healthcare.gov during shutdown (CMS)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of the United States of America.
Tracking # 102120137038
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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records which discuss the status of the healthcare.gov website during the shutdown including any justification to keep it open while closing other government websites. Please include all records before the shutdown which discuss how to handle the situation and records from during the shutdown. Further, include, but do not limit the responsive records to emails to and from any CMS or HHS staff member on this topic.

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: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Dutton, Vendetta (CMS/OSORA)

Hi Mr. Smathers,

I am e-mailing you in ref. to the attached FOIA request dated 10/19/13 that you submitted. Our program officials would like to know if you could possibly narrow the scope of your request in ref. to the e-mails to and from any CMS or HHS staff member on the topic of healthcare.gov website. Can you be more specific? Any questions I can be reached at 410-786-0519. Thank you.

Vendetta Dutton
Government Information Specialist
Office of Strategic Operations & Regulatory Affairs
Openness, Transparency and Accountability Group
Division of Freedom of Information
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
410-786-0519

From: Jason Smathers

My request was more specific than you state. I am only looking for emails discussing healthcare.gov in light of the government shutdown, such as discussing whether or not to shut the website down during the shutdown, justification to keep it online, any directions received on this topic and discussion concerning it.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

From: Dutton, Vendetta (CMS/OSORA)

Hi Mr. Smathers,

Further clarification is still needed in order to process your FOIA request. I have been informed that e-mail searches tend to be problematic, but we can do a reasonable search of the e-mail system if the following information listed below can be provided:

1) Specific names of the senders.
2) Specific names of the recipients.
3) Time frame - dates sent & received. (Example: E-mails dated from 6-30-13 through 10-10-13)

Please provide the above mentioned information via e-mail, so we can continue processing your request. Thank you for your patience.

Vendetta Dutton
Government Information Specialist
Office of Strategic Operations & Regulatory Affairs
Openness, Transparency and Accountability Group
Division of Freedom of Information
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
410-786-0519

From: Jason Smathers

I do not know the senders or receivers and I believe it is unreasonable to require that information. If you are not able to search the entire email system by keyword, I would suggest selecting the employees who would be working on the healthcare.gov website and policy concerning it. You can use the timeframe between 9-1-13 and 12-31-13. The topic is very specific and seems to have a timeframe implied, but you may use the one I provided.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

From: Dutton, Vendetta (CMS/OSORA)

Hi Mr. Smathers,

I am still searching for records in ref. to the above mentioned request. I have one more place to check for records in the Department/OASPA, Michael Marquis is now the new Director there. Hopefully, I will be able to locate some records. I will keep you posted. Thank you.

Vendetta Dutton
Government Information Specialist
Office of Strategic Operations & Regulatory Affairs
Openness, Transparency and Accountability Group
Division of Freedom of Information
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
410-786-0519

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

From: Dutton, Vendetta (CMS/OSORA)

Hi Mr. Smathers,

Your request has been assigned to Paul Levitan, 410-786-0853 of our office. Please direct your questions to Paul. Thank you.

Vendetta Dutton
Government Information Specialist
Office of Strategic Operations & Regulatory Affairs
Freedom of Information Group
Division of FOIA Analysis A
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
410-786-0519
410-786-0474 (Fax)
vendetta.dutton@cms.hhs.gov<mailto:vendetta.dutton@cms.hhs.gov>

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thank you for your help.

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. 19, 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 #102120137038.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

A no responsive documents response.

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