FOIA March Madness 2019 - FOIA funding, staffing, and activities (Department of Labor)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Labor of the United States of America.
Tracking #

FY2019-875982

875982

87982

875982

F2019-875982

87582

875982

Multi Request FOIA March Madness 2019 - FOIA funding, staffing, and activities
Est. Completion None
Status
No Responsive Documents

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 That order was superseded by Secretarial Order 3309 (December 14, 2010), which replaced Bureau/Office CIOs with Assistant Directors for Information Resources and initiated a series of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

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 Labor

The attached document(s) are official correspondence from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) in response to your request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552.

If you have problems opening the attachments, cannot read the attachments, or have received this communication in error, please notify OLMS by electronic mail (OLMS-FOIA@dol.gov<mailto:OLMS-FOIA@dol.gov>) immediately.

From: Department of Labor

Hello:

This acknowledges the receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, in which you requested all records responsive to the Office of the Secretary FOIA budget materials for 2017 through 2019, Staffing orders/reports/contacts for 2017 through 2018, Requester categories for 2017 through 2018, FOIA fee waivers for 2017 through 2018, and FOIA fee collections for 2017 through 2018.Your request was received in our office on 3/27/2019 and assigned FOIA tracking number 875982.

Using the tracking number above, you may track the status of your FOIA request online at
http://www.dol.gov/foia/. If you need to contact OSEC about it for any reason, please submit your inquiry via email at OSEC-FOIA@DOL.GOV<mailto:OSEC-FOIA@DOL.GOV>. In addition, it would be helpful to include the tracking number in the Subject line of any submission made.

Thank you in advance,

Maurice Fluelling,
Special Assistant
Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room S2511
Washington, DC 20210
202-693-6084 (Direct)
202-657-2912 (Cell)
202-693-6081 (OSEC IT Support)
202-693-6000 (Main)

From: Department of Labor

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Labor

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Labor

A no responsive documents response.

From: Department of Labor

Ms. Lipton,

Please see the attached files in response to your Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Labor OCIA.
Best,
Robert

Robert Rische
Senior Legislative Officer
Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs (OCIA)
U.S. Department of Labor
(202) 693-4600
rische.robert.m@dol.gov<mailto:rische.robert.m@dol.gov>

From: Department of Labor

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Labor

The attached document(s) are official correspondence from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) in response to your request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552.

If you have problems opening the attachments, cannot read the attachments, or have received this communication in error, please notify OLMS by electronic mail (OLMS-FOIA@dol.gov<mailto:OLMS-FOIA@dol.gov>) immediately.

From: Department of Labor

A no responsive documents response.

From: Department of Labor


From: Department of Labor

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of Labor

May 1, 2019

Beryl Lipton
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 70821

requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Dear Mr. Lipton: FOIA Tracking No. 875982

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated March 25, 2019. Your request was received in our office on March 27 2019 and assigned the above FOIA tracking number.

The Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) has searched its agency records and found the attached documents responsive to your request. In addition, you may find the following webpage(s) relevant to your request.

VETS' FOIA Contacts

https://labornet.dol.gov/workplaceresources/policies/foia/vets.htm

Department's FOIA page at https://www.dol.gov/general/foia

Annual FOIA Reports -- By Agencies

Year - 2017 --- https://www.dol.gov/sol/foia/2017anrpt.htm

Year - 2018 --- https://www.dol.gov/sol/foia/2018anrpt.htm

Section IX - FOIA Personnel and Costs

Section VIII(B) - Requests for Fee Waiver

Section X - Fees Collected for Processing Requests

If you have any questions regarding this response, please do not hesitate to contact me at timus.carrie@dol.gov<mailto:timus.carrie@dol.gov> or via phone at (202) 693-4718.

You may also contact the Department of Labor's FOIA Public Liaison, Thomas Hicks, at (202) 693-5427 or by email at hicks.thomas@dol.gov<mailto:hicks.thomas@dol.gov> or the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) within the National Archives and
Records Administration (NARA), to inquire about the mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001. You can also reach that office by e-mail at ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>, by phone at (202) 741-5770, by fax at (202) 741-5769, or by calling toll-free at 1-877-684-6448.

It is also important to note that the services offered by OGIS, is not an alternative to filing an administrative FOIA appeal.

