if you need anything further from me!

Thank you,
Elijah Kaplan

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mr. Kaplan,

I appreciate the quick response. Just for my own clarification, and to make sure I am taking this the right direction, you are seeking (in addition to travel records for all political appointees) all of Secretary Carson’s communications related to travel expenditures? Do you have a timeframe for this request?
Best,

Ethan Bodell

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mr. Kaplan,

My mistake. This request states 1/20/17 to the present. Disregard the previous email. Thanks!
-Ethan

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