MANNA FROM HEAVEN Case Files (GSA OIG)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General of the United States of America.
Tracking # 13-037
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Completed

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From: Jason Smathers

OIG Freedom of Information Act Officer
GSA, Office of Inspector General (JC)
1800 F Street, N.W., Room 5326
Washington, DC 20405
OR
Via Fax to (202) 501-0414
Via e-mail to OIGFOIA-PrivacyAct@gsaig.gov

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records on, about, mentioning or concerning the following case:
I0970424
MANNA FROM HEAVEN: FRAUDULENT ACQUISITION OF SURPLUS PROPERTY
Closed 02/06/12

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Jason Smathers

From: GSA OIG

April 29, 2013

Jason Smathers
MuckRock News
Dept. MR 4994
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
requests@muckrock.com

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request (OIG Tracking Number 13-037)

Dear Mr. Smathers:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request dated April 22, 2013, to the General Services Administration,
Office of the Inspector General (GSA OIG), for documents under the Freedom
of Information Act. Your request was received on the same day, and has
been assigned identification number 13-037.

We will respond to you as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact
this office at (202) 501-1932, or by e-mail at
OIGFOIA-PrivacyAct@gsaig.gov, to inquire about the status of your request.

Sincerely,

/s/

Daphne Muse
Paralegal Specialist
Office of Counsel
to the Inspector General

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From: GSA OIG

Dear Mr. Smathers,

I am writing to inquire whether you would be willing to narrow the scope
of your FOIA request for documents pertaining to the Manna from Heaven
investigation. I'm not sure if you're aware but we have already placed on
our website the Manna from Heaven case closing memo. It can be found at
the following web address:
http://www.gsaig.gov/?LinkServID=FDB02EA5-F7C0-CA31-2F74579AA1EC8046&showMeta=0
.

The remainder of the documents to review and redact are voluminous.
However, we have a Report of Investigation that has not yet been released.
Would you be willing to narrow the scope of your request to the Report of
Investigation, with appropriate redactions, without attachments (the
exhibits)? You will likely be able to get that document sooner. If after
receiving the report you would like one or more of the exhibits, you can
submit another request for those documents.

Please let me know whether the narrowed scope mentioned above will suit
your needs. I appreciate your time and effort in considering our request.

Sincerely,
Nicole S. Matthis

Nicole S. Matthis
Assistant Counsel, Office of Counsel (JC)
General Services Administration
Office of the Inspector General
Desk: 202-273-7273
Blackberry: 202-573-2206
Facsimile: 202-501-0414
In Office: M, T, W, R
Telework: F

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From: Jason Smathers

I believe the posted document online is excessively redacted and would like for you to release that document to me specifically so that I have appeal rights, as I will be appealing those redactions if the document comes to me in the same way.

I am willing to limit my request to the following records:
1) an unredacted copy of the Manna from Heaven case closing memo.
2) the Manna from Heaven case Report of Investigation including all attachments and exhibits, but limited to a total of the first 100 pages.

From: GSA OIG

May 16, 2013

Dear Mr. Smathers:

Please find attached, the Office of Inspector General's response to your
FOIA request.

Sincerely,

Daphne Muse
Paralegal Specialist
General Services Administration
Office of Counsel to the Inspector General

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From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 22, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 22, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 22, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 22, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 22, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 22, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had previously assigned it FOIA #13-037.

Thank you for your help.

From: General Services Administration Office of Inspector General

November 12, 2013

Dear Mr. Smathers,

I'm not sure I understand your request. If you did not receive the
attachments submitted with our response on May 16, 2013, I apologize.
Again, here is the Office of Inspector General's response to your narrowed
request. Also, in regards to the emails sent to us during the months of
June through October, for some reason those were not received by our
office. Please let me know if this addresses your concerns.

Thank you,

Daphne Muse
Paralegal Specialist
General Services Administration
Office of Counsel to the Inspector General

WARNING: This email and any attachments may contain legally privileged or
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