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Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute filed this request with the U.S. Department of Education of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-00972-F
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From: Mary Connaughton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Since January 1, 2009, all email correspondence between Vicki Phillips of the Gates Foundation and/or Bill Gates and/or Melinda Gates among or between Arnie Duncan and/or staff of the U.S Department of Education, which contains any of the following terms:

"Common Core"
"PARCC"
"Partnership for Assessment for College and Careers"
"SBAC"
"Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium"

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Mary Connaughton

From: ED FOIA Manager

[cid:image003.jpg@01CF4901.5E3EE990]UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

FOIA REQUEST ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

FOIA Tracking Number: 14-00972-F
E-mail Address: requests@muckrock.com
Name of Requester: Mary Connaughton
Date of Request: March 24, 2014
Date Request Received: March 26, 2014

Your request (below) has been forwarded to the appropriate office within the Department to search for responsive documents. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 401–8365 or by e-mail at EDFOIAManager@ed.gov<mailto:EDFOIAManager@ed.gov> (please include the case tracking number).

Thank you.

From: Cook, Elise

Dear Ms. Connaughton,

Please see attached above, the determination that is in reference to your fee waiver request.

Thank you.

Elise Cook
FOIA Public Liaison
FOIA Service Center
US Department of Education
(202) 401-8365

From: Caliguiran, Arthur

Dear Ms. Connaughton,

This e-mail is to inform you that due to the Department of Education's FOIA request
backlog, your request, 14-00972-F, will not be processed within the 20 working-day time
limit. We regret the delay in processing your request. Please be assured that your request
will be processed as soon as possible. The Department apologizes for any inconvenience this
may cause you.

If you haven't received your responsive documents within 30 days of the date of this e-mail,
please check on the status of your request on the Department's FOIA Web page at
http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/foia/foiatoc.html.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Service Center at (202) 401-8365 or
via e-mail at EDFOIAManager@ed.gov<mailto:EDFOIAManager@ed.gov>.

Art C. Caliguiran, CIPP/G
FOIA Public Liaison
FOIA Service Center, OM/PIRMS
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 2E349
Washington, DC 20202-4510
FOIA Hotline (202) 401-8365

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Caliguiran, Arthur

Dear Ms. Connaughton,
I followed-up with our program offices and they are still processing your request. Unfortunately, they weren't able to provide me a timeline when I could expect their results back in our office.

Art C. Caliguiran, CIPP/G
FOIA Public Liaison
FOIA Service Center, OM/PIRMS
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 2E349
Washington, DC  20202-4510
FOIA Hotline (202) 401-8365

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Caliguiran, Arthur

Dear Ms. Connaughton,
I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. I was waiting to hear back from the three program offices (Office of the Secretary, Office of the Under Secretary, and the Office of the Deputy Secretary) for an update. Your request is in each offices queue to be processed. Unfortunately, they could not provide me an estimated date on when they could complete your search. In the future, you can call the following point of contacts regarding the status of your request:

Office of the Secretary - Deborah Winters (202) 401-0025
Office of the Under Secretary - Jon O'Bergh (202) 260-8568
Office of the Deputy Secretary - Alise Marshall (202) 453-7273

Art C. Caliguiran, CIPP/G
FOIA Public Liaison
FOIA Service Center, OM/PIRMS
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 2E349
Washington, DC  20202-4510
FOIA Hotline (202) 401-8365

** Telework on Tuesdays and Thursdays **
** AWS on 2nd Monday of Pay Period **

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Caliguiran, Arthur

Dear Ms. Connaughton,

I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. I was waiting to hear back from the three program offices (Office of the Secretary and the Office of the Deputy Secretary) for an update. Your request is in each offices queue to be processed. Unfortunately, they could not provide me an estimated date on when they could complete your search. In the future, you can call the following point of contacts regarding the status of your request:

Office of the Secretary - Deborah Winters (202) 401-0025

Office of the Deputy Secretary - Alise Marshall (202) 453-7273

Art C. Caliguiran, CIPP/G
FOIA Public Liaison
FOIA Service Center, OM/PIRMS
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 2E349
Washington, DC 20202-4510
FOIA Hotline (202) 401-8365

** Telework on Tuesdays and Thursdays **
** AWS on 2nd Monday of Pay Period **

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Caliguiran, Arthur

Dear Ms. Connaughton,

I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. I was waiting to hear back from the two program offices (Office of the Secretary and the Office of the Deputy Secretary) for an update. Your request is in each offices queue to be processed. Unfortunately, they could not provide me an estimated date on when they could complete your search. In the future, you can call the following point of contacts regarding the status of your request:

Office of the Secretary - Deborah Winters (202) 401-0025

Office of the Deputy Secretary - Alise Marshall (202) 453-7273

Art C. Caliguiran, CIPP/G
FOIA Public Liaison
FOIA Service Center, OM/PIRMS
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 2E349
Washington, DC 20202-4510
FOIA Hotline (202) 401-8365

** Telework on Tuesdays and Thursdays **
** AWS on 2nd Monday of Pay Period **

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Caliguiran, Arthur

Dear Ms. Connaughton,

The Office of the Secretary and the Office of the Deputy Secretary are assigned to process your request. Your request is in each offices queue to be processed. Unfortunately, they could not provide me an estimated date on when they could complete your search. In the future, you can call the following point of contacts regarding the status of your request:

Office of the Secretary - Deborah Winters (202) 401-0025

Office of the Deputy Secretary - Alise Marshall (202) 453-7273

Art C. Caliguiran, CIPP/G
FOIA Public Liaison
FOIA Service Center, OM/PIRMS
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 2E349
Washington, DC 20202-4510
FOIA Hotline (202) 401-8365

** Telework on Tuesdays and Thursdays **
** AWS on 2nd Monday of Pay Period **

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 24, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00972-F.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Clemmens, Jim

Good afternoon Ms. Connaughton,

This communication is in regards to the FOIA request that you submitted to the Department of Education on March 24, 2014. On behalf of the Department, please accept my sincere apology for the delay in the processing of your FOIA request. I have attached a copy of your specific request for your reference.

Given the fact that your request is over three (3) years old now, I wanted to reach out to you and determine if you still are interested in having the Department continue to process this request. Please let me know if you are still interested as soon as possible by responding to this email. A lack of response by July 28, 2017 will be interpreted as that this request is no longer needed, resulting in the administrative closure of the case.

Feel free to contact me directly at (202) 205-3957 if you would like to discuss this matter. Again, on behalf of the Department, please accept my apologies for the delay in finalizing your FOIA request.
Best,

Jim Clemmens
Office of Management
US Department of Education

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