FOIA Regulations and Guidelines for Requesters and Officers (Department of Agriculture)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

• The manual that this FOIA office uses to process FOIA requests, or, if no manual exists, other guiding documentation/protocols for processing Freedom of Information Requests.

• All guides to agency Freedom of Information Act request regulations (For reference, see the Department of Justice's Guidance on FOIA Regulations [https://www.justice.gov/oip/oip­guidance/guidance­agency­foia­regulations] and the associated template [https://www.justice.gov/oip/template­agency­foia­regulations])

• All guidelines and regulations regarding the submission and processing of appeals, including but not limited to:
- ­ The appropriate person or position to whom an appeal should be submitted
­ - The appropriate address to which an appeal should be submitted
­ - Any appropriate fax numbers and email addresses available for the submission of appeals ­ All guidelines regarding the processing time and procedures for appeals
­- All rights related to the submission of appeals, including those related to appeal rights for constructive denial

If any responses include direction to an online location or similarly publicly-available material, please provide direct links or file downloads.

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: Barnes, Marqui - OCIO

Good Evening, Mr. Lipton:

Please see attached acknowledgement letter regarding your recent FOIA request to the USDA FOIA Service Center.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out.

Thank you!

Marqui

(Ms.) Marqui Q. Barnes, CIPP/G
Department FOIA Team Lead
Department FOIA Service Center
Policy, E-Government, and Fair Information Practices (PE&F)
Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
(202) 694-1802 (direct)
Marqui.Barnes@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:Marqui.Barnes@ocio.usda.gov>

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From: Graves, Alexis - OCIO

Good Evening:

The FSC's final response and the accompanying record sets in connection with FOIA 2016-OCIO-03071-F are attached. If you have any questions regarding the processing of this request, please contact the Department FOIA Team Lead, Marqui Q. Barnes at (202) 694-1802 or electronically at marqui.barnes@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:marqui.barnes@ocio.usda.gov> or USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov>.

We appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

Kindest Regards,
The FOIA Service Center Team

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