NPS Aramark Corporation

Jimmy Tobias filed this request with the National Park Service of the United States of America.
Tracking #

NPS-2018-00688

NPS-2018-00604

Status
Completed

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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:

Copies of all National Park Service contracts with the Aramark Corporation for Fiscal Year 2018.

I am a reporter with Pacific Standard magazine, and the requested documents will be made available to the general public. 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.

Sincerely,

Jimmy Tobias
248-763-0088

From: National Park Service

Mr. Tobias,

In accordance with 43 CFR 2.5(a), a requester must describe the records in
sufficient detail to enable an employee familiar with the subject area of
the request to locate responsive records with a reasonable amount of
effort. Your request does not meet this requirement. Because of the
nature of your request, we are unable to determine exactly what records you
are requesting. It is not clear what you mean when you say want contracts
for 2018. Are you seeking copies of contracts that have been awarded to
Aramark during the period of January 1, 2018 to the present? Are you
seeking copies of contracts with Aramark that are currently in effect
during FY 2018?

Please be as specific as possible concerning the type of documents you are
requesting. If you know, please include the date, title or name, author,
recipient, and subject matter of the records you are seeking. Additionally,
please identify the geographical location and timeframe for which you are
seeking records. It is unclear whether your request covers only records in
the bureau’s headquarters or in its field offices as well.

We will be unable to proceed further with your request until we receive
additional clarification from you. In accordance with our regulations (43
CFR 2.51), if we do not hear from you within 20 workdays of the date of
this letter, we will assume you are no longer interested in this matter and
will close the file on your request

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hello,

Thank you for writing. To clarify I seek copies of contracts that have been awarded to
Aramark during the period of January 1, 2018 to the present as well as copies of contracts with Aramark that are currently in effect
during FY 2018. Thank you again.

Jimmy Tobias
248-763-0088

From: National Park Service

Mr. Tobias,

I apologize for the delay in response, your request has been received and
has been assigned tracking number NPS-2018-00604. All future
correspondence relating to this request should reference this tracking
number.

Because we will need to search for, collect, and examine a potentially
voluminous amount of separate and distinct records that are demanded in a
single request, we are taking a 10-workday extension under 43 C.F.R. §
2.19.

In accordance with 43 CFR 2.15
<http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=0fc3ab3499768eebc2e3691c8cf88dec&rgn=div5&view=text&node=43:1.1.1.1.2&idno=43#se43.1.2_115>
the
National Park Service processes requests on a first-in, first-out basis
within several processing tracks. Your request has been placed in the
"normal" track. There are currently 5 requests ahead of this request in
the processing queue.

You should expect our response by May 8, 2018. If you do not receive our
response by that date you may file an appeal by writing to:

Freedom of Information Act Appeals Officer
Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
MS-6556-MIB,
Washington, D.C. 20240
foia.appeals@sol.doi.gov

Your failure-to-timely-respond appeal may be filed anytime after the
estimated response date provided above and the date we issue our final
response. The appeal should be marked, both on the envelope and the face of
the appeal letter, with the legend "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION APPEAL." Your
appeal should be accompanied by a copy of your original request and copies
of all correspondence between yourself and the National Park Service
related to this request, along with any information you have which leads
you to believe our response to be in error. Note, any appeal received
after 5 p.m. EST will be considered to have been received on the next
business day.

Sincerely,

Jessica C. McHugh
WASO FOIA Liaison
202-354-1449
waso_foia_requests@nps.gov

From: National Park Service

I will be out of the office on leave through May 8, 2018. I will respond to your message when I am back in the office.  If you need assistance before then, please contact, Jessica McHugh the Washington Office (WASO) FOIA coordinator at waso_foia_requests@nps.gov (mailto:waso_foia_requests@nps.gov)

Sincerely,

C.
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____________________ Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO  80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov (mailto:charis_wilson@nps.gov)

From: National Park Service

Mr. Tobias,

This letter is in response to your FOIA request, NPS-2018-00604, dated March 28, 2018.

