EPA officials schedule

Ryan Koronowski filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America .
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EPA-HQ-2017-005643

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Completed

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From: Ryan Koronowski

March 31, 2017

National Freedom of Information Officer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (2822T)
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 566-1667

Dear Sir or Madam:

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

All records concerning the schedules of Administrator Scott Pruitt, Byron Brown, Ryan Jackson, and Don Benton from February 17 to March 31, 2017. Please include all records that document the schedules of Pruitt, Brown, Jackson, and Benton, including but not limited to agenda sheets, appointments, day calendars, itineraries, Outlook calendars, programs and timetables.

As a representative of the news media I am only required to pay for the direct cost of duplication after the first 100 pages. Through this request, I am gathering information on entities or individuals that are currently meeting with and influencing the work of the Environmental Protection Agency.

This information is being sought on behalf of ThinkProgress.org (an online news service) for dissemination to the general public and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am a reporter with ThinkProgress, an online news site with a national audience seeking these documents entirely for news-gathering purposes.

I would like to receive the information in the following format: electronic.

Please waive any applicable fees. 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.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.

As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your communicating with me by email or telephone, rather than by mail, if you have questions regarding this request.

Please provide expedited processing of this request which concerns significant changes in the normal operation of the agency and a matter of urgency. As a journalist, I am primarily engaged in disseminating information.

I certify that my statements concerning the need for expedited processing are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

I look forward to your reply within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ryan Koronowski
202-478-6333
rkoronowski@thinkprogress.org

From: Environmental Protection Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

06/02/2018 10:57 AM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2017-005643

This email is about your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, EPA-HQ-2017-005643; 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-2017-005643, is currently 24 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 September 27, 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-2017-005643, 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 calendar records for EPA employees Samantha Dravis, Mandy Gunasekara, and Ryan Jackson.
Many people and entities have requested information about these records. We appreciate your patience as we process these requests.
Today we are releasing 3,577 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 interim release includes the following records:
Samantha Dravis
* HQ-2017-008402 Samantha Dravis Calendar 021717 to 051817 Part 1 (54 pages)
* HQ-2017-008402 Samantha Dravis Calendar 021717 to 051817 Part 2 (94 pages)
* HQ-2017-008402 Samantha Dravis Calendar 021717 to 051817 Part 3 (83 pages)
* HQ-2017-008402 Samantha Dravis Calendar 021717 to 051817 Part 4 (75 pages)
* HQ-2017-008402 Samantha Dravis Calendar 021717 to 051817 Part 5 (62 pages)
* Samantha Dravis Calendar May 19 2017 – Dec 6 2017 Redacted (668 pages)
Mandy Gunasekara
* HQ-2017-008402 Mandy Gunasekara Calendar 021717 to 051817 (365 pages)
* EPA-HQ-2017-008402 0629 Production Gunasekara Mandy Calendar May 18 2017 to August 30 2017_Redacted (494 pages)
* HQ-2017-008402 Mandy Gunasekara Calendar 090117 to 123117 (476 pages)
Ryan Jackson
* HQ-2017-008402 Ryan Jackson Calendar 021717 to 051817 (363 pages)
* EPA-HQ-2017-008402 0629 Production Ryan Jackson Calendar May 19 - Dec 6 2017_Redacted (843 pages)
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://foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/caseFile/records?trackingNumber=EPA-HQ-2017-008402&type=request
If it is possible for us to do so, 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 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. (mailto:hill.kevinw@epa.gov)
Thank you.
Office of the Administrator Environmental Protection Agency

From: Environmental Protection Agency

EPA-HQ-2017-005643 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partial Grant/Partial Denial.
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-2017-005643&type=request)

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Good morning, Mr. Koronowski. I hope your day is going well.

Please see records responsive to your FOIA request (EPA-HQ-2017-005643), attached above.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help further.

Thank you.
Mariana Cubeddu

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