|Submitted||Jan. 11, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
A copy of records documenting the number of employees of the Department of Education who have left their positions/were terminated/retired for the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, as well as a copy of records documenting the number of new employees hired to work for the Department of Education in the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
I am a career journalist with work that has appeared at The Daily Beast among other publications. I am willing to pay any reasonable expenses associated with this request, however, as the purpose of the requested disclosure is in full conformity with the statutory requirements for a waiver of fees, I formally request such a waiver.
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.
Dear Paul Gottinger,
This is the Department's acknowledgment of your request for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. Your request was forwarded to the primary responsible office(s) for action.
Any future correspondence or questions regarding your request, please contact the FOIA Public Liaison at 202-401-8365 or
Thank you. (mailto:EDFOIAManager@ed.gov) EDFOIAManager@ed.gov
ED FOIA Manager
FOIA Service Center
U.S. Department of Education
Dear Paul Gottinger This e-mail is to inform you that due to the Department ofEducation’s FOIA request backlog, your request, 19-00680-F, will not beprocessed within the 20 working-day time limit. We regret the delay inprocessing your request. Please be assured that your request will be processedas soon as possible. The Department apologizes for any inconvenience this maycause you. If you haven’t received your responsive documents within 30 daysof the date of this e-mail, please check on the status of your request on theDepartment’s FOIA Web page at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/foia/foiatoc.html If you have anyquestions, please contact the FOIA Service Center at (202) 401-8365 or viae-mail at EDFOIAManager@ed.gov FOIAService Center, OS/Executive Secretariat
Dear Paul Gottinger: This letter is a final response to your request for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, dated January 11, 2019 and received in this office on January 11, 2019. Your request was forwarded to the appropriate office to search for documents that may be responsive to your request. You requested the following: A copy of records documenting the number of employees of the Department of Education who have left their positions/were terminated/retired for the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, as well as a copy of records documenting the number of new employees hired to work for the Department of Education in the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. Provisions of the FOIA allow us to recover the costs pertaining to your request. The Department has concluded that you fall within the category of news media and you were granted a fee waiver for this request. This does not infer or imply that you will be granted a fee waiver for future requests made under FOIA to the Department. You have the right to seek assistance and/or dispute resolution services from the Department’s FOIA Public Liaison or the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). The FOIA Public Liaison is responsible, among other duties, for assisting in the resolution of FOIA disputes. OGIS, which is outside the Department of Education, offers mediation services to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to appeals or litigation. They can be contacted by:
FOIA Public Liaison
Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., SW, LBJ 7C132
Washington, DC 20202-4536
Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
301-837-1996; toll free at 1-877-684-6448
301-837-0348 You have the right to appeal this decision by writing to the address below, 90 calendar days from the date of this letter. Using the services described above does not affect your right or the deadline to file an appeal. Your appeal must be in writing and must include detailed statement of all legal and factual bases for the appeal; it should be accompanied by this letter, a copy of your initial letter of request, and any documentation that serves as evidence or supports the argument you wish the Department to consider in making an administrative determination on your appeal. Appeals may be submitted using the on-line form available at www.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/foia/foia-appeal-form.pdf . E-mail: EDFOIAappeals@ed.gov Fax: 202-401-0920 Mail: Appeals Office Office of the Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, LBJ 7W106A
Washington, DC 20202-4536