EPA advisors communication with State Policy Network organizations

Matt Kasper filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking #

EPA-HQ-2017-007158

Status
Completed

Communications

From: Matt Kasper

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All internal and external communications, including but not limited to non-EPA affiliated email accounts used for federal government work and communication tools such as Signal and Slack, of the following EPA staffers: George Sugiyama; David Kreutzer; David Schnare; Charles Munoz; Layne Bangerter; Patrick Davis; Douglas Ericksen; Holly Greaves; Ryan Jackson; Byron Brown; Andrew Wheeler.

This request is limited by using the following search terms: "State Policy Network"; "SPN.org"; "Independence Institute"; "i2i.org" "Amy Oliver Cooke"; "Kathleen Hartnett White"; "Texas Public Policy Foundation"; "CO2"; "Cornwell Alliance"; "Calvin Beisner"; "Paris"; "climate".

The timeframe of this request is between January 21, 2017 and May 10, 2017.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. It is in the public's interest to know how federal government employees at the EPA are working to either keep the United States in or leave the Paris climate change agreement. Significant articles have been generated surrounding this issue, including the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/14/trumps-epa-chief-scott-pruitt-calls-for-an-exit-to-the-paris-climate-agreement/?utm_term=.92939d9a7c77) and U.S. News & World Report (https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2017-04-02/epa-chief-says-paris-climate-agreement-bad-deal-for-us).

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. However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest. The organization I work for, the Energy and Policy Institute, is a clearinghouse of information and can qualify as a representative of the news media. There are several examples of public record requests that have been provided to my organization and that were then published on our website to inform the public.

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,

Matt Kasper

From: foia_hq@epa.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2812f9c3e)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-007158
* Requester Name: Matt Kasper
* Date Submitted: 05/11/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting all internal and external communications, including but not limited to non-EPA affiliated email accounts used for federal government work and communication tools such as Signal and Slack, of the following EPA staffers: George Sugiyama; David Kreutzer; David Schnare; Charles Munoz; Layne Bangerter; Patrick Davis; Douglas Ericksen; Holly Greaves; Ryan Jackson; Byron Brown; Andrew Wheeler.

From: Matt Kasper

Hello,
Can you provide a contact number to discuss this request, EPA-HQ-2017-007158, that I filed on May 10, 2017?

Thanks,
Matt

From: Environmental Protection Agency

05/31/2018 05:47 PM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2017-007158

Thank you very much for your interest in the Environmental Protection Agency. This correspondence concerns your above- referenced FOIA request relating to email correspondence of the EPA Beachhead Team.
Many people and entities have requested information about these records. We appreciate your patience as we process requests.
Today we are releasing 15,761 pages of records to you. This release may include additional records that you have not requested; however, the records are related and may be of interest to you.  The records are publicly available at this hyperlink: https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28118de2a.
This release includes documents that have been partially withheld. The reasons for the withholdings are printed over the redactions.  Should you wish to appeal withholding determinations, you will be provided the opportunity at the time of final release.
We will provide you with interim releases as they become available.  If you wish to clarify your request further, or if this release satisfies your request and you would like to close your request, please contact the Office of the Administrator.
Additionally, you may seek assistance from EPA’s FOIA Public Liaison at hq.foia@epa.gov or (202) 566-1667 , or from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways: by mail, Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, MD 20740-6001; by email, ogis@nara.gov; by telephone, (202) 741-5770 or (877) 684-6448 ; or by fax: (202) 741-5769
If you have additional questions, please contact Nicole Rementer, rementer.nicole@epa.gov .  Please direct media related inquiries to press@epa.gov.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

This email is about your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, EPA-HQ-2017-007158; it is assigned to the Office of the Administrator for processing.
The Office of the Administrator has experienced a significant increase in FOIA requests since the start of this administration. As of May 7, 2018, your FOIA request, EPA-HQ-2017-007158, is currently 357 in the queue. We are processing all FOIAs within the scope of our resources, given the sharp increase in requests. If possible, we will provide you with interim releases as they become available.
In fiscal year 2017, the average processing time for complex FOIA requests processed by AO was 388 working days. Using this number as instructive to estimate the time to process your request, the new estimated completion date for this FOIA is November 6, 2018.
The following are some sources of publicly available information that you can access immediately and which may contain information responsive to your request: • Our website: https://www.epa.gov/home/advanced-search
• The EPA newsroom: https://www.epa.gov/newsroom
• FOIAonline for records previously released through FOIA requests: https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/search/
• Frequently requested records: https://www.epa.gov/foia/national-online-foia-library#request
• MyProperty: https://www3.epa.gov/enviro/facts/myproperty/
• Technical/scientific/educational publications: https://www.epa.gov/nscep
• Superfund sites and data: https://www.epa.gov/foia/national-online-foia-library#superfund
• Historical material reflecting the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2017 https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/

