Eminent Domain Emails & Legal Opinions

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Federal Housing Finance Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2013-FOIA-101
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of emails and other communications between the Federal Housing Finance Agency and representatives of the City of Richmond, Fannie Mac, Freddie Mac and/or Mortgage Resolution Partners regarding the use of eminent domain on mortgage loans or the cessation of FHFA-backed lending in Richmond, CA.

To assist in the search, this issue was reported on previously here:

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-eminent-domain-lawsuit-20130809,0,6390434.story

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,

Michael Morisy

From: Michael Morisy

I would like to amend my request to include copies of any legal opinions created by or for the FHFA regarding the use of eminent domain or the legality of cessation of lending as it pertains to this case.

From: Easter, Stacy

Dear  Morisy: This confirms receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, dated August 9, 2013.  Your request was received in the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) FOIA office on August 9, 2013, and assigned
the FHFA FOIA request number 2013-FOIA-101.  Please refer to this number in any correspondence concerning your request. You requested the following information: "A copy of emails and other communications between the Federal Housing Finance Agency and representatives of the City of Richmond, Fannie Mac, Freddie Mac and/or Mortgage Resolution Partners regarding the use of
eminent domain on mortgage loans or the cessation of FHFA-backed lending in Richmond, CA."
You also requested a fee waiver.  Based on our review of the information you provided in your request, FHFA has determined that your response does not adequately meet the statutory standard for granting a fee waiver, as set forth in the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A)(iii),
and FHFA’s FOIA regulation, 5 CFR 1202.11(h). Therefore, your request for a waiver of fees is denied.
Please note that pursuant to the FOIA and FHFA regulation, 12 CFR Part 1202.11(b), you have been categorized as a “representative of the news media” requester and will be charged for duplication cost
in excess of 100 pages. Please note that fees are not automatically waived for representatives of the news. Please see our FOIA regulations at 12 C.F.R. § 1202.11 for more information about fees and fee waivers.
Additionally, FHFA processes requests under a multi-track system (standard, and complex). After review of your request, it has been determined that your request will be placed in the standard track. FOIA requests are placed in this track based on the volume
and/or simplicity of the records requested.
Your FOIA request is releasable to the public under subsequent FOIA requests. In responding to these requests, FHFA does not release personal information, such as home or email addresses and home or mobile telephone numbers, all of which are protected from
disclosure under FOIA Exemption 6 (5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(6)).
If you have any questions concerning your request, please forward them to the FHFA FOIA Office at foia@fhfa.gov.

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 Aug. 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-FOIA-101.

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 Aug. 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-FOIA-101.

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 Aug. 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-FOIA-101.

Thank you for your help.

From: Easter, Stacy

The search for responsive records has just been completed. We have found over 630 emails, many containing multiple attachments. Depending on the number of attachments, we hope to complete our review by early December.

- Stacy
FOIA/Privacy Officer
FHFA - Office of General Counsel
Office: 202-649-3067|Cell: 202-604-1024

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 Aug. 9, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-FOIA-101.

Thank you for your help.

From: Easter, Stacy

My recommendations on your request are on my managers desk for review. You should receive FHFA's response this week.

From: Easter, Stacy

Dear Mr. Morisy,

Please find attached the Federal Housing Finance Agency's response to your Freedom of Information Act request.
Regards,

Stacy J. Easter
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Officer
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Office of General Counsel
400 7th Street, SW | Washington, DC 20024
Office: 202-649-3067|Cell: 202-604-1024|Fax: 202-649-4067
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