Department of Energy non-commercial air travel expenses

Nick Surgey filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America .
Tracking #

HQ-2017-01813-F

Status
Completed

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From: Nick Surgey

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records relating to all non-commercial air travel expenses incurred by Department of Energy for travel by Department of Energy staff and appointees since January 20, 2017.

Please provide materials on a rolling basis as they become available.

The Center for Media and Democracy is entitled to a fee waiver because it is a news media organization, and because this request for records concerns activities or operations of the government. Disclosure of the requested records will likely increase public understanding of government operations since CMD has the ability and the intention, through the means described below, to effectively convey information contained within the requested records to a broad public audience. Founded in 1993, CMD’s investigative research and reporting has appeared in local and national publications such as the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Washington Post. CMD documents key facts in order to reveal the impact of policies on ordinary people, and has received various awards for its investigative reporting. In addition to using the information from this FOIA request to generate news stories, CMD would distribute information obtained and inform the public at large through various online platforms. CMD publishes information and investigative findings on a near daily basis through CMD’s reporting websites, PRWatch and ExposedbyCMD.

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,

Nick Surgey

From: Darr, Melissa (CONTR)

Good Afternoon Mr. Surgey,

Please find attached the acknowledgement letter for the above referenced FOIA request. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Best Wishes,
Melissa Darr, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
(202)287-6745

From: Nick Surgey

Can you please provide an update on this request, along with an ETA for producing records.

Thanks,

Nick Surgey

From: Department of Energy

Good Morning,
I am the new analyst assigned to complete processing of your case. I have made some progress on production of documents related to request HQ-2017-01813 and hope to have something out to you soon. In the meantime, please remember to reference the new request number HQ-2017-01844-F when you contact me for anything regarding this request. This will help me to locate your request faster and prevent delays in responding.
Thank you,

Veronica Jones, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585
202 586 9141

From: Nick Surgey

Thanks for your email. Looking forward to seeing these records.

Thanks,

Nick Surgey

From: Department of Energy

Good Afternoon Nick,
We are nearing production of another batch, which I should be able to release to you within 2 week. I would like to discuss the remaining requests which were combined into this one. Please give me a number where I can contact you.

Additionally, as we are nearing the end of the fiscal year, would you be amenable to my issuing you a new request number for administrative purposes? This will not delay processing of your request and I will send you the new request number in October. Please let me know if you have an objection or any concerns.
Thank You,
Veronica Jones

From: Department of Energy

Mr. Surgey,
Please find attached a partial response for the above-referenced request.
Best,

Veronica Jones, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
WITS Solutions, Inc., Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 586-9141

From: Department of Energy

Good Afternoon Nick,
After receiving several partial responses for your combined requests, I'm checking in to see if you have what you need so that we can close this request. If, after reviewing the results of your search, you find that you need additional information, you can file a new request. If you have not received the information you requested, we will continue to process this request.
Thank You,
Veronica Jones

From: Department of Energy

Good Morning Nick,

I am following up on my email below. Please reply by January 28, 2021 if you are still

interested in this matter. If we do not receive a response from you by this date, we will

assume you are no longer interested in this matter and close this request.
Best,

Veronica Jones, Esq.

FOIA Analyst

WITS Solutions, Inc., Contractor

U.S. Department of Energy

1000 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20585

(202) 586-9141

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