Samantha Dravis resignation letter

Alexander Rony filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America .
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EPA-HQ-2018-006407

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From: Alexander Rony

To Whom It May Concern:

I am filing a Freedom of Information Act request for the resignation letter of Samantha Dravis. Ms. Dravis worked as senior counsel and associate administrator in the EPA's Office of Policy. Her letter is believed to have been submitted during the week of March 26-30, 2018 (source: https://wapo.st/2uMjjp7).

I would prefer the request be filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not. Please produce the records on a rolling basis; at no point should the search for – or deliberation concerning – certain records delay the production of others that the agency has already retrieved and elected to produce.

I respectfully request that you waive all fees in connection with this request as provided by 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). The Sierra Club is a national environmental nonprofit with no commercial interest in obtaining the requested information. Instead, our organization intends to analyze and disseminate the requested information free of charge so that the public can meaningfully participate in the active debates around the proper policies and degree of deregulation that the EPA should pursue.

The subject matter of the requested records is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government by disclosing more information about the sudden departure of a high-level EPA official who was heading up the EPA's deregulation task force. Ms. Dravis has been involved in several high-profile decisions, including to reject a recommendation to ban chlorpyrifos.

The Sierra Club and its supporters have demonstrated interest and expertise in the subject area and have made many recommendations regarding EPA regulations. The organization actively works on pesticides, climate change, energy, and other issues that touch on the Office of Policy's portfolio.

In addition to the public interest fee waiver, I ask to be properly categorized as a representative of the news media. The bulk of my professional duties at the Sierra Club entails planning and writing content about public policy, including composing mass communications to our followers, analyzing FOIA responses, and coordinating press outreach. I have previously written about the federal government's work to reorganize its staff:

https://sierraclub.org/planet/2017/05/trump-admin-policies-leave-700-cdc-jobs-vacant
https://sierraclub.org/planet/2017/04/hiring-freeze-prevented-epa-filling-hundreds-jobs

This work, supplemented by Freedom of Information Act requests, was covered in major media outlets:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/19/nearly-700-vacancies-at-cdc-because-of-trump-administration-hiring-freeze/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/epa-hiring-freeze/index.html

The Sierra Club has the ability and intention to disseminate the information it receives through this request. The information may be shared through emails to an audience reaching into the millions, Facebook and Twitter posts reaching tens of thousands of followers, articles on our often-visited website, and analysis provided to the media.

In the event that there are fees, please inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. Please also include an explanation of why I was not granted the fee waivers and/or reductions.

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,

Alexander Rony
Sierra Club

From: Environmental Protection Agency

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2818aecdb)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2018-006407
* Requester Name: Alexander Rony
* Date Submitted: 04/09/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: I am filing a Freedom of Information Act request for the resignation letter of Samantha Dravis. Ms. Dravis worked as senior counsel and associate administrator in the EPA's Office of Policy. Her letter is believed to have been submitted during the week of March 26-30, 2018 (source: https://wapo.st/2uMjjp7). Please see attached pdf for the full FOIA request language.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

04/19/2018 08:34 PM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2018-006407

From: Environmental Protection Agency

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-HQ-2018-006407 has been determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 04/09/2018
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason: N/A
* Request Long Description: I am filing a Freedom of Information Act request for the resignation letter of Samantha Dravis. Ms. Dravis worked as senior counsel and associate administrator in the EPA's Office of Policy. Her letter is believed to have been submitted during the week of March 26-30, 2018 (source: https://wapo.st/2uMjjp7). Please see attached pdf for the full FOIA request language.

From: Environmental Protection Agency

EPA-HQ-2018-006407 has been processed with the following final disposition: Full Grant

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