Ramiro Pena Jr./Afghanistan Bribery files (Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General of the United States of America.
Tracking # FOIA-2016-00235
Status
Rejected

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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All files, evidentiary materials, reports, memos, directives, and any other materials regarding Ramiro Pena Jr. (and any known aliases he may have), who was recently sentenced to prison for "his role in a conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with supply contracts while serving in Afghanistan."

Please include all available datasets and spreadsheets, including but not limited to those detailing which contractors/vendors were hired during Pena's term of employment, alleged and proven bribes accepted from individuals and vendors, and any other available collections.

According to a press release, Pena, along with his supervisor, Army Master Sergeant Jimmy W. Dennis, awarded "approximately 217 such contracts." Please include any more exact estimates and associated information. Please include in all instances as much segregable data as possible.

Please also include all available files, reports, evaluations, and related materials regarding Army Master Sergeant Jimmy W. Dennis.

Should any clarification be needed, a phone call may easily be arranged. Please proceed with processing this request within your office, though any direction to other offices possessing responsive material would be greatly appreciated. A version of this request has been sent to the following agencies: Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction; Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command; Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General; Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

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: foiarequests

Dear Mr. Lipton,

This is an interim response to your January 1, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for "a copy of all files, evidentiary materials, reports, memos, directives, and any other materials regarding Ramiro Pena Jr. (and any known aliases he may have), who was recently sentenced to prison for his role in a conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with supply contracts while serving in Afghanistan." We received your request on January 4, 2016, and assigned it case number FOIA-2016-00235. We currently have an administrative workload of 820 open cases. If you have any questions about your request, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Department of Defense
Office of Inspector General
703-604-9775

This e-mail is from the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Defense, and may contain information that is "Law Enforcement Sensitive" {LES} or "For Official Use Only" {FOUO} or otherwise subject to the Privacy Act and/or legal and or other privileges that restrict release without appropriate legal authority.

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi there,

Thank you so much for confirmation of this FOIA request. Since the acknowledgement was sent to an email address not associated with this request, I would like to clarify that all communications regarding FOIA-2016-00235 should be sent to this email address: requests@muckrock.com.

Thanks again for all of your help. I hope you have a wonderful evening.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

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