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

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Federal Highway Administration of the United States of America.
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FOIA 2018-0159

Multi Request FOIA March Madness 2018 - Agency Talking Points (November 8, 2016 - March 13, 2018)


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 Highway Administration

Good afternoon:

Attached is the Federal Highway Administration's acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information Act request. It has been assigned control number 2018-0159.

Thank you,

Joshua Boudreaux
Program Analyst
Operations and Administration Division (HCC-40)
FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel

From: Federal Highway Administration

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

  • Updated20Talking20Points20for20David20Kim20Johnson20County20Gateway20Ribbon20Cutting.docx

  • Updated20Butch20Nevada20Talking20Points20draft20201720NTC-v4.docx

  • UDPATED20version20of20Truck20Platooning20Talking20Points.docx

  • TSU20Talking20Points20-20NC20AT20July2031202017-v2.docx

  • Talking20Points20for20Silver20Bridge20media20interviews-v2.docx

  • Oregon20-20talking20points.docx

  • NS20Talking20Points20for20Martin20Knopp-dh.docx

  • North20Carolina20MPO20-20talking20points.docx

  • Hurricane20Harvey20Texas20Emergency20Relief20Clearance20Form20and20talking20points.docx

  • guardrail20Talking20Points20-2042817.docx

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Hecox, Doug (FHWA) <>
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Ms. Lipton – just a note to thank you for your recent FOIA inquiry, and to let you know we put the response in the mail to you today. It includes a flash drive of the many documents your request generated.

I’ve attached a copy of the letter that will accompany it.


Doug Hecox

FHWA Public Affairs


From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Hecox,

Thank you so much for this letter. I'll look forward to receiving the drive, and I'll be sure to let you know if I have any questions.

Have a lovely week!

Best wishes,