FOIA March Madness 2019 - FOIA funding, staffing, and activities (Air Force)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Air Force of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2019-02640-F

Multi Request FOIA March Madness 2019 - FOIA funding, staffing, and activities
Due May 8, 2019
Est. Completion May 29, 2019
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.

- - - > > > 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

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:

Ms. Lipton, Wereceived your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated 25 March 2019 forrecords “related to the funding, staffing, and activities of this FOIA office”. Ourorganization has a significant number of pending FOIA requests, which preventsus from making a response determination within 20 workdays. We have institutedmultitrack processing of requests. Based on the information you provided, wehave placed your request on the complex track. We have assigned number 2019-02640-F to identify your request should youneed to contact us, please reference this number. Due to limited manning, please direct your questions to and use this assigned number to assist us in responding more promptly. usaf.pentagon.saf-aa.mbx.HAF-FOIA.workflow@mail.mil Based on ourcurrent backlog, we expect to respond to your request not later than 29 May2019. We will notify you in writing ifadditional processing time is required. Our policy is to process requests within their respective tracks in theorder in which we receive them. We do process each FOIA request as quickly aswe can. Thank You FOIA Administration

From:

Good afternoon Ms. Lipton-

We have begun initial processing of your FOIA request for records "related
to the funding, staffing, and activities of this FOIA office". However,
before we continue, request clarification of the following items:

a. The exact FOIA office you are inquiring about (your request is for "this
FOIA office")

b. What does "this bureau and its offices" refer to?

c. What are "staffing reports"?

d. Your requests asks for "years 2017 and 2018"- are these calendar or
fiscal years?

e. What "budget materials or plans" are you requesting? You also asked for
this material "applicable to offices responsible for processing and response
to FOIA request and appeals submitted to this bureau and its offices"

Please respond to this request for clarification by April 17, 2019. If no
response is received, your request will be closed.

Thank you in advance.

JoAnne Collins, GS-14

Chief, SAF/AAII Info Svs and Ops Branch

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Collins,

Please find the following responses to your requests for clarification.

a. The exact FOIA office you are inquiring about (your request is for "this FOIA office")
Any FOIA offices within the Air Force, including the initial office that handles receiving and tasking FOIA requests and any division or regional offices.

b. What does "this bureau and its offices" refer to?
This refers to the Air Force and its component offices.

c. What are "staffing reports"?
Any reports regarding the number of personnel or staff time.

d. Your requests asks for "years 2017 and 2018"- are these calendar or fiscal years?
If your office uses one or the another, I'm happy to accommodate that, since I know that the FOIA officer reports are based on the fiscal year.

e. What "budget materials or plans" are you requesting? You also asked for this material "applicable to offices responsible for processing and response to FOIA request and appeals submitted to this bureau and its offices"
I'm interested in materials that document the funding for those in the agency's various FOIA offices.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!

Thank you!
Beryl

From: Air Force

Good morning Ms. Lipton

I will need approximately 40 additional days to complete processing or your request. However, I will send you an update on my progress on June 21, 2019. Thank you for your patience.

jc

JoAnne Collins, GS-14

Chief, SAF/AAII Info Svs and Ops Branch

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