DeVos/Trump Correspondence Concerning Transgender Student Guidance

J.K. Trotter filed this request with the U.S. Department of Education of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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17-01023-F

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Communications

From: J.K. Trotter

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of all correspondence, written or electronic, exchanged between Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (including any of her office's staff) and U.S. President Donald J. Trump (including any of her office's staff) concerning a "Dear Colleague" letter about the treatment of transgender students in public schools that was sent in May 2016. A copy of that letter can be found at this link:

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201605-title-ix-transgender.pdf

The requested records include any emails, documents, or other forms of correspondence exchanged between the Department of Education and the U.S. Attorney General that pertains to the status, enforcement, and/or potential cancellation of the directives contained in the aforementioned "Dear Colleague" letter.

Please limit this request to records dated between January 20, 2017 and February 28, 2017.

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,
J.K. Trotter

From: Jones, Kim

This is the Department's acknowledgment of your request for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. Your request was forwarded to the primary responsible office(s) for action.
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From: ED FOIA Manager

Dear Joseph Trotter,

This e-mail is in response to your request for a status on the subject FOIA request: 17-01023-F

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From: Cook, Elise

Dear Mr. Trotter,

Please find attached above, a status notification in reference to your FOIA request.

Thank you,

Elise Cook
Government Information Specialist
FOIA Service Center
Office of The Chief Privacy Officer
US Department of Education
(202) 401-8365

From: Cook, Elise

Dear Mr. Trotter,

The Office of the Secretary is continuing to process your request. Unfortunately due to the high volume of FOIA requests received, I cannot provide a definite processing completion date.

Thank you for your patience.

Elise Cook
Government Information Specialist
FOIA Service Center
Office of The Chief Privacy Officer
US Department of Education
(202) 401-8365

From: Cook, Elise

The Office of Communications and Outreach is experiencing a high volume of FOIA requests. They are continuing to process your request. Unfortunately they are unable to provide a more definite timeframe for completion. I will contact you as soon as I receive any information regarding your request.

Thank you for your patience and I apologize for the delay in responding to you. Please feel free to check back with us at any time.

Elise Cook
Government Information Specialist
FOIA Service Center
Office of The Chief Privacy Officer
US Department of Education
(202) 401-8365

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From: Cook, Elise

Dear Mr. Trotter,

The Office of the Secretary is continuing to process your request. We have received a very high volume of requests for the Secretary’s emails. Unfortunately, it is taking quite some time to retrieve and review all of the email that is responsive to the several requests that we have received.

I apologize for not being able to provide a more specific timeframe for completing your request. We appreciate your patience as we are working diligently to complete the processing of these requests.

Please feel free to check back with us regarding the status of your request.

Thank you,

Elise Cook
Government Information Specialist
FOIA Service Center
Office of The Chief Privacy Officer
US Department of Education
(202) 401-8365

From: U.S. Department of Education

Dear Mr. Trotter,

Your request was sent to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the Office of Communications and Outreach (OCO), the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs (OLCA) and the Office of the Secretary (OS) within the Department of Education.

The OCR, OCO, and OLCA were unable to locate any documents pertaining to your request. OS is presently continuing to search for documents pertaining to your request. I have reached out to them for a more accurate status of your request.

I will respond to you as soon as I receive a response from their office.

Thank you for your patience.

Elise Cook
Government Information Specialist
FOIA Service Center
Office of The Chief Privacy Officer
US Department of Education
(202) 401-8365

From: U.S. Department of Education

Dear Mr. Trotter;
"OS has received the search tasking and is in the process of identifying and reviewing potentially responsive records. Please be advised that OS has a very high volume of pending FOIA requests and will provide any responsive records as soon as they are able to do so."
Thanks!

Christie D. Swafford
Government Information Specialist
OM/OCPO/FSC
U.S.Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, 2W218-54
Washington, DC 20202
(202) 205-3691
(202)401-0920-Fax
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From: U.S. Department of Education

Dear Joseph Trotter,
Please find attached above the final response to your FOIA request.
Thank you,
Art Caliguiran
FOIA Service Center
US Department of Education
(202) 401-8365

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