Your request is granted in full. During a search of our files we located 11 responsive records, containing a total of 2,447 pages of responsive material.
These files have been been uploaded to Muckrock site using the link provided in your initial request:https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/national-park-service-70/nps-aramark-corporation-51869/?email=npsfoia%40nps.gov&uuid-login=039bf06a-f07b-40ee-9925-75302930667c#agency-reply

We have classified you as a representative of the news media. As such, we may charge you for some of our duplication costs, but we will not charge you for our search or review costs; you also are entitled to up to 100 pages of photocopies (or an equivalent volume) for free. See 43 C.F.R. § 2.39. If, after taking into consideration your fee category entitlements, our processing costs are less than $50.00. Therefore, there is no billable fee for the processing of he this request. See 43 C.F.R. § 2.37(g)

I trust that this information fully satisfies your request. Please do not hesitate to contact me, as the NPS FOIA Liaison and the person responsible for processing your request, if you have any questions regarding your request.

In addition, as part of the 2007 OPEN Government Act FOIA amendments, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) was created to offer mediation services to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies. You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways:

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)
National Archives and Records Administration
Room 2510
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

E-mail: ogis@nara.gov
Phone:301-837-1996
Fax:301-837-0348
Toll-free:1-877-684-6448

Note, because the National Park Service creates and maintains law enforcement records, we are required by the Department of Justice to provide the following information, even though it may or may not apply to your specific request. Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. 552(c) (2006 & Supp. IV 2010). This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a standard notification that we are required to give all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist.

Sincerely,

Jessica McHugh
WASO FOIA Liaison
202-354-1449
waso_foia_requests@nps.gov

From: National Park Service

*Mr. Tobias, This letter is in response to your FOIA request,
NPS-2018-00604, dated March 28, 2018. Your request is granted in full.
During a search of our files we located 11 responsive records, containing a
total of 2,447 pages of responsive material. These files have been been
uploaded to link provided in your initial
request:https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/national-park-service-70/nps-aramark-corporation-51869/?email=npsfoia%40nps.gov&uuid-login=039bf06a-f07b-40ee-9925-75302930667c#agency-reply
<https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/national-park-service-70/nps-aramark-corporation-51869/?email=npsfoia%40nps.gov&uuid-login=039bf06a-f07b-40ee-9925-75302930667c#agency-reply>
We have classified you as a representative of the news media. As such, we
may charge you for some of our duplication costs, but we will not charge
you for our search or review costs; you also are entitled to up to 100
pages of photocopies (or an equivalent volume) for free. See 43 C.F.R. §
2.39. If, after taking into consideration your fee category entitlements,
our processing costs are less than $50.00. Therefore, there is no billable
fee for the processing of he this request. See 43 C.F.R. § 2.37(g) I trust
that this information fully satisfies your request. Please do not hesitate
to contact me, as the NPS FOIA Liaison and the person responsible for
processing your request, if you have any questions regarding your
request.In addition, as part of the 2007 OPEN Government Act FOIA
amendments, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS
<https://ogis.archives.gov/>) was created to offer mediation services to
resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies. You may
contact OGIS in any of the following ways:Office of Government Information
Services (OGIS) National Archives and Records Administration Room 25108601
Adelphi RoadCollege Park, MD 20740-6001E-mail: ogis@nara.gov
<ogis@nara.gov>
Phone:301-837-1996Fax:301-837-0348Toll-free:1-877-684-6448Note, because the
National Park Service creates and maintains law enforcement records, we are
required by the Department of Justice to provide the following information,
even though it may or may not apply to your specific request. Congress
excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security
records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. 552(c) (2006 &
Supp. IV 2010). This response is limited to those records that are subject
to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a standard notification that we
are required to give all our requesters and should not be taken as an
indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist.Sincerely,Jessica
McHughWASO FOIA Liaison202-354-1449waso_foia_requests@nps.gov
<waso_foia_requests@nps.gov>*

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