List of all new USDA officials since Jan. 20, 2017

Jasper Craven filed this request with the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2017-OCIO-05839-F
Due Aug. 24, 2017
Est. Completion None
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Awaiting Response

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From: Jasper Craven

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A list of all new USDA officials confirmed and appointed to the USDA since Jan. 20, 2017

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,

Jasper Craven

From: USDAFOIA - OCIO

Good Evening, Mr. Craven:

Thank you for your FOIA request! Can you provide additional clarification on what you mean by "confirmed and appointed," as there are several different types of appointments. Please be a bit more specific?

We appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

Have a great day!

The USDA Department FOIA Office

From: Jasper Craven

I'm looking for the list of all new USDA officials who were appointed by the White House under President Trump, including officials who went straight into the agency as well as those subject to Senate confirmation. All the top officials as well as GS-15 positions.

From: USDAFOIA - OCIO

So, you would like to receive a list of all USDA presidentially appointed employees since January 20th? Also, does this include staff positions under the GS-15 level? I noticed that you specifically mentioned "All the top officials as well as GS-15 positions."

Again, we appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

Have a great day!

The USDA Department FOIA Office

From: Jasper Craven

Yes, all presidentially appointed employees and staffers at GS-15 level. Thanks so much for the timely response to the request!

From: USDAFOIA - OCIO

Good Afternoon, Mr. Craven:

This letter acknowledges receipt of your attached Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department FOIA Office (DFO). Your request was received in this office on July 21, 2017.

The DFO is under the purview of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and serves as the focal point for USDA's FOIA program. The DFO provides coordination and ensures agency wide compliance with the FOIA. The DFO processes requests and appeals on behalf of the Office of the Secretary and Departmental Management's ("DM") components. For a complete listing of DM's components, please visit http://www.dm.usda.gov/agencies.htm.

The FOIA regulation 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(A)(i) requires USDA to make a determination in response to a FOIA request within 20 business days from its date of receipt. In unusual circumstances, the Federal agency time limit may be extended by 10 business days as stated in 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B). If your request seeks numerous records that will necessitate a wide-ranging search including searches with components and possible consultations with components that have a substantial interest in the determination of this request, USDA will invoke a 10 business day extension for determination of your request. You have the option to narrow the scope of your request to limit the number of potentially responsive records.

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A search will be conducted for records responsive to your request. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that a FOIA analyst will respond to your request as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.

Your request has been assigned FOIA Case No. 2017-OCIO-05839-F. Please refer to this case number in any future correspondence. If you have any questions regarding the processing of this request, please contact Department FOIA Team Lead and FOIA Public Liaison, Marqui Q. Barnes at 202-694-1802 or electronically at marqui.barnes@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:marqui.barnes@ocio.usda.gov> or USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov>. For additional information regarding USDA FOIA regulations and process, please refer to the information available on-line at www.dm.usda.gov/foia<http://www.dm.usda.gov/foia>.

We appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

Have a great day!
USDA Department FOIA Office
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