Division- or department-wide emails, DOJ Civil Rights Division

Joshua Eaton filed this request with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division of the United States of America.
Tracking #

17-00129-F, 17-00130-F

Status
Completed

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From: Joshua Eaton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All division- or department-wide emails sent or received between Jan. 20, 2017, and the date your office processes this request, inclusive.

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 email 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,
Joshua Eaton

From: FOIArequests, CRT (CRT)

Dear Mr. Eaton,

This is to inform you that your request for records was received by the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. Attached is your acknowledgement letter regarding your FOIA request.

FOI/PA Branch
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
(202) 514-4210 - Main
CRT.FOIArequests@crt.usdoj.gov<mailto:CRT.FOIArequests@crt.usdoj.gov>

From: FOIArequests, CRT (CRT)

Dear Mr. Eaton,

This is to inform you that your request for records was received by the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. Attached is your acknowledgement letter regarding your FOIA request.

FOI/PA Branch
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
(202) 514-4210 - Main
CRT.FOIArequests@crt.usdoj.gov<mailto:CRT.FOIArequests@crt.usdoj.gov>

From: Hermilla, Nelson (CRT)

Dear Mr. Eaton:

I've attached the Civil Rights Division's response to your FOIA request.

We'll be glad to work with you in any we can to approach the subject matter.

We appreciate your interest in the work of the Civil Rights Division.

Sincerely,

Nelson D. Hermilla, Chief
FOI/PA Branch
Civil Rights Division

From: Joshua Eaton

Dear Mr. Hermilla,

My apologies for the slow response time! Based on your estimate for completing my request, I think I may not have been clear enough. I'm requesting all emails (1) sent to all DOJ staff, and/or (2) sent to all staff in the Civil Rights Division. This could include, for example, emails to an all-staff email list or memos on which all staff are copied. Does that clarify what I'm looking for?

Thank you for your time and help.

Sincerely,
Joshua Eaton

From: Hermilla, Nelson (CRT)

Dear Mr. Eaton,

On February 18, I emailed the only two documents that I found that were responsive to your request.

If the two items did not come through, I'll be glad to send via some alternative means. Do you have a mailing address or a fax since the two efforts at email did not seem to be effective? It is possible that there is some sort of firewall going out of DOJ that prevents the email from being delivered to you.

Please let me know if there's a mailing address and I'll print the emails and send them to you.

Please note that the mailing address you have used for this office is outdated by about 5 years. The address is: FOIA branch, civil rights division, USDOJ, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., BICN Bldg. room 3219, Washington DC 20912.

Thanks for your note,

Nelson Hermilla

From: Joshua Eaton

Dear Mr. Hermilla,

The documents you sent were in response to request 17-00129-F, which sought records from the DOJ Disability Rights Division. I'm writing concerning request 17-00130-F, which seeks records from the DOJ Civil Rights Division. I haven't received any final response from your office concerning this request, much less any records.

You sent me a fee estimate on Feb. 9, 2017, for $4,050. Based on that estimate, I think I may not have been clear enough in my initial request. I'm requesting all emails (1) sent to all DOJ staff, and/or (2) sent to all staff in the Civil Rights Division. This could include, for example, emails to an all-staff email list or memos on which all staff are copied. Does that clarify what I'm looking for?

Best,
Joshua

From: Joshua Eaton

Dear Mr. Hermilla,

The documents you sent were in response to request 17-00129-F, which sought records from the DOJ Disability Rights Division. I'm writing concerning request 17-00130-F, which seeks records from the DOJ Civil Rights Division. I haven't received any final response from your office concerning this request, much less any records.

You sent me a fee estimate on Feb. 9, 2017, for $4,050. Based on that estimate, I think I may not have been clear enough in my initial request. I'm requesting all emails (1) sent to all DOJ staff, and/or (2) sent to all staff in the Civil Rights Division. This could include, for example, emails to an all-staff email list or memos on which all staff are copied. Does that clarify what I'm looking for?

Best,
Joshua

From: Hermilla, Nelson (CRT)

Mr. Eaton,

It is clear what your interest is. I conducted a full search of the emails and provided you with the only all DOJ staff and all Staff Civil Rights Division emails that were located.

I would be glad to discuss your request with you if my location of only two matters is puzzling or perhaps the fee is confusing. The fee would allow for the construction of a highly technical database.
If you paid the fee, the likelihood of finding another "all staff" email is almost zero because I and my staff have conducted a responsible search without having to do a costly database construction.

Should you pay the fee and we conduct the search and find no more than the two emails that I forwarded to you, then the fee would still have to be paid for the direct cost.

Please don't hesitate to call me on 202-616-3959 if we could discuss this further.

Sincerely,

Nelson D. Hermilla, Chief
FOI/PA Branch
Civil Rights Division

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