Reassignment of SSA disability hearings from ALJ Robert Egan to other ALJ's, including ALJ Susan Poulos.

Samuel Michaels, Esq. filed this request with the Social Security Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

SSA-2020-005576

SSA-2020-005576

Due Nov. 3, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Samuel Michaels, Esq.

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

records including internal and external communications mentioning or relating to SSA's reassignment of disability hearings from ALJ Robert Egan to other ALJ's, including ALJ Susan Poulos.

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,

Samuel Michaels

From: Social Security Administration

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=SSA-2020-005576&type=request)

* Tracking Number: SSA-2020-005576
* Requester Name: Samuel Michaels
* Date Submitted: 08/26/2020
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

records including internal and external communications mentioning or relating to SSA's reassignment of disability hearings from ALJ Robert Egan to other ALJ's, including ALJ Susan Poulos.

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,

Samuel Michaels

Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Fsocial-security-administration-202%252Freassignment-of-ssa-disability-hearings-from-alj-robert-egan-to-other-aljs-including-alj-susan-poulos-101583%252F%253Femail%253Dadmin%252540foiaonline.gov&url_auth_token=AAATynVmCrunNj4cyFQXDcLB2aQ%3A1kB7zd%3AJ_0I6nGW2veLBajdqx0Xv6mR1Jc

From: Social Security Administration

Mr. Michaels:
Thank you for your FOIA request, SSA-2020-005576.  In order to process your request accurately, please clarify the following:
1. What types of internal and external communications are you asking for (e.g., letters, emails, etc.)?
2. What timeframe are you requesting (i.e. from month/date/year to month/date/year)?
3. If requesting email correspondence, please provide:
a. the names of those individuals whose emails you want searched.
b. the search terms applicable to your request.
Your answers to the above questions will help us adequately respond to your request.
Please do not reply to this email correspondence, i.e., to this email address.  If you have an account with FOIAonline, you can correspond directly with us by logging into your account.  If you need to correspond with us regarding your FOIA request but do not have an account with FOIAonline, please send your correspondence to FOIA.Public.Liaison@ssa.gov.  The FOIA Public Liaison mailbox was created to assist the public with their FOIA requests, as well as to provide assistance to individuals requesting access to their own records under the Privacy Act.  When you email this mailbox, we encourage you to limit the amount of personally identifiable information you provide in your email correspondence.  While SSA operates within a secure network, we have no control of the data we receive while it is in transit to or from our FOIA Public Liaison mailbox.  Please include your FOIA tracking number in your email.
Sincerely,
The FOIA Team
Social Security Administration

From: Samuel Michaels, Esq.

Dear SSA FOIA Team, please see responses below:
<<
Thank you for your FOIA request, SSA-2020-005576. In order to process your request accurately, please clarify the following:

1. What types of internal and external communications are you asking for (e.g., letters, emails, etc.)?
Answer: what types are in your possession? (and yes, letters and emails should be included);

2. What timeframe are you requesting (i.e. from month/date/year to month/date/year)?
Answer: 01/01/2010 to present;

3. If requesting email correspondence, please provide:

a. the names of those individuals whose emails you want searched.
Answer: pls include emails to and from - Robert Egan; Susan Poulos; your Charlotte, NC hearings office; Office of Hearings Operations; Appeals Council;

b. the search terms applicable to your request.
Answer: pls include results containing any of the following keywords - "egan", "poulos", "autism", "autistic", "aspergers", "samuel michaels", "132-58-1264", "assign", "reassign";
>>
Thank you in advance for your cooperation,
Samuel Michaels, JD

From: Social Security Administration

Dear Mr. Michaels,
We need clarification to assess the fees associated with your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, SSA-2020-005576.  Please provide answers to the following questions:

