FOIA March Madness 2017 - I- Appeal logs, procedures, letters, opinions (Small Business Administration)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Small Business Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # SBA-2017-000738
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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:

1. Any available log of appeals submitted to this agency or the agency tasked with processing Freedom of Information Act appeals for this division. Please provide such logs for the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. Please, if possible, include with the log the following items:
• the request number associated with the FOIA in question
• the appeal number assigned to the appeal
• the description of the subject matter addressed by the request
• the division or office of initial receipt
• the date on which the appeal was received
• the date on which the appeal was closed
• the determination or final disposition status of the appeal

2. All appeal letters and opinion letters associated with appeals for which the determination was to reverse, in whole or in part, the decision of the initial request agency. Please provide such letters for appeals closed during the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016.

3. All appeal letters and opinion letters associated with appeals for which the determination was to remand the request to the appropriate agency. Please provide such letters for appeals closed during the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016.

4. All appeal letters and opinion letters associated with appeals for which the determination was to affirm the decision of the initial agency. Please provide such letters for appeals closed during the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016.

5. Any instructive or guiding materials provided to and/or utilized by employees of this department’s Freedom of Information Act office. Please include any manuals, procedural materials, reference guides, checklists, training materials, flow charts, directives, memorandums, legal decisions, presentations, or similar material used in the process of an appeal by this office or the office tasked to process FOIA appeals for this office. Any guiding materials used for the preparation of an appeal package should be considered responsive to, though not the entirety of, this element of this request.

6. The name and contact information for the appropriate appeal authority to whom appeals for this agency should be directed. If such information exists as part of a template letter sent to requesters, provision of this document will be considered satisfactory.

Please provide responsive materials on a rolling basis.

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,

Beryl Lipton

From: foia@sba.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=090004d2811ea9a2)
* Tracking Number: SBA-2017-000738
* Requester Name: Beryl Lipton
* Date Submitted: 03/14/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records: 1. Any available log of appeals submitted to this agency or the agency tasked with processing Freedom of Information Act appeals for this division. Please provide such logs for the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. Please, if possible, include with the log the following items: • the request number associated with the FOIA in question • the appeal number assigned to the appeal • the description of the subject matter addressed by the request • the division or office of initial receipt • the date on which the appeal was received • the date on which the appeal was closed • the determination or final disposition status of the appeal 2. All appeal letters and opinion letters associated with appeals for which the determination was to reverse, in whole or in part, the decision of the initial request agency. Please provide such letters for appeals closed during the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. 3. All appeal letters and opinion letters associated with appeals for which the determination was to remand the request to the appropriate agency. Please provide such letters for appeals closed during the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. 4. All appeal letters and opinion letters associated with appeals for which the determination was to affirm the decision of the initial agency. Please provide such letters for appeals closed during the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. 5. Any instructive or guiding materials provided to and/or utilized by employees of this department’s Freedom of Information Act office. Please include any manuals, procedural materials, reference guides, checklists, training materials, flow charts, directives, memorandums, legal decisions, presentations, or similar material used in the process of an appeal by this office or the office tasked to proc

From: FOIA

Beryl Lipton
We have received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, dated March 14, 2017. It is assigned number 2017-000738 in the FOIAonline tracker system. We assigned your request to Melinda Edwards, Office of Hearings and Appeals to conduct a search and review of agency records and respond to your request.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Edwards at 202-619-1843 or by email at melinda.edwards@sba.gov<mailto:melinda.edwards@sba.gov> .

Kindest regards,

U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Hearings and Appeals
Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts Office

From: FOIA

This is in response to your inquiry regarding the status of your FOIA request of March 14, 2017, assigned tracking number SBA-2017-000738. In compliance with the OPEN Government Act of 2007, the estimated completion date for your request is April 28, 2017. Please know that this date is subject to change. We are continuing to process your request and will provide a final response directly to you. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter as we work to process your request.

FOIA Team

From: Edwards, Melinda D.

