|Multi Request||Office Renovation Expenses|
|Submitted||March 14, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
- All communications of any type whatsoever regarding office renovations, furnishings, or office decoration of all agency political appointees requiring Senate confirmation.
- All documents regarding office renovations and office decorations (including itemized expenses or expense reports) of all agency political appointees requiring Senate confirmation.
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.
Attached, please find a letter acknowledging the Department of Housing and Urban Development's receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, 18-FI-HQ-01109.
Please be advised that we will need additional clarification before we are able to begin processing your request. In your request, you ask for "all communications of any type whatsoever regarding office renovations, furnishings, or office decoration of all agency political appointees requiring Senate confirmation." My question is this: whose communications? We do not have the capacity to run a check of all communications (particularly emails) sent or received by all Department employees. Rather, the system we utilize requires that we input, at minimum, an employee/former employee's name and a date range. At your earliest convenience, please let me know if there are particular custodians whose communications I should be searching, and in what date range. If you do not have specific custodians, I can make a guess at who may have exchanged such communications, but cannot offer any guarantee that this guess will be entirely accurate or exhaustive of the subject. We would prefer to have such parameters laid out by a requester. This is only related to item 1. For item 2, I can have a search run for paper records related to renovations/decorations, as long as we have a date range.
Long story short, I need:
Item 1 - custodian names, and date ranges
Item 2 - date range
Ethan G. Bodell
Government Information Specialist
Office of the Executive Secretariat