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Matthew Hoppock filed this request with the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review of the United States of America .
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2020-60003

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From: Matthew Hoppock


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All Email messages to or from vicki.butler@eoir.usdoj.gov with the phrase "Expedited ROP Request" in the subject line since January 1, 2018.

I am asking that the request be expedited and that fees be waived because I am a member of the news media.

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,

Matthew Hoppock

From: Matthew Hoppock

On July 1, 2020 I submitted this request but have not received an acknowledgment letter. The request was for the following:

"To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All Email messages to or from vicki.butler@eoir.usdoj.gov with the phrase "Expedited ROP Request" in the subject line since January 1, 2018.

I am asking that the request be expedited and that fees be waived because I am a member of the news media.

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,

Matthew Hoppock"

It is located online here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/eoir-staff-emails-97625/

Please send an acknowledgment letter so that I may track the status of this pending request. Thank you.

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

From: Matthew Hoppock

Ms. O’Hara, can you please clarify?

EOIR already denied expedited processing in 2020-60004 on July 6. It then GLOMAR’d the whole thing on July 7 even though the agency had already admitted those records exist in corresponding on request no. 2020-21347 (see here https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/eoir-staff-emails-88248/). I filed an administrative appeal of that denial and the denied expedited processing which is now pending.

Does the correspondence this morning relate to that request?

My email below was about a different request that I filed on July 1 asking for email messages to and from Vicki Butler with the subject line "Expedited ROP Request.” I have not received an acknowledgment letter and do not know what case number the EOIR has assigned to it.

Thank you.

Matthew Hoppock

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Mr. Hoppock:

We sent a revised letter with the correct control number FOIA 2020-60003. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

Sincerely,

Shelley M. O’Hara
Attorney Advisor (FOIA)
(703) 605-0275

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Mr. Matthew Hoppock
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 97625
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144 Re:     FOIA 2020-60003 Dear Matthew Hoppock: This response acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) dated 07/01/2020 and received 07/02/2020.  Your request has been assigned control number FOIA 2020-60003. The FOIA requires an agency to respond within 20 working days after receipt of the request, and EOIR endeavors to meet this standard.  The FOIA permits a ten-day extension of this time period, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B), based on unusual circumstances.  Your request involves “unusual circumstances,” and EOIR is extending the time period to respond by an additional 10 working days because your request requires the collection of records from field offices, or involves a search, collection, and review of voluminous records, or requires consultation with another agency or two or more agency components. EOIR FOIA requests are placed in one of three tracks. Track one is for those requests that seek and receive expedited processing pursuant to subsection (a)(6)(E) of the FOIA. Track two is for simple requests that do not involve voluminous records or lengthy consultations with other entities.  Track three is for complex requests that involve voluminous records and for which lengthy or numerous consultations are required, or those requests that may involve sensitive records.  Your request has been placed in track three for complex requests. If you have filed an application for a fee waiver, EOIR will address your request in a separate letter. Additionally, if you have requested expedited processing, EOIR will contact you in a separate letter. If you have any questions regarding unusual circumstances, you may contact the EOIR FOIA Service Center or FOIA Public Liaison at (703) 605-1297 to discuss reformulation or an alternative time frame to process your request, or for any further assistance regarding any aspect of your request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer.  The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Room 2510, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001; e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at (202) 741-5770; toll free at (877) 684-6448; or facsimile at (202) 741-5769. Sincerely, FOIA Intake

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Dear Mr. Hoppock:
Thank you for your inquiry. A search has been initiated. For your information, FOIA requests are processed in the order received absent a grant of a request for expedited processing. Your request is categorized as “complex” and is number 24 on our “complex” docket. Sincerely,
Shelley M. O'Hara                                                                                                                                                                                                Attorney Advisor (FOIA)

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

From: Matthew Hoppock

Ms. O'Hara,

Yes, I agree to pay the fees, which you project in your letter will range between $160 and $480. Please let me know if you need anything further from me on this or any other issue. Thank you.

Matthew Hoppock

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

Dear Mr. Hoppock:

Thank you for your response. Your request is off hold and we are continuing to process it.

Sincerely,

Shelley M. O’Hara
Attorney Advisor (FOIA)
(703) 605-0275

From: Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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