Responses to Congressional Committees (Coast Guard)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Coast Guard of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2013-2087
Status
Rejected

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From: Michael Morisy

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 responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan.1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed. These communications are stored together and should be easily accessible.

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,

Michael Morisy

From: Zauche, Michele R CIV

Good afternoon, Mr. Morisy,

The Coast Guard is in receipt of your FOIA request dated May 6, 2013 requesting "a copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan. 1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed."

The Office of Congressional Affairs does not send responses to "congressional committees," and would have no documents corresponding to your request as it is written.

Please clarify your request.

Respectfully,

Michele Rappaport Zauche
Legislative Analyst
Office of Congressional & Governmental Affairs (CG-0921) U.S. Coast Guard

From: Zauche, Michele R CIV

Mr. Michael Morisy
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 5270
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Mr. Morisy

This acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), dated May 6, 2013 and seeking "a copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan. 1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed." Your request was received in this office on May 6, 2013.

After careful review of your FOIA request, we determined that your request is too broad in scope or did not specifically identify the records which you are seeking. Records must be described in reasonably sufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with the subject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency. For this reason, ยง5.3(b) of the DHS regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, require that you describe the records you are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search can locate them with a reasonable amount of effort. Whenever possible, a request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipients, and subject matter of the records, if known, or the USCG unit or office you believe created and/or controls the record. The FOIA does not require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed by requesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specific records.

Please resubmit your request containing a reasonable description of the records you are seeking. Upon receipt of a perfected request, you will be advised as to the status of your request.

If we do not hear from you within 30 days from the date of this letter, we will assume you are no longer interested in this FOIA request, and the case will be administratively closed. Please be advised that this action is not a denial of your request and will not preclude you from filing other requests in the future.

Your request has been assigned reference number FOIA 2013-2087. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. You may contact this office at 202-245-0528.

Respectfully,

Michele Rappaport Zauche
Legislative Analyst
Office of Congressional & Governmental Affairs (CG-0921) U.S. Coast Guard

From: Zauche, Michele R CIV

Mr. Michael Morisy
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 5270
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Mr. Morisy

By letter dated May 13, 2013, we advised you that your FOIA request dated May 6, 2013 is too broad in scope or does not specifically identify the records which you are seeking, and requested that you resubmit your request with a reasonable description of the records you are seeking. We also advised you that if we did not hear from you within 30 days from the date of that letter, we would assume you are no longer interested in this FOIA request and the case would be administratively closed.

Because you have not responded to the above described letter, we assume you are no longer interested in this FOIA request, and the case is being administratively closed. Please be advised that this action is not a denial of your request and will not preclude you from filing other requests in the future.

Your request has been assigned reference number FOIA 2013-2087. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. You may contact this office at 202-245-0528.

Respectfully,

Michele Rappaport Zauche
Legislative Analyst
Office of Congressional & Governmental Affairs (CG-0921) U.S. Coast Guard

From: Coast Guard

The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

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