Kathy Benedetto WEA Correspondence

Jimmy Tobias filed this request with the Bureau of Land Management of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2018-00205

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Completed

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From: Jimmy Tobias

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all available written and electronic (email or otherwise) correspondence, plus any logs, records, reports or minutes associated with any meetings, emails, or phone calls, between representatives, employees, advisors, board members, lobbyists for, or agents of the Western Energy Alliance, and Kathy Benedetto, the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior. The dates of this request span from February 2017 to the present. Please note that the Office of the Secretary of the Interior directed me to submit this request directly to the Bureau of Land Management.

I am a reporter with Pacific Standard magazine, and the requested documents will be made available to the general public. 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: Bureau of Land Management

Hello Mr. Tobias,

Our FOIA office received your FOIA request, dated October 24, 2017. We have
assigned it control number 2018-00205. Please cite this number in any
future communications with our office regarding your request.

In your request you asked for the following:

“Any and all available written and electronic (email or otherwise)
correspondence, plus any logs, records, reports or minutes associated with
any meetings, emails, or phone calls, between representatives, employees,
advisors, board members, lobbyists for, or agents of the Western Energy
Alliance, and Kathy Benedetto, the Special Assistant to the Secretary of
the Interior.”

We have classified you as a representative of the news media. As such, we
may charge you for some of our duplication costs, but we will not charge
you for our search or review costs; you also are entitled to up to 100
pages of photocopies (or an equivalent volume) for free. See 43 C.F.R. §
2.39. If, after taking into consideration your fee category entitlements,
our processing costs are less than $50.00, we will not bill you because the
cost of collection would be greater than the fee collected. See 43 C.F.R. §
2.49(a)(1). We do not anticipate any charges for the cost of processing
this request.

We use Multitrack Processing to process FOIA requests. The Simple track is
for requests that can be processed in one to five workdays. The Normal
track is for requests that can be processed in six to twenty workdays. The
Complex track is for requests that can be processed in twenty-one to
sixty workdays. The Exceptional/Voluminous track is for requests requiring
more than sixty workdays for processing. The Expedited track is for
requests that
have been granted expedited processing. Within each track, requests are
usually processed on a first-in, first-out basis.

This request falls into the voluminous track.

If you have any questions, please contact us at BLM_WO_FOIA@blm.gov or
202-912-7650. Thank you for your interest in public lands and in programs
and activities of the BLM.

Thank you,
Maritiza Harris

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Washington Office FOIA Coordinators
Bureau of Land Management
Phone: 202-912-7650
Fax: 202-245-0027
*BLM_WO_FOIA@blm.gov <BLM_WO_FOIA@blm.gov>*

From: Bureau of Land Management

Hello Mr. Tobias,

We are still processing your request.

By DOI regulation. we work all of our FOIA requests in a multi-track
process on a first in first out basis. Due to a existing backlog and
limited staffing resources the BLM believes this request should be
completed in the next 20-30 business days.

​Thank you,
Maritiza Harris​

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Washington Office FOIA Coordinators
Bureau of Land Management
Phone: 202-912-7650
Fax: 202-245-0027
*BLM_WO_FOIA@blm.gov <BLM_WO_FOIA@blm.gov>*

From: Bureau of Land Management

Hello Mr. Tobias,

You should have a release to you in the next 10 business days.

​Thank you,
Maritiza Harris​

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Washington Office FOIA Coordinators
Bureau of Land Management
Phone: 202-912-7650
Fax: 202-245-0027
*BLM_WO_FOIA@blm.gov <BLM_WO_FOIA@blm.gov>*

From: Jimmy Tobias

Thank you for the update!

Jimmy

From: Bureau of Land Management

Hello Mr. Jimmy Tobias,

Please find the attached letter and responsive document.

Thank you,
Maritiza Harris

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Washington Office FOIA Coordinators
Bureau of Land Management
Phone: 202-912-7650
Fax: 202-245-0027
*BLM_WO_FOIA@blm.gov <BLM_WO_FOIA@blm.gov>*

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