Ocean Policy Records involving NROC, the NE-RPB, and Private Entities

Tom Hatfield filed this request with the NOAA Coastal Services Center, Northeast Regional Planning Body of the United States of America.
Tracking # DOC-NOAA-2013-001052
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From: Tom Hatfield

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All electronic records generated or received from November 1, 2012 until present and which can be considered to be associated with, or relate to:
1.) the state considering and/or being advised as to whether the Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE-RPB) is a federal agency, entity, or endeavor;
2.) the NE-RPB being considered and/or defined to be a “convening body”;
3.) the status of the NE-RPB under state law, regulation, gubernatorial executive order or policy of any state agency;
4.) policies, guidelines, and recommendations concerning the process by which NE-RPB decisions are made including, but not limited to, decisions of the executive secretariat;
5.) sources of NE-RPB funding and/or support (including donated goods and/or services);
6.) conditions attached to funding the NE-RPB receives;
7.) NE-RPB information disclosure policies and/or any records with respect to how to respond to information disclosure requests;
8.) the activities and/or communications involving the NE-RPB executive secretariat;
9.) Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) funding and/or support (including donated goods and/or services);
10.) policies, guidelines, and recommendations concerning the process by which NROC decisions are made;
11.) any conditions attached to NROC funding;
12.) policies and procedures regarding personal identifying information (PII) that may be collected and/or used by NROC, and any records associated with that PII and any state and federal/state privacy laws;
13.) any association between NROC and Seaplan;
14.) NROC hosting, maintenance, use and/or access to the NE-RPB webpage;
15.) ownership of the NROC Internet domain and all records related to the proxy being used for purposes of ICANN reporting and/or registration;
16.) NROC meetings that involve regional ocean planning, inclusive of those records that discuss those planning activities in relation to NE-RPB activity;
17.) amounts and rates associated with NROC expenditures on administration, staff, overhead, business expenses, and contributions;
18.) policies, guidelines, and recommendations, recorded discussions concerning NROC staff or personnel engaging in lobbying activities at the federal, state, and/or local level;
19.) the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership and/or Seaplan, including any conflict of interest statements that include reference to those entities;
20.) public private partnerships and/or requirements for public accountability, transparency, and/or information disclosure policies involving non-governmental entities;
21.) private and/or public funds being transferred to Massachusetts Ocean Partnership, Seaplan, and/or NROC;
22.) Third Sector NewEngland funding to the State, Massachusetts Ocean Partnership, Seaplan, and/or NROC;
23.) the policies and procedures associated with any PII that may be collected and/or used by Seaplan, and any records associated with that PII and any state and federal/state privacy laws;
24.) complaints, disputes, legal actions, and/or other similar records associated with Seaplan and any person associated with Seaplan;
25.) any limitations of liability, assignments, licenses, and/or waivers that involve Seaplan and/or Seaplan produced, provided or received data, information, and services;
26.) agreements/contracts/memoranda of understanding between any of the NE-RPB, NOAA, and NROC “partners”, collaborators, and contractors, including, but not limited to, Seaplan;
27.) decisions, notices, and communications related to NROC and/or Seaplan maps or the Northeast Data Portal at the public NE-RPB engagement meetings scheduled for May and June 2013;
28.) NROC and/or the NE-RPB referencing offshore wind power generation issues of maintenance, security, safety, and lifespan of generation structures;
29.) any communications and/or requests referencing the U.S. Congressional Committee on Natural Resources and ocean planning in the Northeast; and
30.) communications to/from/regarding the Council on Environmental Quality, Grover Fugate, Nick Napoli, John Weber, Stephanie Moura, Laura Cantral, Deerin Babb-Brott, the National Ocean Council, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Consensus Building Institute, and/or members of the state or federal legislatures.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Tom Hatfield

From: foia@noaa.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28007d22c)
* Tracking Number: DOC-NOAA-2013-001052
* Requester Name: Tom Hatfield
* Date Submitted: Tue Jun 18 00:00:00 EDT 2013
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
All electronic records generated or received from November 1, 2012 until present and which can be considered to be associated with, or relate to the Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE-RPB) as specified in the the original request letter

From: foia@noaa.gov

06/18/2013 01:03 PM FOIA Request: DOC-NOAA-2013-001052

Please see attached letter.

