Responses to Congressional Committees (Department of Commerce)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Department of Commerce of the United States of America.
Tracking # DOC-OS-2013-000907
Status
Completed

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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: FOIAOnline

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request: https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28006805e

Request information is as follows:

Tracking Number: DOC-OS-2013-000907
Requester Name: Michael Morisy
Date Submitted: Mon May 06 00:00:00 EDT 2013
Request Status: Submitted
Description: A copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between January 1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed.

From: Bparsons@doc.gov

05/06/2013 02:54 PM FOIA Request: DOC-OS-2013-000907
Dear Mr. Morisy,

This is an acknowledgement of receipt of your Freedom of Information Act request that you submitted to FOIAonline.  It is assigned to the Immediate Office of the Secretary.  If you need any further assistance with this FOIA or have any questions, you can reach me via email at BParsons@doc.gov or FOIAonline or you may call at 202-482-3257. (mailto:BParsons@doc.gov)
Sincerely, Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary
Office of Privacy and Open Government

From: Bparsons@doc.gov

05/06/2013 03:06 PM FOIA Request: DOC-OS-2013-000907

Dear Mr. Morisy:
This is in response to your rquest for a waiver of fees regarding your FOIA request submitted on FOIAonline to the Department of Commerce today, May 6, 2013.
We have determined that you are in the "news media" category" and meet the ciriteria for a fee waiver.  Therefore, we are granting your request for a fee waiver.
We are currently processing your FOIA request.  If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me via FOIAonline, email at BParsons@doc.gov or phone me at 202-4823257. (mailto:BParsons@doc.gov)
Sincerely,
Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer
Immediate Office of the Secretary
Office of Privacy and Open Government.

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Hi Mr. Morisy,

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted in FOIAonline on May 6, 2013 to the Department of Commerce requesting "a copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan. 1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed."

Your request, as presently framed, "a copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan. 1, 2008", could generate a substantial number (hundreds of thousands) of documents that would have to be reviewed for disclosure under the FOIA. This review for disclosure would entail substantial expenditures of resources and time and would likely result in undue burden to the Department.

Therefore, we are trying to clarify what it is that you are requesting. With this in mind, a suggestion would you be to begin with a log or index or even just a copy of the incoming and outgoing correspondence?

In addition, we have found that a request was sent to four of the Department's bureaus (Census, National Institute of Science and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Patent and Trademark Office), as well. We will be consolidating these into one FOIA request and, therefore one response from the Department.

If you need assistance in the narrowing of your request, you may return an email to me at BParsons@doc.gov<mailto:BParsons@doc.gov> or you may reach me at 202-482-3257.

From: BDolan@doc.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DOC-OS-2013-000907 has been
determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
05/06/2013
* Request Long Description:
A copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between January 1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed.

From: Michael Morisy

Thanks for your help narrowing this request. I agree to narrow it to a log or index of communications, as suggested.

Best,
Michael

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 May 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-OS-2013-000907.

Thank you for your help.

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 May 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-OS-2013-000907.

Thank you for your help.

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 May 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-OS-2013-000907.

Thank you for your help.

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 May 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-OS-2013-000907.

Thank you for your help.

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-OS-2013-000907.

Thank you for your help.

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Hi Mr. Morisy,

This is in response to your inquiry, yesterday, October 30 2013, to Catrina Purvis into the status of your FOIA request DOC-OS-2013-000907.

According to your e-mail sent to Ms. Purvis yesterday, you previously sent inquiries into the status of this FOIA on a monthy basis.

I have no record of receiving these emails you sent in July, August, September and yesterday, please tell me the email address you were using to send these inquiries so that we can be assured to fix the problem or make sure you have the correct email address to send your inquiries.

Please be assured, it is not a problem to re-open your FOIA request and begin the processing of it. I would be happy to accommodate you by sending you the logs, as you have agreed to receive, in the email sent to Catrina Purvis.

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Thank you for following up. MuckRock had been sending regular followup inquires to bdolan@doc.gov. We only recently realized that these communications were bouncing. Please continue processing this request.

Thank you for your assistance!

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Hi Mr. Morisy,

Just sending this email to verify the narrowing of your original request that we are beginning to process today per our conversations via email yesterday. You tried to send us an email June 27, 2013 saying "Thanks for your help narrowing this request. I agree to narrow it to a log or index of communications, as suggested.

Just wanting to confirm that the search is narrowed to "a log or index of communications".

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Yes, that narrowing is acceptable.

Thank you!

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Thank You.

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 May 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-OS-2013-000907.

Thank you for your help.

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Hi Mr. Morisy,

The office units are completing the searches and I should have something to you by next week.
Thanks,
Bobbie

Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary
Office of Privacy and Open Government
Phone: (202) 482-3257
Fax: (202) 482-0827
E-mail: BParsons@doc.gov

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 May 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #DOC-OS-2013-000907.

Thank you for your help.

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Hi Mr. Morisy,

I am having trouble with the FOIAonline so I am emailing the final response to you. Please see the attached.
Thanks,
Bobbie

Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary
Office of Privacy and Open Government
Phone: (202) 482-3257
Fax: (202) 482-0827
E-mail: BParsons@doc.gov

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