NARA 24-A.I. Muckrock. Ferriero Emails, Texts, Contacts, Calendar

Robert Hammond filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

NGC24-263

Due May 6, 2024
Est. Completion June 10, 2028
Status
Awaiting Response
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Communications

From: Robert Hammond

Subject: FOIA Request NARA 24-A.I. Muckrock. Ferriero Emails, Texts, Contacts, Calendar

I am submitting this request under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552 et seq., as amended. If you deny all or any part of this request, please cite each specific exemption you think justifies your decision not to release the information and notify me of appeal procedures available under the law. References cited below apply.

***This Request will be timely for Judicial Review in twenty working days***

RECORDS SOUGHT VIA FOIA.

NARA 24-A.I. Muckrock. Ferriero Emails, Texts, Calendar
See PDF.

See Requested Format.

For NARA employee:
Former Archivist
David S. Ferriero
david.ferriero@nara.gov

I am respectfully seeking:
1. The emails, contacts, texts, and calendar items. I may accept PDF with attachments and metadata). Anyone can locate and preserve these records within minutes
2. The file shall not be password protected such that it is able to be opened. Note that the agency should maintain the certificates for opening any encrypted files in any further proceedings.
3. I am a private requester with no commercial interest.
4. Notwithstanding that subject employee recently retired, the records are required to be preserved. The Honorable David S. Ferriero was sworn in as 10th Archivist of the United States on November 13, 2009.
5. I am also seeking a copy of this FOIA Request, which is an Agency record subject to FOIA that exists and is in the Agency’s possession at the time of my FOIA request. This record is a responsive record integral to my Request. Release of the Agency’s copy is not optional.

REQUESTED FORMAT.

I am also seeking records in their native format (MS. Outlook). by return email with: (1) a signed and dated cover letter (citing my personally assigned requester control number); (2) with record page count for all records released records (3) a copy of this request in your reply. I seek records via email in PDF format with an imbedded copy of my requests to (1) impede the agency from not addressing the FOIA Request; (2) impede the Agency from not providing the documents stated in the Agency’s letter reply, and (3) make it obvious in any subsequent review what the Agency has or has not done.

Further, I request that these records be sent in any digital formats in which they exist (such as PDF and Excel). Under the terms of the E-FOIA Amendments of 1996, Section 5, if a document exists in electronic format, it must be released in that format upon request.

Each record must be provided as a distinct record in their native format. Emails should be provided as MS Outlook files, if not encrypted or otherwise unable to be open ed by me. Only if this is not possible, emails should be produced with their embedded hyperlinked attachments by using the “File => Save as Adobe PDF” command within Outlook or by other software that produces the same result.

I am also seeking that this full FOIA request and responsive records be made available to the public on NARA websites.

This request is distinctly separate from any other. Please do not combine this request with any other request in your reply. I am requesting that each element of the records sought be specifically addressed in the reply.

In all correspondence, return a copy of my FOIA request, cite my personal request number and cite records sought.

FEE WAIVER/ PUBLIC INTEREST/PUBLIC RELEASE. Notwithstanding my agreement to pay fees below if my fee waiver is denied, I am seeking a fee waiver due to significant public interest in this information. The subject of the requested records concerns "the operations or activities of the government.” The disclosure is "likely to contribute" to an understanding of government operations or activities. There is no commercial interest. There is significant public interest.

AGREEMENT TO PAY FEES.

I agree to pay fees for searching or copying the records up to $25. If the fees exceed this amount please advise me of the cost before proceeding. I do not believe that there should be any charge for providing these records, as there is public interest in government operations. I am a private individual not seeking documents for commercial use, such that the following applies: “No fees may be charged by any DoD Component if the costs of routine collection and processing of the fee are likely to equal or exceed the amount of the fee. With the exception of requesters seeking documents for a commercial use, Components shall provide the first two hours of search time, and the first one hundred pages of duplication without charge.” I would note that because I am requesting an electronic file, there should not be a per page copy fee. The OMB Guidelines direct that searches for responsive records should be done in the "most efficient and least expensive manner." See OMB Fee Guidelines, 52 Fed. Reg. at 10,017. As an “all others” requester, I may only be assessed search and duplication fees and not fees for review. See 32 CFR 286.12 - Schedule of fees. Also, please note that, should payment become necessary, the Coinage Act of 1965, specifically Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, entitled "Legal tender," states: " United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues. Foreign gold or silver coins are not legal tender for debts.
( Pub. L. 97–258, Sept. 13, 1982, 96 Stat. 980 ; Pub. L. 97–452, §1(19), Jan. 12, 1983, 96 Stat. 2477 .)
EXPEDITED PROCESSING.
I am seeking expedited processing. The subject is of widespread and exceptional media interest and the information sought involves possible questions about the government's integrity that affect public confidence . The Archivist is currently the subject of extraordinary media interest regarding the recovery of presidential records from Presidents Biden and Trump.
Additionally, I am an individual/organization primarily engaged in the dissemination of information who can prove the information is urgently needed to inform the public concerning some actual or alleged government activity. My primary activity is informing the public, which I do through a variety of means, such as open meeting public comments, blogs, etc., and I may from time to time collaborate on articles. There is extraordinary, off the charts interest in this matter and NARA’s execution.

My FOIA request will be publicly available on Muckrock.com as will all correspondence and responsive records released.

DOD POLICY – PUBLIC TRUST.

Reference (c) states, “DoD personnel are expected to comply with the FOIA, this Regulation, and DoD FOIA policy in both letter and spirit. This strict adherence is necessary to provide uniformity in the implementation of the DoD FOIA Program and to create conditions that will promote public trust.”

ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATES

Provide me the initial estimated completion date (ESD) for this matter along with contemporaneous adjusted ESDs as they change. See Office of Government Information Services Advisory Opinion No. 2020-01: Agencies Must Provide Estimated Dates of Completion Upon Request https://www.archives.gov/ogis/advisory-opinions/2020-01-agencies-must-provide-edcs

STILL-INTERESTED PREEMPTIVE REPLY. This is a preemptive reply to the Justice Department guidelines the procedure known as a “still interested” inquiry, through which a FOIA officer can confirm that the requester has not lost interest in obtaining the documents.

My interest in all FOIA requests and appeals submitted to your office is enduring, meaning that my interest in seeking replies to all past and future FOIA request remains in effect until each request has been answered fully and the time for judicial review has passed. Please do not initiate any "still interested" inquiries. This serves as my notice of enduring interest and automatic reply to any future questions of interest by your office. There are no reasonable grounds to ever conclude in the future that I am not interested in this request.

Implementation Checklist for DOJ OIP Guidance on “Still-Interested” Inquiries
1. Ensure there are reasonable grounds to make a “still-interested” inquiry in first instance.
2. Absent good cause, do not make multiple “still-interested” inquiries.
3. Use requester’s preferred method of communication and in the absence of a preference, communicate by telephone or email as the default.
4. Memorialize any decision by a requester to withdraw a request that is conveyed by telephone by sending the requester a brief email or letter noting the withdrawal.
5. Provide requesters no less than thirty (30) working days to respond to the “still-interested” inquiry and ensure that there is a simple way to do so.
6. Advise the requester that if they elect not to respond to the inquiry, the request will be administratively closed at the conclusion of the designated time period (which must be at least 30 working days).
7. Prior to administratively closing a request based upon the lack of a response by the requester, make good faith efforts to reach out to the requester using multiple methods of communication.
8. In the event a requester responds to the “still- interested” inquiry within a reasonable time after the deadline has passed, reopen the request and place it back into the processing queue where it would have been.

PRESERVE RECORDS AND SEARCHES FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW.

