FY2013 FOIA Log (Defense Contract Management Agency)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Defense Contract Management Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-012
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A log of all FOIA requests made in fiscal year 2013.

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,

Jason Smathers

From: Turner, Kimberly J.

Mr. Smathers,

The Defense Contract Management Agency has received the below FOIA request.
We have assigned control number 14-012 to your request for administrative
purposes. Please refer to that control number in any future correspondence
regarding this FOIA.

Should you have any questions concerning this FOIA request, feel free to
contact me.

From: Williamson, Donna V.

Mr. Smathers,
Your FOIA request has been forwarded to me for a decision on your fee waiver. As you may be aware, we have an obligation under the FOIA to determine if you are entitled on the basis of public interest. Decisions to waive or reduce fees are made on a case-by-case basis. A fee waiver is appropriate when "disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government. You have stated how you will disseminate the information; however, based on the information provided, I do not believe the public interest requirement has been met.

In any event, with regard to this specific request we believe you fall in the "Other" category where you will receive two free hours of search time. Since we do not anticipate that your request will generate assessable fees, this is currently a non-issue. We will certainly contact you if fees become an issue; at that point you can either provide additional rationale for a fee waiver or state your willingness to pay assessable fees.
Respectfully,

From: Jason Smathers

Donna,

I am in agreement with your assessment and appreciate your practicality in leaving fee decisions in abeyance until they actually become relevant.

Thank you.

Regards,
Jason Smathers

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 Oct. 21, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-012.

Thank you for your help.

From: Williamson, Donna V.

Mr. Smathers,
The HQ FOIA Analyst is out on emergency leave. Your request is in her queue but because this was not anticipated, there was no turnover; therefore, I am afraid I cannot tell you where it falls or project a date that you will receive a response at this time.

Unfortunately, we are already understaffed and we were struggling to catch up from the July/August furlough and the October shutdown. I am the program manager for FOIA/Privacy and Civil Liberties and I will be trying to work her actions while she is out, but I do not want to make any promises I cannot keep. At some point I should have a better handle on status so you may want to check back with me after the holidays.

I'm truly sorry we do not have better news to report.
Respectfully,

Donna V. Williamson
Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
HQ FOIA/Privacy Officer
Building 10500; Room 2145
3901 A Avenue
Fort Lee, VA 23801
(804) 734-1488 ☎
DSN: 687-1488 ☎

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 Oct. 21, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-012.

Thank you for your help.

From: Williamson, Donna V.

Mr. Smathers,
The response package is awaiting signature and should be ready for dispatch today; Ms. Turner will send to you via email either this afternoon or by COB Friday, January 3rd.
If you need anything further, please let me know.
V/R,

Donna V. Williamson
Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
HQ FOIA/Privacy Officer
Building 10500; Room 2145
3901 A Avenue
Fort Lee, VA 23801
(804) 734-1488 ☎
DSN: 687-1488 ☎

From: Turner, Kimberly J.

Mr. Smathers,

Please find attached the response letter and response record pertaining to
your FOIA control number 14-012. Should you have any questions regarding this
matter, feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Kim

Kimberly Turner
FOIA/Privacy Analyst
DCMA-DSP

804-734-1466

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