|Multi Request||Records or Documents|
|Submitted||April 9, 2020|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Any and all documents or records pertaining to the case against Jeffrey Miller a former Veterans Benefits Administration employee from Huntington West Virginia who illegally accessed the medical records of six veterans.
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.
Good afternoon Mr. Johnston,
Please see the attached correspondence regarding your April 9, 2020, FOIA request for records.
VBA Office of FOIA Services
Mr. George Johnston: Please review the attached letter which is in response to your April 9, 2020, FOIA/PA request to the Office of General Counsel. Thank you for your interest in the VA.
George Johnston, Attached to this message is VHA’s acknowledgment of your FOIA Request. Your request has been assigned to me for processing. I would kindly appreciate your confirmation of receipt of this email. A hard copy of the attached letter will not follow in postal mail unless specifically requested by you. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (785) 230-8430. Sincerely, Stacy Ekis VHA FOIA Officer
I think you sent back the wrong letter.
I am looking for any records on Jeffery Miller named in this press release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdwv/pr/huntington-man-sentenced-illegally-accessing-veterans-records
Dear Mr. Johnston:
This email is to inform you of the processing of your FOIA request.
First, under the FOIA, agencies may extend the 20 business day response time when "unusual circumstances" exist. Unusual circumstances exist in one of the following three situations: 1) the component needs to search for and collect responsive records from a field office or other entity separate from the office processing the request; 2) the request involves a "voluminous" amount of records that must be located, compiled, and reviewed; or 3) the component needs to consult with another federal agency or two or more Department of Justice components that have a substantial interest in the responsive information.
The VBA’s FOIA office is still conducting a search for records from additional offices. As such, our office has extended the 20 business day response time to 30 business days. Secondly, depending on the amount of records, our FOIA office will be issuing partial responses on a rolling basis.
Should you have any questions or concerns related to the 10 business day extension or the method in which VBA FOIA office will be responding to your request, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience. We appreciate your patience in this matter.
Mrs. Kelechi Ahaghotu
Program Specialist (FOIA/PA)
Office of Mission Support
Veterans Benefits Administration
Dear Mr. Johnston,
The Veterans Benefits Administration is contacting you in regards to your FOIA request for information. Please see the attached correspondence regarding your request.
VBA Office of FOIA Services
Good morning Mr. Johnston:
Please see the attached Final Agency Response regarding your FOIA request. Thank you for your interest in the VA OIG.
Government Information Specialist
Release of Information Office (50CI)
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs