FOIA logs 2017 - DOI (U.S. Geological Survey)

Russ Kick filed this request with the U.S. Geological Survey of the United States of America.
Tracking # USGS-2018-00056
Multi Request FOIA logs 2017 - DOI
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Russ Kick

To Whom It May Concern:

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

your agency's FOIA request log covering 2017, which includes a field showing the subject of each request and a field for the final disposition.

Further, I request that this document be sent in any digital formats in which it exists (such as PDF and Excel). Under the terms of the E-FOIA Amendments of 1996, Section 5, if a document exists in electronic format, it must be released in that format upon request.

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,

Russ Kick

From: U.S. Geological Survey

Dear Mr. Kick:

This is an acknowledgement to your FOIA request received on January 5,
2018, in the USGS Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) office, and assigned
tracking number USGS-2018-00056. Please cite this number in any future
communications with our office regarding your request. You request the
following information:​

*A log showing all FOIA requests made to the office, to include date of
request, name of requester, subject of request, tracking number and final
disposition if applicable.*

We have classified you as a representative of the “news media” requester.
As such, we may charge you for some of our duplication costs, but we will
not charge you for our search or review costs; you also are entitled to up
to 100 pages of photocopies (or an equivalent volume) for free. *See*
<http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=0fc3ab3499768eebc2e3691c8cf88dec&rgn=div5&view=text&node=43:1.1.1.1.2&idno=43#43:1.1.1.1.2.7.5.3>*43
C.F.R. § 2.39*
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If, after taking into consideration your fee category entitlements, our
processing costs are less than $50.00, we will not bill you because the
cost of collection would be greater than the fee collected. *See*
<http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=0fc3ab3499768eebc2e3691c8cf88dec&rgn=div5&view=text&node=43:1.1.1.1.2&idno=43#43:1.1.1.1.2.7.5.13>*43
C.F.R. § 2.49(a)(1)*
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*. *

Our regulations require that your request must explicitly state that you
will pay all fees associated with processing the request, that you will pay
fees up to a specified amount, and/or that you are seeking a fee waiver.
Your request does not fulfill this requirement because you have not
provided this information, therefore, we are unable to process your request
at this time. If you wish to pursue your request, please provide whether
you will pay all fees associated with the request, that you will pay fees
up to a specified amount, and/or that you are seeking a fee waiver.

According to our regulations, if we do not receive your written
response *within
20 workdays* from the date of this letter, no later than* February 6, 2018*,
we will presume that you are no longer interested in pursuing your request,
we will not be able to comply with your request, and we will close our file
on it. *See 43 C.F.R. § 2.6(c)
<http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=0fc3ab3499768eebc2e3691c8cf88dec&rgn=div5&view=text&node=43:1.1.1.1.2&idno=43#se43.1.2_16>.*

You may appeal this response to the Department’s FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals
Officer. If you choose to appeal, the FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals Officer
must receive your FOIA appeal *no later than 90 workdays* from the date of
this communication. Appeals arriving or delivered after 5 p.m. Eastern
Time, Monday through Friday, will be deemed received on the next workday.

*Your appeal must be made in writing**.* You may submit your appeal and
accompanying materials to the FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals Officer by mail,
courier service, fax, or email. All communications concerning your appeal
should be clearly marked with the words: "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION APPEAL."
You must include an explanation of why you believe the [Bureau]’s response
is in error. You must also include with your appeal copies of all
correspondence between you and [Bureau] concerning your FOIA request,
including your original FOIA request and [Bureau]'s response. Failure to
include with your appeal all correspondence between you and [Bureau] will
result in the Department's rejection of your appeal, unless the
FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals Officer determines (in the FOIA/Privacy Act
Appeals Officer’s sole discretion) that good cause exists to accept the
defective appeal.

Please include your name and daytime telephone number (or the name and
telephone number of an appropriate contact), email address and fax number
(if available) in case the FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals Officer needs
additional information or clarification of your appeal.

*DOI FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals Office Contact Information*

Department of the Interior
Office of the Solicitor
1849 C Street, N.W.
MS-6556 MIB
Washington, DC 20240
Attn: FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals Office
Telephone: (202) 208-5339

Fax: (202) 208-6677
Email: FOIA.Appeals@sol.doi.gov

If you have any questions concerning your request, please contact me by
email at foia@usgs.gov or by phone at (
​703) 648-7179​

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Thank you for your interest in the U.S. Geological Survey.

Sincerely,

Litsa Marinos
Government Information Specialist
U.S. Geological Survey
Department of the Interior
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Mail Stop 159
Reston, VA 20192
(703) 648-7179 (office)
(703) 648-7199 (fax)
f <bmay@usgs.gov>oia@usgs.gov

From: Russ Kick

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. I agree to pay up to $10 for this request. If it will be more than this, please let me know in advance.

--Russ Kick

From: U.S. Geological Survey

Dear Mr. Kick:

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
received on January 5, 2018, assigned tracking number USGS-2018-00056.

You have agreed to pay up to *$10.00* for the processing of your request.
If we find that this will not cover the cost of processing your request, we
will let you know before we incur additional charges. You can then either
agree to pay the additional amount needed or narrow the scope of your
request.

We use Multitrack Processing to process FOIA requests. The Simple track is
for requests that can be processed in one to five workdays. The Normal
track is for requests that can be processed in six to twenty workdays. The
Complex track is for requests that can be processed in twenty-one to sixty
workdays. The Exceptional/Voluminous track is for requests requiring more
than sixty workdays for processing. The Expedited track is for requests
that have been granted expedited processing. Within each track, requests
are usually processed on a first-in, first-out basis.

Your request falls into the *Normal* processing track. We therefore
anticipate that we will complete a final response to you by *February 7,
2018.* During the interim, we will attempt to provide records to you in
batches.

You may limit the scope of your request, which may enable us to process it
more quickly, or agree to an alternative time period for processing by
communicating with us or our USGS FOIA Public Liaison, Mr. Brian May, email
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foia@usgs.gov; telephone (443) 498-5521; fax (443) 498-5510; or by mail,
USGS, 5522 Research Park Drive, Baltimore, MD 21228.

Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services
(OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about
the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS
is as follows:

Office of Government Information Services

National Archives and Records Administration

8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS

College Park, Maryland 20740-6001

Telephone: (202) 741-5770

Toll free: 1-877-684-6448

Fax: (202) 741-5769

E-mail: ogis@nara.gov;

Web: https://ogis.archives.gov​

If you have any questions concerning your request, please contact me by
email at foia@usgs.gov or by phone at (
​703) 648-7179.​

Sincerely,

Litsa Marinos
Government Information Specialist
U.S. Geological Survey
Department of the Interior
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Mail Stop 159
Reston, VA 20192
(703) 648-7179 (office)
(703) 648-7199 (fax)
f <bmay@usgs.gov>oia@usgs.gov

From: U.S. Geological Survey

Good afternoon Mr. Kick:

In regards to our initial acknowledgment to you, as shown below, we
erroneously included appeal rights. I apologize for any confusion that may
have been caused.

Sincerely,

Litsa Marinos
Government Information Specialist
U.S. Geological Survey
Department of the Interior
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Mail Stop 159
Reston, VA 20192
(703) 648-7179 (office)
(703) 648-7199 (fax)
f <bmay@usgs.gov>oia@usgs.gov

From: Muckrock Staff

Hi there,

Thanks so much for the clarification. We'll await a cost estimate and further instruction from your office.

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