Residential Furniture Contracts - DOS

Alex Richardson filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Alex Richardson

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all master contracts for the purchase of residential furniture for overseas posts for the period 2010 to the present.

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 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.


Alex Richardson

From: Department of State

A fix is required to perfect the request. The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: Alex Richardson


Please describe in which way this request is too broad. I understand that virtually all of the residential furniture purchased by the state department for overseas postings is produced by U.S. manufacturers, many of which are located in South Carolina. This is suggestive of large quantity orders. I am seeking a copy of the agreements that the state department has with furniture manufacturers.

Thank you,
Alex Richardson

From: FOIA Request

Your query has been forwarded to the FOIA Requester Status mailbox for reply.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Alex Richardson,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated June 2, 2015, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. According to our records, a letter was mailed to you on May 26, 2015 advising you that the subject matter of your request was too broad and asked that you narrow the scope of your request.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.


Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State

From: Alex Richardson

Dear Charlotte Duckett,

In the June 2, 2015 email that you referred to, I asked that you specify in which way the request was too broad. For example, was the date range too wide? Were there too many contracts because each embassy creates its own? If you help me to understand the way in which this request is too burdensome, I may be able to narrow the scope of the request in a way that will make it easier for you to complete. I await your reply.

Thank you,
Alex Richardson

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Alex Richardson–According to our “Freedoms Data Base System” this request was closed on 5/26/2015. The information should have been in a way that someone familiar with the Department records and Programs could locate them.
FOIA Requester Service Center