Federal Employee Salaries for 2008, 2009 and 2016

Dan Nguyen filed this request with the Office of Personnel Management of the United States of America.
Tracking # 17-F-0248
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From: Dan Nguyen

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The database of federal employee salaries for the years 2008, 2009, and 2016.

This data has been provided to other requesters for different years. For example, the public data service, Enigma.io, has requested and posted the data from OPM for the years 2011 and 2012 (https://app.enigma.io/search/source/us.gov.opm.salaries). I am aware that the dataset has a significant size; Enigma.io's hosted datasets contains nearly 1.4 million rows for each year., and so I prefer that the request be filed electronically and the data provided as a bulk download if possible, or a CD-ROM otherwise.

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.

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,

Dan Nguyen

From: Internet, FOIA

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From: Internet, FOIA

Good morning, Mr. Nguyen:

Attached is the acknowledgment letter for your August 7, 2016 FOIA request.

Office of the Chief Information Officer
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
Telephone: (202) 606-3642
E-mail: FOIA@opm.gov<mailto:FOIA@opm.gov>

From: Adams-Akere, Shonda L

Good afternoon Mr. Nguyen,

I have a couple of questions regarding your request. We can't see the information at the web site you referenced in your request. Can you please specific what data fields you are interested in? We can't complete your request without this information.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Shonda L. Adams-Akere
Freedom of Information Act
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Telephone: (202) 606-1585
E-mail: Shonda.Adams-Akere@opm.gov<mailto:Shonda.Adams-Akere@opm.gov>

From: Dan Nguyen

I apologize for the incomplete request. Below I've listed the columns and schema (as comma-separated-values) that were included in Enigma.io's request. The first column contains the name.

Column Name,Column Description,Column API ID,Column Type
Agency,Agency,0,type_varchar
Division,Division,1,type_varchar
Name,Name,2,type_varchar
Job Title,Job Title,3,type_varchar
Duty Station,Duty Station,4,type_varchar
State Or Country,State Or Country,5,type_varchar
County,County,6,type_varchar
Grade,Grade,7,type_varchar
Pay Plan,Pay Plan,8,type_varchar
Base Salary,Base Salary,9,type_bigint
Award Bonus,Award Bonus,10,type_bigint
Serialid,Serialid,11,type_integer

From: Adams-Akere, Shonda L

Thanks for the clarification. Also, I noticed that your request does not directly ask that you be considered for a fee waiver, but implies that the public would be served by the disclosure of this data to you. If you'd like for us to consider a fee waiver, please provide the following:

- A clear statement of your interest in the requested information;

- A clear statement of the use proposed for the information and whether you will derive income or other benefit from such use;

- A clear statement of how the public will benefit from OPM's release of the requested information.

If you have any questions or do not wish to be considered for a fee waiver, please let me know.

Shonda L. Adams-Akere
Freedom of Information Act
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Telephone: (202) 606-1585
E-mail: Shonda.Adams-Akere@opm.gov<mailto:Shonda.Adams-Akere@opm.gov>

From: Dan Nguyen

Re: Request for fee waiver for FOIA Request #2016-06325

I am asking to be considered for a fee waiver as I intend to use the requested data for the public interest.

Specifically, I am researching characteristics and trends of the federal workforce over time, including the transitional years of presidential administrations in 2008 and 2016. The payroll data is useful for showing personnel needs and resources by department at the federal level. I believe this information is also valuable to the general public for the purposes of government transparency and understanding the operations of federal agencies. I do not intend to use the data to derive income for myself. I intend to follow Enigma.io's initiative in releasing the data for free, public use under a Creative Commons or similar license.

Thank you,
Dan Nguyen

From: Adams-Akere, Shonda L

Thanks for the additional information. Can you tell me approximately how many people utilize the web site you plan to use to make the data available?

From: Dan Nguyen

It'll be a public website so I don't have an absolute range for you. Right now we get about 100,000 visitors a year, but that includes anyone who visits the site, not those specifically interested in data.

-Dan

From: Adams-Akere, Shonda L

Good afternoon,

Your response package has been delivered to my office. Once I complete a final review, I'll send it out to you. You should receive it no later than Monday, October 31st.

Shonda L. Adams-Akere
Freedom of Information Act
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Telephone: (202) 606-1585
E-mail: Shonda.Adams-Akere@opm.gov<mailto:Shonda.Adams-Akere@opm.gov>

From: Dan Nguyen

Thank you for the followup, Ms. Adams-Akere. I haven't received it yet (though it may be held at my side without my knowing), just wanted to confirm that it's been sent so I can go around checking.

Thanks!
-Dan Nguyen

From: Adams-Akere, Shonda L

Good afternoon,

Your package should have gone out. I'm not in the office today, but I will check to see where it is when I'm there tomorrow and send you an update.

Shonda L. Adams-Akere
Freedom of Information Act
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Telephone: (202) 606-1585
E-mail: Shonda.Adams-Akere@opm.gov<mailto:Shonda.Adams-Akere@opm.gov>

From: Dan Nguyen

Thank you very much, that's all I needed to know, no need to go out of your way just for a transit update.

-Dan

From: Office of Personnel Management

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Office of Personnel Management

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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