FOIA- Ryan Zinke Sounproof emails

Josh Israel filed this request with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary of the United States of America.
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OS-2018-01101

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From: Josh Israel

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All emails and memorandum to and from Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke between March 1, 2017 and March 22, 2018 containing the words “soundproofing”, “soundproof”, “noise”, and/ or “Acoustical Solutions”.

I would like to receive the information in the following format: electronic.

As a representative of the news media I am only required to pay for the direct cost of duplication after the first 100 pages. Through this request, I am gathering information on public transparency and media access in the new administration. This information is being sought on behalf of ThinkProgress.org (an online news service) for dissemination to the general public.

Please provide expedited processing of this request which concerns a matter of urgency. As a journalist, I am primarily engaged in disseminating information. The public has an urgent need for information because it could reveal unlawful behavior similar in nature to the unlawful conduct described in an April 16 Office of the Inspector General report, which investigated a different agency that, like the Department of the Interior procured soundproof technologies from Acoustical Solutions LLC. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/04/16/scott-pruitts-43000-soundproof-phone-booth-violated-spending-laws-federal-watchdog-finds/?utm_term=.14a224547cb5

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

I request a fee waiver, as this information is for news-gathering purposes related to questionable government spending, a topic that has been very much in the national news in light of the OIG report. Release of the information is in the public interest because the public needs to be able to evaluate how public funds are being spent and whether it is in accordance with federal law. 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.

For speed, if you have any questions about this FOIA, please contact me by phone or email. I would prefer the request be 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,

Danielle McLean
Investigative Reporter
ThinkProgress
dmclean@thinkprogress.org
202- 741- 6247

From: Josh Israel

June 8, 2018

Hi Clarice,

It was a pleasure speaking with you today. Thank you for clarifying that you are working on acknowledging my request. I'm looking forward to getting an acknowledgement and tracking number next week.

Thank you so much for your time.

Very best,

Danielle McLean
Investigative Reporter
ThinkProgress
dmclean@thinkprogress.org
202- 741- 6247

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary

Dear Ms. McLean,

We acknowledged this request and gave it a control number on June 27, 2018.
The request is *OS-2018-01101*. We sent the acknowledgement letter to the
email address in your signature block, dmclean@thinkprogress.org. When you
contacted us saying you could not find the number, we re-sent the
acknowledgement to the same email address on September 19, 2018. But it
seems what you would prefer is that we only contact you at your specific
MuckRock email for this request. In the future, avoiding other email
addresses in your initial requests you submit will eliminate the chance our
office sends letters to you at the incorrect email address. I've sent this
reply right now to both addresses.

Please cite that number in all future communications.

As for the status update on this request, we have received all records and
the request is in our queue of requests where the records are ready to be
reviewed/processed. We cannot give you an exact estimate at this time.
Thanks,
Emily Karp

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Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

From: Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary

Dear Ms. McLean:

Please find attached the final response letter for the above-referenced
matter.

Thank you,
Daylyn
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Department of the Interior
Office of the Secretary, FOIA Office
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328
Washington, D.C. 20240
os_foia@ios.doi.gov
(202) 513-0765 - phone
(202) 219-2374 - fax

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