FOIA Directives and Guidance

Sarah Lamdan filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # EPA-HQ-2017-005242
Status
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From: Sarah Lamdan

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any records (including emails) containing directives or guidance for FOIA officers regarding administering FOIA, including FOIA processes and procedures, created or sent since January 20, 2017.

I request a waiver of all fees for this request. Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it will contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not in my commercial interest. This information is being requested for the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI), a network of academics and non-profits addressing, studying, and providing the public with information about environmental policy issues. Information related to Dr. Nancy Beck, the new deputy assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention will contribute to a significantly greater understanding of the direction and oversight of this EPA office. EDGI has no commercial interest that would be furthered by this disclosure, and thus satisfies fee waiver requirements.

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,

Sarah Lamdan

From: foia_hq@epa.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2813a7818)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-008476
* Requester Name: Sarah Lamdan
* Date Submitted: 06/15/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting any records (including emails) containing directives or guidance for FOIA officers regarding administering FOIA, including FOIA processes and procedures, created or sent since January 20, 2017.

From: foia_hq@epa.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-HQ-2017-008476 has been determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 06/15/2017
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason: N/A
* Request Long Description: Requesting directives or guidance for FOIA officers regarding administering FOIA, including FOIA processes and procedures, created or sent since January 20, 2017.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: foia_hq@epa.gov

EPA-HQ-2017-008476 has been processed with the following final disposition: Full grant.

From: Caitlin Russell

Hello,
There is no link to the documents on the EPA website. Can you please attach a link to request number EPA-HQ-2017-008476, or send them directly to this email address thank you!
Caitlin Russell

From: FOIA HQ

Ms. Russell,

If you would like to file a FOIA request please go to: https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/home

If you choose to submit via email please remember that the FOIA does not require agencies to answer questions.

From: Caitlin Russell

Hello,
A request has already been filed, and as you can see in the attached document it was granted. The problem is that the link that the letter directs the requester to does not have the documents that were released. Can you please advise on where I might find them, or when they'll be posted? Thank you!
Caitlin Russell

From: foia_hq@epa.gov

07/13/2017 03:18 PM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2017-008476

Please see the revised letter.  The original had a clerical error.

From: FOIA HQ

Ms. Russell,

The requester just received a corrected letter. The tracking number should be EPA-HQ-2017-005242.

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