From: nosfoia@noaa.gov

06/18/2013 02:51 PM FOIA Request: DOC-NOAA-2013-001052


Mr. Hatfield

Please see attached letter acknowledging the receipt of your FOIA request.  Also, please note that we are making a fee waiver determination based on your request for a fee waiver.  We will let you know once we have reached a decision.

Sincerely
Nkolika Ndubisi
NOS FOIA Officer

From: Tom Hatfield

Thank you for the update.

From: nosfoia@noaa.gov

07/17/2013 07:43 AM FOIA Request: DOC-NOAA-2013-001052

Please see attached letter.

From: nosfoia@noaa.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DOC-NOAA-2013-001052 has been
denied.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
06/18/2013
* Request Long Description:
All electronic records generated or received from November 1, 2012 until present and which can be considered to be associated with, or relate to the Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE-RPB) as specified in the the original request letter

From: nosfoia@noaa.gov

07/23/2013 01:17 PM FOIA Request: DOC-NOAA-2013-001052

Mr. Hatfield

Please see attached fee estimate letter outlining the charges to process your FOIA request.  Thanks.

From: Tom Hatfield

Hello,

This request is past the 20-day window established by the FOIA Statute. In light of this, please explain why such substantial charges are being quoted to fulfill the request, as no request for an extension was ever sent.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

Thank you for your help.

From: nosfoia@noaa.gov

08/30/2013 02:52 PM FOIA Request: DOC-NOAA-2013-001052

Mr. Hatfield
This ia a follow-up to the fee estimate letter that was sent to you on July 23rd, 2013.  In that letter, we indicated that we would close your request if we did not receive a response or payment from you within 30 days of the date of the letter.
Unfortunately, we have not received a response from you, so we are administratively closing your request.  If you are still interested in the information you requested, you are welcome to file a new request in the future.  Thank you for your interest in the operations of our agency.
Sincerely,
Nkolika Ndubisi
NOS FOIA Officer

From: Tom Hatfield

Hello,

Please do not close my request, as my reply of 23 July was never answered, in which I asked for clarification of fees in light of this request's overdue status. Please address this issue promptly, as my question has gone more than a month since being posed.

Thank you.

From: nosfoia@noaa.gov

Request DOC-NOAA-2013-001052 has been processed with the following final disposition: Fee-related reason
This disposition can be appealed by filling out the appeal creation form here: Create Appeal. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/registered/appeal?requestId=K3aV_bqWZzS-T-RWmbhqwRiyLANfAa_W)

From: Tom Hatfield

Hello,

It is entirely inappropriate to close this request, as no response was ever given to my July request for clarification. In accordance with the FOIA statute, you must reopen my request and address my questions.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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 June 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-NOAA-2013-001052.

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

From: Nkolika Ndubisi - NOAA Federal

Good morning,

My apologies for the delayed response, I was just added to the
nosfoia@noaa.gov email address. FOIA 2013-001052 was closed on August 30,
2013 because we did not receive a response to the fee estimate letter. I
see that your request was perfected (logged by the NOAA FOIA Office) on
June 18, 2013 and I sent you an acknowledgment letter. Since you requested
a fee waiver for your FOIA request, the FOIA Office makes a fee waiver
determination. During that process a representative from the FOIA office
sent you a letter (attached) on June 18, 2013 requesting a justification
for your fee waiver request and provided a 30 day response deadline.

While the FOIA Office is awaiting your response, the 20-day FOIA processing
time is stopped until there is a response from you. Thus, a request for
extension was not sent because we were awaiting your response to move
forward with processing your request. Since there was no response to the
fee waiver request for determination, another letter (attached) was sent to
you, on July 17, 2013, informing you that your fee waiver was denied.
After the fee waiver decision was made, a fee estimate letter (attached)
was sent to you on July 23, 2013 from TyAnn Lee, the action officer for the
program office that was processing your request. A response was not
received to your fee estimate letter, so on August 30, 2013, a letter
(attached) was sent to you informing you that request had been closed out.
Unfortunately, FOIA 2013-001052 is now closed. If you are still interested
in the information from that request, please send in a new FOIA request.

Nkolika Ndubisi (Nikki)
Administration Division
Management and Budget
National Ocean Service
(240) 533-0937

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