Please search for, locate and preserve all responsive or potentially responsive records and records of your searches in your FOIA case file until the statutory date for judicial review has passed (should that be necessary) or in accordance with a NARA approved records schedule, if longer. NARA GRS 4.2 requires that FOIA and Privacy Act case files be retained for 6 years after final agency action or 3 years after final adjudication by the courts, whichever is later.
Records of responsive searches would include but not be limited to: searches conducted for each specific record sought and all other records known to the Agency, including dates, manner of searching, responsible agent or employee conducting each search and the results thereof. Such persons determining the locations of responsive records must be inclusive of persons who would know such locations and their identities and manner of determining search locations must be preserved.

In any subsequent proceedings, I may seek sworn declarations and a court order appointing a special counsel, as appropriate. Similarly, I may pursue additional venues.

Any deletion of potentially responsive records by any party having knowledge of this Request may be a violation of law. In as much as applicable staff and leadership have knowledge of my subject request, the Agency must search for, locate and preserve all responsive or potentially responsive records and records of searches in their FOIA case file, and leadership must ensure that this is done. Failing to do so and allowing records to be deleted IAW any other records management schedule may be a violation of law.

ELECTRONIC RECORDS PRESERVATION.

The Agency must preserve all electronically stored information, copies and backup, as defined by Rule 34 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, along with any paper files which the Agency maintains, relevant to this action I am seeking electronic data in the Agency’s custody and control that is relevant to this action, including without limitation emails, along with metadata, and other information contained on Agency computer systems and any electronic storage systems. I consider this electronic data and paper files to be valuable and irreplaceable sources of discoverable information in this matter. No procedures should have been implemented to alter any active, deleted or fragmented data. Moreover, no electronic data should have been disposed of or destroyed. (ETL Institute for Advancement of America’s Legal System).

Further, to properly fulfill your preservation obligation, stop all scheduled data destruction, electronic shredding, rotation of backup tapes, and the sale, gift or destruction of hardware. Notify all individuals and of the need and duty to take the necessary affirmatives steps to comply with the duty to preserve evidence. (2008 Thomson Delmar Learning).

The Agency’s Director of Information Operations or similar organization must initiate procedures to preserve electronic records.

APPLICABLE RETENTION SCHEDULE, NARA GRS 4.2 Item 20

020 Access and disclosure request files. Case files created in response to requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) process, Privacy Act (PA), Classification Challenge, and similar access programs, and completed by: • granting the request in full • granting the request in part • denying the request for any reason including: o inability to fulfill request because records do not exist o inability to fulfill request because request inadequately describes records o inability to fulfill request because search or reproduction fees are not paid Temporary. Destroy 6 years after final agency action or 3 years after final adjudication by the courts, whichever is later, but longer retention is authorized if required for business use. DAA-GRS-2016-0002-0001

ALTERATION/DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS

18 U.S. CODE § 1519 - DESTRUCTION, ALTERATION, OR FALSIFICATION OF RECORDS.

Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. 18 U.S. Code § 1519 - Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records. (Added Pub. L. 107–204, title VIII, §802(a), July 30, 2002, 116 Stat. 800.).

18 U.S.C. 641 and 2071. The penalties for the unlawful or accidental removal, defacing, alteration, or destruction of Federal records or the attempt to do so, include a fine, imprisonment, or both (18 U.S.C. 641 and 2071).
36 CFR § 1230 UNLAWFUL OR ACCIDENTAL REMOVAL, DEFACING, ALTERATION, OR DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS
§1230.3
Unlawful or accidental destruction (also called unauthorized destruction) means disposal of an unscheduled or permanent record; disposal prior to the end of the NARA-approved retention period of a temporary record (other than court-ordered disposal under §1226.14(d) of this subchapter); and disposal of a record subject to a FOIA request, litigation hold, or any other hold requirement to retain the records.
32 CFR PART 286—DOD FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA) PROGRAM
32 CFR §286.6 Preservation of records.
Each DoD Component shall preserve all correspondence pertaining to the requests that it receives under this part, as well as copies of all requested records, until disposition or destruction is authorized pursuant to title 44 of the United States Code or the General Records Schedule 4.2 of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Records shall not be disposed of or destroyed while they are the subject of a pending request, appeal, or lawsuit under the FOIA.
36 CFR § 1230.3
Unlawful or accidental destruction (also called unauthorized destruction) means disposal of an unscheduled or permanent record; disposal prior to the end of the NARA-approved retention period of a temporary record (other than court-ordered disposal under § 1226.14(d) of this subchapter); and disposal of a record subject to a FOIA request, litigation hold, or any other hold requirement to retain the records.
RECORDS
(a) FEDERAL AGENCY NOTIFICATION.—
The head of each Federal agency shall notify the Archivist of any actual, impending, or threatened unlawful removal, defacing, alteration, corruption, deletion, erasure, or other destruction of records in the custody of the agency, and with the assistance of the Archivist shall initiate action through the Attorney General for the recovery of records the head of the Federal agency knows or has reason to believe have been unlawfully removed from that agency, or from another Federal agency whose records have been transferred to the legal custody of that Federal agency.

(b) ARCHIVIST NOTIFICATION.—
In any case in which the head of a Federal agency does not initiate an action for such recovery or other redress within a reasonable period of time after being notified of any such unlawful action described in subsection (a), or is participating in, or believed to be participating in any such unlawful action, the Archivist shall request the Attorney General to initiate such an action, and shall notify the Congress when such a request has been made.
(Pub. L. 90–620, Oct. 22, 1968, 82 Stat. 1298; Pub. L. 98–497, title I, § 107(b)(21), title II, § 203(b), Oct. 19, 1984, 98 Stat. 2290, 2294; Pub. L. 113–187, § 4, Nov. 26, 2014, 128 Stat. 2009

IMPROPOERLY WITHHOLDING RECORDS

Pursuant to FOIA:
“Whenever the court orders the production of any agency records improperly withheld from the complainant and assesses against the United States reasonable attorney fees and other litigation costs, and the court additionally issues a written finding that the circumstances surrounding the withholding raise questions whether agency personnel acted arbitrarily or capriciously with respect to the withholding, the Special Counsel shall promptly initiate a proceeding to determine whether disciplinary action is warranted against the officer or employee who was primarily responsible for the withholding. The Special Counsel, after investigation and consideration of the evidence submitted, shall submit his findings and recommendations to the administrative authority of the agency concerned and shall send copies of the findings and recommendations to the officer or employee or his representative. The administrative authority shall take the corrective action that the Special Counsel recommends.” 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(F)(i).

PERJURY
Whoever-
(1) having taken an oath before a competent tribunal, officer, or person, in any case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to be administered, that he will testify, declare, depose, or certify truly, or that any written testimony, declaration, deposition, or certificate by him subscribed, is true, willfully and contrary to such oath states or subscribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true; or
(2) in any declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty of perjury as permitted under section 1746 of title 28, United States Code, willfully subscribes as true any material matter which he does not believe to be true;
is guilty of perjury and shall, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. This section is applicable whether the statement or subscription is made within or without the United States.
18 U.S. C. § 1621 - Perjury generally (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 773; Pub. L. 88–619, §1, Oct. 3, 1964, 78 Stat. 995 ; Pub. L. 94–550, §2, Oct. 18, 1976, 90 Stat. 2534 ; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §330016(1)(I), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.
SUBORDINATION OF PERJURY
The term subornation of perjury further describes the circumstance wherein an attorney at law causes a client to lie under oath or allows another party to lie under oath
Title 18 U.S.C. § 1622 provides:
Whoever procures another to commit any perjury is guilty of subornation of perjury, and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
FALSE OFFICIAL STATEMENTS.
18 U.S.C. § 1001. Statements or entries generally:
Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully --
1. falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
2. makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
3. makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
10 U.S. Code § 907. Art. 107. False official statements; false swearing:
(a) FALSE OFFICIAL STATEMENTS. Any person subject to this chapter who, with intent to deceive—
(1) signs any false Error! Hyperlink reference not valid., return, regulation, order, or other official document, knowing it to be false; or
(2) makes any other false official statement knowing it to be false;

shall be punished as a Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.-martial may direct.”

LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF FOIA

1. The definition of “records” includes:
“[A]ill books, papers, maps, photographs, machine readable materials, or other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received by an agency of the United States Government under Federal law or in connection with the transaction of public business and preserved or appropriate for preservation by that agency or its legitimate successor as evidence of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities of the Government or because of the informational value of data in them.” 44 U.S.C. § 3301 (emphasis supplied).
2. FOIA requires that “each agency, upon any request for records which (i) reasonably describes such records and (ii) is made in accordance with published rules stating the time, place, fees (if any), and procedures to be followed, shall make the records promptly available to any person” 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(3)(A).
3. FOIA requires that “each agency shall establish a system to assign an individualized tracking number for each request received that will take longer than ten days to process and provide to each person making a request the tracking number assigned to the request” 5 U.S.C. § 522(a)(7)(A).
4. FOIA requires that each agency shall “establish a telephone line or Internet service that provides information about the status of a request to the person making the request using the assigned tracking number, including the date on which the agency originally received the request; and an estimated date on which the agency will complete action on the request. 5 U.S.C. § 522(a)(7)(B).
5. FOIA also requires federal agencies to make a final determination on FOIA administrative appeals that it receives within twenty days (excepting Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays) after the receipt of such appeal, unless the agency expressly provides notice to the requester of “unusual circumstances” meriting additional time for responding to a FOIA request. 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(A)(ii).
6. FOIA expressly provides that a person shall be deemed to have constructively exhausted their administrative remedies if the agency fails to comply with the applicable time limitations provided by 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(A)(I) - (ii). See also 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(C).
7. FOIA provides that any person who has not been provided the records requested pursuant to FOIA, after exhausting their administrative remedies, may seek legal redress from the Federal District Court to enjoin the agency from withholding agency records and to order the production of any agency records improperly withheld from the complainant.
8. Regarding he names of the FOIA requesters, the courts have held hat under the FOIA requesters do not have an expectation of privacy. Stauss v. IRS, 516 F. Supp. 1218, 1223 (D.D.C. 1981),
9. Under FOIA, the federal agency has the burden of sustaining its actions. 5 U.S.C.§ 552(a)(4)(B).
10. Pursuant to FOIA, a Court may assess attorney fees and litigation costs against the United States if the Plaintiff prevails in an action thereunder. 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(E).
11. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a handbook addressing FOIA Annual Reports. See DOJ, Handbook for Agency Annual Freedom of Information Act Reports, “Disposition of FOIA Requests,” (available at http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/oip/pages/attachments/2014/11/04/department_of_justice_handbook_for_agency_annual_freedom_of_information_act_reports.pdf) (“DOJ Handbook”).
12. Among other things, the DOJ Handbook states, “All requests (perfected and non-perfected), appeals, and consultations that were pending at any time during the relevant fiscal year [October 1st through September 30th] will be captured.”
13. The DOJ Handbook also states:
“[E]ach agency is ultimately responsible for the accuracy and completeness of its Annual FOIA Report. It is therefore essential for agencies to take steps that will ensure that they are adequately tracking all of the information necessary to complete the Annual FOIA Report sections detailed below. Agencies that utilize a tracking or case management system for this purpose are responsible for ensuring that the system they are using can produce an accurate Annual FOIA Report that is in compliance with the law and Department of Justice guidance.” DOJ Handbook, at 3.

