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-2014-14639

F-2016-14639

Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Appeal

Communications

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

From: Muckrock Staff

Hello,
I'm writing in regard to FOIA Request #F-2016-14639. It was closed out on April 1, and although your office mailed all releasable material on that date, it has not yet arrived. You mentioned appealing your response in your most recent email and said that information on how to appeal should have been included in the released material. However, we have no idea whether or not you included the appeal information, or whether or not we have any desire to, or grounds on which to appeal, because we haven't received anything from your office regarding this request.
I apologize for the inconvenience, but will you please resend the documents released through FOIA Request #F-2016-14639 to the following address:

Dept. MR29735
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and for all the work you've put into helping us fulfill this request thus far. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call MuckRock's office at 617-299-1832. Thanks again!

Best,
Caitlin Russell

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Ms. Russell,

This is in reference to your email below regarding FOIA case control number F-2016-14639. Information in the Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that you are not the requester and therefore we cannot provide any information to you on the case.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

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

From: Heikki Olavi

Hello,

You have twice written that according to your records F-2016-14639 has been closed and that you have mailed me the documents and information on how to appeal. I reiterate that I still have not received anything from you for F-2016-14639. I just searched for F-2016-14639 on http://www.foia.state.gov and found nothing. Should not the documents released in response to F-2016-14639 be there since they were according to your records mailed to me 04/01/2018? Are not documents released because of all FOIA requests published there?

Can you please clarify why there is nothing on F-2016-14639 available on http://www.foia.state.gov.

Kindly send me all releasable material again and information on how to appeal. At the moment I have no reason to appeal since I have no knowledge of what you have decided and mailed.

What can I do if you insist that material has been sent but I do not receive it?

Thank you.

From: U.S. Department of State

Ms. Russell,

It is not the Department of State's policy to post the release of documents of every FOIA request on line. Our records indicate this case was closed on 4-1-2018 and the requester was mailed all releasable material. The documents were mailed to the address provided by the requester when the original request was made. If you wish to obtain the documents you will need to contact that individual or file a FOIA request. The original requester was sent information on how to file an appeal 4-18-2018.

As a result, IPS will take no further action in this matter.
Regards,

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

From: U.S. Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Caitlin Russell

Hello,
Unfortunately, the individual never received the released documents either, and has contacted us because they've been attempting to obtain them and have been told that the request is closed and the department will not mail a copy of the release again. Can you please tell me which address the documents were sent to? It's possible that you were provided with an out of date address. Thanks!
Best,
Caitlin

From: Caitlin Russell

Dear Sir/Madame,

This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.

I sent a FOIA request to Department of State 11/01/2016 regarding English Teaching Assistant Program of United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission. My request was acknowledged 11/04/2016 and given Case Control Number F-2016-14639.

04/11/2018 I received an email stating that “ Our records indicate the case was closed on 4-1-2018 and you were mailed all releasable material.” I replied 04/14/2018 writing that I had not received anything and asking them to check again. 04/18/2018 I received a reply reiterating that the case is closed and all releasable material and instructions on how to appeal had been sent 04/01/2018.

I contacted Muckrock for help and 04/20/2018 one of their staff members Caitlin Russell asked the agency to resend the material.

04/30/2018 Ms Russel was informed that she cannot receive any information since she has not made the request.

04/30/2018 I sent another mail requesting them to resend all releasable material and instructions on appeal.

04/30/2018 my latest email received a reply addressed to Ms Russel stating that the case is closed and that the agency had sent appeal instructions again 04/18/2018 to the original requester. The agency added that they will take no further action in this matter.

05/11/2018 Ms Russel sent an email explaining that I contacted Muckrock for help because I did not receive anything from the agency.

I have not received anything despite the agency informing me several times that they have sent material 04/01/2018 and instructions to appeal 04/18/2018. I wish to administratively appeal what I consider denial of access to records. The agency possibly quite simply has sent the letters to an out of date address or they disappeared on the way.

In my opinion it cannot be correct to close a case and take no further action when a requester makes it clear that he has not received what the agency has sent. At the moment I am unable to appeal any determination that maybe has been made on F-2016-14639 since I have never received a determination from the agency.

Please reconsider the decision to take no further action and kindly instruct the agency to resend me all releasable material to the following address or solve the dispute in another way:
Dept. MR29735
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144

I expect a response within 20 days as required by law.

Thank you,

Heikki Olavi

From: Heikki Olavi

I wish to thank you for the documents that I received with a cover letter dated 4-02-2018 for F-2016-14639. I received a total of 84 pages and wonder are there more documents you should have sent or you will send later.

Apparently you have not provided anything for the following parts of my request:

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)

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)

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)

Kindly explain what the problem is.

You have disclosed a document called "Welcome to Sri Lanka- A Handbook for US Fulbright Grantees" that I had not requested.

Thanking you in advance for your reply.

Heikki Olavi

From: U.S. Department of State

Ms. Olavi,

This is in response to your email below regarding FOIA Case Control Number F-2017-14639.

The Office of Information Programs and Services’ electronic record system indicates that the processing of this request has been completed. The Department’s final determination letter dated April 2, 2018, was addressed to you at the Muckrock address (and Dept No.) that was provided in your November 1, 2016, request. For your information, a copy of the Department’s April 2, 2018, letter is attached to this email. The Department has no record that the package was returned as undeliverable. Therefore, you may wish to check with Muckrock staff members to ascertain whether the Department’s response was received.

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,
L. Temple
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Heikki Olavi

Heikki Olavi
Dept. MR29735
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144

Chairman
Appeals Review Panel
c/o Information and Privacy Coordinator/Appeals Officer
U.S. Department of State
A/GIS/IPS/PP, SA-2Washington
DC 20522-8100

FOIA APPEAL FOR F-2016-14639

5/23/2018

Dear Sir/Madame,

This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.

Kindly note that I wish to withdraw my earlier appeal dated 5/15/2018.

I sent a FOIA request to Department of State 11/01/2016 regarding English Teaching Assistant Program of United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission. My request was acknowledged 11/04/2016 and given Case Control Number F-2016-14639.

I wish to thank the agency for the documents I received with a cover letter dated 4-02-2018 postmarked 5/08/2018. The letter is signed by Eric F. Stein who states that Foreign Service Institute located responsive documents and that these documents were released in full.

The material I received consists of 84 pages but unfortunately does in my opinion not contain all responsive documents. Apparently the agency has not provided anything for the following parts of my request:

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)
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)
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 agency has disclosed a document called "Welcome to Sri Lanka- A Handbook for US Fulbright Grantees" that I never requested.

I wish to administratively appeal what I consider denial of access to records that are responsive to my request. If there has been a problem locating responsive documents I suggest that the agency approaches, for instance, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission.

Kindly instruct the agency to locate all documents that are responsive to my request or solve the dispute in another way.

The documents can be mailed to:
Heikki Olavi
Dept. MR29735
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144

I expect a response within 20 days as required by law.

Thanking you in advance.

Heikki Olavi

From: Muckrock Staff

Hello,

The FOIA appeal copied below was sent to your office on May 23, 2018 and has not received an acknowledgement. Could you please confirm that it was received and is being processed?

Thank you.

________________

Heikki Olavi
Dept. MR29735
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144

Chairman
Appeals Review Panel
c/o Information and Privacy Coordinator/Appeals Officer
U.S. Department of State
A/GIS/IPS/PP, SA-2Washington
DC 20522-8100

FOIA APPEAL FOR F-2016-14639

5/23/2018

Dear Sir/Madame,

This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.

Kindly note that I wish to withdraw my earlier appeal dated 5/15/2018.

I sent a FOIA request to Department of State 11/01/2016 regarding English Teaching Assistant Program of United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission. My request was acknowledged 11/04/2016 and given Case Control Number F-2016-14639.

I wish to thank the agency for the documents I received with a cover letter dated 4-02-2018 postmarked 5/08/2018. The letter is signed by Eric F. Stein who states that Foreign Service Institute located responsive documents and that these documents were released in full.

The material I received consists of 84 pages but unfortunately does in my opinion not contain all responsive documents. Apparently the agency has not provided anything for the following parts of my request:

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)
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)
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 agency has disclosed a document called "Welcome to Sri Lanka- A Handbook for US Fulbright Grantees" that I never requested.

