|Submitted||April 3, 2017|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
### BACKGROUND ###
President Donald J. Trump donated a portion of his salary as president to the National Park Service, as announced by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (https://twitter.com/SecretaryZinke/status/848984273755533313). The donation was in the form of a check made out to the National Park Service for $78,333.32, and signed by the president himself, as shown in Secretary Zinke's tweet.
### REQUEST ###
I hereby request the following records:
A copy of the check made out to the National Park Service by Donald J. Trump on 3/28/2017 for $78,333.32. I am also requesting a copy of the payroll (or appropriate financial record) showing that the check was deposited or appropriated to the National Park Service.
In order to help to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am a journalist writing for Motherboard, VICE's technology and science site, and that this request is being made as part of news gathering.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. They will be used in the course of my reporting for Motherboard (www.motherboard.vice.com).
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, and I ask that this be processed in the "media" fee category. 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.
Your request has been received and has been assigned tracking number
NPS-2017-00686. All future correspondence relating to this request should
reference this tracking number.
In accordance with 43 CFR 2.15
National Park Service processes requests on a first-in, first-out basis
within several processing tracks. Your request has been placed in the
normal processing track. There are currently 24 expedited, 3 simple, and
111 normal requests ahead of this request in the processing queue.
You should expect our response by April 28, 2017. If you do not receive
our response by that date you may file an appeal by writing to:
Freedom of Information Act Appeals Officer
Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240
Your failure-to-timely-respond appeal may be filed anytime after the
estimated response date provided above and the date we issue our final
response. The appeal should be marked, both on the envelope and the face of
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of all correspondence between yourself and the National Park Service
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The information you have requested is available at: https://www.nps.gov/
aboutus/foia/foia-frd.htm I trust that this information fully satisfies
your request. Please do not hesitate to contact me, as the NPS FOIA
Liaison and the person responsible for processing your request, if you have
any questions regarding your request.
In addition, as part of the 2007 OPEN Government Act FOIA amendments, the
Office of Government Information Services (OGIS <https://ogis.archives.gov/>)
was created to offer mediation services to resolve disputes between FOIA
requesters and Federal agencies. You may contact OGIS in any of the
Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)
National Archives and Records Administration
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College Park, MD 20740-6001
Note, because the National Park Service creates and maintains law
enforcement records, we are required by the Department of Justice to
provide the following information, even though it may or may not apply to
your specific request. Congress excluded three discrete categories of law
enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the
FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. 552(c) (2006 & Supp. IV 2010). This response is limited
to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is
a standard notification that we are required to give all our requesters and
should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not,
Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
"What we find changes who we become." - Peter Morville
"The historian works with records...there is no substitute for records: no
records, no history." - Paraphrasing Langlois & Seignobos (1903)
"Let us be guardians, not gardeners" - Unknown, From 1963 Living Wilderness
editorial - Attributed to Adolph Murie
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