FOIA Regulations and Guidelines for Requesters and Officers (U.S. Census Bureau)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the U.S. Census Bureau 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 [­guidance/guidance­agency­foia­regulations] and the associated template [­agency­foia­regulations])

• 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.


Beryl Lipton


Mr. Lipton,

We sent your final response letter to you on April 20, 2016. The response was emailed using FOIAonline. Please let me know if you are unable to retrieve the letter from FOIAonline.

Thank you

Iris Boon

FOIA Public Liaison

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Boon,

Thanks so much for the direction. It doesn't seem as though I've received an acknowledgement letter, tracking number, or other communication indicating that I should access FOIAOnline for my materials. Could you please forward any message I may have missed providing this information?

Thanks so much for your help!

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Mr. Lipton:

I received your email today stating you have not received any of the emails that were sent to you. The email address provided in your initial request was entered in FOIAonline was used to send you emails, which is different from the email address you used today. Please see the attached final response letter dated April 20, 2016. Your FOIAonline tracking number is DOC-CEN-2016-000943, after you log into FOIAonline please click the Case File tab, then click the Correspondence tab to see the two emails sent to you on 04/12/2016 and 04/20/2016. Please contact me if you have additional questions.

Thank you,

Iris Boon
Freedom of Information Act Public Liaison
Freedom of Information Act and Open Government Branch

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Mearitt R. Smith
IT Specialist
Department of Commerce
HCHB Room 6078
(202) 482-1363 office
(202) 413-2610 mobile

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Mearitt R. Smith
IT Specialist
Department of Commerce
HCHB Room 6078
(202) 482-1363 office
(202) 413-2610 mobile