Makhmour Refugee Camp (United States Agency for International Development)

Matthew Petti filed this request with the United States Agency for International Development of the United States of America.
Tracking #

F-00299-20

Multi Request Makhmour Refugee Camp
Due July 28, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Matthew Petti


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all written messages from U.S. diplomats or other officials in Iraq or Turkey related to the Makhmour refugee camp.

A copy of all written directives to U.S. diplomats or other officials in Iraq or Turkey related to the Makhmour refugee camp.

Makhmour is also spelled Makhmur, Mahmur, or Mexmûr in some sources. You may restrict your search to records from February 23, 2010 to June 29, 2020. Feel free to reach out if further clarification is needed.

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,

Matthew Petti

From: United States Agency for International Development

July 02, 2020 RE:  USAID FOIA No. F-00299-20 (Acknowledgment Letter) Dear Mr. Petti: Thank you for your letter dated July 01, 2020, requesting information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552.  The tracking number for your request is F-00299-20.  Please use this number when corresponding with our office. At this time, we are in the process of perfecting your request.  A perfected request for records reasonably describes such records and is made in accordance with published rules stating the time, place, fees (if any) and procedures to be followed.  This process includes reviewing the request for clarity and fee category determination and related commitment to pay, if applicable. Once your request is perfected, you will be notified of the FOIA Specialist assigned to process your case.  If you have questions, please contact us at .  Please cite the above-referenced number when corresponding with our office. (mailto:foia@usaid.gov) foia@usaid.gov Thank you. Sincerely, Pamela A-Campbell
FOIA Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

From: United States Agency for International Development

July 02, 2020 Re: USAID FOIA Request No. F-00299-20 (FOIA Specialist Assignment Email) Dear Mr. Petti: This acknowledges receipt of your July 01, 2020, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Specifically, you requested the following:  1) a copy of all written messages from U.S. diplomats or other officials in Iraq or Turkey related to the Makhmour (also spelled Makhmur, Mahmur, or Mexmûr) refugee camp and 2) a copy of all written directives to U.S. diplomats or other officials in Iraq or Turkey related to the Makhmour refugee camp.  (Date Range for Record Search: From 2/23/2010 To 6/29/2020). FOIA Specialist our request has been assigned to Adam Abdi, Program Manager/Senior FOIA Specialist.  You may contact Adam Abdi by email at aabdi@usaid.gov or by phone on 202-916-4664.  Please reference the tracking number cited above in any future correspondence. Extending the FOIA’s Time Limits due to Unusual Circumstances The FOIA provides that an agency  may extend its time limits when “unusual circumstances” occur in the processing of a request. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)(i) (2016). Those “unusual circumstances” are set forth in the statute, 5 U.S.C § 552(a)(6)(B)(iii), and are described as: 1) The need to search for records from field facilities or other locations separate from the office processing the request; 2) The need to search, collect and examine voluminous records; and 3) The need for consultation with another agency. Based upon the records you have requested, we have determined that one or more unusual circumstances will occur during the processing of your request. Accordingly, your response time-limit has been extended beyond the 20 days required by statute; therefore, 10 additional processing days have been added to your request. To mitigate this action, you may limit the scope of the request so that it can be processed more quickly or to arrange an alternative time to respond. If you have any questions or wish to discuss reformulation or an alternative time frame for the processing of your request, you may contact the assigned FOIA Specialist noted above. You may also contact USAID’s FOIA Public Liaison, Christopher Colbow, at foia@usaid.gov.
Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services offered: Office of Government Information Services National Archives and Records Administration 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001 E-mail: ogis@nara.gov Telephone: 202-741-5770; Toll Free: 1-877-684-6448 Fax: 202-741-5769 Thank you for your interest in USAID. Sincerely,
Pamela A-Campbell
FOIA Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

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