|Submitted||May 6, 2013|
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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.
We need some guidance on what it is you are exactly looking for in this
request. With today's digital age, much of the communication is by e-mail.
Examples include setting up meetings on the Hill and visits of staffers to
NARA. If you have something specific you are looking for, that will enable
us to eliminate these routine e-mails from the scope.
On May 22, 2013, we requested a clarification of the scope of your request. The body of the e-mail read as follows:
"We need some guidance on what it is you are exactly looking for in this request. With today's digital age, much of the communication is by e-mail. Examples include setting up meetings on the Hill and visits of staffers to NARA. If you have something specific you are looking for, that will enable us to eliminate these routine e-mails from the scope."
As of this date, May 30, we have not received a response back and are tolling the clock. If we do not receive a response by June 7, 2013, your request will be administratively closed. To discuss your request, I may be reached at (301) 837-2025.
NARA Deputy FOIA Officer
Called and left a message, but wanted to follow up in an attempt to narrow this request.
I would like to limit the request to substantive responsive agency/program related letters to NARA's Oversight Committee in the Senate, and NARA's Oversight Committee and Subcommittee in the House as described here.
This includes the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the office of Senator Thomas R. Carper, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the office of Rep. Darryl Issa, and the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, and the office of Rep. John Mica.
Let me know if you'd like further clarification or further narrowing.
This e-mail satisfies our request for narrowing the scope of your request.
I will let the Congressional Affairs Office and OGIS know what they need
to search for in response to this request.
June 5, 2013
DEPT MR 5520
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
*Re: Freedom of Information Act Request NGC13-148*
Dear Mr. Morisy:
This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of
May 6, 2013. Your request, received in this office on that date, and
assigned tracking number NGC13-148, requested a copy of all responses sent
to Congressional committees between January 1, 2008 and present. A
separate request for the same records was sent to the Office of Government
Information Services (OGIS). Since OGIS is part of the National Archives
and Records Administration (NARA), all FOIA requests for their records are
answered by the Office of General Counsel. Therefore, we have combined
these requests together for purposes of this FOIA request.
We conducted a search of the Congressional Affairs Staff, Office of the
Archivist, Center for Legislative Archives, and OGIS. We located a total
of 20 documents responsive to your request. After reviewing these records,
I am releasing them in full.
OGIS has posted their Congressional correspondence on their website here:
One letter from Director Nisbet has not been posted at this time. It has
been included in the 20 documents referenced above. This concludes the
processing of your request.
If you consider this response a denial of your FOIA request, you may appeal
by writing to the Deputy Archivist (ND), National Archives and Records
Administration, College Park, MD 20740 within 35 calendar days and explain
why you feel our response did not meet the standards of the FOIA. Both the
letter and the envelope should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information
Act Appeal.” Please include the tracking number NGC13-148 in your appeal
NARA Deputy FOIA Officer
Office of General Counsel
I just want to verify that all 20 attachments came through.
Yes, all 20 came through. Thank you for your help!