Responses to Congressional Committees (National Endowment for the Humanities)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the National Endowment for the Humanities of the United States of America.
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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, 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.


Michael Morisy

From: Raimond, Gina

Dear Mr. Morisy:

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (below), which NEH will process consistent with 5 U.S.C. Section 552 and NEH’s FOIA regulations.

The tracking number for your request is 13-24. You may use this tracking number to obtain information from NEH’s FOIA Requestor Service Center about the status of your request or to ask other questions about your request. The Center’s contact information is as follows: 202-606-8322,

You requested "a copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between January 1, 2008 and the date that [your] request is processed." So that we may respond to your request appropriately, could you please provide more specific information regarding the records you are seeking? For example, are you letters generated by NEH in response to a particular inquiry from a Congressional committee? Any additional descriptive information will be helpful in responding to your request.

Thank you for your interest in NEH, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

From: Raimond, Gina

Dear Mr. Morisy,

This is my final e-mail message concerning your electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated May 6, 2013. You requested " a copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan. 1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed."

On May 6, May 10 and May 14, 2013, I e-mailed you to request additional clarifying information about your request so that NEH could identify the documents you're seeking (see messages below). As of today, May 21, 2013, we have not received a response from you, and are therefore unable to process your request.

If NEH does not hear from you by Tuesday, June 4, 2013, we will administratively close your request (FOIA 13-24) without further action. Please note, this does not constitute a denial of your request; you may reinstate your request at any time by providing the requested clarifying information.

If you have questions, please contact me at 202-606-8322 or via e-mail at

From: Michael Morisy

Thanks for your help. Most federal agencies store all responses to Congressional inquiries in a special folder or tracking file or system. I'm requesting all files, generated between Jan. 1, 2008, that have been collected or stored as communications with Congress in such a filing or storage system.

Such documents should be readily available in the agency's central correspondence file, or in a congressional relations/legislative relations office, or both.

I hope this clarifies my request, bu please let me know if you have further questions.

From: Raimond, Gina

Dear Mr. Morisy:

Please see the attached response to your recent Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) request. We are providing the response via e-mail, as you

Thank you,

Gina Raimond


Office of the General Counsel

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