You may file an appeal of this decision with the Solicitor of Labor within 90 days from the date of this e-mail. The appeal must state, in writing, the grounds for the appeal, including any supporting statement or arguments. In order to facilitate processing of the appeal, please include your mailing address and daytime telephone number, as well as a copy of the initial request and this e-mail. The envelope and letter of the appeal should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal." Any amendment to the appeal must be made in writing and received prior to a decision. The appeal should be addressed to the Solicitor of Labor, Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room N-2420, Washington, D.C. 20210. Appeals may also be submitted by e-mail to foiaappeal@dol.gov<mailto:foiaappeal@dol.gov> or faxed to (202) 693-5538. Appeals submitted to any other e-mail address will not be accepted. All appeals and/or future correspondence regarding this request should reference the assigned FOIA tracking number (above).

Sincerely,

Carrie Timus
VETS' National Office FOIA Coordinator
(202) 693-4718

Attachments(s)

VETS' 2017 FOIA Personnel and Costs Submission
VETS' 2018 FOIA Personnel and Costs Submission
VETS' 2017-1019 Fees Collected Status Report (5/1/2019)

From: Department of Labor

Timus, Carrie - VETS would like to recall the message, "VETS' FOIA 875982 Response".

From: Department of Labor

Timus, Carrie - VETS would like to recall the message, "VETS' FOIA 875982 Response".

From: Department of Labor

Timus, Carrie - VETS would like to recall the message, "VETS' FOIA 875982 Response".

From: Department of Labor

Beryl Lipton

I try to recall the below e-mail sent in error with its attachments.

If received, please do not make the provided attached document sent in error title (Fees Collected Status Report) available to the general public. I will provided you with the corrected document and e-mail tomorrow morning.
Thanks

Carrie Timus
(202) 693-4718

From: Department of Labor

Timus, Carrie - VETS would like to recall the message, "VETS' FOIA 875982 Response".

From: Department of Labor

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of Labor

May 2, 2019

Beryl Lipton
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 70821

requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Dear Mr. Lipton: FOIA Tracking No. 875982

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated March 25, 2019. Your request was received in our office on March 27 2019 and assigned the above FOIA tracking number.

The Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) has searched its agency records and found the attached documents responsive to your request. The redacted information is withheld pursuant to Exemption 6 of the FOIA. Personal privacy interests are protected by Exemption 6. Exemption 6 requires the government to withhold information about individuals in "personnel and medical files and similar files" when the disclosure of such information "would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."

In addition, you may find the following webpage(s) relevant to your request.

VETS' FOIA Contacts

https://labornet.dol.gov/workplaceresources/policies/foia/vets.htm

Department's FOIA page at https://www.dol.gov/general/foia

Annual FOIA Reports

Year - 2017 --- https://www.dol.gov/sol/foia/2017anrpt.htm

Year - 2018 --- https://www.dol.gov/sol/foia/2018anrpt.htm

Section IX - FOIA Personnel and Costs

Section VIII(B) - Requests for Fee Waiver

Section X - Fees Collected for Processing Requests

If you have any questions regarding this response, please do not hesitate to contact me at timus.carrie@dol.gov<mailto:timus.carrie@dol.gov> or via phone at (202) 693-4718.
You may also contact the Department of Labor's FOIA Public Liaison, Thomas Hicks, at (202) 693-5427 or by email at hicks.thomas@dol.gov<mailto:hicks.thomas@dol.gov> or the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), to inquire about the mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001. You can also reach that office by e-mail at ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>, by phone at (202) 741-5770, by fax at (202) 741-5769, or by calling toll-free at 1-877-684-6448.

It is also important to note that the services offered by OGIS, is not an alternative to filing an administrative FOIA appeal.

You may file an appeal of this decision with the Solicitor of Labor within 90 days from the date of this e-mail. The appeal must state, in writing, the grounds for the appeal, including any supporting statement or arguments. In order to facilitate processing of the appeal, please include your mailing address and daytime telephone number, as well as a copy of the initial request and this e-mail. The envelope and letter of the appeal should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal." Any amendment to the appeal must be made in writing and received prior to a decision. The appeal should be addressed to the Solicitor of Labor, Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room N-2420, Washington, D.C. 20210. Appeals may also be submitted by e-mail to foiaappeal@dol.gov<mailto:foiaappeal@dol.gov> or faxed to (202) 693-5538. Appeals submitted to any other e-mail address will not be accepted. All appeals and/or future correspondence regarding this request should reference the assigned FOIA tracking number (above).

