Fulbright English Teaching assistants/grantees in Sri Lanka, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Sri Lanka and Fulbright grantees from Sri Lanka.

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

F-2018-00436

Due Feb. 12, 2018
Est. Completion July 19, 2021
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, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program in Sri Lanka and Fulbright grantees from Sri Lanka who have been chosen to study in the USA:

1) A copy of the annual report from the United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission for year 2017. ( 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 2017. ( Section 132.2 of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board policies)
3) Copies of all the written applications, forms or any other written expressions of interest including e-mails for a Fulbright English Teaching assistant/grantee that the United States Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission has received from interested host institutions in Sri Lanka in 2017.
4) A copy of all the final reports submitted by the English Training Assistants/grantees in Sri Lanka in 2017. (Section 132.6 of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board policies)
5) Names of all the Grantees from Sri Lanka who have been approved annually to study in the USA since 1952.

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: U.S. Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,
This is in response to your faxed dated March 5, 2018 and regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2018-00436. 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>.
Regards,
Katrina Wood
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Olavi,
This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2018-00436.
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. 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.
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 tel:(202)261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to:foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,
Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Olavi,

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.
Regards,

FOIA Status
U.S. Department of State
(202)261-8484

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 Mr. Olavi,

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.
Regards,
FOIA Status
U.S. Department of State
(202)261-8484

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-2018-00436. 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-2018-00436.

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- 2018-00436. 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,
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-2018-00436. 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

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Mr. Olavi,

This is in reference to your e-mail below regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act case control number F-2018-00436.

The Office of Information Programs and Services (IPS) electronic records system indicates that your request continues to be processed. You will be notified of the Department's search and review effort in response to this request as soon as it becomes available.

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,

The FOIA Requester Service Center has to conduct some research on your case and have to consult with other colleagues within this office. We will follow-up with you as soon as possible to provide a status update for your FOIA case control number F-2018-00436.
Regards,
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Olavi,

This is in response to your email below concerning your FOIA case control number F-2018-00436.

Your request is in process. We will soon follow-up with your regarding request for an estimated date of completion in this case.
Please note that the Department currently has a backlog of approximately 11,000 cases. As the Department continues to work through its backlog, it is mindful of its accountability to the public.
We truly 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,
Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Heikki Olavi,

This is in response to your e-mail below concerning your Freedom of Information Act case control number F-2018-00436
Your request is in process. We will soon follow-up with you regarding your request for an estimated date of completion in this case.

Please note that the Department currently has a backlog of approximately 11,000 cases. As the Department continues to work through its backlog, it is mindful of its accountability to the public.

We truly 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

From: U.S. Department of State

Ms. Olavi,

This is in response to your email below concerning your FOIA case control number F-2018-00436.

Your request is still in process. You will be notified of the results of the Department's search and review efforts in response to this request and estimated date of completion as soon as that information becomes available.

Please note that the Department currently has a backlog of approximately 11,000 cases. As the Department continues to work through its backlog, it is mindful of its accountability to the public.

We truly 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

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Olavi,

This is in response to your email below concerning your FOIA case control number F-2018-00436

Your request is still in process. We will follow-up with our colleagues about your request for an estimated date of completion in this case.

We truly 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,
Katrina M. Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Olavi,

This is in response to your email below concerning your FOIA case control number F-2018-00436

Your request is still in process. We will follow-up with our colleagues about your request for an estimated date of completion in this case.

We truly 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.
Regards,

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service
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From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Olavi,

This is in reference to your letter dated June 24, 2019 regarding the status of FOIA case control number F-2018-00436. Your request is still being processed. Please be advised that your request for an estimated date of completion (EDC) has been noted. We assure you that we will notify you as soon as an EDC has been determined in your case. We truly appreciate your patience.

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

Official - Transitory
UNCLASSIFIED

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Olavi,

You previously contacted the Department of State's FOIA Requester Service Center and requested an estimated date of completion (EDC) for your request, Case Control Number F-2018-00436.

It has been determined that the EDC for this request is 7/19/2021. EDCs are estimates and are subject to change. Please be advised that the Department takes its FOIA responsibilities seriously and is processing your request as quickly as possible. If your request can be completed prior to the EDC, a response will be sent to you sooner.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding a 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>

You may also contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, email address: ogis@nara.gov<mailto:ogis@nara.gov>; telephone: (202) 741-5770; toll free number: 1-877-684-6448; facsimile: (202) 741-5769.

We appreciate your continued patience.

Sincerely,
Katrina M. Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

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