|Tracking #||2014-FNS-00442-F ; 2014-REE-00137-F|
|Submitted||Oct. 21, 2013|
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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.
Please see attached letter.
This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated October 21, 2013, for the FY 2013 FOIA log for the Agricultural Research Service. Your request was received in this office on October 21 and assigned FOIA No. 2014-REE-00137-F.
Attached is the FY 2013 FOIA log for the Research, Education, and Economic (REE) agencies. REE includes the following agencies:
Agricultural Research Service
Economic Research Service
National Agricultural Statistics Service
National Institutes of Food and Agriculture
Personal information has been redacted from the log and is exempt from disclosure pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6), which protects information about individuals in personnel and medical files and similar files when the disclosure of such information would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. You have a right to appeal our determination by writing to the Administrator, ARS, USDA, Room 302-A, Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 14th & Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250. The appeal must be received by that office within 45 days of the date of this letter. The phrase “FOIA Appeal” should be placed in capital letters on the front of the envelope containing the appeal.
The following provides information about each of the REE agencies:
· ARS is the largest intramural research agency of USDA. ARS has a workforce of around 8,000 employees, including 2,500 life and physical scientists who represent a wide range of disciplines and who work at more than 100 locations across the country and at five overseas laboratories. The ARS research agenda is broad, with about 1,200 research projects organized under 4 major program areas: Nutrition, Food Safety and Food Quality; Animal Production and Protection; Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems; and Crop Production and Protection.
· ERS is USDA’s primary source of economic information and economic and social science research. ERS’ mission is to anticipate economic and policy issues related to food, agriculture, the environment, and rural development, and conduct research that informs public program and policy decisions.
· NASS is committed to providing timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. Its reports cover virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture, including production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm finances, chemical use, and changes in the demographics of U.S. producers.
· NIFA is USDA’s primary extramural research funding agency. Its mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, and human health and wellbeing by funding targeted research, education, and extension projects and programs, some of which are specific to the Land-Grant University System, others open to participation by other partner organizations.
Please note that Valerie Herberger is no longer with this office. Future requests should be addressed to Stasia Hutchison and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
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FOIA/PA Office, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
301-504-1655 Telephone; 301-504-1647 Fax
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Mr. Smathers: USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's response to your FOIA request is attached.
Joanne C. Peterson
GIPSA FOIA Officer