Paid Leave materials provided to Rep. Issa and Sen. Grassley (Small Business Administration)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Small Business Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # SBA-2015-000716
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: foia@sba.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=090004d28075ef49)
* Tracking Number: SBA-2015-000716
* Requester Name: Michael Morisy
* Date Submitted: 06/08/2015
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
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: foia@sba.gov

This is in response to your FOIA request seeking our correspondence with Senator Grassley and Representative Issa as it relates to employee leave.
We searched all records maintained by SBA’s Office of Executive Secretariat, and we are releasing all found documents to you in full.
If you think this reply is unsatisfactory, you have a right to appeal the decision to the Chief, Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW, Washington, DC 20416. You must submit an appeal within 60 calendar days of the date of the notice of denial. Your appeal should contain a description of the information denied, the name and title of the SBA official or employee who denied the request, the reason for the denial, and other facts you deem appropriate.
Sincerely,
Kim Bradley

  • SBA-2015-000716 - Response Letter - Documents Released in Full, No Fee

From: MuckRock

Hi there,

Will the responsive materials be emailed or sent via the mail?

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 #SBA-2015-000716 .

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Mr. Morisy:

My records (attached) show that the Exec. Secretariat responded to your request on July 6th,
and uploaded everything onto our FOIAonline portal on that date. I cannot tell if the two records were correctly attached to
the outgoing email or if for some reason your spam filter rejected them.
Anyway, I have copied out the two records and attached them to THIS email, and if you don't receive a total of
THREE emails, please call me right away on my inside line 202-401-8206.

Lin DiGiandomenico
SBA FOI/PA Office
(202) 401-8203
Email: FOIA@sba.gov

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