* What types of internal and external communications are you asking for (e.g., letters, emails, etc.)?
* We are interpreting your request for internal communications to be between SSA employees. Can you clarify what you mean by external communications?
* Can you provide a timeframe for the responsive records (i.e., from month/date/year to month/date/year)?
* If requesting email correspondence, please provide:  the name(s) or position title(s) of the SSA employee(s) whose emails you want searched; and the search terms applicable to your request.
This information is needed in order to search for responsive records. This is our second attempt to contact you.  Our first attempt to contact you was by email on August 28, 2020. We are unable to provide an accurate fee estimate based on the information you provided. Please respond to us within five business days of this email.  If we do not receive a response from you by close of business on September 17, 2020, we will administratively close your request.
Please do not reply to this email correspondence, i.e., to this email address.  If you have an account with FOIAonline, you can correspond directly with us by logging into your account.  If you need to correspond with us regarding your FOIA request but do not have an account with FOIAonline, please send your correspondence to FOIA.Public.Liaison@ssa.gov.  The FOIA Public Liaison mailbox was created to assist the public with their FOIA requests, as well as to provide assistance to individuals requesting access to their own records under the Privacy Act.  When you email this mailbox, we encourage you to limit the amount of personally identifiable information you provide in your email correspondence.  While SSA operates within a secure network, we have no control of the data we receive while it is in transit to or from our FOIA Public Liaison mailbox.  Please include your FOIA tracking number in your email.
Sincerely,
The FOIA Team
Social Security Administration

From: Social Security Administration

Mr. Michaels:
We made 2 attempts to contact you via email for clarification regarding your request on 8-28-20 and on 9-10-20 with a final response date of COB on 9-17-20. As of this writing, you have not responded. We are closing your case administratively due to no response for clarification.
Please do not reply directly to this email correspondence. If you have an account with FOIAonline, you can correspond directly with us by logging into your account. If you need to correspond with us regarding your FOIA request but do not have an account with FOIAonline, please send your correspondence to FOIA.Public.Liaison@ssa.gov. The FOIA Public Liaison mailbox was created to assist the public with their FOIA requests, as well as to provide assistance to individuals requesting access to their own records under the Privacy Act. When you email this mailbox, we encourage you to limit the amount of personally identifiable information you provide in your email correspondence. While SSA operates within a secure network, we have no control of the data we receive while it is in transit to or from our FOIA Public Liaison mailbox. Please include your FOIA tracking number in your email.
Sincerely,
The FOIA Team
Social Security Administration

From: Samuel Michaels, Esq.

(Pls) reopen based on requested additional info (below) as soon as it was obtained, OR we will file another request giving the info you requested and contacting Director Zimmerman directly:

(Pls do Not force us to contact Director Zimmerman directly, because we contacted her in the past on other matters.)

Requested additional info:

What types of internal and external communications are you asking for (e.g., letters, emails, etc.)?
* We are interpreting your request for internal communications to be between SSA employees. Can you clarify what you mean by external communications?
ANSWER: let's start with letters and emails,

* Can you provide a timeframe for the responsive records (i.e., from month/date/year to month/date/year)?
Answer: timeframe
ALREADY ANSWERED, BUT HERE WE GO AGAIN...
ANSWER: 2013 to Present

* If requesting email correspondence, please provide: the name(s) or position title(s) of the SSA employee(s) whose emails you want searched; and the search terms applicable to your request.

ANSWER: Does your Welfare agency have an ability to do an email and letter keyword search for the entire SSA agency? (Pls don't force us to hassle anyone in upper-upper management, because we will. )

* We will not Hesitate to refer any nonsensical (and Anonymous) communications to Director and SSA FOIA liaison Zimmerman directly.

* And your agency, like any other federal agency and most state agencies, may be held liable as well as Fined, for being in Violation of applicable FOIA statutes and regulations.

Thank you,
Samuel Michaels, JD

From: Samuel Michaels, Esq.

And btw, "What types of internal and external communications are you asking for (e.g., letters, emails, etc.)?"
ANSWER: let's start with letters and emails;

And if we are given any more inane questions, we will get Director Zimmerman involved, and request the Identity of the person responding to us, in case there are any Accountability issues.

(Please keep in mind that your agency is Severely underfunded, and as a result a significant portion of your staff is significantly under-trained, which is something we may be raising with FOIA Director Zimmerman in the near future.)

Thank you!
Samuel Michaels
(Aspiring Investigative Journalist & etc.)

From: Samuel Michaels, Esq.

And btw, "What types of internal and external communications are you asking for (e.g., letters, emails, etc.)?"
ANSWER: let's start with letters and emails;

* And if we are given any more inane questions, we will get Director Zimmerman involved, and request the IDENTITY of the person responding anonymously to us, in case there are any Accountability issues.

(Please keep in mind that your agency is Severely underfunded, and as a result a significant portion of your staff is significantly under-trained, which is something we may be raising with FOIA Director Zimmerman in the near future.)

Thank you!
Samuel Michaels
(Aspiring Investigative Journalist & etc.)

Files

There are no files associated with this request.