Leave without pay policies for disabled veterans (Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2017-REE-00378-F
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From: Beryl Lipton

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 policies, procedures, directives, memorandums, and any other guiding materials regarding requests for leaves of absence without pay and approval or rejection thereof for veterans and disabled veterans in the employ of this agency.

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,

Beryl Lipton

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Beryl Lipton
MuckRock Staff Reporter

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated October 27, 2016, for information concerning leave without pay policies for disabled veterans. Your request was received in this office on October 27 and assigned FOIA No. 2017-REE-00378-F with an estimated response date of November 28.

Specifically, you requested:

Any and all available policies, procedures, directives, memorandums, and any other guiding materials regarding requests for leaves of absence without pay and approval or rejection thereof for veterans and disabled veterans in the employ of this agency.

We are currently processing your request. If you have any questions concerning your request, please contact this office at 301-504-1655 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia Hutchison

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Officer, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 (w) 301-504-1647 (fax)
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From: Hutchison, Stasia

Beryl Lipton
MuckRock Staff Reporter

This is an interim response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated October 27, 2016, for information concerning leave without pay policies for disabled veterans. Your request was received in this office on October 27 and assigned FOIA No. 2017-REE-00378-F.

Specifically, you requested:

Any and all available policies, procedures, directives, memorandums, and any other guiding materials regarding requests for leaves of absence without pay and approval or rejection thereof for veterans and disabled veterans in the employ of this agency.

We are currently processing your request and hope to provide our response to you by December 12. If you have any questions concerning your request, please contact this office at 301-504-1655 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>. You may also contact our FOIA Public Liaison or FOIA Requester Service Center at 301-504-1743 or REEFOIA@ars.usda.gov<mailto:REEFOIA@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia Hutchison

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Officer, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 (w) 301-504-1647 (fax)
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From: Hutchison, Stasia

Beryl Lipton
MuckRock Staff Reporter

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated October 27, 2016, for information concerning the leave without pay policies for disabled veterans. Your request was received in this office on October 27 and assigned FOIA No. 2017-REE-00378-F.

Specifically, you requested:

Any and all available policies, procedures, directives, memorandums, and any other guiding materials regarding requests for leaves of absence without pay and approval or rejection thereof for veterans and disabled veterans in the employ of this agency.

The Research, Education, and Economic (REE) Policy & Procedures (P&P) 402.6.v.2-REE, Leave Administration, dated January 13, 2012, can be found on the Administrative and Financial Management website at: https://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/ppweb/PDF/402-6.pdf. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has not updated REE P&P 402.6.v.2-REE to reference changes implemented by the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015, although the P&P does address other expanded military/leave entitlements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Departmental Management (DM), has not provided official guidance; however, DM is currently working on a Draft Departmental Manual, which has been circulated for comment.

ARS received and references information from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) concerning the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act. This information is posted on the OPM website under their Pay & Leave Reference Material found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/reference-materials/compensation-policy-memoranda/#url=2016. CPM 2016-10, Disabled Veteran Leave, directs readers to the Chief Human Capital Officers Council website where the Memorandum and attachments have been posted.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, please contact this office at 301-504-1655 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>. You may also contact our FOIA Public Liaison or FOIA Requester Service Center at 301-504-1743 or REEFOIA@ars.usda.gov<mailto:REEFOIA@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia Hutchison

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Officer, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 (w) 301-504-1647 (fax)
Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Reference Guide<http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398>

This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.

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