Records or Documents (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

George Johnston filed this request with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America.
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20-06072-F, 20-06116-F

20-06072-F

Multi Request Records or Documents
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

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From: George Johnston


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.

Sincerely,

George Johnston

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Good afternoon Mr. Johnston,
Please see the attached correspondence regarding your April 9, 2020, FOIA request for records.
Respectfully,
VBA Office of FOIA Services

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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.

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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

From: George Johnston

Hello,

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

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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.
V/r,
Mrs. Kelechi Ahaghotu
Program Specialist (FOIA/PA)
Office of Mission Support
Veterans Benefits Administration
Veterans Affairs

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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.
Respectfully,
VBA Office of FOIA Services

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Good morning Mr. Johnston:

Please see the attached Final Agency Response regarding your FOIA request. Thank you for your interest in the VA OIG.

Respectfully,

N. Argent
Government Information Specialist
Release of Information Office (50CI)
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Johnston,

I just found your response to back to me on the clarification request was caught in my spam filter. I did not see your email until now, I apologize for any duplication or confusion with the email at the bottom.

For the clarification - I did note, that your clarification/response still does not provide enough information to be able to locate the records are seeking. Would you please advise further on the records you are seeking so they can be located?

October 16, 2020

This is a follow up to request number 20-06334-F:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 26, 2020. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response. You had assigned it reference number #20-06334-F.

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

“Any emails or communications sent from the respective facilities that mention hydroxychloroquine.”
Please feel free to call me if you’d like to discuss further.

Thank you,

Stacy Ekis
VHA FOIA Officer
Office of Health Informatics (105HIG)
Veterans Health Administration
Tel. 785-230-8430
Fax. 202-273-9387

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

George Johnston, Attached to this email message is my request for clarification on your 05/18/2020 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, FOIA tracking number 20-06334-F. I am providing you with thirty (30) calendar days to respond to my request for clarification.  If I have not received a response from you by December 15, 2020; I will conclude that you are no longer interested in pursuing this request and will administratively close the case file.  Please refer to the attached letter for details pertaining to my request for clarification. 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 or via email at stacy.ekis@va.gov. (mailto:stacy.ekis@va.gov) Sincerely, Stacy Ekis VHA FOIA Officer

From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Greetings George Johnston:

The purpose of this email is to communicate the Veterans Health Administration(VHA) Central Office FOIA Office’s response to your 04/26/2020 Freedom ofInformation Act (FOIA) request. Please refer to the attached initial agencydecision letter (IAD). Unless specifically requested byyou, a hard copy of the attached documents will not be mailed via postal mail.

If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me at(785) 230-8430.

Thank you,

Stacy Ekis
VHA FOIA Officer

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