FY2013 FOIA Log Surface Transportation Board

Robert Delaware filed this request with the Department of Transportation - Surface Transportation Board of the United States of America.


From: Robert Delaware

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A log (a full listing) of all FOIA requests to the Surface Transportation Board 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.


Robert Delaware

From: Robert Delaware

Unless I am just not seeing it, I cannot seem to find a log (or transcript) of the actual FOIA requests made to the Surface Transportation Board. I've been searching on the website:


From: Department of Transportation

For FOIA purposes, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) is independent of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Following is contact information from www.foia.gov<http://www.foia.gov> for the STB.

FOIA Contact: To make a FOIA request to Surface Transportation Board please send request to:
Marilyn R. Levitt
FOIA/Privacy Act Officer
395 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20423-0001
(202) 245-0269 (Telephone)
(202) 245-0460 (Fax)
FOIA.Privacy@stb.dot.gov<mailto:FOIA.Privacy@stb.dot.gov> (Request via Email)
FOIA Requester Service Center: Marilyn R. Levitt, Phone: (202) 245-0269
FOIA Public Liaison: Craig Keats, Phone: (202) 245-0264
Website: http://www.stb.dot.gov/stb/foia.html

From: MuckRock


The Department of Transportation has indicated that the following request should be directed to your office. Acknowledgement and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much.


Dear Mr. Delaware:

The attached Excel file contains the Board’s FOIA request logs for Fiscal
Year 2013. However, information that could or might identify individual
requesters has been redacted from the record because such information is
protected under FOIA Exemption 6 and the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552(a).
Thus, we have replaced the names of FOIA requesters, who filed as
individuals, with the term “individual” in the spreadsheet to protect their
personal privacy.

(See attached file: FOIA_Log for FY 2013 -- FOIA Request No 15-005.xlsx)

You may appeal the agency's redaction of this information to the Chairman
of the Surface Transportation Board within 30 days of receipt of this
letter. 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(6)(A)(i); 49 C.F.R. 1001.3.

Please advise if we may assist you further, referring to FOIA Request No.
15-005 on any correspondence. There is no charge for this request.


Chris Oehrle
Attorney Adviser
Phone: (202) 245-0271
Marilyn Levitt
FOIA/Privacy Officer
Office of the General Counsel
Surface Transportation Board
395 E Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20423-0001
Phone: (202) 245-0269; Fax: (202) 245-0460