Your request SBA-2017-000738 is being released in full.

The 2007 FOIA amendments created the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) to offer mediation services to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation. Using OGIS services 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,

8601 Adelphi Road - OGIS

College Park, MD 20740-6001

E-mail: ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>

Telephone: 202-741-5770

Toll-free: 1-877-684-6448

Please note that using OGIS services does not affect the timing of filing an appeal with the SBA's FOI/PA Officer. If you have any questions about our response to your request, you our office phone at [202-401-8203], by fax at [202-205-7059], by email at www.foia@sba.gov@@http://www.foia@sba.gov/@@, or by mail at [Freedom of Information/ Privacy Acts Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third St., SW, Washington, DC 20416].

If you need any further assistance or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, you have the right to seek assistance from SBA's FOIA Public Liaison, Laura Magere, Chief, Freedom of Information/ Privacy Acts (FOI/PA) Office. Please do not hesitate to contact FOI/PA by telephone (202-401-8203), fax (202-205-7059), email (FOIA@sba.gov) or mail (Chief, Freedom of Information/ Privacy Acts Office, 409 Third St., SW, Washington, DC 20416).

Melinda Edwards
Government Information Specialist
Freedom of Information Office
Office of Hearings and Appeals
202-619-1843 voice
202-481-4527 fax

From: Edwards, Melinda D.

Your request SBA-2017-000738 is being released in full.

The 2007 FOIA amendments created the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) to offer mediation services to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation. Using OGIS services 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,

8601 Adelphi Road - OGIS

College Park, MD 20740-6001

E-mail: ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>

Telephone: 202-741-5770

Toll-free: 1-877-684-6448

Please note that using OGIS services does not affect the timing of filing an appeal with the SBA's FOI/PA Officer. If you have any questions about our response to your request, you our office phone at [202-401-8203], by fax at [202-205-7059], by email at www.foia@sba.gov@@http://www.foia@sba.gov/@@, or by mail at [Freedom of Information/ Privacy Acts Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third St., SW, Washington, DC 20416].

If you need any further assistance or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, you have the right to seek assistance from SBA's FOIA Public Liaison, Laura Magere, Chief, Freedom of Information/ Privacy Acts (FOI/PA) Office. Please do not hesitate to contact FOI/PA by telephone (202-401-8203), fax (202-205-7059), email (FOIA@sba.gov<mailto:FOIA@sba.gov>) or mail (Chief, Freedom of Information/ Privacy Acts Office, 409 Third St., SW, Washington, DC 20416).

Melinda Edwards
Government Information Specialist
Freedom of Information Office
Office of Hearings and Appeals
202-619-1843 voice
202-481-4527 fax

From: foia@sba.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request SBA-2017-000738 has been fully granted. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 03/14/2017
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason: N/A
* Request Long Description: This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records: 1. Any available log of appeals submitted to this agency or the agency tasked with processing Freedom of Information Act appeals for this division. Please provide such logs for the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. Please, if possible, include with the log the following items: • the request number associated with the FOIA in question • the appeal number assigned to the appeal • the description of the subject matter addressed by the request • the division or office of initial receipt • the date on which the appeal was received • the date on which the appeal was closed • the determination or final disposition status of the appeal 2. All appeal letters and opinion letters associated with appeals for which the determination was to reverse, in whole or in part, the decision of the initial request agency. Please provide such letters for appeals closed during the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. 3. All appeal letters and opinion letters associated with appeals for which the determination was to remand the request to the appropriate agency. Please provide such letters for appeals closed during the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. 4. All appeal letters and opinion letters associated with appeals for which the determination was to affirm the decision of the initial agency. Please provide such letters for appeals closed during the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. 5. Any instructive or guiding materials provided to and/or utilized by employees of this department’s Freedom of Information Act office. Please include any manuals, procedural materials, reference guides, checklists, training materials, flow charts, directives, memorandums, legal decisions, presentations, or similar material used in the process of an appeal by this office or the office tasked to proc

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