Freedom of Information Request: Jenny Kim et al., communications

Bryant Sewell filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
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HQ-2018-00285-F

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Communications

From: Bryant Sewell

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). On behalf of the Climate Investigations Center (CIC), a national non-profit association of advocates, bloggers and researchers, I hereby request the following records:

1. Group or respective communications, records, or documents exchanged between staff of the Department of Energy (DOE) and Jenny Kim, Brian Henneberry, Catherine Haggett, Raymond Paul, Philip Ellender, lobbyists for Koch Companies Public Sector LLC, since January 1, 2017 until present;

2. Communications, records, or documents received or sent by staff of the DOE related to the 10/17/2017 Koch Companies Public Sector LLC Lobbying Disclosure form (attached) containing the following terms: "carbon pricing"; "clean power plant"; "renewable fuel reform"; "energy exports"; "ratepayer protection"; "renewable fuel"; "CAFE Standards"; "Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice"; "nominations";

3. Communications, records, or documents received or sent by staff of the DOE related to the 7/18/2017 Koch Companies Public Sector LLC Lobbying Disclosure form (attached) containing the following terms: "carbon pricing"; "clean power plant"; "renewable fuel reform"; "energy exports"; "ratepayer protection"; "renewable fuel"; "CAFE Standards"; "Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice"; "nominations".

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. CIC is entitled to a fee waiver because it is a news media organization and because this request for records concerns activities or operations of the government. Disclosure of the requested records will likely increase public understanding of government operations since CIC has the ability and the intention to effectively convey the information contained within the requested records to a broad public audience. Founded in 2014, CIC’s investigative research and reporting has appeared in local and national publications such as the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. In addition to using the information from this request to generate news stories, CIC would distribute information obtained and inform the public at large through various online platforms (such as http://climateinvestigations.org/).

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,

Bryant Sewell

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Sewell,

Attached is a copy of the acknowledgement letter for your DOE FOIA request HQ-2018-00285-F.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Sewell,

I need to discuss the search for your DOE FOIA request HQ-2018-00285-F. Please provide a phone number and convenient time to call you to discuss.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Bryant Sewell

Thanks for the reply, Anjelica. I can be reached at (571) 730-7608. Monday, 1pm works for my schedule - let me know if that works for you as well.
Bryant Sewell

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Sewell,

I will give you a call Monday at 1pm.

Thank you,

Anjelica

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Sewell,

Thank you for speaking with me today about your DOE FOIA requests HQ-2018-00259-F and HQ-2018-00329-F. Per our phone conversation, you agree to amend your requests to a search of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE) and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability(OE) for communications between lobbyists at Koch Companies and Crossroad Strategies concerning the key words listed to your requests.

For reference, here are links to the these two program offices’ DOE websites about items mentioned in your request:
https://energy.gov/eere/vehicles/vehicle-technologies-office
https://energy.gov/oe/services/electricity-policy-coordination-and-implementation/state-and-regional-policy-assistanc-6

Please reply with confirmation of this agreement or let me know if you have any questions or clarifications.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Bryant Sewell

Thanks for following up, Anjelica.

I'd like to amend my request to a search of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE), the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), and the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) for communications between lobbyist at Koch Companies and Crossroad Strategies concerning the key words listed to my requests.

(I added the Office of Fossil Energy to this request)

Thanks for your help with this matter.

Best,
Bryant

From: Department of Energy

Good Morning Mr. Sewell,

There has been confusion on the way the below amendment to your requests were worded. For clarification purposes, I just wanted to separate out the amended request for each of your request:

HQ-2018-00285-F: a search of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE), the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), and the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) for communications to or from lobbyist at Koch Companies concerning the keywords listed in your original request.

HQ-2018-00329-F: a search of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE), the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), and the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) for communications to or from lobbyist at Crossroad Strategies concerning the keywords listed in your original request.

Please reply with confirmation of this amendment so I can proceed with processing your request. There were questions on whether you were looking for communications between lobbyist at Koch Companies and Crossroad Strategies, so I just want to clarify that these were two separate requests.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Bryant Sewell

Thanks for the follow-up, Anjelica. Correct, these are two separate requests. You've correctly described the requests above.

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Sewell,

Attached is a copy of the interim letter for your DOE FOIA request HQ-2018-00285-F.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

From: Department of Energy

Good Afternoon Mr. Sewell,

The program offices have searched their records, but we are also going to do an automated search for a portion of the requested information with OE. I would like to discuss search terms with you before running the search. Please let me know a convenient time to reach you.

Thank you,

Anjelica

From: Bryant Sewell

Morning Anjelica,

Thanks for reaching out. I'm available to chat today 3/16 or Monday, 3/19. I can be reached at 571-730-7608.

Regards,
Bryant

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Sewell,

I’m just following up on our phone conversation we had last week. Please provide the domains for the email search. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Anjelica

From: Bryant Sewell

Morning Anjelica,

Following up on our call, please use the following domains for the email search: @kochps.com; kochind.com.

Please reach out if you need anything else.

Thank you,
Bryant

From: Department of Energy

Good Morning Bryant,

Thank you for your response. I will use those domains for the email search.

Anjelica Ruda

From: Department of Energy

Did you want to include any domains for your FOIA request HQ-2018-00329-F concerning Crossroad Strategies?

Thank you,

Anjelica

From: Bryant Sewell

Yes, please use the following domain for FOIA request HQ-2018-00329-F: @crshq.com
Thanks,
Bryant

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Sewell,

Attached is a copy of the final response letter for your DOE FOIA request HQ-2018-00285-F.

Thank you,

Anjelica Ruda

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