Deregulation task force materials (U.S. Department of State)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2017-10614
Due May 24, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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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.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: U.S. Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Lipton,

Since 2008, the Department has experienced a 300 percent increase in the number of FOIA and Privacy Act requests it receives annually. The Department processes Freedom of Information and Privacy Act requests on a first-in/first-out basis, and currently has a backlog of approximately 15,967 cases. This significant increase in the number of FOIA requests is drawing on limited and already over-burdened resources. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

This is in references to your fax dated June 1, 2017 the searches for records are still pending. Each case is different and processing time depends on the complexity of the information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records. I informed the case Analyst and Branch Chief for an estimated completion date(ECD) and once the information becomes available I will then email you with the up-dated status.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Sincerely,

Katrina Wood

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

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All,

A requester has asked for an estimated completion date in case number F-2017-10614, Beryl C Lipton, Please review the case file, coordinate as necessary and determine an estimated date. Please provide that date to AO (everyone on this e-mail) as soon as possible, but not later than 48 hours.

Thanks,
Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

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From: FOIA Status

FOIA Status would like to recall the message, "F-2017-10614 BERYL C. Lipton".

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FOIA Status would like to recall the message, "F-2017-10614 BERYL C. Lipton".

From: FOIA Status

FOIA Status would like to recall the message, "F-2017-10614 BERYL C. Lipton".

From: FOIA Status

Dear Beryl Lipton,

This is in reference to your email dated July 7, 2017 regarding FOIA case control number F-2017-10614. We have received the report from the Compliance and Research Branch and have been informed that processing of this case is underway. Each case is different and processing time depends on the complexity of the information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records. The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is April 2018.

Please note that ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates. They are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

Official - Transitory
UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Dear Beryl Lipton,

This is in reference to your email dated July 7, 2017 regarding FOIA case control number F-2017-10614. We have received the report from the Compliance and Research Branch and have been informed that processing of this case is underway. Each case is different and processing time depends on the complexity of the information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records. The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is April 2018.

Please note that ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates. They are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

From: FOIA Status

Ms. Lipton,
This is in response to your e-mail below concerning case control number F-2017-10614. Your case is in process and at this time, there is no new information to provide. The estimated date of completion (EDC) is still April 2018. Please note that EDCs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

Please note there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA and Privacy Act requests. The Department processes FOIA and Privacy Act requests on a first-in, first-out basis, and currently has a backlog of approximately 13,700 cases.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484<tel:(202)%20261-8484>, or fax us at (202) 261-8579<tel:(202)%20261-8579> or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

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