Reports since 2010 relating to treatment of female veterans

Todd Feathers filed this request with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-02753-F
Est. Completion None
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Fix Required

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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 reports compiled since 2008 by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA Inspector General's office that include observations/analysis of the treatment of female veterans in VA facilities or the processing of applications/other documents relating specifically to female veterans.

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: VACO FOIA Service Inbox

Mr. Feathers,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your January 17, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Veterans Affairs, seeking records from the VA and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) relating to treatment of female veterans since 2008.

The FOIA Service received your request on January 17, 2014, and assigned it tracking number 14-02753-F. Please refer to this number when communicating with this office about this request.

The subject matter of this request is a duplicate of your other January 17, 2014, FOIA request which has been assigned tracking number 14-02343-F, and redirected to the Veterans Health Administration. Therefore, we are closing the file on tracking number 14-02753-F as a duplicate request. Consequently, the FOIA Service will take no further action on 14-02753-F.

However, for records pertaining to the Office of Inspector General, we are redirecting your request to that office to respond directly to you. The OIG will assign you a tracking number. If you have any questions about your request, please contact them directly at the address below.

Department of Veterans Affair
Office of Inspector General (50CI)
FOIA Officer: Darryl Joe
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420 Phone: (202) 461-4591 / Fax: (202) 495-5859 / Email: vaoigfoia-pa@va.gov

If you have any questions about this email, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Diane Cooke
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Privacy and Records Management
FOIA Service (005R1C)
Phone: 202-632-7419
Fax: 202-632-7581
Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

From: VA OIG FOIA-PA

Mr. Feathers:

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is in receipt of your Freedom of Information Act request. However, we are unable to begin processing the request without further clarification from you regarding the information you seek.

As you may know, the OIG publishes different types of reports on our public website. You may access the website by visiting www.va.gov/oig. The website provides the visitor an opportunity to search publicly available reports by type, date, or by using search terms. It is not clear from your request whether you have already checked the OIG public website and now seek reports that have not previously been made available to the general public. Clarification from you will assist us in processing your request.

If you are seeking reports that are not already retrievable on the OIG public website, we need clarification on how we should interpret your request for reports including "observations/analysis of the treatment of female veterans in VA facilities or the processing of applications/other documents relating specifically to female veterans"? The possibility exists that a few reports may have "female veterans" in the title and there may be a report with sections relating to females, but the report's focus is not specifically female veterans. Again, clarification from you will allow us to focus quickly on any available responsive information.

We will suspend processing your request until we hear back from you. If you do not respond within thirty (30) calendar days of this email, we will conclude that you are no longer interested in pursuing the request.

Thank you,

Office of Inspector General
Release of Information Office

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