PACER Usage (DOJ)

Jonathan Rudenberg filed this request with the Department of Justice, Justice Management Division of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 103240
Due May 1, 2015
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Jonathan Rudenberg

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am trying to determine how much money the Department of Justice is spending on access to federal court documents and other primary legal materials. Specifically, I am requesting copies of:

- Any memoranda or budgetary documents that detail the total amount actually spent or the amount budgeted to be spent by the Department of Justice to access the PACER system run by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. I am interested in how much was spent or was budgeted to be spent in the period from 2010 to the present, as well as budget items for future fiscal periods.

- Any agreements, contracts, or memoranda of understanding between the Department of Justice and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts governing access to the PACER system by Department of Justice staff.

- Any memoranda or other documents from Department of Justice management to staff asking them to curtail, limit, or otherwise ration their use of the PACER system due to cost considerations.

- Any contracts, memoranda, or budgetary materials detailing the specific agreements and amount of money spent by the Department of Justice with commercial legal information providers such as Thomson WestLaw, Bloomberg Law, and the Reed Elsevier LexisNexis service. While I understand such commercial legal information providers have more than just federal data, documents pertaining to the amount spent or budgeted, contracts, and memoranda relating to curtailing use because of cost are all relevant to this inquiry.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made 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,

Jonathan Rudenberg

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 April 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: JMDFoia (JMD)

Mr. Rudenberg:

We have no record of this request being received by the Justice Management Division’s FOIA Office on April 5, 2015. Unless you can provide us with the JMD FOIA Tracking Number assigned to your April 5, 2015 request, we will enter this follow-up request as your initial request. You will receive a tracking number when this is entered. As stated in the acknowledgement, you must use the tracking number when asking for a status of your request.
Karen McFadden
FOIA Contact
Justice Management Division

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 April 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: JMD-FOIA (imailagent)

June 23, 2015

Mr. Jonathan Rudenberg

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 17188
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MD 02205-5819

Re: Request for memoranda or budget documents that relate to the amount
of money spent by DOJ to access the PACER documents in the
Administrative Office of the US Courts from 2010 to present.

JMD FOIA TRACKING NUMBER: 103240

Dear Mr. Rudenberg:

I am writing on behalf of the Justice Management Division (JMD) of the
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom
of Information (FOIA) request on 06/23/2015.

For your information, the Justice Management Division assigns incoming
requests to one of three tracks: simple, complex, or expedited. Each
request is then handled on a first-in, first-out basis in relation to
other requests in the same track. Simple requests usually receive a
response in approximately one month whereas complex requests
necessarily take longer. At this time, your request has been assigned
to the Complex track.

If you have a question about the status of your FOIA request, you may
contact this office by emailing JMDFOIA@usdoj.gov
<mailto:JMDFOIA@usdoj.gov> or by calling 202-514-3101 during regular
business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time,
excluding federal holidays).

Please refer to your assigned JMD FOIA TRACKING NUMBER listed above
whenever you contact the Department regarding this request.

Sincerely,

Karen E. McFadden

FOIA Contact

Justice Management Division

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 April 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #103240.

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 April 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #103240.

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

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 April 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #103240.

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

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