|Multi Request||First FOIA|
|Submitted||May 20, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
*Documents generated as part of the creation of the FOIA office (defined as whatever department, office, or coordinator is responsible for overseeing and/or processing FOIA requests), whether this was at the time of the agency's creation or the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, to include:
1. The instruction to do so from the Agency, as well as any guidance from the senior leadership
2. Documents discussing proposals and procedures
3. Any legal guidance or analysis produced or acquired by the Agency in response to or as part of the creation of the FOIA office
4. Internal documents from the press office, legislative liaison's office (or equivalent), general counsel's office (or equivalent), director's office (or equivalent) or the newly created FOIA office, reacting to or characterizing the office and it's creation
* A copy of the agency's first perfected (successful) FOIA request
* Copies of other FOIA requests filed before the FOIA request described above
* Processing notes, search slips and response documents regarding the FOIA requests described above
* The first set of guidelines, instructions and/or forms created to control the agency's processing of FOIA requests
* A copy of the agency's first successful FOIA appeal
* Copies of other FOIA appeals received by the agency before the appeal described above
* Processing notes, search slips and response documents regarding the FOIA appeals described above
* The first set of guidelines, instructions and/or forms created to control the agency's processing of FOIA appeals
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.
Dear Ms. Best,
This email is in response to your request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), dated May 21, 2019, in which you seek "Documents generated as part of the creation of the FOIA office" and other historical records related to the Commission's initial FOIA requests and the processing of those requests.
The Commission does not maintain any records that are directly responsive to your request because it was founded in 1971 as the Postal Rate Commission.
However, the Commission website features several FOIA-related records that may be of interest to you. These records are available on the Commission's website (www.prc.gov<http://www.prc.gov>) under the "Case Information" tab and searchable using the "SEARCH ALL CASES" dropdown option. Using this method, you can access the Commission's dockets for its FOIA-related rulemakings: RM99-2, RM2009-6, and RM2017-2. Additionally, the Commission filed a FOIA plan in response to an executive order in 2006 (https://www.prc.gov/sites/default/files/Updated%202006%20FOIA%20Act%20report.pdf).
We believe that this response is complete and your FOIA request fulfilled. You have the right to appeal this response.
You may appeal this response by filing an appeal within one year, in the following ways.
By filing an appeal at the following address:
Ruth Ann Abrams, Chief FOIA Officer
Postal Regulatory Commission
901 New York Avenue, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20268-00001
Additionally, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) was created by way of a 2007 amendment to the FOIA to provide mediation services to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation. Using the OGIS for mediation does not affect your right to pursue litigation. You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways:
Office of Government Information Services National Archives and Records Administration
8610 Adelphi Road, Room 2510
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Tel: 301-837-1996/Fax: 301-837-0348
If you need further assistance or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, please do not hesitate to contact the Commission's FOIA Public Liaison, Ann Fisher in any of the following ways:
Postal Regulatory Commission
FOIA Public Liaison
901 New York Avenue NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20268-0001
I hope that you find this information useful.
Ruth Ann Abrams
Chief FOIA Officer