FOIA Regulations and Guidelines for Requesters and Officers (U.S. Department of State)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2016-02432
Due Dec. 2, 2016
Est. Completion May 31, 2017
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

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: FOIA Request

Please provide a timeframe for the records you are requesting. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Requester Communications Branch

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello-
In regards to timeframe, please limit to current FOIA policies. Thank you.

From: U.S. Department of State

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: MuckRock

Hi there,

Could you please provide a status update for F-2016-02432?

Thanks so much for your help,
Beryl

From: FOIA Status

Dear Beryl Lipton,

This is in reference to your email dated November 17, 2016 regarding FOIA case number F-2016-02432. The Department's electronic case notes indicate that processing of this case is underway. Each case is different and processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records. The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is May 2017.

Please note that ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates. They are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Sincerely,
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Lipton-At this time the estimated completion date(ECD) is still May 2017.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Katrina,

Thanks for the update!

Have a lovely holiday!
Beryl

From: FOIA Status

Dear Beryl Lipton,

This is in reference to your email of December 19, 2016 regarding FOIA case number F-2016-02432. Processing of this case is underway. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records. The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is May 2017. ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Sincerely,
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Lipton,

The Department's electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is May 31, 2017.

ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Dominique Cotten
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

From: FOIA Status

Dear Mr. Lipton,

Your email has been forwarded to the Branch Chief and the Analyst working on the case. Our office has requested an update on the status of your request and also a confirmation on the estimated completion date. Information will be provided to you as it becomes available.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an email to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Lipton,

We have contacted the Case Analyst and requested an estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Lipton,

We have contacted the team leader in the Compliance and Research Branch assigned to the case and have requested an updated estimated completion date. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material. We will provide you with the information as soon as we receive it.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

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From: FOIA Status

Mr. Lipton,

Thank you for inquiring on case control number F-2016-02432. I will look into the case and get back to you as soon as possible.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

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