Jay-Z/Beyonce Cuba Trip Communications

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2013-11-087
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Communications

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Communications to and from Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart regarding a trip by musicians Jay-Z and Beyoncé to Cuba.

These communications are believed to be sent to or to the attention of Adam Szubin, director of the United States’ Office of Foreign Assets Control, and were seeking information on the type of licence the pair of stars received for their travel to Cuba.

We request all communications sent between March 1., 2012 and the date that this request is processed.

Such communications were reported publicly here:

http://www.caribjournal.com/2013/04/05/us-lawmakers-express-concern-over-jay-z-beyonce-cuba-trip/

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,

Michael Morisy

From: Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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Mr. Morisy:

Please see OFAC's attached acknowledgement of your FOIA request number 2013-11-087.

If you have questions or would like to discuss your request further, please email OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov<mailto:OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov> or contact our FOIA Requester Service Center at 202-622-2500, option 3. Please reference FOIA number 2013-11-087 in any further communication with this office.
Regards,

OFAC FOIA Office

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 Nov. 7, 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 #2013-11-087.

Thank you for your help.

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FOIA No. 2013-11-087
OASIS No.: CT-681570

Mr. Morisy:

Thank you for your inquiry with regard to FOIA No. 2013-11-087.

In your November 7, 2013 FOIA request, you seek “communications to and from Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart regarding a trip by musicians Jay-Z and Beyoncé to Cuba” sent between March 1, 2012 and the present. We have interpreted your request to include exclusively executive-level correspondence, i.e., correspondence between the two representatives and the Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

At this time, we estimate that we will provide a response to your FOIA request early in February 2014. If this should change, we will contact you.

Your request has been assigned FOIA No. 2013-11-087. Please reference this number in any future correspondence. If you have any questions regarding this matter, you may email OFACFOIAOffice@treasury.gov or contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 622-2500, option 3.
Regards,

OFAC FOIA Office

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 Nov. 7, 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 #2013-11-087.

Thank you for your help.

From:

Mr. Morisy,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding FOIA #2013-11-087. Our search for records responsive to your request was completed late last week. An analyst is now reviewing the records.
Regards,

OFAC FOIA Office

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 Nov. 7, 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 #2013-11-087.

Thank you for your help.

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Good afternoon,

In your March 14, 2014 email, you asked OFAC to provide you with a status update for FOIA case no. 2013-11-087. OFAC is still processing this FOIA request. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with a firm completion date. You asked if further clarification of the request was necessary. At this time, we do not need further clarification of the request. I am the analyst that has been assigned to your case and you may contact me with questions or concerns about your FOIA request.
Regards,

Ambler T. Jackson
Project Manager│ FOIA Analyst│Contract Support
Central Research, Inc.

U.S. Department of Treasury
Office of Foreign Assets Control
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20220
P: 202.622.3852│E: ambler.jackson@treasury.gov

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