Sincerely,

Carrie Timus
VETS' National Office FOIA Coordinator
(202) 693-4718

Attachments(s)

VETS' 2017 FOIA Personnel and Costs Submission
VETS' 2018 FOIA Personnel and Costs Submission
VETS' 2017-1019 Fees Collected Status Report (5/1/2019)

From: Department of Labor

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of Labor

A no responsive documents response.

From: Department of Labor

Beryl Lipton/ MuckRock News - Attached, please find the Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of the Chief Financial Officer's (OCFO) response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated 3/25/2019 under DOL tracking number 875982.

Please confirm receipt of this email. If you do not respond, we will send our response by postal mail approximately one week from today. Thank you,

Chris Polen
Director, Financial Policy
Division of Financial Policy & Compliance, Office of the Chief Financial Officer<https://www.dol.gov/ocfo/index.htm>
Department of Labor

The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. Notify sender if this email was received in error.

From: Department of Labor

Beryl Lipton/ MuckRock News - Friendly reminder. Please confirm receipt ASAP, or we will send final by Postal mail shortly.

Chris Polen
OCFO-DFPC, DOL

From: Department of Labor

Beryl Lipton/ MuckRock News - Final reminder. Please help us save taxpayer dollars on postage by acknowledging receipt of this email response. If you do not respond by COB today, we will send final response by Postal mail tomorrow.

Chris Polen
OCFO-DFPC, DOL

From: Department of Treasury

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Department of Labor

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted electronically to the U.S. Department of Labor at: FOIARequests@dol.gov<mailto:FOIARequests@dol.gov>. Your request was assigned to the Women's Bureau (WB) - an agency component of the Department of Labor - for processing under tracking #875982. In your request, you asked for the following:

o funding levels, staffing plans and activities of the WB FOIA office

The Women's Bureau has conducted a search of its files and finds no records responsive to your request. Please note that WB does not have a "FOIA Office." The WB Disclosure Officer and FOIA Coordinator are not specific job titles within WB. The responsibility for administering FOIA is a collateral duty performed by a single WB FOIA Coordinator. Therefore, the WB has no direct staffing or budget documents specifically for FOIA. However, the Department of Labor's Annual FOIA Report provides agency-wide collective FOIA reporting data for all DOL agency components - which may contain information responsive to your request. The DOL Annual FOIA reports, posted publicly on the DOL Website, and can be found at: https://www.dol.gov/dol/foia/Annual-FOIA-Reports.htm

Should you require further assistance or would like to discuss any aspect of this request, you may contact Cheryl Edwards, WB FOIA Coordinator/FOIA Service Center Administrator via email: Womens.Bureau@DOL.GOV<mailto:Womens.Bureau@DOL.GOV>, or phone at 202-693-6735. Alternatively, you may contact DOL's FOIA Public Liaison, Thomas Hicks, at 202-693-5427; or the Office of Government Information Services National Archives and Records Administration (OGIS) to inquire about mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001. You can also reach that office by email at ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>; by phone at 202-741-5770, by fax at 202-741-5769, or by calling toll-free at 1-877-684-6448.

If you are not satisfied with the response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Solicitor of Labor within 90 days from the date of this letter. The appeal must state in writing the grounds for the appeal, and it may include any supporting statements or arguments, but such statements are not required. In order to facilitate processing of the appeal, please include your mailing address and daytime telephone number, as well as a copy of the initial request and copy of this letter. The envelope and letter of the appeal should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal." Any amendment to the appeal must be made in writing and received prior to a decision. The appeal should be addressed to the Solicitor of Labor, Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N2420, Washington, DC 20210. Appeals may also be submitted by email to foiaappeal@dol.gov<mailto:foiaappeal@dol.gov>. Appeals submitted to any other email address will not be accepted.

Sincerely,

Women's Bureau FOIA Service Center
WB-FOIA@dol.gov<mailto:WB-FOIA@dol.gov>

U.S. Department of Labor
FOIARequests@dol.gov<mailto:FOIARequests@dol.gov>
www.dol.gov/foia<http://www.dol.gov/foia>

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