|Submitted||Oct. 27, 2016|
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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.
Your request has been received. For your information, this office currently has a backlog of requests for information, which we manage in accordance with USDA's Regulations and Department ofJustice Freedom of lnformationAct (FOIA) policy. The FOIA Staff processes requests on a first-in, first-out basis using "multi-tracks." There are four tracks: an expedited track, if the request qualifies; a simple track for relatively simple requests; a complex track for more complex and lengthy requests; and a remanded track, when a FOIA appeal is granted. Please be assured that your request will be categorized and processed in turn.
Should you have questions, you may call the FOIA Staff at (202) 720-5677 and refer to Log No. 17-00006.
FOIA/Privacy Act Staff
To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 27, 2016. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #17-00006.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Dear Beryl Lipton:
This is to provide a status update pertaining to your on Oct. 27, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent to the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG).
USDA, OIG has a backlog of FOIA requests, and processing is taking longer than anticipated. We estimate your request will be completed by December 21, 2016. We are sorry for the delay and thank you for your patience as we continue to reduce our backlog.
A copy of documents responsive to the request.