Milligan USAID Predict

Jimmy Tobias filed this request with the United States Agency for International Development of the United States of America.
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From: Jimmy Tobias

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any written or electronic communication, including emails, email attachments, memos, guidances and white papers, sent or received by Counselor Chris Milligan (and/or his executive assistants) that relate to the Emerging Pandemic Threats program, also known as the PREDICT or Predict program, a global disease surveillance program funded by USAID that was shuttered in 2019. This request seeks records produced since August 1, 2017. This request specifically seeks records related to the decision to shutdown, end, and/or stop funding the Predict program, the closure of which was covered in a 2019 New York Times article. I include that article for your reference here:

I am a reporter with The Guardian and other outlets.

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.


Jimmy Tobias

From: United States Agency for International Development

April 09, 2020 RE:  USAID FOIA No. F-00162-20 (Acknowledgment Letter) Dear Mr. Tobias: Thank you for your letter dated March 26, 2020, requesting information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552.  The tracking number for your request is F-00162-20.  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. ( Thank you. Sincerely, Regine Cooper
FOIA Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

From: Jimmy Tobias


I am writing to get an update on this FOIA request. Please let me know where things stand with it if you get a chance. Thank you.


Jimmy Tobias

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hello USAID FOIA Office,

Forgive the additional note, but if possible I would like a specific update on the estimated completion date of this request.

Thank you very much.


Jimmy Tobias

From: United States Agency for International Development


Mr. Jimmy Tobias

MuckRock News

Dept MR 91084

411A Highland Avenue

Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Re: FOIA Request No. F-00162-20

Final Response

Dear Mr. Tobias:

This is the final response to your March 26, 2020 FOIA request to
USAID. Thank you for your interest in USAID.

*Lezlie Colbert*
Senior FOIA Specialist / Technical Writer
U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD)
USAID Annex / Washington, DC 20024
Direct: 202 916 4665 / Email: