OPR USA Today FOIA processing notes

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Justice, Office of Professional Responsibility of the United States of America.
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All processing notes for F09-00075

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.


Shawn Musgrave

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. 1, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lyn Hardy

Mr. Musgrave,

Thank you for your recent submissions requesting documents from OPR under the Freedom of Information Act. I am responding in this email concerning all submissions you made to OPR on January 2, 2014 and this morning, January 10, 2014. On January 2, 2014, OPR received the following requests from you:

Request for responsive documents to F14-00034, opened as OPR number F14-00021
Request for responsive documents to F13-00014, opened as OPR number F14-00024
Request for responsive documents to F09-00075, opened as OPR number F14-00025
Request for processing notes from F11-00096, opened as OPR number F14-00026

On January 9, 2014, we sent you a response to request F14-00026. For your information, under the FOIA, OPR has twenty days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) to respond to your requests. Since January 1, 2014 was a holiday, OPR received these requests on January 2. Under the FOIA, it has until January 30, 2014 to respond to the requests, and additional time if the request is voluminous or requires referral or consultation with other components. We receive a large number of requests in addition to yours, and assign each request to a specific track. Your requests are still being reviewed, and will be processed as quickly as possible in the approximate order in which they are received, and according to the track to which they are assigned. E-mails requesting follow-up this soon after the request take away from our processing time. If we need clarification to process your requests, we will contact you. If you need additional information regarding the FOIA and how it is processed by Federal Agencies, please see http://www.justice.gov/oip/referenceguide.htm#time.

In your emails this morning, you submitted two new requests:

Request for responsive documents to F13-00037
Request for processing notes to F09-00075.

These requests will be opened, assigned FOIA numbers and a track, and processed in the approximate order in which they are received.

Thank you.

Lyn Hardy
Senior Counsel
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Professional Responsibility
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Suite 3266
Washington, D.C. 20530
202-514-8924 (direct)
202-514-3365 (office)
202-514-5050 (fax)

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Hardy,

Thank you for confirming that this request was received. Could you please provide the tracking number that has been assigned to it?


From: Shawn Musgrave


Per my records, I never received a tracking number for the FOIA request below. Please advise.

Thank you,
Shawn Musgrave

From: Hardy, Lyn (OPR)

Mr. Musgrave,

It is not clear what you are asking for. F14-00025 is the tracking number for the request for documents responsive to OPR FOIA request F09-00075. We responded to you by letter dated January 28, 2014 on this request. A copy of that letter is attached for your convenience. The matter was closed on February 11, 2014.

In my email below, I provided you a link to the FOIA Reference Guide, which provides information regarding FOIA and how it is processed.


From: Shawn Musgrave

Lyn -

I do apologize for the confusion — our tracking system errantly indicated that the present request was F14-00025, which indeed pertained to responsive documents for FOIA F09-00075. I consider that request to be closed.

The present request, for which I have searched my records without success regarding a tracking number of any sort of acknowledgement since it was submitted last January, is for: " All processing notes for F09-00075."

Please confirm whether this request was received as submitted last year, and provide a tracking number and attending documentation if that is the case.

Thank you so much for your help in this matter.

Shawn Musgrave

From: Hardy, Lyn (OPR)


As per the January 28, 2014 letter that I attached in the email to you below, we combined the request for processing notes and the F09-00075 responsive documents in the same number, F14-00025. We provided you 100 pages of materials and requested fee commitment for the remainder of the documents, which we never received. We closed the matter administratively on February 11, 2014 for lack of response.

I hope this helps.