English Teaching Assistant Program of United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission

Heikki Olavi filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking #

F-2016-14639

Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

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From: Heikki Olavi

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Please send me the following documents on Fulbright English Teaching assistants/grantees and the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Sri Lanka:
1)The English Teaching Assistant program plan for Sri Lanka approved by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. (Section 111.1 of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board policies)
2) The guidelines established by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for English Teaching Assistant programs. (Section 111.1 of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board policies)
3) A copy of all the final reports submitted by the English Training Assistants/grantees in Sri Lanka starting from year 2010. (Section 132.6 of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board policies)
4) A copy of the annual report from the United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission for year 2015. ( Section 132.2 of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board policies)
5) Copies of the summary minutes of the meetings of the United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission for year 2015. ( Section 132.2 of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board policies)

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.

Sincerely,

Heikki Olavi

From: Robinson, Kellie N

Mr. Olavi:

I am forwarding your request to the Office of Information Programs and Services, Requester Liaison Division. You may submit future requests by mail to: A/GIS/IPS/RL, U. S. Department of State, Washington, D. C. 20522-8100 or Facsimile: (202) 261-8579. Requests may be submitted electronically at: https://foia.state.gov/Request/Submit.aspx.

Sincerely,

Kellie N. Robinson
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Program Manager/FOIA Public Liaison
Programs and Policies Division
Office of Information Programs and Services
Office: (202) 663-2222
Blackberry: (202) 351-1353
robinsonkn@state.gov<mailto:robinsonkn@state.gov>

From: Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: FOIA Status

Official - Transitory
UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Olavi-At this time the estimated completion date is 12/31/2017.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: FOIA Status

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is a follow-up to your email concerning case control F-2016-14639.

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is continues to be, December 31,2017.

ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

We appreciate your continued patience. I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an email to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484

From: FOIA Status

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is continues to be, December 31,2017.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Heikki Olavi,

At this time, the estimated completion date (ECD) for this case continues to be, December 31,2017.
Regards,
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: FOIA Status

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in response to your email below regarding FOIA Case Control Number F-2016-14636.

At this time, the estimated date of completion (EDC) for this case continues to be December 31, 2017.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in response to your email below regarding FOIA Case Control Number F-2016-14636.

At this time, the estimated date of completion (EDC) for this case continues to be December 31, 2017.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in response to your email below regarding FOIA Case Control Number F-2016-14639. At this time, the estimated date of completion (EDC) for this case continues to be December 31, 2017. Please note that EDCs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates. They are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).

The Department processes FOIA and Privacy Act requests on a first-in, first-out basis, and currently has a backlog of approximately 11,300 cases. As a result, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA and Privacy Act requests.

For your information, the Department of State has collection of records on its website and makes monthly postings of records previously released in response to FOIA requests. You may search the Department's website at www.foia.state.gov<http://www.foia.state.gov> for records that may be responsive to your request.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in response to your email below regarding FOIA Case Control Number F-2016-14639. The Office of Information Programs and Services' (IPS) electronic records system indicates that your case continues to be processed. We will provide an updated estimated date of completion when it becomes available.

The Department processes FOIA and Privacy Act requests on a first-in, first-out basis, and currently has a backlog of approximately 11,000 cases. As a result, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA and Privacy Act requests.

For your information, the Department of State has collection of records on its website and makes monthly postings of records previously released in response to FOIA requests. You may search the Department's website at www.foia.state.gov<http://www.foia.state.gov> for records that may be responsive to your request.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,
This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2016-14639.
The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in process.
The Department currently has a backlog of approximately 10,600 cases. As a result, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA and Privacy Act requests.
If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at 202-261-8484 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,
Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: U.S. Department of State

Ms. Olavi,

The Office of Information Programs and Services' electronic records system indicates your case is in processing. You will be notified of the Department's search and review efforts in response to your request as soon as that information becomes available.

The Department currently has a backlog of approximately 10,600 cases. It is taking significant steps to improve its responsiveness to the public and has undertaken a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) surge project to reduce the backlog in the coming months. In order to further the core FOIA goals of transparency and accountability, the State Department is committing more resources and personnel to clear the backlog of requests, while still maintaining the highest standards of quality.

The Department of State has a collection of records on its website and continues to post records previously released in response to FOIA requests. You may search the Department's website at www.foia.state.gov<http://www.foia.state.gov> for records that may be responsive to your request.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484<tel:(202)%20261-8484>, or fax us at (202) 261-8579<tel:(202)%20261-8579> or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,

FOIA Status
U.S. Department of State
(202)261-8484

From: U.S. Department of State

Ms. Olavi,

Our records indicate the case was closed on 4-1-2018 and you were mailed all releasable material.

You should have gotten information on how to make an appeal when you were sent your documents. If you didn't we apologize. If you wish to appeal the denial of documents there are specific requirements and a process for doing so. Detailed instructions are located in the Information Access Guide under section VIII "Appeals"

http://foia.state.gov/Request/Guide.aspx

If you already have a case number you will need to provide it in your request. You will need to submit the request in writing.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>
Regards,

FOIA Status
U.S. Department of State
(202)261-8484

From: Heikki Olavi

I have not received any material or anything else from you. Can you please check again? Thank you.

From: U.S. Department of State

Ms. Olavi,
Our records indicate the case F-2016-14639 was closed on 4-1-2018 and you were mailed all releasable material.
You should have gotten information on how to make an appeal when you were sent your documents. If you didn't we apologize. If you wish to appeal the denial of documents there are specific requirements and a process for doing so. Detailed instructions are located in the Information Access Guide under section VIII "Appeals"
http://foia.state.gov/Request/Guide.aspx
If you already have a case number you will need to provide it in your request. You will need to submit the request in writing.
We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov%3cmailto:foiastatus@state.gov>>
Regards,
FOIA Status
Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
(202)261-8484

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