GSA presidential transition processing notes and FOIA records

Kevin Li filed this request with the General Services Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

GSA-2021-000266

GSA-2021-000266

Due Dec. 17, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Kevin Li

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

(PART A)
For FOIA requests GSA-2021-000185, GSA-2021-000186, GSA-2021-000188, GSA-2021-000191, GSA-2021-000192, GSA-2021-000194, GSA-2021-000199, as well as every FOIA request submitted between November 3, 2020, and the present, relating to ascertainment of the president-elect by the Administrator of General Services: (I) a complete copy of all correspondence relating to the request between the requester and GSA; (II) processing notes for the request; (III) any other records relating to the request.

(PART B)
Records created since November 1, 2020, relating to the slow rate of processing requests for expedited processing on GSA FOIA requests (considering that in previous years the median time to adjudicate requests for expedited processing was one day and now GSA has violated statutory deadlines).

(PART C)
Records created since November 1, 2020, relating to any directives, communications, or meetings between senior GSA employees who are not primarily engaged in FOIA work (such as any employee who reports directly to the Administrator or Deputy Administrator, and any person communicating at the direction of such an employee) and GSA employees who are primarily engaged in FOIA work.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

I request categorization as an “educational institution” for fee purposes in accordance with 41 CFR § 105-60.801(d). As a student of public policy at Stanford University, I have an interest in obtaining the requested records in potential furtherance of scholarly purposes, including for possible publication or to support an academic thesis. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has held that students filing FOIA requests should be classified as “educational institutions”. See Sack v. US Dept. of Defense, 823 F. 3d 687 (D.C. Cir. 2016) (“The statutory text and context lead us to this simple conclusion: If teachers can qualify for reduced fees, so can students.”).

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,

Kevin Li

From: General Services Administration

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=GSA-2021-000266&type=request)

* Tracking Number: GSA-2021-000266
* Requester Name: Kevin Li
* Date Submitted: 11/18/2020
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
Please See attachment for description.

From: General Services Administration

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request GSA-2021-000266 has been
denied.

* Fee Waiver Original Justification:
I request categorization as an “educational institution” for fee purposes in accordance with 41 CFR § 105-60.801(d). As a student of public policy at Stanford University, I have an interest in obtaining the requested records in potential furtherance of scholarly purposes, including for possible publication or to support an academic thesis. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has held that students filing FOIA requests should be classified as “educational institutions”. See Sack v. US Dept. of Defense, 823 F. 3d 687 (D.C. Cir. 2016) (“The statutory text and context lead us to this simple conclusion: If teachers can qualify for reduced fees, so can students.”).
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason:
This fee waiver request is being denied, as this request does not meet the policy requirements to officially constitute a fee waiver.

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