FOIA March Madness 2018 - Agency Talking Points (November 8, 2016 - March 13, 2018) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States of America.
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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:

For the 16-month, 5-day period from Tuesday, November 8, 2016 through Tuesday, March 13, 2018:

(SUMMARY)

Any and all talking points and similar memorandums, emails, and transcripts providing advice or direction on how to handle the media, media interviews, and statements.

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(SPECIFICALLY)

Please include in your responsive materials any documents, emails, or communications with the following phrases in the title or subject line:

TALKING POINTS
STMT
STATEMENT
PRESS STRATEGY
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It would be greatly appreciated if materials could be provided on a rolling basis.

1. In the Office of Public Affairs or equivalent division

Please provide first all such materials produced in this agency’s Office of Public Affairs or equivalent division, and any representative thereof.

Please also provide all such materials received by this agency’s Office of Public Affairs or equivalent division, and any representative thereof.

2. Related to all agency employees

Please also include all employee email communications containing the following phrases:

TALKING POINTS
STMT
STATEMENT
PRESS STRATEGY

Alternative Response to 2:

If processing of this portion of this request would require its distribution to another or multiple other offices, it would be greatly appreciated if a response to this request would contain a description of the necessary offices to be tasked, the process by which the search will be conducted, and an estimate of the time and fees to be incurred. Such a description will allow us to better understand the parameters of this FOIA office’s ability to respond to this request as worded and will better enable us to reorganize and limit it as appropriate.

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Additional clarification:

This request is not intended for materials regarding one particular subject or event during this period.

If a different search procedure will be required dependent on segment of time covered, it would be greatly appreciated if a response could contain a description of the necessary difference in approach by time period (for example, if file keeping procedures have changed at some point in the last year and a half or if particular materials have been moved to another location).
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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: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

March 14, 2018
Request Number: 18-00513-FOIA
Dear Ms. Lipton:
This letter is regarding to your Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of March 13, 2018, assigned #18-00513-FOIA, seeking “ any and all talking points and similar memorandums, emails, and transcripts providing advice or direction on how to handle the media, media interviews, and statements.” See attached.
Please see the attached letter.
Sincerely,
Leigh Davidi CDC/ATSDR FOIA Office

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi there,

Are there options for limiting this request to just the Office of Public Affairs?

Thanks so much for your help.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

March 28, 2018
Request Number: 18-00513-FOIA
Dear Ms. Lipton:
This letter is in further response to your Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of March 13, 2018, assigned #18-00513-FOIA, for “any and all talking points and similar memorandums, emails, and transcripts providing advice or direction on how to handle the media, media interviews, and statements.”
Please see the attached letter.
Sincerely,
Leigh Davidi DC/ATSDR FOIA Office

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi there,

Thanks so much for your message. Would it be possible to provide an estimate for this request if it were limited to emails for Michelle Bonds and Kathryn Harben and anyone in their equivalent positions during the period in question?

Thanks for your help and time.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

April 3, 2018
Request Number: 18-00513-FOIA
Dear Ms. Lipton:
This letter is in further response to your Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of March 13, 2018, assigned #18-00513-FOIA, for “any and all talking points and similar memorandums, emails, and transcripts providing advice or direction on how to handle the media, media interviews, and statements.”
Please see the attached letter.
Sincerely,
Leigh Davidi CDC/ATSDR FOIA Office

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