Responses to Congressional Committees (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 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


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.

Thank you for your help.

From: Woolsey, Audie - OSHA


I am contacting you to seek clarification for one portion of your
request sent to OSHA, apparently first on May 6, 2013, and then with a
follow-up on June 5, 2013. I only saw the request this week. Contrary to
your belief, OSHA communications to Congressional committees are not
stored in a single place.

I happen to be OSHA's liaison with the Government Accountability Office
(GAO). As I am sure you know, GAO, Congress's investigative arm,
performs studies and makes recommendations to agencies on any number of
subjects. Per OMB's Circular No. A-50, agencies such as OSHA must report
to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs as to how they
will address the recommendations for each GAO report.

I have attached for you a copy of our most recent Statement of Executive
Action and the cover letters that accompanied it so that you can have an
idea of what I am talking about.

My question to you is ... do you really want all of the cover letters
and attached Statements of Executive Action relative to GAO studies that
OSHA sent to Capitol Hill over the last six years? GAO reports are a
matter of public record. What OSHA states it will do to address the
recommendations is also a matter of public record.

It will take time to provide, but I will do this, if indeed you really
want this. I would like to point out, that these GAO letters with
accompanying Statements of Executive Action are not responses, as your
request asked for. These letters are required by law.

So - to reiterate. Many different people will be responsible for
fulfilling this request. I am responsible for the GAO portion. I am
double-checking to ensure that you do in fact want OSHA letters to the
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs discussing how
they will address recommendations for GAO reports - information that can
be found on GAO's website.

I will be out of the office on Friday, June 14, but in all of next week