FOIA March Madness 2019 - Exhibition bracket - FOIA funding, staffing, and activities (Bureau of Reclamation)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Bureau of Reclamation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

BOR-2019-00125

Multi Request FOIA March Madness 2019 - Exhibition bracket - FOIA funding, staffing, and activities
Due April 12, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Beryl Lipton


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The following materials related to the funding, staffing, and activities of this FOIA office:

***Budget materials***
- - - > > > for the years 2017, 2018, and 2019, all budget materials or plans applicable to offices responsible for processing and response to FOIA requests and appeals submitted to this Bureau and its offices.

***Staffing orders/reports/contacts***
- - - > > > for the years 2017 and 2018, staffing reports and plans, including the count of employee numbers and for offices responsible for processing and responses to FOIA requests and appeals submitted to this Bureau and its offices.
- If this report is available in a form that includes the total number of hours worked for FOIA personnel, that version would be preferred.
- If reports are available for each month, that version is preferred.
- According to this agency’s “About Us” website (https://www.doi.gov/foia/About-Us):
“The Department has decentralized its FOIA operations among 13 bureaus and offices, each of which has a Bureau/Office FOIA Officer leading its separately managed and resourced FOIA Program. Secretarial Order 3244 (November 12, 2002) anchored Bureau/Office FOIA Offices within their respective CIOs' Offices. That order was superseded by Secretarial Order 3309 (December 14, 2010), which replaced Bureau/Office CIOs with Assistant Directors for Information Resources and initiated a series of significant ongoing organizational changes as part of the Department's IT Transformation.
Bureau/office FOIA Officers are responsible for tracking, managing and responding to FOIA requests for records in their organization's possession and control, and administering their organization's FOIA programs. In addition to Bureau/Office FOIA Officers, some bureaus/offices also have Regional FOIA Coordinators and Field Offices that process requests. Some bureaus/offices have their program offices (i.e., the offices whose records are the subject of the requests) prepare the responses to FOIA requests. These responses are reviewed by the FOIA Officer or Regional FOIA Coordinator and the appropriate FOIA attorney (when the decision is to withhold information, make a discretionary release, or deny a fee waiver).”

- - - > > > all staffing reports and plans for the year 2019
- If reports are available for each month, such a version is preferred.

- - - > > > contact information, including email addresses and phone numbers (if available), for each FOIA officer currently tasked with an open public records request

***FOIA requester categories***
- - - > > > for the years 2017 and 2018, the designated category of each requester of a FOIA request to this office, including those assigned to the following categories:
* commercial;
* educational and noncommercial scientific institutions;
* representative of news media requester;
* all other requesters
- If this information is kept in an aggregate form including the number of requesters by fee category by year, a copy of this report will suffice to fulfill this element of the request.

***FOIA fee waivers***
- - - > > > for the years 2017 and 2018, the number of fee waivers granted by this office and, if available, the tracking numbers for the FOIA requests to which waivers were granted

***FOIA fee collection***
- - - > > > for the years 2017 and 2018, any report capturing the following information:
* total estimated processing and copy fees quoted to FOIA requesters
* total processing and copy fees collected by this Bureau from each fee category
- If this information is kept in an aggregate form, such as a FOIA log, that material would be sufficient to satisfy the bullet points “FOIA requester categories” and “FOIA fee collection” if it captures the following information:
* FOIA tracking number
* requester fee category
* amount processing and copy fees associated with the request
* the status of the requester’s payment for the request

***FOIA Policy Staff audit reports or summaries***
- - - > > > for the years 2017 and 2018, any and all reports of self-assessments conducted by FOIA Policy Staff
- According to the U.S. Department of the Interior 2018 Chief FOIA Officer Report, “Department FOIA Policy Staff regularly conduct self- assessments of the Department’s FOIA program, by reviewing Annual Report data, conducting audits of each bureau at least bi-annually, and reviewing and updating processing procedures, including its FOIA regulations.”

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: Bureau of Reclamation

REF: BOR-2019-00125

Beryl Lipton,

The Reclamation FOIA Office has received your request and assigned it FOIA
Tracking # BOR-2019-00125. Please reference this number in all future
correspondence regarding this request.

The DOI FOIA tracking system requires complete requester contact
information for processing and tracking requests, the subject request will
remain un-perfected if the following information is not provided:

Mailing Address *
City *
State or Country *
Zip or Postal Code
Address Type * (Home/Business)
Daytime Phone Number *
Your Organization
Requester Category Type to assess fees
(Media/Education/Commercial/Individual for personal use)

Fee category is required to begin processing as it will help us determine
the potential costs and how much of that cost will be your responsibility.

Please also consider the publicly posted Annual FOIA reports provided by
the Department of Justice as they provide a lot of the information you are
requesting as well as the public facing Reclamation FOIA site with contact
information for FOIA personnel.

DOJ: https://www.justice.gov/oip/reports-1
BOR: https://www.usbr.gov/foia/

If you do not respond to this clarification request within 20 work-days we
will close your request with no further action.

Thank you,
Jesse Caro
Reclamation FOIA - Acting

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello,

Could you please let me know what clarifying information is needed?

Thanks so much,
Beryl

From: Bureau of Reclamation

Mailing Address *
City *
State or Country *
Zip or Postal Code
Address Type * (Home/Business)
Daytime Phone Number *
Your Organization
Requester Category Type to assess fees
(Media/Education/Commercial/Individual for personal use)

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi there,

I've provided below answers to your questions. Please let me know if you have any others for me.

Thanks so much,
Beryl

Mailing Address * - DEPT MR 70604, 411A Highland Avenue
City * - Somerville
State or Country * - Massachusetts
Zip or Postal Code - 02144
Address Type * (Home/Business) - Business
Daytime Phone Number * - 617-299-1832
Your Organization - MuckRock
Requester Category Type to assess fees - Media
(Media/Education/Commercial/Individual for personal use)

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