If you wish to clarify your request, so that once we reach the request in the queue, it might be processed in a shorter amount of time, please contact Nicole Rementer, Rementer.Nicole@epa.gov. If you are no longer interested in the requested records, please let us know so that we can remove your request from the queue. Please be sure to include your tracking number, EPA-HQ-2017-007158, in the email subject to ensure a timely response.
In addition to seeking assistance from the contact above, you may seek assistance from the EPA’s FOIA Public Liaison at hq.foia@epa.gov or (202) 566-1667, or from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). OGIS’s services are described on their website, https://www.archives.gov/ogis. You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways: by mail, Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, MD 20740-6001; email: ogis@nara.gov; telephone: (202) 741-5770 or (877) 684-6448; or fax: (202) 741-5769.
Thank you,
Nicole Rementer

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Thank you for your interest in the Environmental Protection Agency. This correspondence concerns your above-referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request relating to records concerning EPA employee David Schnare.
Many people and entities have requested information about these records. We appreciate your patience as we process these requests.

Today we are releasing 25 pages of records to you. This release may include additional records that you have not requested; however, the records are related may be of interest to you.
This release includes documents that have been partially withheld. The reasons for the withholdings are printed over the redactions.  Should you wish to appeal any withholding determination, you will be provided the opportunity to do so at the time of the final release.
The records are available here: https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=EPA-HQ-2017-005094&type=request (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=EPA-HQ-2017-005094&type=request)
We will provide you with interim releases as they become available when feasible. If you wish to clarify your request further so that EPA can process your request more efficiently, or if this release satisfies your request and you would like to close your request, the Office of the Administrator is happy to work with you.
Additionally, you may seek assistance from EPA’s FOIA Public Liaison at hq.foia@epa.gov or (202) 566-1667, or from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways: by mail, Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, MD 20740-6001; by email, ogis@nara.gov; by telephone, (202) 741-5770 or (877) 684-6448; or by fax: (202) 741-5769.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Kevin Hill at hill.kevinw@epa.gov. Please direct media related inquiries to press@epa.gov. (https://usepa.sharepoint.com/sites/AO_FOIA_Centralization/Shared%20Documents/Track%202/Processing/Resource%20Management/Definers%20FOIAs/press@epa.gov)
Thank you.
Office of the Administrator Environmental Protection Agency

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Thank you very much for your interest in the Environmental Protection Agency. This correspondence references the above Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records of the EPA Office of the Administrator. We appreciate your patience as we process these requests.
Today we are releasing 5,221 pages of records and one native spreadsheet file to you. This interim release contains materials responsive to your FOIA request. This release may include additional records that you have not requested; however, the records may be of interest to you. We are releasing these records proactively to you at no cost.
This release includes documents that have been partially withheld. The reasons for the withholdings are printed over the redactions. Should you wish to appeal any withholding determination, you will have the opportunity to do so. We will provide you with appeal rights at the time of the final production.
The records are available here: https://foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=EPA-HQ-2017-005073
If it is possible, we will provide you with interim releases as they become available. If you wish to clarify your request further so that EPA can process your request in a shorter amount of time, or if this release satisfies your request and you would like to close your request, the Office of the Administrator is happy to work with you.
Additionally, you may seek assistance from EPA’s FOIA Public Liaison at hq.foia@epa.gov or (202) 566-1667, or from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways: by mail, Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, MD 20740-6001; by email, ogis@nara.gov; by telephone, (202) 741-5770 or (877) 684-6448; or by fax: (202) 741-5769.
If you have any additional questions about your request, please email ao_foia@epa.gov.
Please direct media related inquiries to press@epa.gov. Thank you,
EPA Office of the Administrator

From: Environmental Protection Agency

The FOIA request - EPA-HQ-2017-007158 has been supplemented with additional supporting files. Additional details for this item are as follows:
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-007158
* Requester: Matt Kasper
* Submitted Date: 07/07/2018
* Description: Requesting all internal and external communications, including but not limited to non-EPA affiliated email accounts used for federal government work and communication tools such as Signal and Slack, of the following EPA staffers: George Sugiyama; David Kreutzer; David Schnare; Charles Munoz; Layne Bangerter; Patrick Davis; Douglas Ericksen; Holly Greaves; Ryan Jackson; Byron Brown; Andrew Wheeler.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

EPA-HQ-2017-007158 has been approved for an interim release.
Records were released to the public as a result of this request. You may retrieve these records immediately using the following link: Over the next 2 hours, these records are also being added to FOIAonline's search pages, further enabling you to retrieve these documents associated with your FOIA request at any time. View Records (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=EPA-HQ-2017-007158&type=request)

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