Paid Leave materials provided to Rep. Issa and Sen. Grassley (Department of Commerce)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Department of Commerce of the United States of America.
Tracking # DOC-2015-001382 ; DOC-OS-2015-001382
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Communications between this agency and the offices of Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darell Issa regarding their office's queries on the use of paid leave by this agency, as well as any materials or presentations prepared for or provided to the offices of Grassley and Issa as part of this agency's response to their inquiries.

These queries are noted publicly here:

http://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-issa-seek-agency-explanation-federal-workers-long-term-paid-leave

And the existence of responsive materials is noted publicly here:

“We’re still analyzing the responses but what we’re seeing so far causes concern,” Grassley said in a statement Wednesday. “The responding agencies spent tens of millions of dollars in one year alone to put employees on administrative leave for one month or more, often when administrative leave wasn’t the most appropriate action to take. Agencies need to do a better job of protecting the taxpayers from abusively long or inappropriate paid leave.”

As reported by the Washington Post here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/10/22/paid-not-to-work-for-a-year-or-more-gop-lawmakers-ask-federal-agencies-why/

Grassley and Issa wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services; the Social Security Administration; the Treasury Department; the Department of Veterans Affairs; the Small Business Administration; the Agency for International Development; the Department of Housing and Urban Development; the Department of the Interior; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Department of Energy; the Department of Defense; the Department of Commerce; the Department of Agriculture; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the Office of Personnel Management; the Department of Transportation; and the Department of Homeland Security.

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 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,

Michael Morisy

From: efoia@doc.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=090004d280766f1d)
* Tracking Number: DOC-OS-2015-001382
* Requester Name: Michael Morisy
* Date Submitted: 06/09/2015
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Communications between this agency and the offices of Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darell
Issa regarding their office's queries on the use of paid leave by this agency, as well as any
materials or presentations prepared for or provided to the offices of Grassley and Issa as part
of this agency's response to their inquiries.

From: EFOIA@doc.gov

The FOIA request DOC-OS-2015-001382 has had its Tracking Number changed to DOC-2015-001382. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number:
DOC-OS-2015-001382
* New Tracking Number:
DOC-2015-001382
* Requester Name:
Michael Morisy
* Date Submitted:
06/09/2015
* Long Description:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Communications between this agency and the offices of Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darell
Issa regarding their office's queries on the use of paid leave by this agency, as well as any
materials or presentations prepared for or provided to the offices of Grassley and Issa as part
of this agency's response to their inquiries.

From: EFOIA@doc.gov

The FOIA request DOC-2015-001382 has had its Tracking Number changed to DOC-OS-2015-001382. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number:
DOC-2015-001382
* New Tracking Number:
DOC-OS-2015-001382
* Requester Name:
Michael Morisy
* Date Submitted:
06/09/2015
* Long Description:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Communications between this agency and the offices of Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darell
Issa regarding their office's queries on the use of paid leave by this agency, as well as any
materials or presentations prepared for or provided to the offices of Grassley and Issa as part
of this agency's response to their inquiries.

From: EFOIA@doc.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DOC-OS-2015-001382 has been
determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
06/09/2015
* Request Long Description:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Communications between this agency and the offices of Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darell
Issa regarding their office's queries on the use of paid leave by this agency, as well as any
materials or presentations prepared for or provided to the offices of Grassley and Issa as part
of this agency's response to their inquiries.

From: EFOIA@doc.gov

06/16/2015 05:00 PM FOIA Request: DOC-OS-2015-001382
Mr. Morisy,
This letter is to acknowledge the receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated June 6, 2015 requesting, "Communications between this agency and the offices of Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darell Issa regarding their office's queries on the use of paid leave by this agency, as well as any materials or presentations prepared for or provided to the offices of Grassley and Issa as part of the agenency's response to their inquiries.

The tracking number for your FOIA request is DOC-OS-2015-001382.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pending FOIA request you can reach me, Bobbie Parsons, FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary at 202-482-3257 or at BParsons@doc.gov. (mailto:BParsons@doc.gov)
Sincerely,
Bobbie Parsons
Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary
Office of Privacy and Open Government

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 6, 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 #DOC-2015-001382 ; DOC-OS-2015-001382.

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 6, 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 #DOC-2015-001382 ; DOC-OS-2015-001382.

Thank you for your help.

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Hi,

This FOIA is in the que to be finalized by the FOIA Officer for the Immediate Office of the Secretary. Hopefully, I will be completed the review process by end of this week (wwek of 8/17/2015) and will be sending an interim or final by next week (week of 8/24/15).

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 6, 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 #DOC-2015-001382 ; DOC-OS-2015-001382.

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

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Hi,

The office units have provided responsive documents and a review of disclosure is being performed.
Thanks,
Bobbie

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Hi,

This was responded to on October 29, 2015. We have attached the response with this email.
Thanks,
Bobbie

From: EFOIA@doc.gov

DOC-OS-2015-001382 has been processed with the following final disposition: Full grant.
Records were released to the public as a result of this request. You may retrieve these records immediately using the following link: View Records.Over the next 2 hours, these records are also being added to FOIAonline's search pages, further enabling you to retrieve these documents associated with your FOIA request at any time. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280766f1d)

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