Pay raises

Alexander Rony filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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EPA-HQ-2018-006418

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From: Alexander Rony

To Whom It May Concern:

I am filing a Freedom of Information Act request for any notices of pay raises sent to the following EPA employees: Sarah Greenwalt, Millan Hupp, Lincoln Ferguson, and Sydney Hupp. Please include any medium by which EPA staff are typically informed of changes to their pay, such as emails, memoranda, or letters. Please search from March 13, 2017 to April 6, 2018.

I would prefer the request be filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not. Please produce the records on a rolling basis; at no point should the search for – or deliberation concerning – certain records delay the production of others that the agency has already retrieved and elected to produce.

I respectfully request that you waive all fees in connection with this request as provided by 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). The Sierra Club is a national environmental nonprofit with no commercial interest in obtaining the requested information. Instead, our organization intends to analyze and disseminate the requested information free of charge so that the public can meaningfully participate in debates over proper personnel management practices happening at the EPA and other federal agencies.

The subject matter of the requested records is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government would help answer a contested issue amongst federal employees. This information would contextualize a major report by the Atlantic (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/pruitt-epa/557123/) that two staff members were effectively given raises by reappointment via the Safe Drinking Water Act. Administrator Pruitt claimed that he found out about the raises last week (http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2018/04/05/epa-chief-pruitt-addresses-criticism-in-fox-news-interview.html), but that is contradicted by two unnamed EPA officials and a White House official in the Washington Post (https://wapo.st/2uMjjp7).

The Sierra Club and its supporters have demonstrated interest and expertise in the subject area. The healthy and productive operation of the EPA is of great concern to us, and we have weighed in repeatedly regarding policies, ethics, and spending priorities that we believe would negatively impact the EPA's mission.

In addition to the public interest fee waiver, I ask to be properly categorized as a representative of the news media. The bulk of my professional duties at the Sierra Club entails planning and writing content about public policy, including composing mass communications to our followers, analyzing FOIA responses, and coordinating press outreach. I have previously written about the federal government's work to reorganize its staff:

https://sierraclub.org/planet/2017/05/trump-admin-policies-leave-700-cdc-jobs-vacant
https://sierraclub.org/planet/2017/04/hiring-freeze-prevented-epa-filling-hundreds-jobs

This work, supplemented by Freedom of Information Act requests, was covered in major media outlets:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/19/nearly-700-vacancies-at-cdc-because-of-trump-administration-hiring-freeze/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/epa-hiring-freeze/index.html

The Sierra Club has the ability and intention to disseminate the information it receives through this request. The information may be shared through emails to an audience reaching into the millions, Facebook and Twitter posts reaching tens of thousands of followers, articles on our often-visited website, and analysis provided to the media.

In the event that there are fees, please inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. Please also include an explanation of why I was not granted the fee waivers and/or reductions.

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,

Alexander Rony
Sierra Club

From: Environmental Protection Agency

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=090004d2818af024)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2018-006418
* Requester Name: Alexander Rony
* Date Submitted: 04/09/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: I am filing a Freedom of Information Act request for any notices of pay raises sent to the following EPA employees: Sarah Greenwalt, Millan Hupp, Lincoln Ferguson, and Sydney Hupp. Please include any medium by which EPA staff are typically informed of changes to their pay, such as emails, memoranda, or letters. Please search from March 13, 2017 to April 6, 2018. Please see attached file for full FOIA request language.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

04/19/2018 08:33 AM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2018-006418

  • FOIA -- EPA-HQ-2018-006418 Alexander Rony re Fee Waiver Grant Letter.docx

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-HQ-2018-006418 has been fully granted. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 04/09/2018
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason: N/A
* Request Long Description: I am filing a Freedom of Information Act request for any notices of pay raises sent to the following EPA employees: Sarah Greenwalt, Millan Hupp, Lincoln Ferguson, and Sydney Hupp. Please include any medium by which EPA staff are typically informed of changes to their pay, such as emails, memoranda, or letters. Please search from March 13, 2017 to April 6, 2018. Please see attached file for full FOIA request language.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

05/07/2018 04:33 PM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2018-006418

Good afternoon Mr. Rony,
This email is to let you know that the Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM) has been assigned your request submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 9th, 2018.  OARM's Shared Service Center in Research Triangle Park (RTP) is processing this request, but due to the voluminous amount of requests, OARM needs at least an additional ten (10) working days to complete the request.
Please contact me at sandfoss.kristina@epa.gov or 202-564-7177 if you have any questions or desire to narrow your request. (mailto:sandfoss.kristina@epa.gov)

Additionally, you may seek assistance from EPA’s FOIA Public Liaison at hq.foia@epa.gov or (202) 566-1667, or from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways: by mail, Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, MD 20740-6001; email: ogis@nara.gov; telephone: (202) 741-5770 or (877) 684-6448; or fax: (202) 741-5769.
Thank you for your interest in the EPA and have a wonderful day!

Kristina


Kristina Sandfoss

EPA / HQ / OARM

From: Environmental Protection Agency

EPA-HQ-2018-006418 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partial Grant/Partial Denial

  • Other-20180731173650-EPA-HQ-2018-006418 Final Disposition Letter

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