E-mail Correspondence Regarding CH2M Hill

Rusty Weiss filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
Tracking # HQ-2011-01902-F
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From: Rusty Weiss

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all e-mail correspondence referring to the company CH2M Hill and the granting of stimulus funding.

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,

Rusty Weiss

From: U.S. Department of Energy

From: U.S. Department of Energy

From: Rusty Weiss

Good Evening,

I would just like to inquire as to the status of this request. Will it be available any time soon?

Thank you!

Rusty

From: "Hagerty, Kevin" <Kevin.Hagerty@hq.doe.gov>

Mr. Weiss,

The FOIA Officer is looking into the status and will get back with you.

Regards,
Kevin Hagerty

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 Sept. 17, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #HQ-2011-01902-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: U.S. Department of Energy

From: "Morris, Alexander" <Alexander.Morris@hq.doe.gov>

Mr. Weiss,

I have contacted the Office of Environmental Management and was informed that they are still processing the request and hope to have a response to my office by January. They also advised me that the Idaho Operations Office and the Richland Office might also have responsive records. Therefore, I assigned your request to those offices and asked that they respond to you on the results of their search.

I will keep you posted on the progress of your request.

v/r

Chris Morris
FOIA Officer

From: "Riehle, Dorothy C" <dorothy.riehle@RL.gov>

Mr. Weiss,

I've received an estimate of the number of e-mails that would be responsive to your request and there are approximately 50,000 to 75,000 e-mails. The granting of funds occurs by contract modifications and those are publicly available on the Internet. Would you please be able to contact me by phone and we can discuss your request.

Thank you,
Dorothy Riehle
RL FOIA Officer
(509) 376-6288

From: Morris, Alexander [mailto:Alexander.Morris@hq.doe.gov]
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2011 6:33 AM
To: 'requests@muckrock.com'
Cc: Donkin, Julia C.; 'Ogilvie, Clayton'; Riehle, Dorothy C; Hagerty, Kevin T
Subject: Status on HQ-2011-01902-F

Mr. Weiss,

I have contacted the Office of Environmental Management and was informed that they are still processing the request and hope to have a response to my office by January. They also advised me that the Idaho Operations Office and the Richland Office might also have responsive records. Therefore, I assigned your request to those offices and asked that they respond to you on the results of their search.

I will keep you posted on the progress of your request.

v/r

Chris Morris
FOIA Officer

From: Rusty Weiss

Thank you for getting back to me.

While I am aware that the allocation of funding provided to CH2M Hill can be located on public sites such as Recovery.gov, there is other information that can not be located. For instance, as I'm sure the DOE kept track of how the company spent the money via itemized expense reports and such, that data is not readily available.

And while this would be helpful knowledge, I am also seeking conversations and decisions by personnel at the Energy Department, on why this company was chosen to receive such generous rewards. Who made these decisions? Was there a competitive bidding process? Where did the money go once rewarded? Where are those reports? Who at CH2M Hill was actually spoken to?

Unfortunately, such information can not be attained without perusing the files provided by the FOI act.

How can I still obtain these files? Please advise.

Thank you!

From: "Riehle, Dorothy C" <dorothy.riehle@RL.gov>

Mr. Weiss,

I spoke with our Recovery Act Manager (Jon Peschong) who is the subject matter expert and he would be more than happy to speak with you to help you identity the documents you are seeking and answer your questions. Would you be willing to give him a call (509-376-4424) or can I have your telephone number so that he can contact you?

Please let me know if this would be ok.

Thank you,
Dorothy Riehle
RL FOIA Officer

From: Rusty Weiss

Dorothy,

My number is [redacted], but I will not be available via phone until late this evening or perhaps tomorrow. Is there an e-mail address at which I can reach Mr. Peschong?

Thanks!

Rusty

From: "Peschong, Jon" <jon.peschong@RL.gov>

This is my e:mail address if you wish to contact me regarding your FOIA request pertaining to CH2M Hill ARRA funding. My phone number is 509-376-4424.

Jon Peschong

From: U.S. Department of Energy

From: U.S. Department of Energy

From: "Wilcox, Marian" <marian.wilcox@emcbc.doe.gov>

ATTN: Mr. Ricky Weiss

The Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarters FOIA Office forwarded the attached request to this office, the Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC), to perform a search for documents response to your request for:

Any and all e-mail correspondence referring to the company CH2M Hill and the
granting of stimulus funding.

Attached is EMCBC's final response to your request. You will also receive a hard copy of the response letter.

Thank you.

Marian Wilcox
EMCBC FOIA Officer

From: "Riehle, Dorothy C" <dorothy.riehle@RL.gov>

Mr. Weiss:

We have left numerous messages with you regarding your modified request and have not received a call back to obtain clarification on your request. I did see the e-mail that you sent to Mr. Peschong indicating that you've had your hands full with a family emergency. I hope everything is going better. In an e-mail to me dated December 21, 2011, you modified your request to:

1) "how the company spent the money via itemized expense reports."

CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) performed 8 projects for the Department of Energy utilizing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The Total Project Cost is provided in parentheses. Each are as follows:
* RL-0011.R1 Plutonium Finishing Plant D&D ($311.3 million)
* RL-0013C.R1.1 Mixed Low Level waste Treatment ($47.4 million)
* RL-0013C.R1.2 TRU Waste ($268.2 million)
* RL-0030.R1.1 Central Plateau Soil and Groundwater ($181.6 million)
* RL-0030.R1.2 Central Plateau Soil and Groundwater Operations ($90.9 million)
* RL-0040.R1.1 UPlant/Other ($201.3 million)
* RL-0040.R1.2 Outer Zone D&D ($94.2 million)
* RL-0041.R1.1 100K Area Remediation ($187.7 million)

Is this what you're requesting?

2) "seeking conversations and decisions by personnel at the Energy Department, on why this company was chosen to receive such generous rewards."

CHPRC competed for and was awarded a $4.515 B contract on June 19, 2008,to complete select cleanup work at the Hanford Site. See: http://www.hanford.gov/index.cfm?page=1062&. In April, 2009, The Department of Energy provided $1.38 B of ARRA funds to the CH2MHill Plateau Remediation Company to accelerate and complete a portion of the work specified in that competitively awarded contract. The specific costs and projects are listed above in item 1. The Source Evaluation Board Report and the Source Evaluation Board Evaluation Statement are responsive to this item. A search has been started for these documents and I will notify you as soon as our search and review is complete.

3) "Who made these decisions"

The contract was awarded in accordance with the competitive procurement procedures of the federal government (See Federal Acquisition Regulation, Part 15). Both the Source Selection Statement and the Source Evaluation Report are responsive. A search has been started for these documents and I will notify you as soon as our search and review is complete.

4) "Was there a competitive bidding process?"

Yes, CH2MHill was competitively awarded a contract for the work June 19, 2008. As stated above, the contract is available at: http://www.hanford.gov/index.cfm?page=1062&.

5) "Where did the money go once rewarded?"

See our response to item 1.

6) "Where are those reports?"

See our response to item 1. If this is not what you are requesting, please provide this office with clarification. For example, what types of information are you specifically requesting, description of scope?

7) "Who at CH2M Hill was actually spoken to."

The contract was awarded in accordance with the procurement procedures of the federal government (See Federal Acquisition Regulation, Part 15). CHPRC competed for and was awarded a $4.515 B contract on June 19, 2008,to complete select cleanup work at the Hanford Site. See: http://www.hanford.gov/index.cfm?page=1062&.

http://www.hanford.gov/files.cfm/Contracts_CPRC_Contract_Conformed_Contract_RL14788-Section_A.pdf provides the name of the individual at CH2M Hill who was authorized to sign. If this is not what you're requesting, would you please provide clarification as to the specific documents you are seeking.

Sincerely,
Dorothy Riehle
RL FOIA Officer
January 18, 2012

From: Rusty Weiss

Dorothy,

Thanks very much for your response, and I apologize profusely for being unable to get in contact with Jon. The situation here makes it difficult.

While the Plateau Remediation site is a main interest, I was seeking stimulus related projects for the company CH2M Hill as a whole.

First, the Plateau Remediation division was awarded $4.5 billion alone? My understanding is that the company overall had received $1.9 billion. Does this indicate the amount of money disbursed thus far, and that is why they are reporting a lower amount?

Also, I am particularly interested in Award Number CF0000036, which is the Solyndra loan. CH2M Hill was awarded $9.6 million for the design of the Solyndra facility. Is there an itemized list of what THAT money in particular was used for?

Award Number CF0000036
Sub-Award Number N/A
Vendor DUNS Number 148227890
Vendor HQ Zip Code + 4 293036745
Vendor Name Ch2m Hill Engineers, Inc.
Product and Service Description Construction engineering services
Payment Amount $9,633,234

Thank you very much for your patience and understanding.

Rusty

From: "Riehle, Dorothy C" <dorothy.riehle@RL.gov>

Dear Mr. Weiss:

Thank you for your modified request. We are currently searching for documents and will notify you when our search and review is complete. A copy of modified request has also been provided to the DOE Headquarters FOIA Office.

Sincerely,
Dorothy Riehle
RL FOIA Officer
January 24, 2012

From: U.S. Department of Energy

From: Rusty Weiss

The company claims $1.96 billion in stimulus funding. DOE claims
$1.38 billion. Why the discrepancy? Here is their statement:

http://www.hanford.gov/news.cfm/DOE/091030BGHanfordARRAJobs.pdf

From: U.S. Department of Energy

From: U.S. Department of Energy

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