DoJ - Separation Documents

David Sirota filed this request with the Department of Justice, Justice Management Division of the United States of America.


From: David Sirota

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A list of names of all employees of the Department of Justice who have left the employment of the Justice Department. I request that this list include the official title of their last job at the Justice Department before they left the agency's employment, and I also request that the list include the name of the employer the employee went to go work for after the Justice Department, if such information is known. If such a list does not exist, I hereby request the official separation form of every employee whose employment at the Treasury has ended.

I request this list of employees who have left the Justice Department's employment and/or separation forms from the dates 1/1/14 to the present. This request includes any employee who may have left the employment of the Justice Department and then returned to the Justice Department. I am simply looking for a list of all those who have at some time in the period delineated left the department's employment at one point or another (or permanently). For reference, this request has already been honored by another federal regulatory agency without obstruction or delay.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

Please search for responsive records regardless of format. I request the information in a machine-processable format, such as a spreadsheet (CSV or XLS) or word processor (TXT, DOC, DOCX) format. It can be provided by email, thumb drive, or CD. If it is unavailable in any other format, an OCRed PDF (i.e. searchable) will do.

If it is your position that any portion of the requested records is exempt from disclosure, I request that you provide it with an index of those documents as required under Vaughn v. Rosen, 484 F.2d 820 (D.C. Cir. 1973), cert. denied, 415 U.S. 977 (1972). As you are aware, a Vaughn index must describe each document claimed as exempt with sufficient specificity “to permit a reasoned judgment as to whether the material is actually exempt under FOIA.” Founding Church of Scientology v. Bell, 603 F.2d 945, 949 (D.C. Cir. 1979). Moreover, the Vaughn index must “describe each document or portion thereof withheld, and for each withholding it must discuss the consequences of supplying the sought-after information.” King v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 830 F.2d 210, 223-24 (D.C. Cir. 1987) (emphasis added). Further, “the withholding agency must supply ‘a relatively detailed justification, specifically identifying the reasons why a particular exemption is relevant and correlating those claims with the particular part of a withheld document
to which they apply.’” 224 (citing Mead Data Central v. U.S. Dep’t of the Air Force, 566 F.2d 242, 251 (D.C. Cir. 1977)).

In the event some portions of the requested records are properly exempt from disclosure, please disclose any reasonably segregable non-exempt portions of the requested records. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(b). If it is your position that a document contains non-exempt segments, but that those non-exempt segments are so dispersed throughout the document as to make segregation impossible, please state what portion of the document is non-exempt, and how the material is dispersed throughout the document. Mead Data Central, 566 F.2d at 261. Claims of nonsegregability must be made with the same degree of detail as required for claims of exemptions in a Vaughn index. If a request is denied in whole, please state specifically that it is not reasonable to segregate portions of the record for release.

I request a waiver of fees associated with processing this request for records. International Business Times is a news media organization. Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government. 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 fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

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.


David Sirota
International Business Times
(646) 867-7100


This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2016-002970
* Requester Name: David Sirota
* Date Submitted: 05/11/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: FOIA request


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

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

This FOIA request is being forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

From: JMD-FOIA (imailagent)

June 16, 2016

Mr. David Sirota

International Business Times
DEPT MR 25680
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Re: Request for a list, in a machine-processable format, of employees
who have left the Justice Department's employment and/or separation
forms from the dates 1/1/14 to present.


Dear Mr. Sirota:

I am writing on behalf of the Justice Management Division (JMD) of the
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom
of Information (FOIA) request on 05/19/2016.

For your information, the Justice Management Division assigns incoming
requests to one of three tracks: simple, complex, or expedited. Each
request is then handled on a first-in, first-out basis in relation to
other requests in the same track. Simple requests usually receive a
response in approximately one month whereas complex requests
necessarily take longer. At this time, your request has been assigned
to the Complex track.

If you have a question about the status of your FOIA request, you may
contact this office by emailing
<> or by calling 202-514-3101 during regular
business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time,
excluding federal holidays).

Please refer to your assigned JMD FOIA TRACKING NUMBER listed above
whenever you contact the Department regarding this request.


Karen E. McFadden

FOIA Contact

Justice Management Division

From: JMDFoia (JMD)

Mr. Sirota:

Attached to this e-mail are two documents in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Justice Management Division (JMD FOIA Tracking Number 105940).

Karen McFadden
FOIA Contact
Justice Management Division