EPA Office of Research and Development - Personnel and Budget Data

Sarah Lamdan filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # EPA-HQ-2017-004473
Status
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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:

Records reflecting the current personnel staffing levels and organizational structure (organizational charts, etc.), as well as the personnel budget for the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Please include organizational and budget records related to the EPA Science Advisor and Office of the Science Advisor, as well as the office of the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Management, including the National Center for Computational Toxicology, National Center for Environmental Assessment, National Center for Environmental Research, National Exposure Research Laboratory, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, National Homeland Security Research Center, and the National Risk Management Research Laboratory. We also request personnel and budget-related records reflecting the personnel organization and budget for these offices from the months of November 2016, December 2016, and January 2016.

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=090004d2811abab8)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-004473
* Requester Name: Sarah Lamdan
* Date Submitted: 03/02/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting records reflecting the current personnel staffing levels and organizational structure (organizational charts, etc.), as well as the personnel budget for the EPA’s Office of Research and Development

From: Sarah Lamdan

Please amend my request (EPA-HQ-2017-004473 ) for the January 2016 data to January 2017 instead of 2016. Thank you!

From: ORD_FOIA_Requester_Emails@epa.gov

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request No. EPA-HQ-2017-004473
Dear Mr./Ms. Lamdan:
This letter concerns the above-referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 3, 2017, in which you requested records reflecting the current personnel staffing levels, organizational structure, and personnel budget for the EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD).
Given the scope of the request, EPA anticipates that coordination with multiple EPA offices will be necessary to process your request.  These offices include the ORD, Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), and others.
Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 2.104(d), and extension of time required to respond to your request is necessary.  The new due date is April 14, 2017, an additional ten working days from March 3, 2017.  For an update on the status of your FOIA request, please call me at (919) 541-0479 or access FOIAonline.
If you would like to modify or narrow your request so that it may be processed sooner, please contact Norman Adkins, who can be reached at adkins.norman@epa.gov.

Sincerely,
Norman Adkins
Office of Research and Development

From: ORD_FOIA_Requester_Emails@epa.gov

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request No. EPA-HQ-2017-004473
Dear Ms. Lamdan:
This letter concerns the above-referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 3, 2017, in which you requested records related to EPA's Office of Research and Development's budget and personnel information.
Given the scope of the request, EPA is coordinating with multiple offices and your requested format requires an extension.
Pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 2.104(d), an extension of time required to respond to your request is necessary.  The new due date is April 28th, 2017, ten working days from April 14th, 2017.  For an update on the status of your FOIA request, please call me at (919) 541-0479 or access FOIAonline.
If you would like to modify or narrow your request so that it may be processed sooner, please contact Norman Adkins, who can be reached at (919) 541-0479.

From: Sarah Lamdan

Thank you, Norman. I look forward to hearing from you. Please let me know if there are any follow up questions regarding my request.

From: Adkins, Norman

Ms. Lamdan,

My name is Norman Adkins and I am the FOIA Program Manager for EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). I am reaching out concerning the subject Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. FOIA requires us to provide existing records within the agency, excluding those that would otherwise qualify for an exemption. Because we do not manage some of the data in the format you requested, we would only be able to provide you some of the records you requested.

In a situation like this, we would typically reach out to the requester to see if they wanted to change and/or refine their request. In this particular case, ORD's budget formulation team has agreed to pull together the data in the format you initially requested. As you saw in our previous extension notices, the effort is taking some additional time to coordinate and pull together this data. Factoring in the two extensions, the due date for a response is currently Friday, April 28th (tomorrow).

I am in the process of sending another extension notice. Unlike the other extensions, this one will be for three additional business days beyond the current due date. We now have the data finalized, but we need some additional time to pull together the formal response. With the three additional business days, the new due date would be the close of business on Wednesday, May 3rd. I do not anticipate any other extensions beyond this date. In fact, my hope is to get this to you earlier in the week as opposed to Wednesday.

I have provided my contact information below. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Regards,

Norman Adkins, CCEP, CGFM, PMP
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Office: (919) 541-0479
Mobile: (919) 667-8033
Fax: (919) 541-4002

From: ORD_FOIA_Requester_Emails@epa.gov

EPA-HQ-2017-004473 has been processed with the following final disposition: Full grant.
Records were released to the public as a result of this request. You may retrieve these records immediately using the following link: View Records. 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. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2811abab8)

From: ORD_FOIA_Requester_Emails@epa.gov

EPA-HQ-2017-004473 has been processed with the following final disposition: Full grant.
Records were released to the public as a result of this request. You may retrieve these records immediately using the following link: View Records. 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. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2811abab8)

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