IPA mobility program agreements

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Department of Justice, Justice Management Division of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Due Sept. 2, 2022
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1) All requests for certification as an eligible organization under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act mobility program submitted to your agency since Jan. 1, 2017. Organizations wishing to participate in the mobility program must first submit request for certification packets to the agency with which they seek to partner. Detailed descriptions of the IPA Mobility Program, its rules and regulations, and the documentation participating agencies must maintain can be found here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/intergovernment-personnel-act/#url=Provisions.

2) A list, roster, database, or comparable record documenting all of the organizations currently approved by your agency to participate in the IPA mobility program. If a list, roster, database, or similar record containing responsive information is not available, I ask that you provide your agency's approval letter for each organization.

3) A list, roster, database, or comparable record documenting all of the IPA mobility program assignments approved by your agency since Jan. 1, 2020. If a list, roster, database, or similar record containing responsive information is not available, I ask that you provide assignment agreement documents for each assignment. Please note: I understand and accept that some information—namely, SSN, address, DOB—would have to be redacted from the assignment agreements. It is for this reason that I've requested the records in formats that are easy to filter or redact.

I request expedited processing of this request under 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(E)(v)(II). I am a working journalist and I intend to use the requested records to "[engage] in disseminating information ... to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government activity."

I also ask that all fees be waived as I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest and not for any commercial purpose. In the event you choose to impose fees, I request a detailed breakdown of the fees, including the hourly wage of each employee involved and an explanation justifying the employee hours required to fulfill the request.

Should you choose to reject this request or redact portions of it, I ask that you provide a detailed explanation and citations to the statutory exemptions and associated case law underlying your decision to withhold each/any portions from public review.

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,

Todd Feathers

From: Department of Justice, Justice Management Division

Good Afternoon Mr. Feathers:

This email is to notify you that based on the information received, your request for expedited processing has been denied. You did not provide sufficient justification to demonstrate that your request meets the standards set forth in the
regulations. See 28 C.F.R. § 16.5(e)(1). Although your request for expedited processing has been denied, it has been assigned to the appropriate JMD staff office for processing.

Thank you,

Karen McFadden
JMD FOIA Contact

From: Department of Justice, Justice Management Division

September 28, 2022 Mr. Todd Feathers MuckRock News
DEPT MR 132397
263 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-4506 Re: All request for certification as an eligible organization under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program, and a list, roster, or database of all organizations within DOJ that participate Assigned JMD FOIA TRACKING NUMBER: 128567 Dear Mr. Todd Feathers: This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated 8/8/2022 and received in this office on 8/8/2022 in which you requested the subject identified above. On 8/29/2022, we advised you that your request expedited processing was denied, and your request was assigned to the appropriate Justice Management Division (JMD) staff office for processing. For your information, the JMD and the Department of Justice (Department) assigns incoming requests to one of three tracks: simple, complex, or expedited. Each request is then handled on a first-in, first-out basis in relation to other requests in the same track. Simple requests usually receive a response in approximately one month whereas complex requests take longer. At this time, your request has been assigned to the Complex track. Please note that as a general matter, records in the Department are decentralized and our response will only cover information originating with or relating to JMD. If you are seeking information originating with or relating to other components of the Department, please make a FOIA request directly to those components. We can report that your FOIA request was assigned to the JMD Human Resources Staff (HR) office for action and response. As mentioned above, each request is handled on a “first in - first out” basis in relation to other requests in that same track. Currently, that office is processing 23 other Complex FOIAs that are ahead of you in their queue. We have contacted HR to see if they can provide us with any additional information to pass onto you. If you have a question about the status of your FOIA request, you may contact this office by emailing JMDFOIA@usdoj.gov or by calling 202-514-3101 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time, excluding federal holidays). Please be advised that due to necessary operational changes as a result of the national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there may be some delay in the processing of your request. Please refer to JMD FOIA TRACKING NUMBER 128567 whenever you contact the Department regarding this request. Sincerely, Karen E. McFadden FOIA Contact Justice Management Division U.S. Department of Justice

From: Muckrock Staff

Hello,

Please see the following request for records. Thank you for your help with this request.

Sincerely,
MuckRock

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