I believe that I have adequately described the records that I am seeking. If you believe that my request is unclear, if you have any questions, or if there is anything else that you need from me to complete this request in a timely manner, please contact me in writing, so that I may perfect my request. If you deem that any portion of my request is unclear, answer the remaining portions and I will perfect a request for additional material as needed.

Thank you very much in advance.

With my respect,

/s/
Robert Hammond
Requester
Whistleblower

References:
(a) The Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552 et seq., as amended,
(b) Joint publication of U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office of the President and U.S. General Services Administration of July 2011, “Your Right to Federal Records”
(c) The Privacy Act (“PA”) of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a, et seq., as amended
(d) DoD 5400.11-R, May 14, 2007, Department of Defense Privacy Program
(e) DoD 5400.7-R, September 1998, DoD Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program
(f) DoD 6025.18-R, Jan. 24, 2003, DoD Health Information Privacy Regulation
(g) GAO Report GAO-12-828 of July 2012, subject Freedom of Information Act
(h) Department of Justice Handbook for Agency Annual Freedom of Information Act Reports
(i) (b) Administrative Instruction 106, “Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program,” January 30, 2014
(j) DoD Directive 5145.01, “General Counsel of the Department of Defense (GC DoD),” December 2, 2013, as amended
(k) DoD Directive 5145.04, “Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA),” April 16, 2012
(l) (f) DoD Directive 5400.11, “DoD Privacy Program,” October 29, 2014
(m) DoD Manual 8910.01, Volume 1, “DoD Information Collections Manual: Procedures for DoD Internal Information Collections,” June 30, 2014
(n) Executive Order 12988, “Civil Justice Reform,” February 5, 1996
(o) Public Law 101-552, “Administrative Dispute Resolution Act,” November 15, 1990
(p) Public Law 104–320, “Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996,” October 19, 1996
(q) Presidential Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, “Designation of Interagency Committees to Facilitate and Encourage Agency Use of Alternate Means of Dispute Resolution and Negotiated Rulemaking,” May 1, 1998
(r) United States Code, Title 5
(s) DoD Instruction 5145.05, “Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Conflict Management”
(t) Alternate Dispute Resolution Handbook (opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/employee-relations/employee-rights-appeals/alternative-dispute-resolution/handbook.pdf)
(u) President Obama's FOIA Memorandum and Attorney General Holder's FOIA Guidelines (justice.gov/sites/default/files/oip/legacy/2014/07/23/foia-memorandum.pdf)

