Midwest Biological Research Foundation (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

Rebecca Brewer filed this request with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America.
Multi Request Midwest Biological Research Foundation
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From: Rebecca Brewer

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all medical records and any other correspondence containing Rebecca Lynn Brewer’s information-(including differentially privatized information and waivers of informed consent authorizations) that are associated with the MBRF (Midwest Biological Research Foundation). Please include the identities of any physicians, researchers, and biological engineering specialists that are affiliated with Rebecca and the M.B.R.F.
This is to include but is not limited to: clinical trials of all types, completed research, preclinical research, planned emergency research, ongoing clinical research or research in progress, biologically engineered materials testing, medical and behavioral surveillance and any interventions, assessments, medications, implants, bio-sensors, nanotechnology use, wearable device usage, and location tracking information.

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.


Rebecca Brewer


Good afternoon Ms. Brewer;

FOIA Service acknowledges receipt of your FOIA/PA request dated November 1, 2018,
seeking all medical records & any other correspondence containing your name (including
differentially privatized information & waivers of informed consent authorizations that
are associated with the Midwest Biological Research Foundation.

The records you are seeking are not maintained in this office. A copy of our
acknowledgement letter is attached which provides you with the referring office contact

This concludes FOIA Service’s response to your request.

Joan L. Haynesworth (Contractor)
FOIA Service Unit
FOIA Service hotline: 1-877-750-3642


A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Ms. Brewer,

I've investigated this and would like to set a meeting with you to discuss. Please let me know when you are available.

Thank you,

Michael Sarich, VHA FOIA Director
VHA Central Office FOIA Office
Health Information Governance (HIG) (105HIG)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
Office: 202-461-5329
Fax: 202-495-5087
Email: michael.sarich@va.gov<mailto:michael.sarich@va.gov>

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Good Morning,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), received on May 22, 2023. You are seeking the following:

* Any and all records of clinical, preclinical or other kinds of medical research or intervention conducted, in which Rebecca Lynn Brewer was a subject of study or intervention. Please include any research or intervention in which Rebecca's right to informed consent was waived.

We have contacted the VA St. Louis Health Care System, and was advised that your request falls under their purview. Therefore, your request is being referred to the STL office for processing and direct response to you. Their contact information is below:


Additionally, please note, whether submitting the request by letter, fax, or email, the following applies: If the requester is seeking records about himself or herself or to which a confidentiality statute applies (38 U.S.C. 5701<https://www.govinfo.gov/link/uscode/38/5701>, e.g.), the requester must comply with the verification of identity requirements set forth in § 1.577 of this part<https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-38/part-1/section-1.577> .

This concludes the VACO FOIA Office response. We appreciate your interest in the VA.

Thank you,

VA FOIA Service
Compliance, Risk and Remediation (CRR)
Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)
Washington, DC 20240
Department of Veteran Affairs
E-Fax: 202-632-7581
FOIA Hotline: 877-750-3642

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

"Good afternoon Ms. Brewer:

Please find attached a no record response letter for FOIA request 23-2108-FP, the Eastern Kansas VA Health Care System performed a search for the responsive records and were unable to locate any research records pertaining to you or your care. Please reach out should you have questions/concerns. Thank you in advance.

Jane DeSpiegelaere, RHIA

VISN 15 Government Information Specialist"

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Hello Ms. Brewer,

We received your fax. Upon review of your case, it seems that you did not receive the initial agency decision letter. Please see it attached here.

Thank you,
Office of Health Informatics (105HIG)
VHA Central Office FOIA Office