Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Search

Kevin Schmidt filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
Tracking # HQ-2014-01292-F
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Communications

From: Kevin Schmidt

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communications, including attachments, to or from Secretary Ernest Moniz, Chief of Staff Kevin Knobloch, and the Director of Public Affairs Brendan Daly referring to the following terms:

1. Election
2. Louisiana
3. Obama
4. President
5. White House
6. WH
7. Landrieu
8. Senate
9. Colorado
10. Grant
11. Udall

The time period for this request is May 1, 2014 to the present.

Request for a public-interest fee waiver

I request a waiver of any and all applicable fees pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). This provision provides that requested records shall be furnished without or at reduced charge if "disclosure of the information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester." The requested documents will be processed by a representative of the news media/press for a story for the news site The Muckraker Project (http://www.muckrakerproject.com/), made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage. Further, the requested records would unquestionably shed light on the "operations or activities of the government," namely how the Secretary of the Department of Energy may be using travel to help assist vulnerable members of Congress as explained in a May 29, 2014 Washington Times article.

See here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/29/cabinet-politics-federal-officials-grants-are-sent/?page=all

Request for news media status

For fee purposes, The Muckraker Project also qualifies as a "representative of the news media" under 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). The Muckraker Project is organized and operated, among other things, to publish and broadcast news. i.e., information that is about current events or that would be of current interest to the public. The Muckraker Project gleans the information that it regularly publishes from a wide variety of sources and methods, including government agencies, universities, scholarly works, and FOIA requests. The Muckraker Project also disseminates news to the public via Facebook, Twitter, and subscribers on our email list.

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http://www.muckrakerproject.com/2014/06/16/cobb-leaders-home-depot/
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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,

Kevin Schmidt
http://www.muckrakerproject.com/

From: Department of Energy

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Energy

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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 June 19, 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 #HQ-2014-01292-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Humphrey, Shonda (CONTR)

Mr. Schmidt,

Please give me a call at (202)586-6097 to discuss the above-referenced FOIA request.

Thank you,

Shonda Humphrey

From: Humphrey, Shonda (CONTR)

Mr. Schmidt,

Please give me a call regarding the above-referenced request.

Thank you,
Shonda Humphrey

From: Humphrey, Shonda (CONTR)

Mr. Schmidt,

I have previously tried to contact you via email in order to discuss your request. However, I have not received any response. If you are still interested in pursuing this request, please contact me at (202)586-6097 or Ms. Bowman at (202)586-3112. If we do not hear from you by Wednesday, September 24, 2014, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the information and DOE will close the request. However, you may submit a new FOIA request at any time.

Thank you,
Shonda Humphrey

From: Humphrey, Shonda (CONTR)

Mr. Schmidt,

Thank you for taking the time to speak with Angelia Bowman and me on September 22, 2014, regarding the above-referenced request. Per our conversation, we are providing responsive documents relating to Senator Mark Udall from a prior release. Although the documents from the prior release are outside of the date range for your current request, the documents may still be helpful for your endeavors.

Also during our conversation, you agreed to amend your request to a search of the Office of the Executive Secretariat's Electronic Document Online Correspondence and Concurrence System for communications to or from Secretary Ernest Moniz referring to the following terms:

1. Election
2. Louisiana
3. Obama
4. President
5. White House
6. WH
7. Landrieu
8. Senate
9. Colorado
10. Grant
11. Udall

You also agreed to exclude all attachments as well as communications from or about private constitutes.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Angelia Bowman at angelia.bowman@hq.doe.gov or (202)586-3112 or me at shonda.humphrey@hq.doe.gov or (202)586-6097.

Upon confirmation of the aforementioned changes, we will continue to process your request.

Thank you,

Shonda Humphrey, Esq.
Senior FOIA Consultant
eGlobalTech Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585

From: Department of Energy

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

From: Department of Energy

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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