Deregulation task force materials (Department of Labor)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Labor of the United States of America.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all materials related to any and all "deregulation task force" organization, considerations, recommendations, and determinations related to divisions within this agency. On February 28, 2017, President Donald Trump, in a speech before members of Congress, stated: "We have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job-crushing regulations, creating a deregulation task force inside of every Government agency; imposing a new rule which mandates that for every 1 new regulation, 2 old regulations must be eliminated...."

By Executive Order, issued February 25, 2017, President Donald Trump ordered that within 60 days of the date of this order, a time period that concludes today, the head of each agency "shall designate an agency official as its Regulatory Reform Officer (RRO)."

Please include all communications, databases, organizational charts, evaluations, reports, audits, or any other materials related to the following elements:

• All organizational and structural materials related to the set up of the task force, including the names of all members and responsibilities.
• All materials related to meetings between members or auxiliary members of the task force, including notes, meeting minutes, agendas
• All available lists and related materials regarding regulations to be kept and regulations to be cut, as well as any notes, reports, or other materials being used to support or inform the assignments

Please provide materials on a rolling basis.

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.


Beryl Lipton

From: Miller, Darlene - SOL

Mr. Lipton:

Your request has been assigned to OSEC with tracking number 829390. When the agency begins processing it, you will be able to track its progress at<>. If you need to contact us about it for any reason, please submit your inquiry through<> or phone 202-693-5442. In addition, it would be helpful to include the tracking number in the Subject line of any submission to us or to have it available at the time of a call.


Darlene Miller
Government Information Specialist, Office of Information Services

U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Rm N2420
Washington, DC 20210
(202) 693-5442 (O) | (202) 693-5389 (F) |<> (E)

From: Yerxa, Christopher W - ASAM

Ms. Lipton -
This is an interim respond to your recent FOIA request. The Department has posted relevant materials online: We are reviewing the other component of your request and will respond as soon as possible.

If you have questions about this response you may contact the DOL FOIA Public Liaison, Thomas Hicks, at 202-693-5427 or by email at<>. Alternatively, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), within the National Archives and Records Administration, to inquire about the mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001. You can also reach that office by e-mail at<>, by phone at 202-741-5770, by fax at 202-741-5769, or by calling toll-free at 1-877-684-6448.

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Thank you,
Chris Yerxa

Christopher W. Yerxa | Administrative Officer
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
U.S. Department of Labor |<> |<>

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From: Department of Labor

Beryl Lipton,

This email is to follow-up on your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated 4/25/2017, seeking the communications of the Regulatory task force records per 2/25/17 E.O.. Your request was assigned the FOIA tracking number FOIA #829390.
We are continuing to process your request. We apologize for the delay. Considering how much time has passed since the submission of your request, we would like to confirm that you are still interested in gaining access to any records deemed responsive to your request, should any exist.
Please provide your response via email to me at<>. We will expect your confirmation within 14 calendar days of the date of this letter. If we do not hear from you within the allotted time period, we will assume that you are no longer interested and administratively close your request. Should you still be interested but respond after the 14-calendar day deadline, you can resubmit your FOIA request.
There is no provision in the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. 552, that specifically authorizes the Department of Labor to establish a 14-day time period for a requester to respond to any inquiry regarding the ongoing processing of a pending request. However, the Office of Information Policy (OIP) at the US Department of Justice (DOJ) which, under the statue, has administrative oversight over the implementation of FOIA across the government, has established a policy and given guidance on the limited use of "still interested" letters such as the one you received to gauge a requester's ongoing interest in pursuing aged FOIA requests. DOJ's guidance can be found on their website at<>.

If you have additional questions on how the Department manages its overall FOIA program, please feel free to contact Ramona Branch Oliver, Director, Office of Information Services, by phone at 202-693-6391 or by email at<>.
If you have any issues or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 202-693-6030.
Thank you in advance for understanding.

Ronetta Norris

Ronetta Norris
U.S. Department of Labor
Office of the Secretary
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20210