National Day of Prayer 2012 and 2013 (OSD)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Army - United States Department of the Army of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-F-0327
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records concerning the 2012 and 2013 observances of the national day of prayer. Please include all expense reports, requisitions, communication with speakers, receipts for purchases, emails mentioning the event by chaplains and other organizers of the observance, congressional communication concerning the observance, pictures and video taken during the observance, notes taken during the planning of the observance, minutes from meetings concerning the observance, audio recordings of meetings concerning the observance, background check information on guest speakers, secretary of defense correspondence concerning the observance, advertisements and other memos and notices making people aware of the plans for the observance and any other records created in the process of planning and executing the observance of the national day of prayer at the pentagon in 2012 and 2013.

I authorize fees up to $25. If fees are expected to surpass this amount, please let me know before incurring them to allow me an opportunity to agree to higher fees or to narrow my request.

Although I make requests in various capacities, this particular request is being made as a news media requester.

I have a track record of being able to take raw materials released under the FOIA and turning them into a unique work using my editorial skills. For a related example, please see the following articles:
A short history lesson for Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates: http://www.witnessesuntome.com/2010/12/a-short-history-lesson-for-secretary-of-defense-robert-gates/
US Pentagon Sponsors Muslim Evangelism: http://www.witnessesuntome.com/2011/06/us-pentagon-sponsors-muslim-evangelism/

Witnesses Unto Me will be publishing the work created based on the results of this FOIA requests. My numerous works published with Witnesses Unto Me demonstrates my ability to distribute my work to an audience made up of the general public.

The material requested is of current interest to the public. This can be demonstrated by the media attention which this issue has received. A Google search for “National Day of Prayer” searching only news media outlets using Google News Search, yields over 48,000 results. Clearly, the public is interested in all facets of the National Day of Prayer and its observance.
Just as a major newspaper would contain editorials, funny pages, and advertisements alongside of the news, Witnesses Unto Me also publishes a variety of types of material. Similarly, writers whom are published in major newspapers are considered news media for the purposes of FOIA, this request should also be billed as a news media request. Again, the responsive records will be turned into a unique work product using my editorial skills and published as a news piece on Witnesses Unto Me.

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,
Jason Smathers

From: Hargis, Yasmeen S CIV WHS ESD (US)

Good morning Mr. Smathers,

This is an interim response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for "records concerning the 2012 and 2013 observances of the national day of prayer." Your request was received in this office on January 8, 2014, and assigned FOIA case number 14-F-0327.

We will be unable to respond to your request within the FOIA's 20 day statutory time period as there are unusual circumstances which impact on our ability to quickly process your request. These unusual circumstances are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. For these reasons, your request has been placed in our complex processing queue and will be worked in the order the request was received. Our current administrative workload is 1,620 open requests.

I am the action officer assigned to your request and can be reached at either yasmeen.s.hargis.civ@mail.mil or (571) 372-0420. Please reference the case number indicated above in all correspondence with this office.

Thank you,
Yasmeen Hargis
FOIA Analyst
Office of Freedom of Information
P: (571) 372-0420
F: (571) 372-0480

From: Hargis, Yasmeen S CIV WHS ESD (US)

Good morning Mr. Smathers,

This responds to your Freedom of Information Act request, received in this office on January 8, 2014, for "records concerning the 2012 and 2013 observances of the national day of prayer." Your request was received in this office and assigned case number 14-F-0327.

Upon review of your request, the records in question, if any, are most likely to be with the Department of the Army. Accordingly, your request has been referred to the Army for direct response to you. For further information, you may contact the Army FOIA Requester Service Center by writing to:

U.S. Army Freedom of Information Office
Casey Building, Suite 150
ATTN: AAHS-RDF
7701 Telegraph Road
Alexandria, VA 22315-3905

Or by email: usarmy.belvoir.hqda-oaa-ahs.mbx.rmda-foia@mail.mil

Your request will be closed in this office.

Thank you,
Yasmeen Hargis, FOIA Analyst
For Suzanne Council, Senior Advisor on behalf of Paul J. Jacobsmeyer, Chief,
Office Freedom of Information
Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff FOIA Requester Service Center
http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/
1155 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1155
P: (571) 372-0420
F: (571) 372-0480

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Per the email below, this request has been transferred to the Army FOIA office. Please confirm receipt and provide a tracking number.

Thank you.

From: USARMY Ft Belvoir HQDA OAA AHS Mailbox RMDA FOIA

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Sir,

Yes, we have received the referral.

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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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

Thank you for your help.

From: USARMY Ft Belvoir HQDA OAA AHS Mailbox RMDA FOIA

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Hello:

Please be advised that this office serves as the policy and oversight office
for the Department of the Army Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts
entities, and is not a repository for documents for the Department of the
Army. Requests for information and documents under the purview of the Army
are sent to the agency most likely to have responsive records for a review
in accordance with Army Regulation 25-55, The Army Freedom of Information
Act program.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) only provides the means by which the
public can request specific documents from the Army. The FOIA does not
require Federal agencies to answer questions, render opinions, do legal
research, compile or analyze data, conduct surveys, or provide subjective
evaluations.

For a faster response, please submit your request to Fort Leonard wood
they may have responsive documents, below is their contact information.

Fort Leonard Wood
Installation Management Command
ATTN: IMNW-LNW-HRDF
233 Illinois Avenue, Suite 7
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
COMM: (573) 596-0132
FAX: (573) 596-1289
EMAIL: usarmy.leonardwood.usag.mbx.agfoia@mail.mil

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From: Hargrove, Gary L II CIV (US)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Hello,

Please disregard the first email, your request was referred to Chief of Chaplains on or about Feb 3, 2014, please contact that activity, below is their contact information.

Office of the Chief of Chaplains
ATTN: DACH-IME
2700 Army Pentagon Rm. 3E524
Washington, D.C. 20310-2700
COMM: (703) 695-1135

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From: Jason Smathers

You said my request was referred to Chief of Chaplains. Can you please provide an email address for that office so I can obtain a status update? Thank you.

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 Jan. 27, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-F-0327.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Hargrove, Gary L II CIV (US)

Hello,

Your request was referred to Chief of Chaplains on or about Feb 3, 2014, please contact that activity, below is their contact information.

Office of the Chief of Chaplains
ATTN: DACH-IME
2700 Army Pentagon Rm. 3E524
Washington, D.C. 20310-2700
COMM: (703) 695-1135

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