Harrington Hunton Panther

Jimmy Tobias filed this request with the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4 of the United States of America .
Tracking #

FWS-2019-01089

Status
Completed

Communications

From: Jimmy Tobias


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all email communications, including attachments, between any email address ending in @hunton.com and one or more of the following FWS officials: Leo Miranda, Larry Williams, Erin Gawera, Jay Harrington, Robert Tawes, Connie Cassler and/or David Dell.

This request seeks records produced since January 20, 2017.

I am a reporter for The Guardian and Pacific Standard.

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,

Jimmy Tobias

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

Again, I did not receive this request. Can you please provide the
"original request/email" that includes the email address, date, and time in
which this request was submitted? As this request does not include an
attachment, I can enter this into my system today and provide you with a
tracking number; however, it will include the date of receipt as being
September 4, 2019 unless you can provide an email in which this was
submitted to the FOIA email address on August 6th. As stated, I did not
receive this request. Did you submit this request to an incorrect address?
Did it go to the HQ office instead of R4? Thanks and please let me know if
you have any questions or concerns.

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Southeast Region (Region 4)

1875 Century Blvd, Suite 214

Atlanta GA 30345

(E) foiar4@fws.gov

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

This is in response to FOIA FWS-2019-01089. Attached is a signed copy of
your acknowledgment/fee clarification letter. Please provide the requested
information by October 2, 2019. If we do not received the requested
information by October 2, 2019, we will presume you are no longer
interested and close the file on your request. Thanks!

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Southeast Region (Region 4)

1875 Century Blvd, Suite 214

Atlanta GA 30345

(E) foiar4@fws.gov

  • 20190904_Signed Acknowledgment & Fee Clarification Letter

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hi Ms. McClurkin,

Thank you for the note. As a reporter who plans to use the public records I have requested to publish newsworthy articles of interest to the American public, I request a fee waiver for this FOIA request. Specifically, the records that I am requesting from your agency will significantly contribute to the American public's understanding of whether and how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is protecting the endangered Florida panther's habitat in southern Florida. It will also shed light on which business interests and lobbyists are influencing the agency's decision making. The Florida panther's survival, and the general implementation of the ESA, is an issue of the utmost importance, as it pertains directly to the U.S. government's commitment to mitigating the extinction crisis that threatens wildlife around the country. As such, I request all fees in this matter be waived.

I have a long track record of publishing important stories of public interests on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and intend to continue doing this work with the help of the documents your agency provides. You can find an example of my work here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/18/trump-administration-us-endangered-species-discussions-secret

If the agency denies me a fee waiver, I am willing to pay up to $50 in fees.

If you have any further questions, please contact me at 248-763-0088.

Sincerely,

Jimmy Tobias

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

Thanks for providing this clarification. We will continue with the
processing of your request. Your estimated date of completion is December
19, 2019. Thanks!

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Southeast Region (Region 4)

1875 Century Blvd, Suite 214

Atlanta GA 30345

(E) foiar4@fws.gov

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Hi Mr. Tobias,

I apologize for the delay. I have followed up on the status of a response
to you. Thanks for your continued patience!

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Southeast Region (Region 4)

1875 Century Blvd, Suite 214

Atlanta GA 30345

(E) foiar4@fws.gov

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

I will be sending you a partial response for this request today. Thanks!

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Southeast Region (Region 4)

1875 Century Blvd, Suite 214

Atlanta GA 30345

(E) foiar4@fws.gov

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

This is in response to FOIA FWS-2019-01089. Attached is a signed copy of
your 1st Partial Response letter and the responsive material. We are
continuing the processing of your request. Thanks!

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Southeast Region (Region 4)

1875 Century Blvd, Suite 214

Atlanta GA 30345

(E) foiar4@fws.gov

From: Jimmy Tobias

Thank you Tiffany!

Jimmy

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

This is the 1st Partial response for FOIA FWS-2019-01089 that was sent on December 12, 2019. I’m re-forwarding this information due to you advising me during our call on March 10, 2020 that you do not recall receiving this information. We will continue to process your request. Thanks!

Respectfully,

Tiffany McClurkin
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management
Atlanta Regional Office
FOIA Coordinator

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hi Ms. McClurkin,

I hope you are doing well, despite everything going on in the world.

I was wondering if you might be available later this week or early next week to check in about the status of my outstanding FOIA requests. If that is a possibility, let me know. And thank you!

Jimmy

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Hi Mr. Tobias,

I am well. Thanks for your kind words. I hope all is well with you too.

Next week would work best; preferably Thursday or Friday. I should be able to have status’ for all of your FOIAs. Thank you!

Respectfully,

Tiffany McClurkin
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management
Atlanta Regional Office
FOIA Coordinator

From: Jimmy Tobias

Thank you for the quick reply! Would next Thursday (7/16) at 2 PM Eastern work okay for you?

If so, what is the best number to reach you that day.

Thanks again!

Jimmy

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

You’re welcome and thank you for your patience.

That time works for me. You can call me at (404) 679-4104. Thank you!

Respectfully,

Tiffany McClurkin
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management
Atlanta Regional Office
FOIA Coordinator

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Mr. Tobias,

I need to reschedule our call that was scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. as I have a conflict in my schedule. Can we reschedule the call for Friday, July 17, 2020 or Monday, July 20, 2020?

Respectfully,

Tiffany McClurkin
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management
Atlanta Regional Office
FOIA Coordinator

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hi Ms. McClurkin,

That's no problem at all. Would Monday June 20 at 2 PM EST work for you?

If so, what is the best number for you that day?

Jimmy

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

That works for me. I will add it to my calendar. I can be reached at (404) 679-4104. Thanks!

Respectfully,

Tiffany McClurkin
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management
Atlanta Regional Office
FOIA Coordinator

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

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Dear Mr. Tobias:

Please see the attached letter in reference to Freedom of Information Act DOI-FWS-2019-001285 which has been processed with the following final disposition: Partial Grant/Partial Denial.

Records were released to the public as a result of this request. You may retrieve these records immediately using the following link: View Records Over the next 2 hours, these records are also being added to FOIAonline's search pages, further enabling you to retrieve these documents associated with your FOIA request at any time. (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=DOI-FWS-2019-001285&type=request)

For additional information please feel free to contact me at fwhq_foia@fws.gov.

Thank you,

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