FOIA March Madness 2018 - Agency Talking Points (November 8, 2016 - March 13, 2018) (Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining of the United States of America .
Tracking #

OSMRE-2018-00097

Multi Request FOIA March Madness 2018 - Agency Talking Points (November 8, 2016 - March 13, 2018)
Est. Completion Aug. 31, 2018
Status
No Responsive Documents
Tags

Communications

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
___________

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).
_________

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: 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.

----
(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
___________

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.

-----

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).
_________

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: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining

Dear Ms. Lipton:

We apologize for the delay in responding to your request. The Office of
Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) received your FOIA
request dated March 13, 2018, and assigned it control number
*OSM-2018-00097*. Please cite this number in any future communications
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Sincerely,

Dele Awoniyi
*_________________________________________*

*Dele Awoniyi* | *FOIA Officer*

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Department of the Interior | (202) 208-5840

1849 C Street NW | Washington, D.C. | 20240

From: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining

Dear Ms.Lipton,

Please be informed that we are still processing your request. We therefore
expect that we will dispatch our initial release of records to you by next
Friday, August 31, 2018. We apologize for the delay in responding to your
request

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Dele Awoniyi

Department of the Interior
Office of Surface Mining, FOIA Officer
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Telephone (202) 208-5840

From: Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining

Dear Ms. Lipton:

Your request was received in the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and
Enforcement (“OSMRE”) FOIA office for processing on March 14, 2018, and
assigned control number *OSMRE-2018-00097*. Please cite this number in any
future communications with our office regarding your request.

We are writing to respond to your request. After a thorough search of our
files, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement did not
locate records responsive to your request.

You may appeal this response to the Department’s FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals
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Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s response is in error. You must also
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If you have any questions regarding our response to your request, or any of
the issues discussed in this letter, you may contact me.

Sincerely,
Dele Awoniyi
*_________________________________________*

*Dele Awoniyi* | *FOIA Officer*

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Department of the Interior | (202) 208-5840

1849 C Street NW | Washington, D.C. | 20240

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