FOIA March Madness 2017 - IV - Appeal logs, procedures, letters, opinions (IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library of the United States of America.
Tracking # 17-20
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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

Dear Beryl Lipton,

Your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) email request of March 14, 2017, was received by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) FOIA processor on March 15, 2017. Your request will be processed pursuant to the guidelines outlined in 5 U.S.C. Section 552.

Thank you for your interest in the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Respectfully,
Danette Hensley
Staff Assistant &
FOIA Processor
Office of the General Counsel
Institute of Museum and Library Services
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW
Suite 4000
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 653-4736 voice
(202) 653-4610 fax
IMLS at 20<https://www.imls.gov/imlsat20>
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From: Danette Hensley

Dear Ms. Lipton,

This responds to your March 14, 2017, email Freedom of Information (FOIA) request to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). You requested information on "available log of appeals submitted to this agency...for the period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016." You further requested that IMLS also include appeal letters, opinion letters associated with appeals which remanded the request or affirmed the decision of the agency, and any instructive material provided by the IMLS FOIA office.

In accordance with FOIA requirement contained in 5 U.S.C. §552(b), and IMLS FOIA policy, I am providing the information you requested. The FOIA Officer has determined that the enclosed documents are appropriate for release with the exception personal contact information. This information is withheld pursuant to FOIA Exemption 6, 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(6), shielding from disclosure personal information which, if disclosed, would constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy.

I note IMLS does not have any records or letters in which a determination was made to remand the request to an appropriate agency or to affirm an initial agency decision.

I trust that this information fully satisfies your request. If you need any further assistance or would like to discuss any aspect of your request please do not hesitate to contact the FOIA Processor, Danette Hensley, who processed your request.

Thank you for your interest in the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Respectfully,
Danette Hensley
Staff Assistant &
FOIA Processor
Office of the General Counsel
Institute of Museum and Library Services
955 L'Enfant Plaza North, SW
Suite 4000
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 653-4736 voice
(202) 653-4610 fax
IMLS at 20<https://www.imls.gov/imlsat20>
[IMLS @20 logo warm]<https://www.imls.gov/>

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