Public comment "bot" policies

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Labor of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

847233

Due Jan. 11, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Absolutely any and all policies, procedures, directives, working papers, or other materials regarding the submission of comments related to rule making.

Please include all materials related to the handling of submissions by false parties, including the procedures for recording and responding to them, forthcoming changes to the public comment system, and any internal investigations related to the use of the public comment system.

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,

Beryl Lipton

From: Department of Labor

Beryl:

Your request has been assigned to our Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP) with tracking number 847233. When they begin processing it, you will be able to track its progress at www.dol.gov/foia<http://www.dol.gov/foia>. If you need to contact them about it for any reason, please phone 202-693-5959 and reference the tracking number at the time of your call.

Sincerely,

Darlene Miller
Government Information Specialist, Office of Information Services

OFFICE OF THE SOLICITOR | MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATIVE LEGAL SERVICES
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Rm N2420
Washington, DC 20210
(202) 693-5442 (O) | (202) 693-5389 (F) | miller.darlene@dol.gov<mailto:miller.darlene@dol.gov> (E)
e-FOIAs: foiarequests@dol.gov<mailto:foiarequests@dol.gov>

From: Department of Labor

Dear Beryl Lipton,

We have attempted to communicate with MuckRock regarding this request. We apologize for any inconvenience the delay may have cause.

You are seeking, "Absolutely any and all policies, procedures, directives, working papers, or other materials regarding the submission of comments related to rule making." You have also asked us to, "include all materials related to the handling of submissions by false parties, including the procedures for recording and responding to them, forthcoming changes to the public comment system, and any internal investigations related to the use of the public comment system." As you may know, the system used to submit comments is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has served as the managing partner of the eRulemaking Program. EPA established a Program Management Office (PMO) to oversee the system development, maintenance, and collaboration of agency partners. It is likely that the EPA would maintain the records that are of interest to you. +

Please let us know if you would like to withdraw your request and resubmit it to the EPA. If not, we will process the request based on the information provided above.

Kind regards,
Ramona Branch Oliver
Director, Office of Information Services

Office of the Solicitor | Management & Administrative Legal Services
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Rm. N-2420
Washington, DC 20210
(202) 693-5391 (O) | (202) 693-5389 (F) | oliver.ramona@dol.gov<mailto:oliver.ramona@dol.gov> (E)

May 18, 2018

This is a follow up to request number 847233:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 12, 2017. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #847233.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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On Dec. 18, 2017:
Beryl:

Your request has been assigned to our Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP) with tracking number 847233. When they begin processing it, you will be able to track its progress at www.dol.gov/foia<http://www.dol.gov/foia<http://www.dol.gov/foia%3chttp:/www.dol.gov/foia>>. If you need to contact them about it for any reason, please phone 202-693-5959 and reference the tracking number at the time of your call.

Sincerely,

Darlene Miller
Government Information Specialist, Office of Information Services

OFFICE OF THE SOLICITOR | MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATIVE LEGAL SERVICES
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Rm N2420
Washington, DC 20210
(202) 693-5442 (O) | (202) 693-5389 (F) | miller.darlene@dol.gov<mailto:miller.darlene@dol.gov<mailto:miller.darlene@dol.gov%3cmailto:miller.darlene@dol.gov>> (E)
e-FOIAs: foiarequests@dol.gov<mailto:foiarequests@dol.gov<mailto:foiarequests@dol.gov%3cmailto:foiarequests@dol.gov>>
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On Dec. 12, 2017:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

Absolutely any and all policies, procedures, directives, working papers, or other materials regarding the submission of comments related to rule making.

Please include all materials related to the handling of submissions by false parties, including the procedures for recording and responding to them, forthcoming changes to the public comment system, and any internal investigations related to the use of the public comment system.

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,

Beryl Lipton

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/department-of-labor-63/public-comment-bot-policies-46739/?email=Miller.Darlene%40dol.gov&uuid-login=d6b410b1-3c8a-4c40-bd15-bf9578321d36#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 46739
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request was filed by a MuckRock staff reporter. Also note that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Oliver,

Thank you so much for this letter. Could you please continue to process this request for any policies or other materials DOL might have - perhaps there are some related to how to deal with bot comments provided to DOL by the EPA system - and I will submit another request to EPA?

Thanks again for your help and time.

Have a lovely weekend,
Beryl

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