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

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America.
Tracking # 16-05737-F
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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: VACO FOIA Service Inbox

Dear Mr. Lipton,

Re: FOIA Tracking No. 16-05737-F

This is to acknowledge receipt of your March 28, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeking:

“• 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”

The FOIA Service received your request on March 29, 2016.

We will conduct a search for records and get back to you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting me.

Sincerely,
Diane Cooke
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Privacy and Records Management
FOIA Service (005R1C)
Phone: 202-632-7419
Fax: 202-632-7581
Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

From: VACO FOIA Service Inbox

Dear Mr. Lipton,

Re: FOIA Tracking No. 16-05737-F

This is in response to your March 28, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeking:

“• 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”

The FOIA Service electronically acknowledged receipt of your request on April 11, 2016.

Records pertaining to the VA’s FOIA program concerning FOIA guidance and regulations, can be found on the VA’s FOIA website at the link below:

http://www.oprm.va.gov/foia/default.aspx
For information pertaining to FOIA Appeals can be located in both the VA FOIA regulations, and, also on the VA’s FOIA Website at the links below:

http://www.oprm.va.gov/foia/howto_appeal_foia_request.aspx

http://www.oprm.va.gov/docs/foia/FOIA-Reg-Fed-Reg-8-19-2011.pdf

There are no fees associated with the processing of this request.

This concludes the FOIA Service’s response to your request.

We appreciate your interest in the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you have any questions about this email, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Diane Cooke
Office of Privacy and Records Management
FOIA Service (005R1C)
Phone: 202-632-7419
Fax: 202-632-7581
Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

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