FOIA March Madness 2017 - II - Appeal logs, procedures, letters, opinions (General Services Administration)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the General Services Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # GSA-2017-000701
Status
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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: gsa.foia@gsa.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=090004d2811e91b8)
* Tracking Number: GSA-2017-000701
* Requester Name: Beryl Lipton
* Date Submitted: 03/14/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: 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. See attached for the complete request to include items 2-6.

From: gsa.foia@gsa.gov

Dear MuckRock News,
We received your request in the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office and assigned control GSA-2017-000701. Please refer to this number in all future correspondence concerning this request. Based on this, we anticipate response on or prior to April 14, 2017.
We have twenty (20) workdays in which to respond (excluding Federal Holidays).   However, it may not always be possible to provide the documents within this time period. In some cases, we may take an extension and will advise you. Please be advised that your request may be subject to fees for search, review and reproduction costs. Should this be the case, you will be given an estimate of the costs. All estimates are developed in Good Faith and are based on our reasonable judgment. However, due to the unique nature of each request and complexity of documents involved, actual costs to search and review the material may vary. You will be notified of fees, time frames and any other issues prior to and throughout the process.
Additionally, please be advised that at any time, you can log into the FOIAonline, to access your original request and review the workflow associated with this-tracking number.   Should you have any further questions, feel free to contact this office at our Toll Free Number 1-855-675-FOIA or by email at gsa.foia@gsa.gov to inquire about the status of your request. If you have any concerns regarding the FOIA Requester Service Center, please contact Ms. Audrey Corbett Brooks, Public FOIA Liaison Officer at (mailto:gsa.foia@gsa.gov) (202) 501-3094 or by email at audrey.brooks@gsa.gov . (mailto:audrey.brooks@gsa.gov)
Respectfully, Freedom of Information Act Requester Service Center
U.S General Service Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number: (855)-675- FOIA
Fax number: (202) 501-2727

  • GSA-2017-000701 - U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Acknowled

From: gsa.foia@gsa.gov

Dear MuckRock News,
This is an update to your Freedom of Information Act request of 03/14/2017  (GSA-2017-000701), in which you requested:
“ 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. See attached for the complete request to include items 2-6.'
In order to properly respond to your request, it is necessary for us to take a 10 working day extension under 41 CFR 105-60.404(a)(1), the need to search for and collect the requested records from field facilities or other establishments that are separate from the office processing the request. You should expect a final reply on or before April 28, 2017.
We apologize for this delay and any inconvenience it may cause you. Respectfully,
GSA FOIA Requester Service center
Washington DC Headquarter Office

  • GSA-2017-000701 - 41 CFR 105-60.404(a)(1) - Need to Search for & Colle

From: General Services Administration

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Kimberly Veach - H1F

Good morning, Mr. Beryl Lipton:

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Final Disposition Notice
Regarding GSA-2017-000701 was sent to MuckRock News via FOIAonline on
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 1:58 PM. We have sent a copy of our response
via UPS;1ZY49E29NT14392748. ​

If you have any questions, please call me at 1-855-675-3642.

Respectfully,
Kimberly G. Veach
Government Information Specialist, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requester Service Center (H1F)
Office of Administrative Services (H)
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7308
Washington, DC 20405-0001
Phone: (202) 219-1603
Toll Free: 1-855-675-3642
Fax: (202) 501-2727 <%28202%29%20501-2727>
e-mail: kimberly.veach@gsa.gov

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