Mayor Bloomberg West Point visit

J.K. Trotter filed this request with the United States Military Academy of the United States of America.
Tracking # FA-14-0007
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From: J.K. Trotter

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All correspondence between Mayor Office’s of New York City, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and any representative of the United States Military Academy, regarding the mayor’s plans to visit the United States Military Academy.

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,

J.K. Trotter

From: Joanne Nocton

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

J.K. Trotter,

On November 10, Mr. Conor Skelding from MuckRock.com requested the same documents you are seeking on the West Point visit by Mayor Bloomberg.

Are you still interested in requesting these same records?

Joanne Nocton
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
(845) 938-7311
foia/pa@usma.edu

From: J.K. Trotter

Yes.

Thank you.

From: J.K. Trotter

Yes.

Thank you.

From: MuckRock

Hello,

This is a wholly separate request from FA-14-0006, which was submitted by Conor Skelding. Please issue separate responses to both requests, even if you process them concurrently.

Thank you.

From: Amos Maldonado

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

J.K. Trotter,

Please see enclosed acknowledgement letter to your FOIA request.

Regards,

Amos Maldonado
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
(845) 938-7313
foia/pa@usma.edu

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 Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FA-14-0007.

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 Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FA-14-0007.

Thank you for your help.

From: Amos Maldonado

Mr. Trotter,

We would like to apologize for the delay in responding to your request. We are currently processing your request and will require additional time to address a large number of emails concerning your FOIA request. Nevertheless, we are sorry for any inconvenience this delay may cause, we will continue to attempt to get your documents as quickly as possible.

Regards,

Amos Maldonado
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
☎ (845) 938-7313 (Office)
foia/pa@usma.edu

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 Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FA-14-0007.

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 Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FA-14-0007.

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 Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FA-14-0007.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Trotter,

The FOIA Office has located over 850 pages of responsive documents. We are
currently processing your FOIA request. We anticipate final processing action
no later than June 25, 2014. Please be assured, however, that your request is
being handled as equitably as possible and that all documents that can be
released will be made available at the earliest possible date.
Regards,

Joanne Nocton
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
foia/pa@usma.edu

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 Nov. 27, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FA-14-0007.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Dear Mr. Trotter,

Your request is currently under legal review. Once the legal review has been completed we will finalize your request as soon as possible. We apologize for the delay, but due to extensive amount of documents and video that had to be reviewed it has taken longer than expected.

Thank you.

Regards,

Amos Maldonado
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
☎ (845) 938-7313 (Office)
foia/pa@usma.edu

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: J.K. Trotter

Hi Amos,

Thank you for the update. Do you have a rough sense of when the legal review will be completed? No rush otherwise.

Thanks!

J.K. Trotter

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Dear Mr. Skelding,

Your request is currently under legal review. Once the legal review has been completed we will finalize your request as soon as possible. We apologize for the delay, but due to extensive amount of documents and video that had to be reviewed it has taken longer than expected. Thank you.
Regards,

Amos Maldonado
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
☎ (845) 938-7313 (Office)
foia/pa@usma.edu

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Sir,

Due to the large contents of documents sent to legal review, we are unable to determine the time it will take them to finalize the action. As soon as they finish processing we will let you know. Thank you.
Regards,

Maria Luisa Santiago
Supervisory Government Information Specialist
DHR, Administrative Services Division
USAG West Point
(845) 938-2964

From: J.K. Trotter

Hi Maria,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, agencies are usually required to give at least an estimated amoung time for releasing the records, especially when the agency does not meet its own deadlines for releasing the same records.

Furthermore the records involve a public figure at a well-publicized event, so it is presently unclear why a legal review—at least beyond the normal operations of the FOIA/PA office—was required in this case.

This request was filed over six months ago, and I have patiently waited for the date West Point originally set — June 25, 2014 — for the records to be released.

Can you say whether the records will be released within a month? A year? Ten years? Surely your office has some grasp of how long this will take. This estimate is not binding, nor must it be perfectly precise, but it is generally considered mandatory for agencies complying with FOIA not to keep requesters in the dark about the amount of time it will take to fulfill their requests.

Please reconsider my question.

Thank you, and sincerely,

J.K. Trotter

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Sir,

In accordance with AR 25-55, The Freedom of Information Act Program, before forwarding a FOIA request to an Initial Denial Authority for action, records custodians will obtain an opinion from their servicing Judge Advocate concerning the releasability of the requested records.

We estimate legal review and final action of your FOIA by August 11, 2014 (30 work days from the day it was sent to our Staff Judge Advocate).
Regards,

Amos Maldonado
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
☎ (845) 938-7313 (Office)
foia/pa@usma.edu

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Trotter,

See attached file concerning your FOIA request.

Regards,

Amos Maldonado
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information Act/Privacy Act Office
DHR-Administrative Service Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996
☎ (845) 938-7313 (Office)
foia/pa@usma.edu

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: Vaughn-Burford, Kathleen CIV USARMY HQDA DCS G-1 (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Trotter, please see attached the FOIA response letter and responsive
documents to your request for any and all documents pertaining to the former
Mayor Bloomberg's visit to the West Point.

Thank You,

Kathleen Vaughn-Burford
Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1
Management Support Office
300 Army Pentagon, Room# 1D374
Washington, DC 20310-0300
Phone: 703-695-7783/DSN 225-7783

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