Request for communications, documents, calendar

Matt Kasper filed this request with the Department of Energy of the United States of America.
Tracking #

HQ-2018-00730-F

Due March 29, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Matt Kasper

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. Copies of Doug Matheney's, special adviser in the Office of Fossil Energy, calendar from January 20, 2017 through the processing date of the request.

2. Copies of any and all electronic communication between Doug Matheney and representatives of:
Ohio House of Representatives: @ohiohouse.gov
Murray Energy: @coalsource.com
FirstEnergy: @FirstEnergyCorp.com
American Electric Power: @aep.com
Duke Energy: @duke-energy.com
Dayton Power & Light: @aes.com

Please exclude press clips. The timeframe of this search is limited to January 20, 2017 through the processing date of the request.

The search for records should include emails along with attachments (both sent and received).

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. It is in the public's interest to know DOE's role in setting energy policy. Doug Matheney recently presented on DOE energy policy priorities in Ohio at a House Public Utilities committee meeting.

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. However, I am requesting a fee waiver. The organization I work for, the Energy and Policy Institute, is a clearinghouse of information and can qualify as a representative of the news media. There are several examples of public record requests that have been provided to my organization and that were then published on our website to inform journalists publishing articles. Also, I have accounts with news outlets including Huffington Post and Republic Report. Past publications on these outlets as proof are available here (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/matt-kasper) and (https://www.republicreport.org/author/matthew/). Additionally, the Department of Energy has previously categorized FOIAs from the Energy and Policy Institute under Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1004.9(b)(3) as a "news media" requester and have determined that I satisfy the criteria considered for a waiver of fees.

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,

Matt Kasper
Energy and Policy Institute
PO Box 577764
Chicago, IL. 60657

  • Public20Utilities20Ohio20House20of20Representatives20February20202C202018.pdf

From: Department of Energy

Dear Mr. Kasper,

Please find attached the acknowledgement letter for the above referenced FOIA request. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Best Wishes,
Melissa Darr, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
(202)287-6745

From: Department of Energy

Good Morning Mr. Kasper,

Please find attached the interim response for the above referenced FOIA request. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Best Wishes,
Melissa Darr, Esq.
FOIA Analyst
Central Research, Inc. Contractor
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585
(202)287-6745

From: Department of Energy

Good Morning Mr. Kasper,

We are working to process your request and I hope to have the response to you in the next few weeks.
Best Wishes,
Melissa

From: Department of Energy

Good Afternoon Mr. Kasper,

I am the FOIA analyst in charge of your FOIA request, HQ-2018-00730-F. I have recently picked up your case from a prior analyst. You requested:

Copies of Doug Matheney's, special adviser in the Office of Fossil Energy, calendar from January 20, 2017 through the processing date of the request.

Copies of any and all electronic communication between Doug Matheney and representatives of:

Ohio House of Representatives: @ohiohouse.gov

Murray Energy: @coalsource.com

FirstEnergy: @FirstEnergyCorp.com

American Electric Power: @aep.com

Duke Energy: @duke-energy.com

Dayton Power & Light: @aes.com

Please exclude press clips.

The prior analyst conducted a search and pulled all of the documents responsive to the 2nd part of this request. I have those documents ready to go. However, I noticed that they did not pull documents for Mr. Matheney's schedule, the 1st part of your request.

In the interest of providing documents to you as expeditiously as possible, I'd like to ask you to waive receiving part 1 of your request for the schedule. Schedules take a lengthy amount of time to process, and I'd essentially be starting from scratch. It will significantly delay the release of documents. If you choose to waive the schedule, you can always file a new request for it and I'd be happy to process them at that time.

Please let me know if you are willing to waive the schedule at your earliest convenience.

Additionally, please respond to this email to confirm your continued interest in this request. If I do not hear back from you by Friday, September 28, 2018, I will assume you are no longer interested in this matter and close this request.
Thanks,

Kyle Kemper, Esq.

FOIA Analyst

Central Research, Inc. Contractor

U.S. Department of Energy

1000 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20585

(202) 586-2708

From: Matt Kasper

Hi Kyle,
Thank you for the email. Instead of refiling, can DOE release Part 2 (emails) this week and then continue processing Part 1 (the schedule)?

Best,
Matt

From: Department of Energy

Hi Matt,

Thanks for the quick response. Yes, that's not a problem. I'll continue processing the documents. I will have to run this through the appropriate channels for review, so I should have part 2 to you in the next week or two.

Best,
-Kyle

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