Federal Bureau of Prisons contracts with GEO Group

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Bureau of Prisons of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-07789
Due Oct. 16, 2014
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all contracts (active or out-of-date) between the Federal Bureau of Prisons (including its constituent divisions and other elements under its purview) and GEO Group, Inc., a private correctional facilities company (http://www.geogroup.com/)

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,

Beryl Lipton

From: OGC Electronic Freedom of Information

Your request for information has been received. Please read this automatic reply carefully as this may be the only response you receive from this office.

If your request involves:

Inmate Records:

Inmate register numbers, age, race, sex, projected release date and location, or date released can be found on the BOP website via the Inmate Locator at:

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Requests for information on an individual cannot be processed without a current, original release Authorization from that person that is either notarized or contains a penalty of perjury statement. For your convenience, you may use form DOJ-361, which can be found on the BOP website for a release authorization. This request must be submitted in writing to:

FOIA/PA Office
320 First Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20534

If you believe you are entitled to the information you seek without authorization from the subject of the record, you should reply to this text and indicate that you wish us to process your request as is, without authorization. Otherwise, this is the only response you will receive to such requests until a written request is submitted.

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From: Treadway, Christi

Please see the attached regarding your FOIA request.

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Treadway,

Thank you for your prompt response. I look forward to receiving the requested material. Please do not hesitate to contact me if any clarification is needed or questions arise.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Beryl C.D. Lipton

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 July 3, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-07789.

Thank you for your help.

From: BOP-OGC/FOIA & Privacy Act~ BOP-OGC/FOIA & Privacy Act~

Your request remains open at this time. We are still attempting to search for, identify and determine the number of records responsive to your request. You will be advised once this is complete and if any fees need to be assessed.

You should know that all Federal government contracts and awarded contracts are posted for public viewing on the Federal Business Opportunities (www.fbo.gov). Likewise information on how to search BOP solicitations and awards can be found at http://www.bop.gov/business/solicitations.jsp

You may wish to use these sites to identify and research any contracts you are interested in. The records available on the above sites are free of charge; whereas records provided to you through the FOIA may incur significant search and duplication fees. You will be advised if fees may be assessed for your request.



Thank you,
Document Management Team
BOP FOIA
202.514.6655

From: BOP-OGC/FOIA & Privacy Act~ BOP-OGC/FOIA & Privacy Act~

Your request remains open at this time. We are still attempting to search for, identify and determine the number of records responsive to your request. You will be advised once this is complete and if any fees need to be assessed.

You should know that all Federal government contracts and awarded contracts are posted for public viewing on the Federal Business Opportunities (www.fbo.gov). Likewise information on how to search BOP solicitations and awards can be found at http://www.bop.gov/business/solicitations.jsp

You may wish to use these sites to identify and research any contracts you are interested in. The records available on the above sites are free of charge; whereas records provided to you through the FOIA may incur significant search and duplication fees. You will be advised if fees may be assessed for your request.



Thank you,
Document Management Team
BOP FOIA
202.514.6655

From: BOP-OGC/FOIA & Privacy Act~ BOP-OGC/FOIA & Privacy Act~

Your request for updated status should be sent to ogc_efoia@bop.gov. Any emails to this email address will not be addressed as it is not our public email portal, and will not receive a response.

Thank you,
Document Management Team
BOP FOIA

From: BOP-OGC/FOIA & Privacy Act~ BOP-OGC/FOIA & Privacy Act~

Ms. Lipton:

Please see our February 19, 2016 message. We will not answer any further communication sent to this email address, which is strictly for internal BOP use. Any electronic communication to BOP's FOIA Office should be sent to ogc_efoia@bop.gov.

Thanks much.

Gene Baime
Supervisory Attorney




Thank you,
Document Management Team
BOP FOIA

From: OGC Electronic Freedom of Information

Your email has been received by the Freedom of Information office, and we will respond as soon as practicable. Answers to many questions and information about FOIA and the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at: http://www.bop.gov/foia/#tabs-0

If you filed a FOIA request on-line through our portal and need to submit a Certificate of Identity, please respond back to this email, change the subject to "CID Form," and attach a copy of the DOJ-361, which can be found on the BOP FOIA website.

Thank you.

From: BOP

Please see attached regarding your request for records.

From: OGC Electronic Freedom of Information

Your email has been received by the Freedom of Information office, and we will respond as soon as practicable. Answers to many questions and information about FOIA and the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at: http://www.bop.gov/foia/#tabs-0

If you filed a FOIA request on-line through our portal and need to submit a Certificate of Identity, please respond back to this email, change the subject to "CID Form," and attach a copy of the DOJ-361, which can be found on the BOP FOIA website.

Thank you.

From:

You were sent a still interested letter regarding this case (FOIA 2014-07789) on December 23, 2015. Your original request was for any and all contracts (active or out-of-date) between the BOP and GEO Group, Inc. When you responded to the still interested letter the request was for all "Ethics Opinions" issued during the year 2014.

Please provide clarification if you are still interested in the original request for contracts of the GEO Group, within 30 days. Thanks

From: Beryl Lipton

Yes, I am still interested. Please continue processing.

From: OGC Electronic Freedom of Information

Your email has been received by the Freedom of Information office, and we will respond as soon as practicable. Answers to many questions and information about FOIA and the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at: http://www.bop.gov/foia/#tabs-0

If you filed a FOIA request on-line through our portal and need to submit a Certificate of Identity, please respond back to this email, change the subject to "CID Form," and attach a copy of the DOJ-361, which can be found on the BOP FOIA website.

Thank you.

From: OGC Electronic Freedom of Information

Your email has been received by the Freedom of Information office, and we will respond as soon as practicable. Answers to many questions and information about FOIA and the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at: http://www.bop.gov/foia/#tabs-0

If you filed a FOIA request on-line through our portal and need to submit a Certificate of Identity, please respond back to this email, change the subject to "CID Form," and attach a copy of the DOJ-361, which can be found on the BOP FOIA website.

Thank you.

From:

There has been no change in status since your last inquiry. A search is still being conducted for records responsive to your request.

Once it has been determined that there are or are not responsive records to your request you will be notified.
Until then please feel free to check the status of your request at https://www.bop.gov/foia/index.jsp#tabs-6 by entering the number of your request and clicking the "search button".
Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Section

From: OGC Electronic Freedom of Information

Your email has been received by the Freedom of Information office, and we will respond as soon as practicable. Answers to many questions and information about FOIA and the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at: http://www.bop.gov/foia/#tabs-0

If you filed a FOIA request on-line through our portal and need to submit a Certificate of Identity, please respond back to this email, change the subject to "CID Form," and attach a copy of the DOJ-361, which can be found on the BOP FOIA website.

Thank you.

From:

There has been no change in status since your last inquiry.

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