EPA Final Rule on FOIA Regulations

Emily Gertz filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
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EPA-HQ-2019-007215

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From: Emily Gertz

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of all documents created since January 1, 2017, regarding the EPA final rule of June 26, 2019, Docket ID: EPA_FRDOC_0001-24077, Federal Register Number 2019-13290, making changes to the agency's FOIA regulations at 40 CFR part 2.

The definition of "documents" under this request should include, but not be limited to, copies of materials regarding the rule in any format (printouts, PDF and other digital file formats, emails, notes from meetings and voice-to-voice communications, audio recordings, etc.) within the EPA as well as with the following government entities:

- Staff and officials of the offices of the President, Vice President, and the staff organizations of the Executive Office of the President.
- Cabinet-level and independent agencies of the U.S. government.
- Any parties outside the U.S. Government.

Please include any processing notes made in completing this request.

In order to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am requesting this information as a representative of the news media affiliated with the independent publication Deregulation Nation.

I also request that fees be waived, as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of news media/press and is made as part of news gathering.

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,

Emily Gertz

From: Environmental Protection Agency

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=EPA-HQ-2019-007215&type=request)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2019-007215
* Requester Name: Emily Gertz
* Date Submitted: 07/10/2019
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of all documents created since January 1, 2017, regarding the EPA final rule of June 26, 2019, Docket ID: EPA_FRDOC_0001-24077, Federal Register Number 2019-13290, making changes to the agency's FOIA regulations at 40 CFR part 2.

The definition of "documents" under this request should include, but not be limited to, copies of materials regarding the rule in any format (printouts, PDF and other digital file formats, emails, notes from meetings and voice-to-voice communications, audio recordings, etc.) within the EPA as well as with the following government entities:

- Staff and officials of the offices of the President, Vice President, and the staff organizations of the Executive Office of the President.
- Cabinet-level and independent agencies of the U.S. government.
- Any parties outside the U.S. Government.

Please include any processing notes made in completing this request.

In order to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am requesting this information as a representative of the news media affiliated with the independent publication Deregulation Nation.

I also request that fees be waived, as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of news media/press and is made as part of news gathering.

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,

Emily Gertz

From: Environmental Protection Agency

See attached letter

  • FOIA -- EPA-HQ-2019-007215 Emily Gertz re Initial Review Letter

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Good afternoon ,

My name is Sheena Spears and I am an Analyst in the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office. The purpose of this e-mail is to ascertain your availability to discuss aspects the above mentioned FOIA request tomorrow ( August 6, 2019) between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. Please respond to this e-mail indicating your preferred time or alternate-if you are un-available during the date and time period proposed.

Cordially,

Sheena

Rasheena S. Spears
GIS "FOIA/PA Analyst" National FOIA Office<https://www.epa.gov/foia/forms/contact-us-about-freedom-information-act-and-foia-requests>
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Office of General Counsel
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (MC 2310A)
Washington, D.C. 20460 | WJCN 7443J
Phone 202-564-7586 | spears.rasheena@epa.gov<mailto:spears.rasheena@epa.gov>

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From: Emily Gertz

Dear Ms. Spears,

Thanks for getting in touch.

Could we schedule a call for one of the following days?

Thursday, August 8, between 1:30 pm and 6pm ET
Friday, August 9, between 9 am and 6 pm ET
Monday, August 12, between 9 am and 6 pm ET

Thank you,

Emily Gertz

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Hello Ms. Getz,

Thank you for your reply. The response delivered today, references dates that have passed. May I deduce that the days of the week and times listed are applicable for next week as well?

Are we experience a delay in delivery?

Cordially,

Sheena

Rasheena S. Spears
GIS "FOIA/PA Analyst" National FOIA Office<https://www.epa.gov/foia/forms/contact-us-about-freedom-information-act-and-foia-requests>
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Office of General Counsel
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (MC 2310A)
Washington, D.C. 20460 | WJCN 7443J
Phone 202-564-7586 | spears.rasheena@epa.gov<mailto:spears.rasheena@epa.gov>

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From: Emily Gertz

Dear Rasheena,

I apologize for not responding more promptly to your requests. The delay has been that I've been unwell.

Currently, I'm available to talk at any time that works for you on:
Tuesday, Sept. 3 between 8 am and 10:30 am
Wednesday, Sept. 4 between 8 am and 11:30 am
Thursday, Sept. 5 or Friday, Sept. 6., between 8 am and 5pm.

Thank you,

Emily Gertz

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Dear Ms. Gertz:
Please see the attached correspondence concerning your FOIA request.
We look forward to speaking with you.
Best,
Denise A. Walker

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Hello Ms. Gertz,

The agency would like to schedule a telephone call to discuss your request. Please respond to this e-mail, indicating your availability this week (date and time) and a phone number, so that a member of the National FOIA Office can contact you.

I have attached to this e-mail, an additional copy of the letter released to you on 09/06/2019.

Cordially,

Sheena

Rasheena S. Spears
GIS "FOIA/PA Analyst" National FOIA Office<https://www.epa.gov/foia/forms/contact-us-about-freedom-information-act-and-foia-requests>
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Office of General Counsel
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (MC 2310A)
Washington, D.C. 20460 | WJCN 7443J
Phone 202-564-7586 | spears.rasheena@epa.gov<mailto:spears.rasheena@epa.gov>

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From: Environmental Protection Agency

Good afternoon Ms. Gertz,

This e-mail is in regards to the above referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, that you submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency would like to discuss the search parameters associated with your request. Please contact Christopher Creech at Creech.Christopher@EPA.gov or at (202) 564-4286. If you provide us with your telephone number, we will be happy to contact you by phone.

I have attached to this e-mail a copy of our letter to you, dated September 6, 2019.

Cordially,

Sheena

Rasheena S. Spears
GIS "FOIA/PA Analyst" National FOIA Office<https://www.epa.gov/foia/forms/contact-us-about-freedom-information-act-and-foia-requests>
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Office of General Counsel
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (MC 2310A)
Washington, D.C. 20460 | WJCN 7443J
Phone 202-564-7586 | spears.rasheena@epa.gov<mailto:spears.rasheena@epa.gov>

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From: Environmental Protection Agency

Hello,
Attached to this e-mail, please find time sensitive communication regarding the above mentioned Freedom of Information Act request.
Cordially,
EPA, National FOIA Office

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