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From: Robert Hammond

From: perseverance2013@aol.com
To: "ngc.foia.liaison@nara.gov"; "NARA General Counsel FOIA Office"; "josepeph.scanlon@nara.gov";
"ogis@nara.gov"; "alina.semo@nara.gov"
Cc: "perseverance2013@aol.com"; "ExecSec"
Subject: FPL Assistance + OGIS Mediation + Violation of FACA. Freedom of Information Act Request NGC24-263 (My
NARA 24-A.I. Muckrock. Ferriero Emails, Texts, Contacts, Calendar
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024 12:40:00 PM
Attachments: 04.17.2024 Expedited Processing NGC24-263.pdf
FOIA Advisory Committee Appears Non-Compliant with Federal Management Regulation; Federal Advisory
Committee Management.msg
NARA 24-A.I. Muckrock. Ferriero Emails, Texts, Contacts, Calendar.pdf
Gary Stern (NARA Chief FOIA Officer and FPL) and Ms. Semo (OGIS Director)
I am seeking immediate FPL assistance and formal OGIS mediation regarding NARA’s
NCG24-263 denial of my request for expedited processing and misstatement of my FOIA
request’s records sought and request for expedited processing (which I am attaching for your
convenience).
1. You failed to provide your response via Muckrock.com as mandated by my FOIA
request. Muckrock.com automatically places all case files into the public domain at my
discretion and there is great public interest in the records I am seeking. Records may be
in danger of eminent destruction.
2. You failed to respond to my request for expedited processing within ten days.
Title36-vol3-part1250.30
(d) We will respond to your request for expedited processing within 10
calendar days of our receipt of your request to expedite.
3. You have misstated my FOIA request by omitting that I am seeking records of the April
4, 2024 FOIA Advisory Committee meeting:
RECORDS SOUGHT VIA FOIA.
NARA 24-A.I. Muckrock. Ferriero Emails, Texts, Calendar
4. You failed to articulate the full content of my request for expedited processing
5. Your refusal to immediately make the records I am seeking “contemporaneously
availabl[e]” without me even having to submit a FOIA request violates 41 CFR Part
102-3, Federal Management Regulation; Federal Advisory Committee
Management
§ 102-3.170 How does an interested party obtain access to advisory
committee records?
Timely access to advisory committee records is an important element of the
public access
requirements of the Act. Section 10(b) of the Act (codified at 5 U.S.C. 1009(b))
provides for the
contemporaneous availability of advisory committee records that, when taken
in conjunction
with the ability to attend committee meetings, provide a meaningful
opportunity to comprehend
fully the work undertaken by the advisory committee. Although certain
advisory committee
records may be withheld under an exemption to the Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA),
agencies may not require members of the public or other interested parties to
use FOIA
procedures.
§ 102-3.165 How are advisory committee meetings documented?
(b) The minutes must include:
(1) …
(2) A list of the persons who were present at the meeting, including advisory
committee
members and staff, agency employees, and members of the public who
presented oral or written
statements;
(3) An accurate description of each matter discussed and the resolution, if any,
made by the
advisory committee regarding such matter; and
(4) Copies of each report or other materials received, issued, or approved by the
advisory
committee at the meeting.
6. Additionally, NARA’s refusal to provide reasonable accommodation for the meeting is
a violation of 41 CFR Part 102-3 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Provide the opportunity for reasonable participation, including accessibility
considerations,
by the public in advisory committee activities, subject to § 102-3.140 and the
agency’s guidelines.
7. This is one of three such violations received from your office on April 19, 2024 related
to my FOIA requests for records of the April 4, 2024 FOIA Advisory Committee
meeting.
Please place this correspondence in the FOIA case processing file for this request and preserve
all records for judicial review.
With my respect,
Robert (Bob) Hammond
Private Citizen FOIA Advocate
With my respect,
Robert (Bob) Hammond
Private Citizen FOIA Advocate
From: NARA General Counsel FOIA Office foia@nara.gov
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2024 3:36 PM
To: perseverance2013@aol.com
Cc: NARA General Counsel FOIA Office foia@nara.gov
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Act Request NGC24-263
Sent via Email <perseverance2013@aol.com>
April 17, 2024
Robert Hammond
perseverance2013@aol.com
RE: Freedom of Information Act Request NGC24-263
Dear Mr. Hammond:
This is in response to your request for expedited processing of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request assigned internal tracking number NGC24-263. Your request, dated April 8, 2024, was
received by the Operational FOIA and Access Division on the same date, via foia@nara.gov.
Our response to this request is attached to this email. Thank you for contacting the National Archives
and Records Administration.
Sincerely,
Operational FOIA Division
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, Maryland, 20740-6001
301-837-3642

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

Sent via Email <requests@muckrock.com>

July 10, 2024

Robert Hammond

perseverance2013@aol.com

requests@muckrock.com

RE: Freedom of Information Act Request NGC24-263

Dear Mr. Hammond:

This is in response to your email dated July 10, 2024 asking for a status
update for FOIA request NGC24-263. Currently, NGC24-263 is #569 in our
complex FOIA queue. Our estimated time to completion is 47 months from
today. This is a conservative estimate, and cases may move more quickly
through the queue. If you do not receive a response within this estimated
completion time, please contact us again for a status update.

In future correspondence, please cite tracking number NGC24-263.

Sincerely,

Operational FOIA Division
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, Maryland, 20740-6001
301-837-3642

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