Mayor Bloomberg's West Point visit (USMA)

Conor Skelding filed this request with the United States Military Academy of the United States of America.
Tracking # FA-14-0006
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Conor Skelding

To Whom It May Concern:

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

- Any and all transcripts and/or recordings of the Mayor's speech to the Firsties in the Robinson Auditorium and/or the cadets' questions for the Mayor.

- Any and all communications between Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, or his representatives, and the United States Military Academy regarding his 2013 visit to the academy.

- Any and all promotional material for the event, including but not limited to fliers, posters, and mass emails.

- Any and all written agreements, contracts or riders created for the event.

I seek responsive documents created between January 1, 2013 and the present. News of the mayor's visit was published on the United State Military Academy's homepage (screenshot here: http://i.imgur.com/CgJG49I.jpg).

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,

Conor Skelding

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Skelding/Trotter:

Please see enclosed file pertaining 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: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Skelding,

Please see attached file concerning your FOIA request.

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
(845) 938-7311
foia/pa@usma.edu

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Nocton,

Has there been any progress in the processing of this request?

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Nocton,

Re: Case # FA-14-0006: Has there been any progress since Maria Luisa Santiago's letter of December 13, 2013, notifying me of an additional 10 days' processing time?

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Nocton,

This request is time-sensitive, and I would thankful for an update on its processing. Please let me know if I can provide any more information.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Nocton,

This request is time-sensitive, and I would thankful for an update on its processing. Please let me know if I can provide any more information.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Skelding,

Due to the extensive complexity of documents concerning your FOIA request, it
is still being processed. Once we have all documents processed and reviewed
we will give you an update.

Very Respectfully,

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: Conor Skelding

Dear Mr. Maldonado,

Thank you for the update.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Mr. Maldonado,

Are you able to give any estimate of time required to process this request?

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Skelding,

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

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Mr. Maldonado,

Do you have any update on remaining processing time required? Thank you.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

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. 10, 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-14-0006.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr Skelding,

We apologize for the delay. We found 859 pages and an audio visual recording pursuant to your request case FA-14-0006. Due to the large amount of documents we require additional time to complete processing your request. Next Wednesday on April 23, 2014 we can determine a completion date.
Regards,

Amos Maldonado
Management Assistant
Freedom Of Information/Privacy Act Office
DHR - Administrative Services Branch
USAG West Point
646 Swift Road
West Point, NY 10996-1942
☎ (845) 938-7313 (Office)
foia/pa@usma.edu

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From: Conor Skelding

Dear Mr. Maldonado,

Thank you for the update. That is quite a lot of material. Look forward to hearing from you on April 23.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Mr. Maldonado,

Do you have a completion date yet?

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Mr. Maldonado,

I am willing to accept clearly releasably portions of my request in anticipation of a full response, if that helps.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Mr. Maldonado,

Do you have a completion date yet?

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Skelding,

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: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Nocton,

Thank you for the update. I understand that the request is large, and appreciate your processing it. I look forward to a response by June 25.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

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. 10, 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-14-0006.

Thank you for your help.

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Nocton:

Do you have a status update, June 25 having passed?

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Nocton:

I understand that this is an exceptionally large request, but the fourth extension requested by your office has just passed. Please advise on when this request can be filled by.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

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,

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

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Santiago,

Thank you for the update. Can you approximate how long legal review will take?

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Santiago,

Hast there been any progress on this since June?

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Skelding,

See attached 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
foia/pa@usma.edu

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: FOIA/PA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Skelding,

As per our conversation today the following is the Initial Denial Authority
Point of Contact to your request:

DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, G1
ATTN: DAPE-ZXM,
300 PENTAGON, RM 1D374
WASHINGTON, DC 20310-0300

POC: MS. KATHLEEN VAUGHN-BURFORD
EMAIL: usarmy.pentagan.hqda-dcs-g-1.mbx.FOIA@mail.mil
TEL: (703) 695-7783

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: Conor Skelding

Thank you very much, Mr. Maldonado.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Vaughn-Buford,

My name is Conor Skelding. I was given your information by Amos Maldonado at West Point, who has been working on a FOIA request of mine, Case # FA-14-0006.

He said 10 business days ago that he had sent the request to your office, the IDA, for final redaction, and to contact you if I did not hear from you in 10 business days.

Do you have an estimated date of completion for this request?

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Ms. Vaughn-Buford,

Please acknowledge my email and provide an estimated processing time.

Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Hello,

Please reply.

Conor Skelding

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

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Skelding, per our phone conversation please see attached response letter
and responsive documents to your FOIA request. I could not upload the
speech on my work laptop so I'll have to send it to you on Monday, because
I'm out of the office tomorrow. I also had to edit the attached response
letter so it's not signed, I,ll send you a signed copy when I send the
speech.

Thank You,

Katheen Vaughn-Burford
FOIA, PCO, RM
300 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-0300
571-354-9035

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Vaughn-Burford,

Thank you very much for getting this to me. I'll look forward to the speech and signed letter on Monday. Have a good weekend.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: United States Military Academy

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Skelding, I just wanted you to know that I tried attaching the audio/visual of Mayor Bloomberg's speech, however that attachment was to large therefore I am putting the disc in the mail today.

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

From: Conor Skelding

Thank you very, very much Ms. Vaughn-Burford.

I'll confirm receipt once I get it.

Have a goo rest of the week.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

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

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Thanks.

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

From: Conor Skelding

Ms. Vaughn-Burford,
The CD came in the mail today - however, it appeared to be completely blank. We tried it on multiple machines to confirm. Could you please send over another copy?
All the best,

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

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Skelding, I viewed the DVD prior to mailing it to you so I know that it's contained on that DVD. It should be opened in 'Quick Time Player' or 'Windows Media Player". I don't know if sending another one will make a difference if you're not able to open the one presently in your possession. Please try using the above options and let me know if it works.

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

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Vaughn-Burford,
We reattempted the DVD in multiple machines, and it came up blank every time - I've attached an image of the disc's properties showing that no data was written to it. There might have been an error during the burning process.
All the best,

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

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Okay, I will send it out today.

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

From: Conor Skelding

Thank you very much, again.

Conor

From: United States Military Academy

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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