Paid Leave materials provided to Rep. Issa and Sen. Grassley (Department of Housing and Urban Development)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the United States of America.
Tracking # 15-FI-HQ-01485
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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: McGirt, Eugene A


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 # 15-FI-HQ-01485.

Thank you for your help.

From: Brown, Jereon M

Mr. Morisy, your FOIA request requires e-discovery, which is a key word search. While it is an electronic search of the servers, it takes some time to ensure we’ve captured all, if any, applicable documents. Your request is currently going through the process. We will get out to you as soon as possible. If you have questions in the future, please don’t hesitate to call me 202-402-6628. Thank you.

Jerry Brown

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 # 15-FI-HQ-01485.

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 # 15-FI-HQ-01485.

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

From: McGirt, Eugene A

Michael,

The attached letter is in reference to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated June 6, 2015. I have determined that your request falls under the category of "media requester," as scribed in 24 CFR 15.110(b) of the Department's FOIA regulations. Therefore, as you may know, each FOIA request must contain an agreement to pay certain costs for processing the records. From a preliminary search for records responsive to your request, the Office of General Counsel has confirmed that the estimated cost for processing your FOIA request will be approximately $44.80. This assessment of fees is based upon $44.80 for 548 pages of duplication, at $0.10 per page, with the first 100 pages free.

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of Housing and Urban Development

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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