Emails regarding the Marine Corps Times

J.K. Trotter filed this request with the Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC of the United States of America.
Tracking # DON-USMC-2014-003345
Status
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Communications

From: J.K. Trotter

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All emails, dated between January 1 2013 and the date this request is fulfilled, exchanged between any of the following officials regarding the content of the Marine Corps Times and/or the Marine Corps Times’ placement at military commissaries and exchange stores:

Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos

U.S. Marine Corps Public Affairs Deputy Director Lt. Col. Chris Hughes

Assistant Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Sheryl Murray

Robert Hogue (Gen. Amos’ civilian attorney)

The requested records include all emails sent or received by the above individuals, and during the stated time period, that contain phrases “MCT” and/or “Marine Corps Times.”

In order to have this request fulfilled in a timely matter, I am willing to limit my request to clearly releasable portions of the requested documents. I reserve the right, however, to submit a new request if I am not satisfied with your response.

I request that fees for finding and duplicating these records be waived. I am a reporter and a member of the news media, employed full-time to disseminate information at Gawker Media, based in New York City, and am making this request as a part of that. Furthermore, the information I seek in the public interest, as it pertains to the actions and judgment of military leaders.

I also request expedited processing of this particular request, as the records I seek pertain to news reports published today — February 23, 2014 — by the Marine Corps Times about Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos seeking to ban the sale of the Marine Corps Times from commissaries and exchange stores owned by the U.S. military:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140223/NEWS/302230016

The public has an urgent need to know and understand the extent to which the Commandant has sought to undermine the practice of newsgathering about the military, the Marine Corps, and his own decisions, which manifestly affect the public.

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,

J.K. Trotter

From: smb.hqmc.foia@usmc.mil

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2801dfbb3)
* Tracking Number: DON-USMC-2014-003342
* Requester Name: J. K. TROTTER
* Date Submitted: Mon Feb 24 00:00:00 EST 2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
VARIOUS EMAILS DATED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2013 AND THE DATE THIS REQUEST IS FULFILLED, EXCHANGED BETWEEN OFFICIALS REGARIDN THE CONTENT OF THE MARINE CORPS TIMES AND/OR THE MARINE CORPS TIMES PLACEMENT AT MILITARY COMMISSARIES

From: smb.hqmc.foia@usmc.mil

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* Tracking Number: DON-USMC-2014-003345
* Requester Name: J. K. TROTTER
* Date Submitted: Mon Feb 24 00:00:00 EST 2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
VARIOUS EMAILS DATED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2013 AND THE DATE THIS REQUEST IS FULFILLED, EXCHANGED BETWEEN OFFICIALS REGARDING THE CONTENT OF THE MARINE CORPS TIMES AND/OR THE MARINE CORPS TIMES PLACEMENT AT MILITARY COMMISSARIES

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Two different confirmation numbers have been provided for this request:

DON-USMC-2014-003345

and

DON-USMC-2014-003342

Please confirm which is the correct tracking number.

Thank you.

From: J.K. Trotter

February 24, 2014
Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC
FOIA/PA Manager (Code ARSF)
COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS
HEADQUARTERS, U.S. MARINE CORPS (ARSF)
2 NAVY ANNEX
WASHINGTON DC 20380-1775

This is a follow up to request number DON-USMC-2014-003342:

Hello,

Two different confirmation numbers have been provided for this request:

DON-USMC-2014-003345

and

DON-USMC-2014-003342

Please confirm which is the correct tracking number.

Thank you.

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On Feb. 24, 2014:

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2801dfded)
* Tracking Number: DON-USMC-2014-003345
* Requester Name: J. K. TROTTER
* Date Submitted: Mon Feb 24 00:00:00 EST 2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
VARIOUS EMAILS DATED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2013 AND THE DATE THIS REQUEST IS FULFILLED, EXCHANGED BETWEEN OFFICIALS REGARDING THE CONTENT OF THE MARINE CORPS TIMES AND/OR THE MARINE CORPS TIMES PLACEMENT AT MILITARY COMMISSARIES

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On Feb. 24, 2014:

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2801dfbb3)
* Tracking Number: DON-USMC-2014-003342
* Requester Name: J. K. TROTTER
* Date Submitted: Mon Feb 24 00:00:00 EST 2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
VARIOUS EMAILS DATED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2013 AND THE DATE THIS REQUEST IS FULFILLED, EXCHANGED BETWEEN OFFICIALS REGARIDN THE CONTENT OF THE MARINE CORPS TIMES AND/OR THE MARINE CORPS TIMES PLACEMENT AT MILITARY COMMISSARIES

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On Feb. 23, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All emails, dated between January 1 2013 and the date this request is fulfilled, exchanged between any of the following officials regarding the content of the Marine Corps Times and/or the Marine Corps Times’ placement at military commissaries and exchange stores:

Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos

U.S. Marine Corps Public Affairs Deputy Director Lt. Col. Chris Hughes

Assistant Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Sheryl Murray

Robert Hogue (Gen. Amos’ civilian attorney)

The requested records include all emails sent or received by the above individuals, and during the stated time period, that contain phrases “MCT” and/or “Marine Corps Times.”

In order to have this request fulfilled in a timely matter, I am willing to limit my request to clearly releasable portions of the requested documents. I reserve the right, however, to submit a new request if I am not satisfied with your response.

I request that fees for finding and duplicating these records be waived. I am a reporter and a member of the news media, employed full-time to disseminate information at Gawker Media, based in New York City, and am making this request as a part of that. Furthermore, the information I seek in the public interest, as it pertains to the actions and judgment of military leaders.

