Outzen Post-Transition Emails

Matthew Petti filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking #

F-2021-04108

Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Matthew Petti


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All emails sent to or received from Rich Outzen — a Department of State official who has served as Senior Advisor for Syrian Engagement and Executive Director in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs — between January 6, 2021 and February 19, 2021.

Please include any files attached to responsive emails as well.

If any part of these documents are exempt from disclosure, please be sure to review and release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of responsive documents, as the FOIA requires.

I request that I be properly classified as a media requester. I am a reporter for Responsible Statecraft who has also written numerous articles on topics of public interest for the Daily Beast, the Asia Times, the National Interest, Reason Magazine, America Magazine and the Armenian Weekly, and I am requesting these documents in an editorial capacity. Please contact me if you have any questions about my media status.

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.

Sincerely,

Matthew Petti

From: U.S. Department of State

Thank you for filing your FOIA request online on 3/22/2021. Here is a review of your request.

The records I request can be described as follows:

To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:All emails sent to or received from Rich Outzen — a Department of State official who has served as Senior Advisor for Syrian Engagement and Executive Director in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs — between January 6, 2021 and February 19, 2021.Please include any files attached to responsive emails as well.If any part of these documents are exempt from disclosure, please be sure to review and release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of responsive documents, as the FOIA requires.I request that I be properly classified as a media requester. I am a reporter for Responsible Statecraft who has also written numerous articles on topics of public interest for the Daily Beast, the Asia Times, the National Interest, Reason Magazine, America Magazine and the Armenian Weekly, and I am requesting these documents in an editorial capacity. Please contact me if you have any questions about my media status.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.Sincerely,Matthew PettiUpload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://www.muckrock.com/

The time period of my request is from 01/06/2021 to 02/19/2021

I am A representative of the news media seeking information as part of a news gathering effort and not for commercial use.

I am willing to pay $25 for my request.

I request a waiver of all fees for this request.
Reason: I request that I be properly classified as a media requester. I am a reporter for Responsible Statecraft who has also written numerous articles on topics of public interest for the Daily Beast, the Asia Times, the National Interest, Reason Magazine, America Magazine and the Armenian Weekly, and I am requesting these documents in an editorial capacity. Please contact me if you have any questions about my media status.

My additional comments are as follows:

N/A

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From: U.S. Department of State

**THIS EMAIL BOX IS NOT MONITORED, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.** Mr.Petti: This email responds to yourMarch 22, 2021, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. § 552) request received by the U.S. Department of State,Office of Information Programs and Services on March 22, 2021, regarding emails sent to or received from Rich Outzen — a Department of State official who has served as Senior Advisor for Syrian Engagement and Executive Director in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (Date Range for Record Search: From 1/6/2021 To 2/19/2021). This Office assigned your request the subject reference number. This Office denies your request, as currently written, because itdoes not reasonably describe the records sought. request mustreasonably describe the Department records that are sought to enable Departmentpersonnel to begin a search for responsive records. Such details may include the subject,timeframe, names of any individuals involved, a contract number (ifapplicable), and reasons why the requester believes the Department may haverecords regarding the subject of the request. See 22 CFR 171.4(b). If you are not satisfied with thisOffice’s determination in response to your request, you may administrativelyappeal to: Appeals Officer, Office of InformationPrograms and Services, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, NW, Room B266,Washington, D.C. 20520; or facsimile at 202-485-1718. Your appeal must be postmarked orelectronically transmitted within 90 days of the date of this email. If you have any questionsregarding your request, please contact our FOIA Requester Service Center or ourFOIA Public Liaison by email at FOIAstatus@state.gov or telephone at 202-261-8484. Additionally, youmay contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at theNational Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIAmediation services they offer. Thecontact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government InformationServices, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS,College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, email at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769. Sincerely, /s/ J. Turman, for Nicholas J. Cormier Chief, Requester Communications Branch Office of Information Programs and Services **THIS EMAIL BOX IS NOT MONITORED, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.**

From: U.S. Department of State

Mr. Petti,

This is in response to your email below regarding FOIA Case Control Number F-2021-04108.

As you were advised via email dated March 23, 2021, this request was denied because it was not reasonably described. As it appears you did not receive this email, a copy is attached for your reference.

Please note that if you wish to request Department of State records regarding emails sent to or received from Rich Outzen — a Department of State official who has served as Senior Advisor for Syrian Engagement and Executive Director in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, you may submit a new request that clearly describes the records you seek and includes a subject matter or topic.

If you wish, you may submit your new request via email to foiarequest@state.gov<mailto:foiarequest@state.gov>.
Regards,

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

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