FTC-Rockefeller communications re: FOIA reform bill

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Federal Trade Commission of the United States of America.
Tracking # FOIA-2015-00273
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communications — including emails, memos and reports — regarding the FOIA Improvement Act (S.2520) or related bill FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014 (FOIA Act, H.R. 1211)that were exchanged with or sent to Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and his staff.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Federal Trade Commission

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Bartek, Alice

Dear Shawn,

I need clarification on the FOIA request you submitted to the FTC on December 6, 2014. You ask for correspondence sent to Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and his staff concerning the FOIA Improvement Act, but you did not mention to whom this correspondence should have been sent. Please tell me which recipients you are interested in obtaining responsive documents for.

Please feel free to call me at your convenience, if you prefer.
Best regards,
Alice Bartek
Attorney, Office of the General Counsel
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20580
(202) 326-2191
abartek@ftc.gov<mailto:abartek@ftc.gov>

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Bartek —

I am not requesting correspondence to a particular individual, but rather I have described the circumstances which led to the creation of the requested documents.

That is, your FOIA staff is to use its expertise and familiarity with FCC structure to determine which staff within the FCC were most likely to correspond with the Senator regarding the bill in question.

Furthermore, depending on how FCC emails are organized, it may be unnecessary to search based on recipient at all. Again, my request is not limited to emails, but for this portion of my request, a recipient may not need to be indicated.

Please let me know if I can clarify further.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Bartek, Alice

Dear Shawn,

Thank you, I do not need any further clarification at this time.
Best regards,
Alice Bartek

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 6, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-00273.

Thank you for your help.

From: Bartek, Alice

Shawn,

I am currently reviewing documents that were responsive to your request. I don’t have an estimate yet as to when I will be finished, but I will try to complete your request as soon as I can. I apologize for the delay.
Best regards,
Alice Bartek
Attorney, Office of the General Counsel
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20580
(202) 326-2191
abartek@ftc.gov<mailto:abartek@ftc.gov>

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 6, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-00273.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 6, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-00273.

Thank you for your help.

From: Bartek, Alice

Dear Shawn,

I’m still reviewing the documents. I’ll send it to you when I complete the review.
Best regards,
Alice Bartek

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 6, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-00273.

Thank you for your help.

From: Bartek, Alice

Dear Shawn,

Your request is still being processed. I hope to have it completed by the end of today.
Best regards,
Alice Bartek

From: Federal Trade Commission

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Trade Commission

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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