Foreign Service Institute Classes (Political)

Matthew Petti filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
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F-2021-00608

Due Nov. 9, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Matthew Petti


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

The most up-to-date course materials (including but not limited to textbooks, course guides, syllabi, handouts, Powerpoints, slide shows, presentations, audio recordings, or video recordings) for the following Foreign Service Institute classes as of the 2020-2021 academic year:
- PP203 Arms Control and Nonproliferation
- PP211 Multilateral Diplomacy
- PP212 Intelligence and Foreign Policy
- PP225 Religion and Foreign Policy
- PP226 Promoting Gender Equality to Advance Foreign Policy
- PP230 Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities through Multilateral Diplomacy
- PP505 Political-Military Affairs
- PP530 Promoting Human Rights and Democracy

If any part of these documents are exempt from disclosure, please be sure to review and release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of responsive documents, as the FOIA requires.

If you believe that processing will be faster or more convenient for you by breaking up this request into two or more separate requests, please feel free to reach out. I am happy to discuss, via telephone or email, any adjustments to this request that you believe you aid in your processing.

I request that I be properly classified as a media requester. I am an investigative journalist who has written numerous articles on topics of public interest for the Asia Times, Responsible Statecraft, the National Interest, Reason Magazine, America Magazine and the Armenian Weekly.

Again, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about my media status.

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,

Matthew Petti

From: U.S. Department of State

Thank you for filing your FOIA request online on 10/26/2020. Here is a review of your request.

The records I request can be described as follows:

To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:The most up-to-date course materials (including but not limited to textbooks, course guides, syllabi, handouts, Powerpoints, slide shows, presentations, audio recordings, or video recordings) for the following Foreign Service Institute classes as of the 2020-2021 academic year:- PP203 Arms Control and Nonproliferation- PP211 Multilateral Diplomacy- PP212 Intelligence and Foreign Policy- PP225 Religion and Foreign Policy- PP226 Promoting Gender Equality to Advance Foreign Policy- PP230 Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities through Multilateral Diplomacy- PP505 Political-Military Affairs- PP530 Promoting Human Rights and DemocracyIf any part of these documents are exempt from disclosure, please be sure to review and release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of responsive documents, as the FOIA requires.If you believe that processing will be faster or more convenient for you by breaking up this request into two or more separate requests, please feel free to reach out. I am happy to discuss, via telephone or email, any adjustments to this request that you believe you aid in your processing.I request that I be properly classified as a media requester. I am an investigative journalist who has written numerous articles on topics of public interest for the Asia Times, Responsible Statecraft, the National Interest, Reason Magazine, America Magazine and the Armenian Weekly.Again, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about my media status.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,Matthew PettiUpload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Fdepartment-of-state-14%252Fforeign-service-institute-classes-political-103402%252F%253F&url_auth_token=AAAVJnbz339TKfKqUzA5J_IjYj4%3A1kX4sR%3AaSZIHsNzcIs-dFpDYCOroOd-C6k

The time period of my request is from 01/01/2020 to 01/01/2021

I am A representative of the news media seeking information as part of a news gathering effort and not for commercial use.

I am willing to pay $25 for my request.

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From: U.S. Department of State

**THIS EMAIL BOX IS NOT MONITORED, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.** Mr.Petti: This email acknowledges receipt of your October 26, 2020, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. § 552) request received by the U.S. Department of State, Office ofInformation Programs and Services on October 26, 2020, regardingcourse materials for the following Foreign Service Institute classes as of the 2020-2021 academic year: - PP203 Arms Control and Nonproliferation - PP211 Multilateral Diplomacy - PP212 Intelligence and Foreign Policy - PP225 Religion and Foreign Policy - PP226 Promoting Gender Equality to Advance Foreign Policy - PP230 Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities through Multilateral Diplomacy - PP505 Political-Military Affairs - PP530 Promoting Human Rights and Democracy (Date Range for Record Search: From 1/1/2020 To 1/1/2021). Unless you advise otherwise, we will treat as non-responsive any compilations of publicly available news reports and any publicly available documents not created by the U.S. government, such as mass-distribution emails from news media.  This Office assigned your request the subject reference number and placed it in the complex processing track where it will beprocessed as quickly as possible. See 22 CFR § 171.11(h). This Office willnot be able to respond within the 20 days provided by the statute due to“unusual circumstances.” See 5 U.S.C. §552(a)(6)(B)(i)-(iii). In this instance,the unusual circumstances include the need to search for and collect requestedrecords from other Department offices or Foreign Service posts. If you have any questions regarding yourrequest , would like to narrow the scope or arrange analternative time frame to speed its processing, or would like an estimated dateof completion, please contact our FOIA Requester Service Center or our FOIAPublic Liaison by email at FOIAstatus@state.gov or telephone at202-261-8484. Additionally, youmay contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at theNational Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIAmediation services they offer. Thecontact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government InformationServices, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS,College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, email at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769. **THIS EMAIL BOX IS NOT MONITORED, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.**

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