|Submitted||Oct. 5, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Copies of the following contracts between Palantir Technologies Inc. and the U.S Department of Agriculture:
AWARD ID: AG3144D170178, UNIQUE TRANSACTION ID: 06DBE983-F690-4EC2-9188-88D24B67DBE5, SIGNED DATE: 05/15/2017
AWARD ID: AG32KWD170106, UNIQUE TRANSACTION ID: C73F4652-AB3B-48D5-B460-7C60A89DCF6A, SIGNED DATE: 09/26/2017
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.
Laurent Bastien Corbeil
Good afternoon, Mr. Corbeil:
This e-mail acknowledges receipt of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request you submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department FOIA Office (DFO). Your request, appended below, was received by the DFO on October 5, 2017.
The DFO is under the purview of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and serves as the focal point for USDA's FOIA program. The DFO provides coordination and ensures agency-wide compliance with the FOIA. Additionally, the DFO processes requests and appeals on behalf of the Office of the Secretary and Departmental Management's (DM) components. For a complete listing of DM's components, please visit http://www.dm.usda.gov/agencies.htm.
The FOIA, 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(A)(i), requires USDA to make a determination in response to a FOIA request within 20 business days from its date of receipt. In unusual circumstances, the Federal agency time limit may be extended by 10 business days as stated in 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B). Your request seeks numerous documents that will necessitate a wide-ranging search, including searches with components and possible consultations with components that have a substantial interest in the determination of this request. Therefore, the USDA will invoke a 10 business day extension for determination of your request. You have the option to narrow the scope of your request to limit the number of potentially responsive documents.
Provisions of the FOIA allow USDA to recover part of the cost of complying with your request. For purposes of fee assessment, you have been categorized as an "all other" requester, pursuant to 7 CFR Appendix A to Subpart A of Part 1 Section (5)(d). A copy of the USDA FOIA Fee Schedule is attached. In accordance with 7 CFR Appendix A to Subpart A of Part 1 Section 6(a)(4), your fees shall automatically be waived where the amount of the fee is $25.00 or less. As a matter of course, you will be contacted before any fees over $25.00 are accrued.
A search will be initiated by the DFO for records responsive to your request. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.
Your request for contract AWARD ID: AG3144D170178, UNIQUE TRANSACTION ID: 06DBE983-F690-4EC2-9188-88D24B67DBE5, SIGNED DATE: 05/15/2017 has been assigned FOIA Case No. 2018-OCIO-00290-F. Please refer to this case number in any future correspondence. If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact Ms. Cheryl Kluwe at (202) 694-5982, or electronically at Cheryl.Kluwe@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:Cheryl.Kluwe@ocio.usda.gov> or USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov>. For additional information regarding USDA FOIA regulations and process, please refer to the information available on-line at www.dm.usda.gov/foia<http://www.dm.usda.gov/foia>.
The DFO has determined that your request for AWARD ID: AG32KWD170106, UNIQUE TRANSACTION ID: C73F4652-AB3B-48D5-B460-7C60A89DCF6A, SIGNED DATE: 09/26/2017 should be routed to the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for processing and direct response to you. In the event you have questions regarding the processing of these records, please contact APHIS using the information below:
ANIMAL & PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE
4700 River Road, Unit 50
Riverdale, MD 20737-1232
The DFO Team appreciates the opportunity to assist you.
Department FOIA Office
Attached is a correspondence pertaining to your recent (FOIA) request.
Good morning, Mr. Corbeil:
The Department FOIA Office has processed your request for records. Our final letter and the contract you requested are attached to this message.
Cheryl D. Kluwe, Esq.
Senior FOIA Analyst (Contractor)
United States Department of Agriculture
Department FOIA Office
Office of the Chief Information Officer
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington DC 20250
Telephone: (202) 694-5982
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