Eric K. Shinseki email search (VA)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America.
Tracking # 13-04026-F
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From: Jason Smathers

Lizzette Katilius
Acting Director, FOIA Service/FOIA Public Liaison/E-Discovery
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
(005R1C) VACO
Washington, DC 20420

Lizzette Katilius:

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

All emails and corresponding attachments sent to (to:, cc: or bcc:) or from Eric K. Shinseki (or any person who communicates on his behalf) where the email contains any of the following keywords in the subject or body: "just between us" "breach" "big trouble" "too late" "stupid" "bad company" "perception issue" "the real objective" "very slippery slope" or "true disaster". Limit responsive emails to those sent between 01/20/2009 and the date this request is processed. If he does not use email, expand the search to all methods of communication which he does use.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Jason Smathers
Filed via MuckRock.com
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

Daytime: (857) 488- 3081
E-mail: requests@muckrock.com

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on November, 7 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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Lizzette Katilius
Acting Director, FOIA Service/FOIA Public Liaison/E-Discovery
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
(005R1C) VACO
Washington, DC 20420

Lizzette Katilius:

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

All emails and corresponding attachments sent to (to:, cc: or bcc:) or from Eric K. Shinseki (or any person who communicates on his behalf) where the email contains any of the following keywords in the subject or body: "just between us" "breach" "big trouble" "too late" "stupid" "bad company" "perception issue" "the real objective" "very slippery slope" or "true disaster". Limit responsive emails to those sent between 01/20/2009 and the date this request is processed. If he does not use email, expand the search to all methods of communication which he does use.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Jason Smathers
Filed via MuckRock.com
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

Daytime: (857) 488- 3081
E-mail: requests@muckrock.com

From: VACO FOIA Service Inbox

Hello Mr. Smathers,

We check into your previous request as stated below and we did find correspondence dated December 3, 2010, which was the response to your request, and was sent to you; or maybe you never received it. However, I am attaching a copy for your information.

At the time you initially sent your request (November 26, 2010), which was before our FOIA regulations were revised, a requester needed to sign his/her FOIA. This is no longer the case. A FOIA requester does not have to sign his/her FOIA request.

If you wish to resubmit your request, please readjust the search dates, address your request to:

James P. Horan, CIPP/G
Director, FOIA Service
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
(005R1C) VACO
Washington, DC 20420

then you can resubmit it electronically to:
vacofoiaservice@va.gov

If you have any questions, please contact me at the number below, or, on 1-877-750-3642.

From: Jason Smathers

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

All emails and corresponding attachments sent to (to:, cc: or bcc:) or from Eric K. Shinseki (or any person who communicates on his behalf) where the email contains any of the following keywords in the subject or body: "just between us" "breach" "big trouble" "too late" "stupid" "bad company" "perception issue" "the real objective" "very slippery slope" or "true disaster". Limit responsive emails to those sent between 01/20/2009 and the date this request is processed. If he does not use email, expand the search to all methods of communication which he does use.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 29, 2010. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: VACO FOIA Service Inbox

Hello Mr. Smathers,

We apologize in that we overlooked your request. We are logging in your request and assigning it a tracking number. Once that is done, you will receive an email from us with the tracking number for your request.

Again, please accept our sincerest apologies for this oversight.

If you have any questions about this email, please contact me.

From: VACO FOIA Service Inbox

Mr. Smathers,

Please contact me concerning your request below. This is pertaining to the Fee Waiver.

Thank you.

From: Jason Smathers

Hello,

Please provide an update on this request.

Thank you.

From: Department of Veterans Affairs

An interim response, stating the request has been delayed

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #11-01706-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #11-01706-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: VACO FOIA Service Inbox

Hello Mr. Smathers,

Attached is a copy of the VA's response sent to you dated October 11, 2013. As indicated in the letter, the new tracking number for this request is 13-04026-F.

Sincerely,

Diane Cooke
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Privacy and Records Management
FOIA Service (005R1C)
Phone: 202-632-7419
Fax: 202-632-7581
Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #13-04026-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: VACO FOIA Service Inbox

Mr. Smathers,

We received your email below, January 15, 2014, seeking an update on your FOIA request, tracking number 13-04026-F. Your request was referred to the Office of the Secretary, therefore, we asked the FOIA Officer, Ms. Matuszczak, to provide you with an update. You should hear from her directly.

Thank you.

Diane Cooke
Office of Privacy and Records Management
FOIA Service (005R1C)
Phone: 202-632-7419
Fax: 202-632-7582
Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 28, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #13-04026-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: VACO FOIA Service Inbox

Mr. Smathers,

As per our January 15, 2014, email, the records you seek are not located in this office. The request was redirected to the Office of the Secretary for a response. I am adding the FOIA Officer Lisa Matuszczak to this email to reply back to you with a status.

Thank you.

Diane Cooke
Office of Privacy and Records Management
FOIA Service (005R1C)
Phone: 202-632-7419
Fax: 202-632-7582
Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

From: MuckRock

Ms. Matuszczak --

Please provide an update on this request. It has gone quite awhile without any indication of progress.

Thank you.

From: VACO 001B FOIA Inbox

Good Morning, Mr. Smathers - the attached file contains the VA response letter and responsive records pertaining to the subject FOIA request submitted by MuckRock.com to the Office of the Secretary, Veterans Affairs (OSVA). Thank you for your interest in the VA.
Lisa Matuszczak
FOIA Officer

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