DOJ responses to Congressional Question for Record (QFR), 2014 to present

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Justice - FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit of the United States of America.
Tracking # OLA/16-00881
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of each response to a Question for the Record (QFR) provided to Congress by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its components from 2000 to the date this request is processed.

As I am submitting this request in my capacity as a journalist who has covered the Department of Justice extensively, I am appropriately categorized as a "media requester" for the purpose of any fees. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. As such, I ask that any fees be waived in the public interest.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: MRUFOIA Requests

Shawn Musgrave,

Please see the attached response to your FOIA request. Please note, your request has been assigned tracking number EMRUFOIA111615-4.
Thanks,

MRU FOIA

From: Schneider, Allison C. (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave,

Please find attached this Office's acknowledgment of the above-referenced FOIA request.

Also, I couldn't locate a phone number on your request - I have a few follow up questions for you and would appreciate a few minutes to chat. I can be reached at the number below.
Thanks,
Allison C. Schneider
Attorney-Advisor
Office of Information Policy
United States Department of Justice
(202) 514-3642 (Main)
(202) 305-4015 (Direct)

From: Schneider, Allison C. (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave,

This follows my December 17, 2015 email to you forwarding our Office's acknowledgment letter and asking to further discuss your request seeking "each response to a Question for the Record (QFR) provided to Congress by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its components from 2000 to the date this request is processed." We reached out to the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA), the Department of Justice component that prepares and transmits QFR responses to Congress, and OLA instructed that there are tens of thousands of potentially responsive records to this request as currently worded. In order to process this request as expeditiously as possible, and to make sure we get you the records you really want, I am reaching out to see if you are amenable to narrowing the scope of this request, for example, "QFR responses by the Attorney General following his/her testimony regarding ____." Please note, QFR responses from non-DOJ personnel (like nominees) would typically belong to the Congressional committee holding the specific hearing.

Your input is appreciated. I can also be reached at the contact information below if you would like to discuss further.

Allison C. Schneider
Attorney-Advisor
Office of Information Policy
United States Department of Justice
(202) 514-3642 (Main)
(202) 305-4015 (Direct)

From: Schneider, Allison C. (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave,

Forwarding you the correspondence below regarding your FOIA request, since it appears that the previous emails went to a different MuckRock inbox.
Regards,
Allison C. Schneider
Attorney-Advisor
Office of Information Policy
United States Department of Justice
(202) 514-3642 (Main)

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Allison -

Apologies for my delay. Are QFRs organized centrally, such that I could narrow the scope by date rather than by specific hearing? I'm trying to get a handle on how much effort is required on your part to track down QFRs across components or legislative committees.

Thanks,
Shawn

From: Schneider, Allison C. (OIP)

Hi Shawn,

Yes – the QFRs and responses are generally located in one database and can be searched by date. Even more helpful would be a specific subject matter, or identifying the person who testified/to whom the QFRs are addressed.

Does this help? I’m at my desk all day if you have any other questions.
Thanks,
Allison

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Allison -

Thanks for the information. I'll narrow to all QFRs submitted from 2014 to the present.

Thanks again for your help!

Best,
Shawn

From: Schneider, Allison C. (OIP)

Hi Shawn,

At this time we are still processing your request. I apologize for the delay. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Thank you,
Allison

Allison C. Schneider
Attorney-Advisor
Office of Information Policy
United States Department of Justice
(202) 514-3642 (Main)
(202) 305-4015 (Direct)

From: Shawn Musgrave

Allison -

Thanks for the update. Have you calculated an estimated completion date?

Thanks,
Shawn

From: Schneider, Allison C. (OIP)

Shawn,

Our estimated completion date is currently one month.
Thanks,
Allison

From: Hotchkiss, Eric (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave,

The above referenced request has been recently reassigned to me. The search has been completed and only a consult with another Office is required before we respond to you substantively. I estimate to have a response to your request in several weeks but no later than the end of August. I apologize for this delay.

Thank you,

Eric Hotchkiss
Government Information Specialist
Office of Information Policy

From: Hotchkiss, Eric (OIP)

Mr. Musgrave,

Attached is this Office's final response to the above-referenced request.

Thank you,

Eric Hotchkiss
Government Information Specialist
Office of Information Policy

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