|Submitted||Dec. 12, 2016|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Materials relating to or discussing the Electoral College, members of the Electoral College, or "faithless electors," as well as materials relating to the briefing request from Electoral College members. According to the letter sent by the Electoral College "Trump’s willingness to disregard conclusions made by the intelligence community and his continuing defense of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin demand close scrutiny and deliberation from the Electoral College. The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations. We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States." This has been widely discussed by the media. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/electoral-college-intelligence-briefing-russia-election_us_584ee466e4b0e05aded4da1b?
I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open publishing arrangement with all three outlets. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. The requested documents will be made freely available to the general public through the non-profit Internet Archive, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
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 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.
This letter is the final response to your December 12, 2016 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request addressed to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Your request was received in this office on December 13, 2016.
This is not a denial. We conducted a comprehensive search of files within the Office of Intelligence and Criminal Investigations (CG-2) and the Intelligence Coordination Center (ICC) for records that would be responsive to your request. Unfortunately, we were unable to locate or identify any responsive records. On December 13, 2016, Ms Suzan Martin of CG-2 and Ms. Gayla Crabtree of ICC conducted searches of their files for “materials relating to or discussing the Electoral College, members of the Electoral College, or ‘faithless electors’, as well as materials relating to the briefing request from Electoral College members.”
While an adequate search was conducted, if you need any further assistance or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, please contact the Office of Information Management (CG-611). You may send an e-mail to email@example.com, call 202-475-3522, or you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison in the same manner. Additionally, you have a right to right to seek dispute resolution services from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) which mediates disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation. If you are requesting access to your own records (which is considered a Privacy Act request), you should know that OGIS does not have the authority to handle requests made under the Privacy Act of 1974. You may contact OGIS as follows:
Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration,
8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS,
College Park, Maryland 20740-6001
Telephone: 202-741-5770/Toll free: 1-877-684-6448
If you are not satisfied with the response to this request, you have the right to appeal. Should you wish to do so, you must send your appeal and a copy of this letter, within 90 days of the date of this letter, to:
ATTN: FOIA APPEALS
2703 Martin Luther King Ave STOP 7710
Washington DC, 20593-7710
Following the procedures outlined in the DHS regulations at 6 C.F.R. § 5.9. Your envelope and letter should be marked “FOIA Appeal.” Copies of the FOIA and DHS regulations are available at www.dhs.gov/foia.
Provisions of the FOIA allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request. In this instance, because the cost is below the $14 minimum, there is no charge.
If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call 202-475-3522 and refer to 2017-CGFO-00590.
Amanda C. Ackerson
Management and Policy Analyst
U.S. Coast Guard (CG-611)
Office of Information Management
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7710
WASHINGTON DC 20593-7710
Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.
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