Makan Delrahim Legislative Affairs

Alexander Rony filed this request with the Department of Justice, Office of Legislative Affairs of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

DOJ-2017-003348

Due Oct. 26, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Alexander Rony

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Emails between the Office of Legislative Affairs and Makan Delrahim while he served on the Senate Judiciary Committee, from 1998 to July 24, 2003.

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,

Alexander Rony

From: OIP-NoReply@usdoj.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28124acc7)
* Tracking Number: DOJ-2017-003348
* Requester Name: Alexander Rony
* Date Submitted: 04/03/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: FOIA request

From: Department of Justice, Office of Legislative Affairs

Good morning,

This email is for Mr. Alexander Rony, pertaining to FOIA Request DOJ-2017-003348, seeking emails between the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) and Makan Delrahim while he served on the Senate Judiciary Committee, from 1998 to July 24, 2003. Please be advised that identifying every possible OLA custodian over that period of 4.5 years is not feasible - however, what we can do is search our official records repository for official correspondence between OLA and Mr. Delrahim, and identify potential email custodians this way.

Please let me know at your earliest convenience if 1. You are indeed still interested in these documents and 2. If the search parameters are acceptable to you.

Thank you,

Kim Kochurka
Government Information Specialist
Office of Information Policy
U.S. Department of Justice
Ph: (202) 616-9712
Kimberley.Kochurka@usdoj.gov <mailto:Kimberley.Kochurka@usdoj.gov>

From: Alexander Rony

Dear Ms. Kochurka,

I would accept official correspondence between Mr. Delrahim and OLA as well as email correspondence between Mr. Delrahim and either Andrew Fois or Daniel Bryant. I assume that if the official correspondence turns up additional potential email custodians, those will need a new FOIA request, correct?

Is it too late to ask for a public interest fee waiver as provided by 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii)? The Sierra Club is a national environmental nonprofit with no commercial interest in obtaining the requested information. Instead, our organization intends to analyze and disseminate the requested information free of charge so that the public can be better informed and meaningfully participate in debates around currently-proposed mergers.

The subject matter of the requested records is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government by disclosing the views and work record of an individual who is now managing the powerful antitrust division within the Justice Department. The Sierra Club and its supporters have demonstrated interest and expertise in the subject area, especially the wave of mergers currently taking place in the agricultural space. Our supporters have sent tens of thousands of communications to the Justice Department about some of these companies' plans.

Regards,

Alexander Rony
Sierra Club

From: Department of Justice, Office of Legislative Affairs

Mr. Rony,

To answer your question, no new FOIA request would need to be made. If any potential custodians were identified to be searched, we would then just search their email as we normally do – it’s just that identifying who was in OLA years ago is rather difficult to do, since people come and go, but since you’ve identified specific names here that will help.

From: Alexander Rony

Then yes, please identify potential email custodians through official correspondence as you suggested, along with the two individuals I named.

Thank you,
Alexander Rony

From: Department of Justice, Office of Legislative Affairs

The FOIA request DOJ-2017-003348 has had its Tracking Number changed to DOJ-2017-003348. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: DOJ-2017-003348
* New Tracking Number: DOJ-2017-003348
* Requester Name: Alexander Rony
* Date Submitted: 07/06/2018
* Long Description: FOIA request

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