Passport Revocations

Taylor Amarel filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking #

F-2018-02248

F-2018-00907

Due May 21, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Taylor Amarel

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I would like to obtain all records, correspondence, logs, notes, statistics, manuals, or memos relating to the IRS/DOS program that involves the revocation of passports for individuals that are delinquent on tax obligations. I would like to obtain information on the number of passports denied, revoked, or cancelled as well as manual and memos on this process and what (if any) administrative appeal rights individuals would be given.

These records are known to exist and are detailed here: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/revocation-or-denial-of-passport-in-case-of-certain-unpaid-taxes#passport as well as on the DOS website. Please contact me if more clarification is needed, do not close my request without consulting me first.

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.

Sincerely,

Taylor Amarel

From: U.S. Department of State

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Taylor Amarel

To whom this may concern,

I respectfully appeal this decision. The IRS has ALREADY released documents (which you can see here: https://cdn.muckrock.com/foia_files/2018/03/01/2-15-18_MR48242_RES.pdf) indicating that Carl C. Risch, Assistance Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State has significant knowledge of the records requested. Please have Mr. Risch review my request for records, at a minimum the MOU should be released.

Best,
Taylor Amarel

From: U.S. Department of State

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Taylor Amarel

To whom this may concern,

I have not received a response to my appeal, instead, I was sent another "fix required" letter. Can you please clarify if my appeal is being processed?

Furthermore, although I contend that no narrowing of scope is required. If you must narrow the scope, please search for records within the Bureau of Consular Affairs. It may be helpful to start with records known to exist or signed by Carl C. Risch, Assistance Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Best,
Taylor Amarel

From: Taylor Amarel

To whom this may concern,

I have not received a response to my appeal, instead, I was sent another "fix required" letter. Can you please clarify if my appeal is being processed?

Furthermore, although I contend that no narrowing of scope is required. If you must narrow the scope, please search for records within the Bureau of Consular Affairs. It may be helpful to start with records known to exist or signed by Carl C. Risch, Assistance Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Best,
Taylor Amarel

From: Taylor Amarel

To whom this may concern,

I respectfully appeal this decision. The IRS has ALREADY released documents (which you can see here: https://cdn.muckrock.com/foia_files/2018/03/01/2-15-18_MR48242_RES.pdf) indicating that Carl C. Risch, Assistance Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State has significant knowledge of the records requested. Please have Mr. Risch review my request for records, at a minimum the MOU should be released.

Best,
Taylor Amarel

From:

Mr. Amarel, I have received your appeal. We can search the records of Carl Risch for records pertaining to the revocation of passports based on delinquent taxes. However, we still need a time frame for the search. Thanks, Lori Hartmann, Appeals Officer

From: Taylor Amarel

Thank you, please search from January 1, 2018 to Present Day.

Thank you.

From: U.S. Department of State

Thank you. We will begin processing your request. You will be given a new FOIA case number by separate letter.

From: U.S. Department of State

Thanks. Your request will be processed under case number F-2018-03588, be sure to include both case numbers in future correspondence.

From: U.S. Department of State

Please contact FOIAStatus@state.gov<mailto:FOIAStatus@state.gov> for requests on the status of your case. Thanks.

From: U.S. Department of State

Your new case number is F-2018-03588 - please use it in all future correspondence. I will forward your status request to FOIAStatus. Lori

From: Taylor Amarel

Thank you very much, I look forward to receiving an update on this request.

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Taylor Amarel,

This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2018-03588.

The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in process. You will be notified of the Department's search and review efforts in response to this request as soon as that information becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at 202-261-8484 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,
Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Taylor Amarel

Thank you, I hope to receive the responsive documents soon.

From: U.S. Department of State

Dear Taylor Amarel,

This is in response to your email below regarding the status of FOIA Case Control Number F-2018-02248.

The Office of Information Programs and Services electronic records system indicates that your request remains in process. You will be notified of the Department's search and review efforts in response to this request as soon as that information becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience.

If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at 202-261-8484 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,
Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

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