|Submitted||Jan. 31, 2018|
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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:
All emails to, from, or copied to Secretary Betsy DeVos (or other email addresses used by Betsy DeVos) containing the at least one of the following non-case-sensitive key-strings "title xi", "school choice", "sexual assault", "voucher", "intelligent design", "evolution", "creationism", "Christian", "HBCU", "public school", "minority" and/or "diversity", from January 20, 2017 to Present Day.
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 is the Department's acknowledgment of your request for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. Your request was forwarded to the primary responsible office(s) for action.
Any future correspondence or questions regarding your request, please contact the FOIA Public Liaison at 202-401-8365 or
Is there a particular fix required of my request, RE: FOIA Request No. - 18-00974-F?
The program office is still conducting searches for responsive records. Once the searches have been completed the status will be updated accordingly. In the interim, you can monitor the status of your request via the Department's FOIA Web page below:
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ED FOIA Manager
FOIA Service Center
Good Morning Clark Dartunorro,
Thank you for your FOIA request dated 01/31/2018 and received in our office on 02/02/2018. You are requesting:
"All emails to, from, or copied to Secretary Betsy DeVos (or other email addresses used by Betsy DeVos) containing the at least one of the following non-case-sensitive key-strings "title xi", "school choice", "sexual assault", "voucher", "intelligent design", "evolution", "creationism", "Christian", "HBCU", "public school", "minority" and/or "diversity", from January 20, 2017 to Present Day."
In an effort to better serve you and produce documents, we would like for you to narrow the request because it may potentially be unduly burdensome. Please state specifically what you are seeking so that we may conduct thorough searches of our records and databases. You have ten days from the date of this email to respond. The due date for a response is March 3, 2018. Thank you.
Michelle L. Smith
Senior FOIA Analyst
FOIA Service Center, OM/OCPO
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 216-52
Washington, DC 20202-4510
FOIA Hotline (202) 401-8365
Hi Ms. Michelle Smith,
Thank you for the email. I'm a little confused how the request could be "unduly burdensome" since I included very specific keywords regarding a very specific government email account. Other agencies have requested keywords, for instance, be included in similar email records requests to narrow potentially voluminous searches. The only revision I can offer at this point is modifying the date range from "January 20, 2017 to Present Day" to between February 7 to December 31, 2017.
If you have any other suggestions feel free to respond to this email or call me at 212-664-7524.
Good Morning Clark Dartunorro,
The search terms:
"title xi", "school choice", "sexual assault", "voucher", "intelligent design", "evolution", "creationism", "Christian", "HBCU", "public school", "minority" and/or "diversity"
may potentially return a query of more than 200,000 pages. “Title XI” is a common term here at the Department as well as “voucher,” “public school” and “minority.” Documents within the Department’s databases as well as OutLook emails contain a plethora of repetitive words such as these due to the fact that these terms relate heavily to the programs that the Department manages on a daily basis. Please kindly state specifically what you are seeking so that we may conduct thorough searches of our databases. In an effort to perform a good search, we rely on keywords such as those that you provided. However, this is too many keywords to be searching for without a clearly identified topic or subject related to these keywords. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. I look forward to a response from you by March 4, 2018.
I am following up with your email. I want emails that Secretary DeVos has authored from her official email address (or any other addresses she may use) that has the aforementioned keywords. The topic regarding education policy changes, rulemaking, positions, etc. by the secretary while in her official capacity. Let me know if this works.