FTC DeVry CID Materials

Robert Teel filed this request with the Federal Trade Commission of the United States of America.
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From: Robert Teel

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Please provide all "Documents" as defined in subpart I.(I) of the that certain Civil Investigative Demand dated January 23, 2014 made on DeVry, Inc., and authorized as File No. P138402 issued November 14, 2013 (the "CID"), produced by DeVry, Inc., DeVry Education Group, Inc., DeVry University, Inc., and/or their affiliates (collectively "DeVry") in connection with such CIFD.

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

The undersigned requests a fee waiver in accordance with 43 CFR 2.45(d). Set forth below is the information needed to support the request, meet the criteria, and justify entitlement for the waiver under applicable law.

I am a consumer advocate lawyer working through a U.S. based online journalism organization in connection with my research and investigation into the operations and financing of for-profit colleges and the steps our government is taking to address the problem in its departmental operations and activities. On August 3, 2010 the United States Government Accountability Office ("GAO") issued a report concluding that for-profit educational colleges such as DeVry had engaged in an illegal and fraudulent course of action designed to recruit students and overcharge the federal government for the cost of such education.

In response to reports of similar misconduct by other for-profit education companies, in June 2011, President Obama released final regulations requiring for profit colleges such as DeVry to better prepare students for gainful employment or risk losing access to Federal student aid.

On July 30, 2012, Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee completed a two-year investigation of the for-profit college industry, and issued a report (the, "Harkin Report") filled with troubling statistics and findings regarding the for profit college industry, including DeVry. Over the course of the following 3-1/2 years, and in response to the GAO report and Congressional investigation, several state and federal authorities began investigating the DeVry.

Disclosure of the requested materials will inform the public, and contribute significantly to its understanding, of our government's Title IV and consumer protection programs, policies, and measures in connection with the $1.3 trillion dollars of outstanding student loans, and in particular the $8 billion of student loans owed by DeVry students. The public interest in these records goes beyond the FTC, and is intended to contribute to the public’s understanding of what standards our government uses as a whole in its operations and activities with the public and the for-profit college industry, and taxpayer rights, duties, and obligations in connection with Title IV financing of for-profit colleges. Taxpayers already are responsible for hundred so millions of dollars of financing fraudulently obtained by for-profit colleges under applicable law, and may be responsible for billions more.

I write and release posts and articles in this subject area and intend to publish and disseminate articles using these materials through both electronic and print media. The materials and information received will be immediately published on the website of the journalism organization MuckRock in order to encourage additional journalism around it.

To date, Muckrock has released approximately 882,973 pages of materials from 6,321 fulfilled requests from 5,540 government agencies. In the last twelve-month period, Muckrock received over one million (1,000,000) unique visitors to its website.

I am unaware of any prior public release of this information and the release of these materials will serve to greatly enhance the public level of understanding the government’s Tile IV programs, policies, and measures through disclosure. Any gathering and disclosure of these newsworthy materials that furthers the public’s understand of the government’s role in preventing identity theft is of great, significant, and legitimate public interest and outweighs any potential commercial value or interest in these materials.

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,
Robert Teel

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Greetings,

I submitted the FOIA request above on April 25, 2016 and received an acknowledgement of receipt that same day. Could you please give me a status update on this request? Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Robert Teel

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From: Hill, Jonathan

Dear Mr. Teel,

Attached, please find the FTC response to your FOIA request regarding DeVry. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Jonathan Hill
Attorney, Office of the General Counsel
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW H-585
Washington, DC 20580
T: (202) 326-2684
F: (202) 326-2477

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