Processing notes for F-2013-20108

Douglas Lucas filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2014-23153
Status
Completed

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From: Douglas Lucas

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Processing notes for my earlier request F-2013-20108.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage. I am a journalist who has been published by Salon.com, The Daily Dot, Vice, and other large outlets.

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,

Douglas Lucas

From: Department of State

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been accepted.

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 Dec. 20, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-2014-23153.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Request

Your query has been forwarded to the FOIA Requester Status mailbox for reply.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Douglas Lucas,

Dear Paul C. Kline,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated February 7, 2015, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. Please be advised that a copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. According to our records, a search of records has been initiated and that search is complete. The information located from the search process is currently being prepared for review. The estimated completion date for your request is January 2016.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U. S. Department of State

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: FOIA Status

FOIA Status would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information Request #F-2014-23153".

From: Douglas Lucas

Dear Department of State,

On December 20, 2014, I sent a freedom of information request seeking "Processing notes for my earlier request F-2013-20108." On January 7, 2015, I received from you a document stating that fees would be waived in full and that the Case Control Number is F-2014-23153. However, I have not heard anything further about my request. Could you please update me as to the status of this request for the processing notes?

Sincerely,

Douglas Lucas
+1 817 343 7174

From: FOIA Status

Dear Douglas Lucas,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated October 31, 2015, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. Please be advised that a copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Our office has requested status and an estimated completion date for your request. Information will be provided to you as soon as we receive a response.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Dear Douglas Lucas,

This is a follow-up to your e-mail dated October 31, 2015. Our office was recently informed that the search process for your request has been completed. The information located is currently being prepared for the review process. The estimated completion date for your request is July 2016.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Lucas,

Given the high volume of FOIA requests, in addition to a backlog which the Department is working diligently to reduce, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA requests.

The Department’s electronic case notes indicate the case is still open. The searches are still pending. Each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

The new estimated completion date (ECD) for this case is: July 2016

- ECDs are subject to change.
- ECDs are “strictly” estimates and not intended to be used as “actual” dates of completions, due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).
Interim release dates are provided, as applicable

I hope this information is helpful. 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 fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: Department of State

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of State

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

From: FOIA Status

Dear Douglas Lucas,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated March 2, 2016, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. Please be advised that the search and review processing of your request has been completed and an explanation of the results of the search were mailed to you in a letter dated
February 26, 2016.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

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