Reports of abuse of female veterans in VA facilities

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-02343-F
Est. Completion None
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Withdrawn

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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

-All claims/reports of abuse by female veterans in VA facilities made since 2008. Names can and should be redacted.

-Incident reports or other documentation filed by the department in response to those claims of abuse. This should reports on any punitive or other corrective action taken.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Todd Feathers

From: Gbenou, Amy M.

Dear Mr. Feathers:

This email acknowledges your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request addressed to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In your January 17, 2014, request, you asked for:

“-All claims/reports of abuse by female veterans in VA facilities made since 2008. Names can and should be redacted.

-Incident reports or other documentation filed by the department in response to those claims of abuse. This should reports on any punitive or other corrective action taken."

The FOIA Service received your request via email on January 17, 2014, and assigned it tracking number 14-02343-F. Please refer to this number when communicating with this office about your request.

The records you have requested, if they exist, would be maintained by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Therefore, we are referring your request to that office for a file search and a direct response to you. If you wish to know the status of your request, please contact them directly at the address below:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Health Administration (10P2C1)
FOIA Officer
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420 / Email: vhafoia2@va.gov Fax: 202-273-9386

This concludes the FOIA Service’s response to your request.

We appreciate your interest in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Customer service is very important to us. If you have questions about this email, please contact me at 202-632-7436 and refer to tracking number 14-02343-F.

Amy Gbenou
Department of Veterans Affairs
FOIA Service (005R1C)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

Phone: 202-632-7436
Fax: 202-632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Per the email below, this request has been forwarded to the Veterans Health Administration. Please confirm receipt.

Thank you.

From: Graham, Timothy

Mr. Feathers -

VHA has received your request and it has been assigned to Mrs. Deana Marakowski. Mrs. Marakowski will be in touch soon.

Thank you,

Timothy H. Graham, J.D., LL.M., CIPP/G
Director, VHA FOIA Office (10P2C1) | Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance | Office of Informatics and Analytics
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. | Washington, D.C.  20420
Tel. 215.823.4146 | Fax. 202.273.9387

From: Marakowski, Deana M

Good Afternoon Mr. Feathers,

Attached please find the Veterans Health Administrations letter acknowledging your recent Freedom of Information Act request.

If you have any questions regarding your request, please just let me know.

Thank you,
Deana

Deana Marakowski
VHA FOIA Officer
Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance
Office of Informatics and Analytics
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20420
Tel. 717-450-4662
Fax. 202-273-9387

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02343-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marakowski, Deana M

Good Morning Mr. Feathers,

Thank you for your inquiry into your FOIA request tracking number 14-02343-F. I am actively working on your request as the search for responsive records has concluded. The next step is to review all of the responsive records received and determine what is releasable under the FOIA. I anticipate this review to begin the later part of next week and to issue an initial agency decision the week of March 24 if not sooner.

I appreciate your patience.

Thank you,
Deana

Deana Marakowski
VHA FOIA Officer
Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance
Office of Informatics and Analytics
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20420
Tel. 717-450-4662
Fax. 202-273-9387

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 17, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-02343-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marakowski, Deana M

Good Morning Mr. Feathers,

I do need to speak with you regarding your request specifically your request for: Incident reports or other documentation filed by the department in response to those claims of abuse. This should reports on any punitive or other corrective action taken."

Can you please give me a call at your convenience (717) 450-4662 as I do not have a phone number to contact you on.

Thank you,
Deana

Deana Marakowski
VHA FOIA Officer
Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance
Office of Informatics and Analytics
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20420
Tel. 717-450-4662
Fax. 202-273-9387

From: Marakowski, Deana M

Good Afternoon Mr. Feathers,

Attached please find the Veterans Health Administrations initial agency decision to your Freedom of Information Act request.

If you should have any questions, please just let me know.

Thank you,
Deana

Deana Marakowski
VHA FOIA Officer
Information Access and Privacy Office
Health Information Governance
Office of Informatics and Analytics
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20420
Tel. 717-450-4662
Fax. 202-273-9387

From: VA OIG FOIA-PA

Good afternoon Mr. Feathers,

Please see the attached. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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