Evaluation Report (U.S. Special Operations Command - USSOCOM)

George Johnston filed this request with the U.S. Special Operations Command - USSOCOM of the United States of America .
Tracking #

2020-160

Multi Request Evaluation Report
Status
Rejected

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From: George Johnston


To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of US Army Major William J. Rausch's Officer Evaluation Report (OER) or reports from around June 28, 2018, until April 17, 2019 (approximate dates). MAJ Rausch served in East Africa during this time. While deployed, he was indicted for "Sexual Abuse" and also found guilty of stalking in a civil trial while on active duty orders.

While certain personal information on the OER may have to be redacted, there is a public interest in releasing this information because of his relationship to another missing person case -- Maura Murray -- and also, his questionable behavior while stationed overseas. The public has a right to know in the Army's eyes whether he upholds Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention, and lives in accordance with Army values.

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,

George Johnston

From: U.S. Special Operations Command - USSOCOM

Mr. Johnston,

RE: USSOCOM FOIA Request 2020-160 - Status Update

Our office is in receipt of a FOIA request you submitted, which was assigned case number "USSOCOM FOIA 2020-160." Please see attachment. Your request is in the last stages of processing, which entails a detailed review by the Government Information attorney and the FOIA Chief. The current situation with COVID-19 has impacted our manpower functioning. However, our office is working expeditiously to complete processing your request, and to issue you a final response letter.

Please refer to case number "USSOCOM FOIA 2020-160," in case you need to contact our office pertaining to this matter.

Respectfully,
SOCOM FOIA Office

From: U.S. Special Operations Command - USSOCOM

Mr. Johnston:

Our office is in receipt of your inquiry on the status of the FOIA request you submitted to our office. Your request was assigned USSOCOM 2020-160.

The USSOCOM FOIA Office is currently evaluating the scope of your request to determine the specific time of completion. Additionally, our office processes requests on a multi-track system, and due to manpower issues related to current health epidemic it is difficult to ascertain the exact time of completion for your request at the present time. We are working diligently to expedite your request as fast as possible.

If you wish to discuss this or have any other questions or concerns, please contact this office at FOIA@socom.mil<mailto:FOIA@socom.mil>.
Regards,

USSOCOM FOIA Team

From: U.S. Special Operations Command - USSOCOM

Dear Mr. Johnston:

This is in response to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (Enclosure 1) you submitted to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which was assigned USSOCOM FOIA 2020-160. Please see attached final response letter (Enclosure 2). Feel free to contact our office if you have further questions or concerns pertaining to this matter.

We are closing your request with no further action required by this office.
Regards,

USSOCOM FOIA Team

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