FOIA March Madness 2018 - Agency Talking Points (November 8, 2016 - March 13, 2018) (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States of America.
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No Responsive Documents


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:


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


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:


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.


Beryl Lipton

From: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Good Afternoon, Attached is our acknowledgment of your FEMA FOIA request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the FEMA reference number 2018-FEFO-00579. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time.  This office can be contacted  at (202) 212-3323.
Regards, Paula Presley Disclosure Branch
Information Management Division
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Telephone: (202) 646-3323 (

From: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Dear Mr. Lipton,
This acknowledges receipt of your March 13, 2018, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).
Your request was received on March 26, 2018 and has been assigned FOIA[PA] number 2018-CGFO-01189.
We have queried the appropriate component of the USCG for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the processors in our office will respond to your request as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.
You may check the status of your request by entering FOIA[PA] request number 2018-CGFO-01189 into the following site: Request status is updated and refreshed on a nightly basis electronically.
You may contact this office via telephone at 202-475-3522 or via email at if you have any further questions. (
U.S. Coast Guard
FOIA/PA Office

From: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Good Morning,

This case is closed, the responding agency determined they had no responsive records. I have attached the response to this email. If you need further information regarding this case please contact Deborah Claiborne at<> or
(202) 372-4640.