Responses to Congressional Committees (Department of State)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2013-07650
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: Department of State

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been accepted.

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 #F-2013-07650.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Request

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

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 #F-2013-07650.

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 #F-2013-07650.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Morisy,

This is in reference to your email dated June 14, 2013 regarding case number F-2013-07650. Your request for a status inquiry has been forwarded to the appropriate office for action.

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 #F-2013-07650.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Morisy,

I have contacted the Case Analyst and requested an estimated completion date for your case. The Analyst will contact the bureaus doing the searches and the individuals reviewing the material. This will take some time because each case is different. The search and review time varies. The time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material.

Please check back with us in a week or so and we should have an answer for you.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Morisy - The Department records indicate that on September 25, 2013 you were provided a September 2014 estimated completion date for the subject case. Regards,

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Morisy - The Department records indicate that on September 25, 2013 you were provided a September 2014 estimated completion date for the subject case. Regards,

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Morisy - The Department records indicate that on September 25, 2013 you were provided a September 2014 estimated completion date for the subject case. Regards,

From: Yujen Alison Stites FOIA Program Analyst/Case Manager

Date: 10/10/2013
FOIA Request Number: F-2013-07650

MuckRock News
Dept MR 5472
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
requests@muckrock.com


Dear Mr. Michael Morisy:

The Office of Information Programs and Services (“IPS”) is in the process of reviewing open Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) requests and would like to provide you with the status of your case. Your request, dated 05/06/2013, was opened 05/06/2011, and assigned to WEP. WEP is ready to conduct searches, but find the scope of your request overly general and board. Please provide us with a subject matter of your interest, (name, issue, committee member, etc.) A few unique key words for this search would be helpful. Currently, your request listed below: A copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between 0/01/2008 to 05/06/2013. I look forward to your responds.

The State Department’s mission is global in nature and in turn the records that document our mission are global in nature too. The Department maintains its records both domestically and at hundreds of posts located around the world. Moreover, many of the Department’s records contain national security information and are classified pursuant to executive order or other sensitive information that is exempt from release under the FOIA. All of these factors combine to make for a complex and lengthy administrative FOIA process. We sincerely regret the delay in processing your request and are providing you with this status update to keep you informed about your case. IPS receives, on average, more than 17,000 FOIA requests each fiscal year and works very hard to respond to all requests in as timely a manner as possible.


Regards,


Yujen Alison Stites
FOIA Program Analyst/Case Manager
A/GIS/IPS/CR/WEP
Department of State
StitesYA@state.gov

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Morisy,

The Office of Information Programs and Services ("IPS") is in the process of reviewing open Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") requests and would like to provide you with the status of your case. Your request, dated 05/06/2013, was opened 05/06/2013, and assigned to WEP. Currently, your request stated below: "A copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between 0/01/2008 to 05/06/2013." WEP has looked at this request and has major concerns. As it stands it certainly falls under the category of "unduly burdensome" under the FOIA. WEP would like to confer with the requester to narrow the scope. Please provide us with a specific subject matter (such as event, name, issue, committee member, etc.) Any unique key words/phrases for this search would be helpful.

If WEP does not receive any response from the requester in 30 days of this message, WEP would consider MuckRock News no longer interested in this request, and would closed this case administratively.

From: Department of State

The request has been rejectedby the agency.

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