Fulbright English Teaching assistants/grantees and the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Sri Lanka

Heikki Olavi filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking #

F-2017-04455

Due March 27, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Heikki Olavi

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Please send me the following documents on Fulbright English Teaching assistants/grantees and the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Sri Lanka:

1) A copy of the annual report from the United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission for year 2016. ( Section 132.2 of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board policies)
2) Copies of the summary minutes of the meetings of the United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission for year 2016. ( Section 132.2 of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board policies)
3) Copy of the application form or forms that host institutions in Sri Lanka have used or are using in order to apply for a Fulbright English Teaching assistants/grantees since 2010.
4) Copies of all the written applications, forms or other written expressions of interest for a Fulbright English Teaching assistants/grantees that the United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission has received from interested host institutions in Sri Lanka since 2010.

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,

Heikki Olavi

From: Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Mr. Olavi,

This is in reference to your faxed letter of April 7, 2017 regarding FOIA case control number F-2017-04455. Department of State records indicate that searches of records with the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and with the U.S. Embassy in Colombo are continuing. The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is March 2018.

Please note that ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates. They are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Sincerely,
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

Official - Transitory
UNCLASSIFIED

From: FOIA Status

Dear Mr. Olavi,

This is in reference to your email regarding FOIA case control number F-2017-04455. Department of State records indicate that searches of records with the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and with the U.S. Embassy in Colombo are continuing. The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is March 2018.

Please note that ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates. They are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Sincerely,
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Olavi-At this time the estimated completion date is 3/30/2018.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: FOIA Status

Dear Mr. Olavi,

This is in reference to your email regarding FOIA case control number F-2017-04455. Department of State records indicate that searches of records with the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and with the U.S. Embassy in Colombo are continuing. The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is March 2018.

Please note that ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates. They are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov%3cmailto:foiastatus@state.gov>>.

Sincerely,
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484

foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: FOIA Status

Dear Mr. Olavi,

This is in reference to your email regarding FOIA case control number F-2017-04455. Department of State records indicate that searches of records with the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and with the U.S. Embassy in Colombo are continuing. The estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is March 2018.

Please note that ECDs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates. They are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which are beyond the control of the Branch, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov%3cmailto:foiastatus@state.gov%3cmailto:foiastatus@state.gov%3cmailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.

Sincerely,
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Olavi,

This is in response to your September 21 email below. Your FOIA request F-2017-04455 is in process and at this time, there is no new information to provide. The estimated date of completion (EDC) is still March 2018. Please note that EDCs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.
If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Heikki Olavi

Why are you searching records with the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka? Are these records not with United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka? Thank you.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Olavi,
This is in response to your October 8 email below concerning case control number F-2017-04455. The assigned analyst has determined that any Department of State records that may be responsive to your request would be maintained in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and/or the U.S. Embassy in Colombo. As soon as the search and review process is completed, the results will be forwarded to you.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484<tel:(202)%20261-8484>, or fax us at (202) 261-8579<tel:(202)%20261-8579> or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated November 9, 2017, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. Your request still continues to be processed. The estimated date of completion for your request is March 31, 2018. Updates on the progress of your request will be provided to you as they become available.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, you can contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in response to your email below regarding FOIA Case Control Number F-2017-04455.

At this time, the estimated date of completion (EDC) for this case continues to be March 31, 2018. Please note that EDCs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates. They are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).

The Department processes FOIA and Privacy Act requests on a first-in, first-out basis, and currently has a backlog of approximately 11,200 cases. As a result, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA and Privacy Act requests.

For your information, the Department of State has collection of records on its website and makes monthly postings of records previously released in response to FOIA requests. You may search the Department's website at www.foia.state.gov<http://www.foia.state.gov> for records that may be responsive to your request.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in response to your email below regarding FOIA Case Control Number F-2017-04455.

At this time, the estimated date of completion (EDC) for this case continues to be March 31, 2018. Please note that EDCs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates. They are not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).

The Department processes FOIA and Privacy Act requests on a first-in, first-out basis, and currently has a backlog of approximately 11,000 cases. As a result, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA and Privacy Act requests.

For your information, the Department of State has collection of records on its website and makes monthly postings of records previously released in response to FOIA requests. You may search the Department's website at www.foia.state.gov for records that may be responsive to your request.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,
This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2017-04455.
The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in process.
The Department currently has a backlog of approximately 10,600 cases. As a result, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA and Privacy Act requests.
If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at 202-261-8484 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,
This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2017-04455.
The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in process.
The Department currently has a backlog of approximately 10,600 cases. As a result, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA and Privacy Act requests.
If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at 202-261-8484 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2017-04455. The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in process.

The estimated date of completion is March 31, 2018. EDCs are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

The Department currently has a backlog of approximately 10,600 cases. It is taking significant steps to improve its responsiveness to the public and has undertaken a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) surge project to reduce the backlog in the coming months. Your request is being processed as a part of this project. In order to further the core FOIA goals of transparency and accountability, the State Department is committing more resources and personnel to clear the backlog of requests, while still maintaining the highest standards of quality.
If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at 202-261-8484 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,
J. Berhane
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,
This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2017-04455. The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in process. You will be notified of the Department's search and review efforts in response to this request as soon as it becomes available.
The Department currently has a backlog of approximately 10,600 cases. It is taking significant steps to improve its responsiveness to the public and has undertaken a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) surge project to reduce the backlog in the coming months. Your request is being processed as a part of this project. In order to further the core FOIA goals of transparency and accountability, the State Department is committing more resources and personnel to clear the backlog of requests, while still maintaining the highest standards of quality.
If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at 202-261-8484 or send an e-mail to :foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov%3cmailto:foiastatus@state.gov>
Regards,
Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
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From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated May 14, 2018, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. The Department's electronic records system indicates that your request continues to be processed. Information will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

Your continued patience is appreciated during this process.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: Heikki Olavi

It may help you to try to locate all responsive documents contacting Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission.

Best wishes,

Heikki Olavi

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated June 22, 2018, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. The Department's electronic records system indicates that your request continues to be processed. Information will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

Your continued patience is appreciated during this process.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State
foiastatus@state.gov
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From: Heikki Olavi

Where are you trying to locate responsive documents? Thank you.

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA case control number F-2017-04455. The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in process. You will be notified of the Department's search and review effort in response to this request as soon as it becomes available.

The Department processes FOIA and Privacy Act requests on a first-in, first-out basis, and currently has a backlog of approximately 10,500 cases. As a result, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA and Privacy Act requests.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

Office of Information Programs and Services

(202) 261-8484

foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: Heikki Olavi

May I humbly suggest that FSI or others locating responsive documents approach, for instance, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission in order to avoid further delays and need to appeal.

Thank you.

Heikki Olavi

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Mr. Olavi,

This is in reference to your email below regarding the status of your FOIA case control number F-2017-04455.

The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic Records System indicates your request remains in process. The Department currently has a backlog of approximately 10,500 cases. As a result, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA and Privacy Act requests.

There is no more information to provide at this time.

Sincerely,

U.S. Department of State

FOIA Requester Service Center

(202) 261-8484

foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2017-04455. The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in process. You will be notified of the Department's search and review efforts in response to this request as soon as that information becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at 202-261-8484 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

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