Documents related to BP Logix Purchase Orders

Kari Mah filed this request with the National Institutes of Health of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2016-27; 16-FOI-00242-NHLBI



From: Kari Mah

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All documents (e.g., proposals and contract agreements) related to Purchase Orders:

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.


Kari Mah

From: Kramer, Jennifer

Hello Ms. Mah,
Attached is the interim letter to your NHLBI FOIA request.
Have a good day,
Jennifer Kramer, Government Information Specialist Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Branch National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute National Institutes of Health 301-496-9737 FOIA line 301-496-3007 direct line 301-402-3604 fax

From: NIH


National Institutes of Health
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
FOIA/PA Office, RKL 1, Suite 6054
6705 Rockledge Dr. MSC 7957
Bethesda MD 20892-7957

April 21, 2016

Kari Mah
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Re: FOIA Case Number: 16-FOI-00242-NHLBI; NIH Case Number: 44998

Dear Ms. Mah:

This acknowledges your April 19, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request addressed to the NIH FOIA Office. Your request was forwarded to this office because of our responsibilities under the FOIA for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). You requested all documents related to the following purchase orders: 1) HHSN26800001-0-HHSN316201500047W, 2) HHSN268201400114U-0-GS35F0078K, and 3) HHSN268201400099P-0 that were awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Your request for all documents related to purchase order HHSN271201000744P-0 will be responded to separately.

We will send you all material consistent with the exemptions recognized by the FOIA. It is Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) policy to expunge confidential commercial or financial information, evaluative material, and personal information such as social security numbers, individual salaries, labor rates, unexercised option year pricing and names of and identifying information about staff who are not listed as key personnel on the contract. If you feel that this information should not be excluded from the material, please write to me and I will consult with the NIH Freedom of Information Officer.

As you may be aware, Federal Law prohibits the disclosure of a technical proposal—see 41 U.S.C. § 4702—if it has not been incorporated into the final contract. If the proposal is referenced or included within the contract, we shall ask the successful offeror to advise us whether or not release of the material would adversely affect its competitive position. After receiving such advice, this office will make a decision regarding releasability of the material. While decisions to deny the release of any information are made by the NIH Freedom of Information Officer, we often find it is possible to work out a mutually acceptable approach with the requester and contractor.

We will do everything possible to comply with your request in a timely manner.

Provisions of the FOIA allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request. We shall charge you for records in accordance with the HHS FOIA Regulations as they apply to commercial-use requesters; i.e., you will be charged for duplication at 10-cents per page; and for search and review time at the hourly rate ($23.00, $46.00 and $83.00) of the searcher and reviewer. Please be advised that the HHS FOIA Regulations allow us to charge for search time even if we do not locate any responsive records or if we determine that some or all of the responsive records are exempt under one of the FOIA’s nine exemptions. If there are any fees associated with processing this request, you will be sent an invoice with our final response.

Please feel free to call me on 301-496-9737 for additional information or to inquire about the status of your request.


Jennifer Kramer
Government Information Specialist

From: Kari Mah

Thank you, Jennifer.


From: Kari Mah

Hi Jennifer,

I would like to retract my request.


From: Minneman, Kim (NIH/NHLBI) [E]

Dear Ms. Mah,

Your FOIA request was assigned to me and Jennifer forwarded your email this morning. We’ll show your request as withdrawn and close the case.


Ms. Kim L. Minneman
Government Information Specialist
Freedom of Information Act Service Center
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
Phone 301-496-9737


Attached, please find our acknowledgment of the NIDA portion of your FOIA request.

NIDA FOIA Coordinator

From: Alberts, Lisa (NIH/NIMH) [E]

Good morning,

This email is in response to a FOIA emailed by Kari Mah to

Attached are our final response, invoice, payment options, and the responsive records for your Freedom of Information request.

Please let me know if you are unable to open any of the attachments or if you would like anything by regular mail.
Lisa Alberts

Lisa D. Alberts
NIMH Clearance Officer
NIMH FOIA Coordinator
Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications
National Institute of Mental Health

From: Alberts, Lisa (NIH/NIMH) [E]

Good morning,

I'm resending the entire response packet that was sent earlier because there was an error on the invoice. The total should have read $34.50 instead of $33.50.
Nothing else is changed.

I apologize for the error.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Lisa Alberts