Deregulation task force materials (FDA)

Cynthia Fernandez filed this request with the Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America.
Due Feb. 23, 2023
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Cynthia Fernandez

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.


Cynthia Fernandez

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Food and Drug Administration

Dear Requester,

FDA received your request about the Regulatory Task Force. As FDA is not a cabinet-level agency, it is not required to have a Regulatory Task Force. We are forwarding your request to the Department of Health and Human Services for processing, as that agency may have records.

Contact information for the HHS FOIA Office is:

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)<>
Freedom of Information Officer
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 729H
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20201
Phone: 202-690-7453
Fax: 202-690-8320
FOIA Officer: Michael Marquis
FOIA Public Liaison: Michael Bell

Please contact me directly if you have any questions at 301-796-8976 or You may also contact the FDA FOIA Public Liaison, Office of the Executive Secretariat, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1050, Rockville, MD 20857; email:<>.


Sarah B. Kotler, J.D.
Office of the Executive Secretariat
Division of Freedom of Information
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Tel: 301-796-8976<>


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From: Food and Drug Administration

RE:  Case No.2018-00692-FOIA-OS August 18, 2023
Cynthia Fernandez
MuckRock News
Dept MR 40591
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516 Dear Cynthia Fernandez: This office is presently conducting a review of our pendingFreedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to ascertain if the information subjectto the request is still desired. YourJuly 28, 2017 FOIA request (which you initially sent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who transferred it to HHS headquarters) is a part of this review (copy enclosed).
We apologize for the delay in responding to yourrequest. However, because of theincreasing number of requests received by the Department of Health & HumanServices, we found it necessary to adopt the ruling in the case of OpenAmerica v. Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 547 F.2d 605 (D.C. Cir.1976) and exercise due diligence by following a first-in, first-out FOIAprocessing. Please respond, as soon as possible, if you are still interested in pursuing this request, and we will complete the processing of your request. If we have not received any communication from you, by September 29, 2023, we will assume you are no longerinterested in pursuing the request and it will be administrativelyclosed. For further information on this matter, please contactKathy Hill, Management Analyst (FOIA Analyst), on assignment with OS FOI/Privacy Acts Division, Initials-Intake Team, at Sincerely yours, Arianne Perkins Director, Initials FOIA Requests FOI/Privacy Acts Division