E-mail correspondence between VA officials and Sen. Sanders office

Jasper Craven filed this request with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America.
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From: Jasper Craven

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any e-mail correspondence between VA officials and addresses ending in @sanders.senate.gov

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.


Jasper Craven

From: Gbenou, Amy M.

Good afternoon Mr. Craven:

This email acknowledges receipt of your June 4, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) attached below. You asked for:

“Any e-mail correspondence between VA officials and addresses ending in @sanders.senate.gov .”

Your request has been assigned FOIA Tracking Number 14-05632-F. Please refer to this number when you communicate with us about your request.

Please confirm the record search is for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Can you please tell me more about the records you seek? Did you want to limit the scope of your request to the offices which are most likely to maintain the responsive records? That would include:

- Office of the Secretary and the
- Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs

Please be more specific about where we need to search. Should the search be limited to the Washington Office (Central Office)? Did you want the search to include VA facilities in the State of Vermont? Do we need to include each VA Administration listed below in the record search?

Veterans Health Administration
Veterans Benefits Administration
National Cemetery Administration

Please answer the following questions and/or correct the following statements as needed. This will help us to conduct a more efficient record search:

a. Do you have a search term, or subject matter that would help us with our search?

b. What is the time-frame of the record search?

c. Are you interested in incoming and outgoing correspondence?

d. Are you interested in policy-related documents, or constituent-based correspondence? (Note: Constituent-based correspondence may contain sensitive information concerning Veterans which cannot be released. Processing correspondence with sensitive information will required additional processing time.)

e. You requested a fee waiver. In order to obtain a fee waiver, please provide additional information that will show how the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest; and how you intend to disseminate the information to the public. Please see page 11 of the attached document for specific information about fee waiver requirements [ See (n) Requirements for waiver or reduction of fees.] In the event that your request for a fee waiver is not approved, please indicate how much (if any) that you are willing to pay for processing your FOIA request.

Please respond to this email within 10 working days or we must close your case for non-response. [ 38 CFR Sec. 1.561(h)(2)]

Please call me on 202-632-7436 to discuss, or send your clarification to the FOIA Service Mailbox: vacofoiaservice@va.gov

We appreciate your interest in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Amy Gbenou, FOIA Specialist
Department of Veterans Affairs
FOIA Service (005R1C)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

Phone: 202-632-7436
Fax: 202-632-7581
FOIA Hotline: 1-877-750-3642