SEC-Rockefeller communications re: FOIA reform bill

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States of America.
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15- 03384-FOIA

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Completed

Communications

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All communications — including emails, memos and reports — regarding the FOIA Improvement Act (S.2520) or related bill FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014 (FOIA Act, H.R. 1211) that were exchanged with or sent to Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and his staff.

Given that this FOIA is submitted in my capacity as a journalist, I request that I be categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees. Here is a selection of my published articles on MuckRock:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/12/how-843-lbs-seized-pot-lead-customs-and-border-pro/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/mar/03/us-marshals-service-conceal-key-details-millions-s/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/12/fbi-and-justice-department-cant-find-drone-privacy/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/22/air-force-knows-how-many-mq-9-drones-it-wants-cant/

I have also been published in a number of other national media outlets:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-us-spent-360-million-on-border-drones-thanks-to-this-flimsy-report

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-air-force-says-it-needs-precisely-52-new-reaper-drones-cant-explain-why

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

www.betaboston.com/news/2014/03/05/a-vast-hidden-surveillance-network-runs-across-america-powered-by-the-repo-industry/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/05/nypd-social-media-policy-allows-catfishing-with-the-proper-paperwork.html

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2014/12/03/the-pentagon-finally-details-its-weapons-for-cops-giveaway

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://news.vice.com/article/fbi-agent-who-killed-boston-bombing-suspects-friend-was-twice-accused-of-police-brutality

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,

Shawn Musgrave

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From: Taylor, Felecia

Mr. Musgrave,

We are in receipt of your FOIA request for access to all communications, including e-mails, memos, and reports regarding the FOIA Improvement Act or related bill, FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014, that were exchanged with or sent to Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and his staff. Please provide me with the e-mail addresses of Senator Rockefeller and his staff so that we can conduct an e-mail search for any responsive records.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2465
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

From: Taylor, Felecia

Mr. Musgrave,

Please provide the information requested below as soon as possible. If we do not hear from you by June 25, 2015, we will assume you are no longer interested in our processing of your request, and will remove it from our pending caseload without further notice to you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2465
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Apologies for my delay. Please search for emails from the following domains:

1) commerce.senate.gov
2) rockefeller.senate.gov

Please let me know if you require additional clarification to process this request.

Best,
Shawn

From: Taylor, Felecia

Thank you. Also, to ensure we search the correct timeframe, please provide me with the dates of interest to you.

Thanks again,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2465
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

From: Shawn Musgrave

Please search for communications sent between November 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

Best,
Shawn

From: Taylor, Felecia

Thank you.

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 14, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15- 03384-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

From: Taylor, Felecia

Mr. Musgrave,

We hope to issue the final response to you via e-mail on today (July 16) or tomorrow (July 17). We sincerely apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2465
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

From: Taylor, Felecia

Mr. Musgrave,

We have been slightly delayed, but we expect to have a response to you by no later than Monday, July 20, 2015.

Thanks again for your patience.

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2465
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

From: Taylor, Felecia

Mr. Musgrave,

Please be advised that we are in consultation with another Federal agency regarding records that are responsive to your request. As soon as we complete our consultation, you will be notified of our findings.

In the interim, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Felecia Taylor
FOIA Lead Research Specialist
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Office of Support Operations
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549-2465
(202) 551-8349 - telephone number
(202) 772-9337 - fax number

From: Taylor, Felecia

Please see attached response.

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