Emails sent or received Sharon Drumm

Joshua Eaton filed this request with the Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2017-APHIS-01941-F
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Communications

From: Joshua Eaton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All emails sent or received by Chief of Staff Sharon Drumm on Jan. 23, 2017. This includes all emails on which Ms. Drumm was copied or blind copied, all emails she forwarded, all emails forwarded to her, and all emails she received as part of an automated email list.

I also request expedited processing. This request relates to the ongoing presidential transition. It is urgently needed to inform the public about actual or perceived government activities — namely, a reported stop on public communications from ARS by the new administration. The news value of the requested records will be lost without expedited processing.

I am a full-time, professional news reporter whose work regularly appears at The Christian Science Monitor, WGBH News, Teen Vogue, and other outlets. This request is part of the newsgathering process. 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 email 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,
Joshua Eaton

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Joshua Eaton
Professional news reporter
via MuckRock.com

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated January 24, 2017, for information concerning a reported stop on public communications from ARS by the new administration. Your request was received in this office on January 24 and assigned FOIA No. 2017-REE-01659-F.

Chris Bentley, Director, Office of Communications, Agricultural Research Service, has been addressing inquiries from the media concerning this topic and providing relevant documentation. I believe it would be beneficial for you to contact Mr. Bentley concerning any questions you have and to receive copies of the documents being made available on this issue. Please contact Chris Bentley, Director, Office of Communications, Agricultural Research Service, at 301-504-1636 (w), 240-454-2977 (c), christopher.bentley@ars.usda.gov<mailto:christopher.bentley@ars.usda.gov>.

This office has placed your request on hold pending your conversation with Mr. Bentley. If you are interesting in pursuing your request, please contact this office by February 3.

If you have additional questions, please contact me at 202-815-2913 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Officer, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 (w) 301-504-1647 (fax)
Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Reference Guide<http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398>

This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Mr. Eaton

I am following up on the email I sent to you on January 27 in which I provided to the contact information for Chris Bentley, Director, Office of Communications.

At that time I indicated that this office has placed your request on hold pending your conversation with Mr. Bentley and asked that if you were still interested in pursuing your request, please contact this office by February 3.

Please let me know if you are still interested in pursuing your request. If I do not hear back from you by February 10, your request will be closed.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 202-815-2913 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia

From: Joshua Eaton

Dear Stasia,

My apologies for the slow response! I am definitely still interested in pursuing this request; please do not close it. I will follow up with Chris Bentley in the Office of Communications later this week, but I would still like to pursue this request through the FOIA office.

Thanks for following up, and, again, for your patience!

Best,
Joshua

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Mr. Eaton

Once you have spoken with Mr. Bentley, please confirm what information you are interested in receiving. I will keep your request on hold until I hear back from you.

If you have any questions, please call me at 202-815-2913.

Sincerely,

Stasia

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From: Hutchison, Stasia

Mr. Eaton

I was following up on my February 8 email. Please let me know if you are still interested in pursuing your request.

Sincerely,

Stasia

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Mr. Eaton,

I am following up on my February 8 and 24 emails. If I do not hear back from you by March 20, your request will be closed.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 202-815-2913 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Mr. Eaton,

This is to inform you that your request assigned FOIA No. 2017-REE-01659-F was closed on February 20 as indicated in my March 13 email; see email trail below.

If you have any questions concerning your request, please contact me at 202-815-2913 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>. You may also contact our FOIA Public Liaison or FOIA Requester Service Center at 301-504-1743 or REEFOIA@ars.usda.gov<mailto:REEFOIA@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia Hutchison

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