DOE Phonebook

Joshua Eaton filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
Tracking # FOIA-HQ-2017-01112-F
Due June 16, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Joshua Eaton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

- The DOE Phonebook that was previously available at https://energy.gov/doe-phonebook.

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: Aponte-Rossini, Camille (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Eaton,

We have received your FOIA request to the Department of Energy, which has been assigned the controlled number referenced above. You requested: "The DOE Phonebook that was previously available at httpa://energy.gov/doe-phonebook."

Under the FOIA, before we can process your request, you must agree to payment of fees that may be incurred or request a fee waiver. You may indicate a specific amount that you agree to pay, no less than $15.00, which is the minimum amount at which DOE assesses fees. We would advise you if we anticipate fees to exceed the amount you indicate.

I look forward to hearing back from you.
Regards,

Camille C. Aponte-Rossini, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. (CRI), Contractor
US Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 586-7504

From: Aponte-Rossini, Camille (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Eaton,

We are in receipt of your FOIA request seeking: "The DOE Phonebook that was previously available at https://energy.gov/doe-phonebook."

In response, we can provide a spreadsheet with information pulled from the DOE Phonebook data system, listing the name, phone number, email address and department for DOE employees, which populated the DOE Phonebook.

Please reply confirming you are agreeable to this responsive document.

Please note, we are also awaiting your response to my email of yesterday regarding your agreement to pay fees, attached hereto for reference.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 202-586-7504.
Regards,

Camille C. Aponte-Rossini, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. (CRI), Contractor
US Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 586-7504

From: Joshua Eaton

Dear Camille,

My apologies for the slow response! I was out sick yesterday. I'm happy to pay any fees up to $25, with the caveat that I'm a full-time investigative reporter at the online news outlet ThinkProgress and so should be eligible for a fee reduction.

As for the spread sheet, that sounds great. Thank you very much! And have a great weekend.

Best,
Joshua

From: Drohan, Kathleen (CONTR)

Mr. Eaton,

Attached is an acknowledgment response to the FOIA request you filed with DOE.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks,

Kathleen

Kathleen Drohan
FOIA Analyst
CRI Contractor
US Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 287-6814

From: Drohan, Kathleen (CONTR)

Mr. Eaton,

Attached is the DOE's interim response to your FOIA request.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks,

Kathleen

From: Joshua Eaton

Dear Kathleen,

Thanks for your note! One quick thing: I'm a full-time investigative reporter at the online news outlet ThinkProgress, which has 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 nonprofit status, so I should fit in the "media" fee category.

Best,
Joshua

From: Aponte-Rossini, Camille (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Eaton,

This is in response to your email, below, to Kathleen Drohan on May 30, 2017, asking to be classified as a news media requester.

Based on the additional information you provided, you have been reclassified as a "news media" requester for purposes of assessment of any fees, under the DOE regulation that implements the FOIA at Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 1004.9(b)(3). Requesters in this category are charged fees for duplication only and are provided 100 pages at no cost.
Regards,

Camille C. Aponte-Rossini, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. (CRI), Contractor
US Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 586-7504

From: Joshua Eaton

Many thanks!

From: Aponte-Rossini, Camille (CONTR)

Hi Mr. Eaton:

Thank you for following up on your FOIA request referenced above.

We are currently still reviewing the DOE Phonebook for personal information (i.e. personal phone numbers and personal email addresses) that must be redacted under FOIA Exemption 6. The data from the DOE Phonebook consists of a spreadsheet totaling about 1,600 pages, and each entry must be reviewed.

We currently have a member of our staff solely dedicated to this task. We are arduously working on finalizing our review, as this document is responsive to your request and to a few others seeking the same information.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions.
Best,

Camille C. Aponte-Rossini, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. (CRI), Contractor
US Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 586-7504

From: Aponte-Rossini, Camille (CONTR)

Dear Mr. Eaton:

I apologize for the tardy reply to your below email, inquiring into the status of your above-referenced FOIA request.

We are still reviewing the DOE Phonebook data for personal information (i.e. personal phone numbers and personal email addresses) that must be redacted under FOIA Exemption 6. I anticipate our response will be forthcoming in a few weeks.
Best,

Camille

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