EPA Mirror Website Information

Sarah Lamdan filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
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EPA-HQ-2017-006788

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Fix Required

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From: Sarah Lamdan

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records related to the posting of the mirror EPA website reflecting a "snapshot" of the website as it existed on January 19, 2017, including all FOIA requests for the mirror, processing notes for those requests, and any discussion, including but not limited to emails and memos, about the posting of the mirror website, including the EPA statement or communication including the statement:

"Immediately following the 2017 Presidential inauguration, the agency received numerous FOIA requests regarding historic versions of the EPA website. The Agency is making its best reasonable effort to 1) preserve agency records that are the subject of a request; 2) produce requested agency records in the format requested; and 3) post frequently requested agency records in electronic format for public inspection. To meet these goals, EPA has re-posted a snapshot of the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2017."

A news article containing this statement and more information about the mirror website is linked here: https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/16/the-epa-posted-a-backup-of-its-website-dated-just-before-inauguration-day/

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,

Sarah Lamdan

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=090004d2812d3c6c)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-006788
* Requester Name: Sarah Lamdan
* Date Submitted: 05/02/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting all records related to the posting of the mirror EPA website reflecting a "snapshot" of the website as it existed on January 19, 2017.

From: Dolph, Becky

Dear Ms. Lamden: I am writing in regard to your FOIA Request EPA-HQ-2017-006788 in which your seek the following:

All records related to the posting of the mirror EPA website reflecting a "snapshot" of the website as it existed
on January 19, 2017, including all FOIA requests for the mirror, processing notes for those requests, and any
discussion, including but not limited to emails and memos, about the posting of the mirror website, including
the EPA statement or communication including the statement:
"Immediately following the 2017 Presidential inauguration, the agency received numerous FOIA requests
regarding historic versions of the EPA website. The Agency is making its best reasonable effort to 1) preserve
agency records that are the subject of a request; 2) produce requested agency records in the format requested;
and 3) post frequently requested agency records in electronic format for public inspection. To meet these goals,
EPA has re-posted a snapshot of the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2017.".

Your request as submitted is not a proper FOIA request because it does not reasonably describe the records sought as required by both the FOIA statute and the Agency's regulations. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(3)(A); 40 C.F.R. § 2.102(c). In order for us to process your request, you should "include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipient, and subject matter. If known, you should include any file designations or descriptions for the records that you want. The more specific you are about the records or type of records that you want, the more likely EPA will be able to identify and locate records responsive to your request. . ." 40 C.F.R. § 2.102(c).

I note that FOIA requests received by the Agency and the Agency's responses to those requests are available to the public on FOIAonline at https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home.

You did not provide a telephone number at which you could be contacted. Please contact me at 202-564-5771 within 10 days of the date of this correspondence so that we can assist in clarifying request. If we do not hear from you by that date, we will consider your request voluntarily withdrawn.

Thank you for your interest in EPA.

Becky Dolph

Becky Dolph | Director, FOIA Expert Assistance Team Office
U.S Environmental Protection Agency
Office of General Counsel | 7309B WJCN | 202-564-5771

From: Sarah Lamdan

Ms. Dolph, We are quite sorry for the delay. I left you a voicemail on your work line just now. I am working with Sarah Lamdan on some pending FOIA requests. I hope we can email or talk soon. My cell is 310-890-9260 and my email is Jon.Neustadter@Gmail.com (or you can of course reply here via Muckrock). Thank you. Jon

From: Environmental Protection Agency

The FOIA request - EPA-HQ-2017-006788 has been supplemented with additional supporting files. Additional details for this item are as follows:
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-006788
* Requester: Sarah Lamdan
* Submitted Date: 07/07/2018
* Description: Requesting all records related to the posting of the mirror EPA website reflecting a "snapshot" of the website as it existed on January 19, 2017.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Ms. Sarah Lamdan
411A Highland Avenue
DEPT MR 37017
Somerville, MA 02144
RE:  Request Number: EPA-HQ-2017-006788
Dear Ms. Sarah Lamdan:
This letter concerns the above-referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Freedom of Information Office in which you are seeking a snapshot of the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2017.
Your request does not reasonably describe the records you are seeking in a way that will permit EPA employees to identify and locate them.  The EPA’s FOIA regulations explain:
“Whenever possible, your request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipient, and subject matter.  If known, you should include any file designations or descriptions for the records that you want.  The more specific you are about the records or type of records that you want, the more likely EPA will be able to identify and locate records responsive to your request.” 40 C.F.R. § 2.102(c).
We sent you a letter dated May 19, 2017 providing you the opportunity to clarify the records that you are seeking so that EPA can process your request.  We asked that you contact us by May 29, 2017, with your clarification, and we have not received additional information from you, so we are administratively closing your request.
This letter concludes our response to your request. You may appeal this response by email at hq.foia@epa.gov, or by mail to the National Freedom of Information Office, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (2822T), Washington, DC 20460. Only items mailed through the United States Postal Service may be delivered to 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue.  If you are submitting your appeal by hand delivery, courier service, or overnight delivery, you must address your correspondence to 1301 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room 6416J, Washington, DC 20001. Your appeal must be in writing, and it must be received no later than 90 calendar days from the date of this letter. The Agency will not consider appeals received after the 90-calendar-day limit. Appeals received after 5:00 pm EST will be considered received the next business day. The appeal letter should include the FOIA tracking number listed above.  For quickest possible handling, the subject line of your email, the appeal letter, and its envelope, if applicable, should be marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal." Additionally, you may seek dispute resolution services 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, Room 2510 , 8610 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001; email, ogis@nara.gov; telephone, (202) 741-5770 or (877) 684-6448; or fax, (202) 741-5769.
Sincerely,
Larry F. Gottesman
National FOIA Officer

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