I wish to administratively appeal what I consider denial of access to records that are responsive to my request. If there has been a problem locating responsive documents I suggest that the agency approaches, for instance, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission.

Kindly instruct the agency to locate all documents that are responsive to my request or solve the dispute in another way.

The documents can be mailed to:
Heikki Olavi
Dept. MR29735
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144

I expect a response within 20 days as required by law.

Thanking you in advance.

Heikki Olavi

From: U.S. Department of State

Ms. Russell,
The Appeals Officer advised the Office of Information Programs Service that she received a letter dated May 18, 2018 for the withdrawal of the May 13, 2018 Appeal. The Appeal Officer have not received the May 13, 2018 Appeal letter yet. I hope this information was helpful.
Regards,
Katrina Wood
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Heikki Olavi

Katrina Wood,

Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately the dates of correspondence you mention in your reply appear incorrect.

I sent my first appeal 05/15/2018 (not 05/13/2018 as you mention) and it was later withdrawn because the material arrived. Kindly ignore the first Appeal.

My second appeal was dated 05/23/2018 and sent 05/23/2018. Since there was no acknowledgment it was faxed again 06/05/2018.

From your kind reply I deduct that the FOIA Requester Service Center and the Appeals Officer have not received the Appeal dated 05/23/2018. The Appeal was sent twice to the Appeals Officer who apparently received only a letter to withdraw the first Appeal.

Please find the above mentioned Appeal below and acknowledge the fact that it has arrived.

Thank you in advance.

Heikki Olavi

Heikki Olavi
Dept. MR29735
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144

Chairman
Appeals Review Panel
c/o Information and Privacy Coordinator/Appeals Officer
U.S. Department of State
A/GIS/IPS/PP, SA-2Washington
DC 20522-8100

FOIA APPEAL FOR F-2016-14639

5/23/2018

Dear Sir/Madame,

This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.

Kindly note that I wish to withdraw my earlier appeal dated 5/15/2018.

I sent a FOIA request to Department of State 11/01/2016 regarding English Teaching Assistant Program of United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission. My request was acknowledged 11/04/2016 and given Case Control Number F-2016-14639.

I wish to thank the agency for the documents I received with a cover letter dated 4-02-2018 postmarked 5/08/2018. The letter is signed by Eric F. Stein who states that Foreign Service Institute located responsive documents and that these documents were released in full.

The material I received consists of 84 pages but unfortunately does in my opinion not contain all responsive documents. Apparently the agency has not provided anything for the following parts of my request:

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)
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)
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 agency has disclosed a document called "Welcome to Sri Lanka- A Handbook for US Fulbright Grantees" that I never requested.

I wish to administratively appeal what I consider denial of access to records that are responsive to my request. If there has been a problem locating responsive documents I suggest that the agency approaches, for instance, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission.

Kindly instruct the agency to locate all documents that are responsive to my request or solve the dispute in another way.

The documents can be mailed to:
Heikki Olavi
Dept. MR29735
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144

I expect a response within 20 days as required by law.

Thanking you in advance.

Heikki Olavi

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Mr. Olavi,

This is in reference to your email dated June 17, 2018 regarding the appeal of FOIA case control number F-2016-14639. As you state below, your email contains your appeal dated May 23, 2018. Please note that we have forwarded your email to the Appeals Officer for appropriate action.

If you have any questions, 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.

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

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom it May Concern,
Please provide an update on and, if possible, an estimated date of completion for the attached FOIA appeal.
Thank you.

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Olavi,

The e-mail and information you sent in has been forwarded to the Appeals Board.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov
Regards,

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

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Olavi,

We heard back from the Appeals Board concerning your case.

The estimated date of completion for the Appeal is March 2019. According to the Appeals board, the reason for the delay is due to the fact an additional search for information on his request is underway.
Regards,

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

Official
UNCLASSIFIED

From: Heikki Olavi

Thank you for the reply.

Does the Appeals Officer or Appeals Board have an e-mail address?

Where were the responsive documents located and by whom?

Please note that requests F-2017-04455 and F-2018-00436 may have a similar problem regarding where to locate responsive documents. May I humbly suggest that FSI or others locating responsive documents approach, for instance, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission in order to avoid further delays and need to appeal.

Thank you.

Heikki Olavi

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