Layla the Mighty Minter

Nicholas Marritz filed this request with the U.S. Mint of the United States of America.
Due Oct. 26, 2022
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Nicholas Marritz

Dear U.S. Mint:

This is a request for records under the Freedom of Information Act. I am requesting records related to the U.S. Mint's mascot, Layla the Mighty Minter.

RECORDS REQUESTED:

(A) All records related to the conception of and process of designing the Layla mascot (emails and other correspondence, memoranda, contracts, sketches, etc.)

(B) Records sufficient to answer the following questions:

(1) Whose idea was it to create an U.S. Mint mascot in the first place, and why?

(2) Who designed the Layla mascot, and what was the design process like? (e.g. were there multiple design concepts submitted? Was the design of the character contracted out? (If so, kindly produce the contract).

(3) Were any Layla-related promotional items or tchotchkes created (e.g. trading cards, CDs, coloring books)? If so, please produce them.

(4) Were there any life-size Layla costumes created? If so, please produce records related to the design of the costume (contracts, sketches, etc.) and any guidelines regarding the use of or care for the costume.

(5) Did anyone in Congress ever object to the U.S. Mint's use of a mascot? I understand that there have been periodic attempts by lawmakers (e.g. former Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn, current Iowa senator Jodi Ernst) to rein in agency spending on mascots. If so, please produce all records related to that.

(6) What has the public's reaction been to the Layla mascot?

(7) Is the Mint still using Layla as part of its public outreach? If not, why not?

REQUEST FOR FEE WAIVER:

The requested documents will be made available to the general public online for free, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am working on a project examining the history, creation, evolution, and use of mascots across the federal government—because, like many others, I find them fascinating and weirdly delightful. Thus, I respectfully request that any fees related to this request be waived. If you do decide to charge me fees, please notify me in advance if you expect those fees to exceed $25.

FORM OF PRODUCTION:

I would prefer that this request be filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

CONCLUSION:

Thank you very much for your cooperation with this request. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sincerely,

Nicholas Marritz

From: U.S. Mint

Dear Nicholas Marritz,

Case Number 2022-MINT-00094 has been assigned to the request you submitted. In all future correspondence regarding this request please reference case number 2022-MINT-00094.
Regards,
Department of Treasury

From: U.S. Mint

Dear Nicholas Marritz,

The status of your MINT FOIA request #2022-MINT-00094 has been updated to the following status 'Received'. To log into the Treasury FOIA Public Access Link click on the Application URL below.

https://foia.treasury.gov/

Sincerely,
Department of Treasury

From: U.S. Mint

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury has received the information you submitted to the FOIA@TREASURY.gov<mailto:FOIA@TREASURY.gov> mailbox.

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From: U.S. Mint

Good afternoon,

Your request was submitted and is in the custody of the U.S. Mint. I will forward you remail to them for direct response.

From: U.S. Mint

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury has received the information you submitted to the FOIA@TREASURY.gov<mailto:FOIA@TREASURY.gov> mailbox.

If you are submitting a FOIA request, this courtesy reply does not replace the acknowledgement letter which will include a FOIA case number once your request has been entered into our FOIA Request Tracking System.

If you are seeking the status of a pending FOIA request for which you have a FOIA case number, please call (202) 622-0930 to obtain the status of your request.

Please visit our FOIA Library at http://www.treasury.gov/FOIA/Pages/reading_room.aspx.

Thank you for contacting the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

From: U.S. Mint

Good afternoon,

I hope this email finds you well. Your email has been sent to the U.S. Mint for appropriate action.

Thank you,

Cawana

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