I also request expedited processing of this particular request, as the records I seek pertain to news reports published today — February 23, 2014 — by the Marine Corps Times about Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos seeking to ban the sale of the Marine Corps Times from commissaries and exchange stores owned by the U.S. military:

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140223/NEWS/302230016

The public has an urgent need to know and understand the extent to which the Commandant has sought to undermine the practice of newsgathering about the military, the Marine Corps, and his own decisions, which manifestly affect the public.

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,

J.K. Trotter

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From: J.K. Trotter

Hello,

I believe DON-USMC-2014-003342 is the correct tracking number. I received that number first.

Thanks,
J.K. Trotter

From: SMB HQMC FOIA

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From: Powers CIV Eric R

Mr. Trotter,

The correct tracking number is DON-USMC-2014-00345. There was an error when it was submitted into the system, so we had to re-submit it.

v/r

Eric R. Powers, FOIA Assistant
Commandant of the Marine Corps (ARSF)
Headquarters US Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon Rm 2B289
Washington DC 20350-3000

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From: smb.hqmc.foia@usmc.mil

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DON-USMC-2014-003345 has been
denied.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
02/24/2014
* Request Long Description:
VARIOUS EMAILS DATED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2013 AND THE DATE THIS REQUEST IS FULFILLED, EXCHANGED BETWEEN OFFICIALS REGARDING THE CONTENT OF THE MARINE CORPS TIMES AND/OR THE MARINE CORPS TIMES PLACEMENT AT MILITARY COMMISSARIES

From: smb.hqmc.foia@usmc.mil

Your request for Expedited Processing for the FOIA request DON-USMC-2014-003345 has been
denied.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
02/24/2014
* Expedited Disposition Reason:
Does not meet the Expedited Processing requirement.
* Request Long Description:
VARIOUS EMAILS DATED BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2013 AND THE DATE THIS REQUEST IS FULFILLED, EXCHANGED BETWEEN OFFICIALS REGARDING THE CONTENT OF THE MARINE CORPS TIMES AND/OR THE MARINE CORPS TIMES PLACEMENT AT MILITARY COMMISSARIES

From: Karen L. Roth

Good afternoon Mr. Trotter,

Please see the attached document regarding case 2014-003345. If you have any questions please let me know.

Sincerely,

Karen L. Roth
FOIA Analyst

Commandant of the Marine Corps (ARSF)
Headquarters US Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon Room 2A289
Washington DC 20350-3000

FOIA/PA Phone: 703.614.4008
FOIA/PA DSN Phone: 224.4008
FOIA/PA Fax: 703.614.6287
FOIA E-Mail: smb.hqmc.foia@usmc.mil

Direct Line: 571.256.8634

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From: J.K. Trotter

Hello,

The text of my original request is copied below. The phrases in question were “MCT” and “Marine Corps Times”.

Original Request:

All emails, dated between January 1 2013 and the date this request is fulfilled, exchanged between any of the following officials regarding the content of the Marine Corps Times and/or the Marine Corps Times’ placement at military commissaries and exchange stores:

Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos

U.S. Marine Corps Public Affairs Deputy Director Lt. Col. Chris Hughes

Assistant Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Sheryl Murray

Robert Hogue (Gen. Amos’ civilian attorney)

The requested records include all emails sent or received by the above individuals, and during the stated time period, that contain phrases “MCT” and/or “Marine Corps Times.”

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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

From: Roth CIV Karen L

Good morning Mr. Trotter,

FOIA requests are processed in the order that they are received. This request is currently being worked and I will forward the final response to you as soon as it is completed. Thank you and have a good day.

Sincerely,

Karen L. Roth
FOIA Analyst

Commandant of the Marine Corps (ARSF)
Headquarters US Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon Room 2A289
Washington DC 20350-3000

FOIA/PA Phone: 703.614.4008
FOIA/PA DSN Phone: 224.4008
FOIA/PA Fax: 703.614.6287
FOIA E-Mail: smb.hqmc.foia@usmc.mil

Direct Line: 571.256.8634

FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY - PRIVACY SENSITIVE: ANY MISUSE OR UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE MAY RESULT IN CIVIL AND/OR CRIMINAL PENALTIES.
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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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

From: Roth CIV Karen L

Good morning Mr. Trotter,

As I stated before in my earlier e-mail: FOIA requests are processed in the order that they are received. This request is currently being worked and I will forward the final response to you as soon as it is completed.

Thank you and have a good day!

Sincerely,

Karen L. Roth
FOIA Analyst

Commandant of the Marine Corps (ARSF)
Headquarters US Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon Room 2A289
Washington DC 20350-3000

FOIA/PA Phone: 703.614.4008
FOIA/PA DSN Phone: 224.4008
FOIA/PA Fax: 703.614.6287
FOIA E-Mail: smb.hqmc.foia@usmc.mil

Direct Line: 571.256.8634

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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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

From: Roth Civ Karen L

Good morning Mr. Trotter,

The case DON-USMC-2014-003345 is being processed and is currently in the review phase. As soon as the case is in the review/signature phase, I will let you know. Thank you for your patience and have a great day!

Sincerely,

Karen Roth
Team Lead (FOIA)

Commandant of the Marine Corps (ARSF)
Headquarters US Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon Room 2B289
Washington DC 20350-3000

FOIA/PA Phone: 703.614.4008 DSN: 224
Direct Line: 571.256.8634
FOIA/PA Fax: 703.614.6287
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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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

A first set of responsive documents from the agency, with more to be sent at a specified date.

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Marines - United States Marine Corps, USMC

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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 Feb. 23, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DON-USMC-2014-00345.

Thank you for your help.

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