SF-311 2017 (General Services Administration)

Emma Best filed this request with the General Services Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

GSA-2019-000201

GSA-2018-001366

Multi Request SF-311 2017
Due July 19, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all drafted, submitted or received SF-311 forms (https://www.archives.gov/files/isoo/security-forms/sf311.pdf) produced in the year prior to the receipt of this FOIA request. SF-311 forms may also be identified as Agency Security Classification Management Program Data.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the Internet Archive and MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross- section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media.

Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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,

Emma Best

From: General Services Administration

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=GSA-2019-000201&type=request)
* Tracking Number: GSA-2019-000201
* Requester Name: Emma Best
* Date Submitted: 10/29/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: See attached .pdf for request

From: General Services Administration

The FOIA request - GSA-2019-000201 description has been modified. Additional details for this item are as follows:
* Tracking Number: GSA-2019-000201
* Requester: Emma Best
* Submitted Date: 10/29/2018
* Description: See attached .pdf for request

From: General Services Administration

The FOIA request - GSA-2019-000201 description has been modified. Additional details for this item are as follows:
* Tracking Number: GSA-2019-000201
* Requester: Emma Best
* Submitted Date: 10/29/2018
* Description: Records pertaining to copies of all drafted, submitted or received SF-311 forms (https://www.archives.gov/files/isoo/security-forms/sf311.pdf) produced in the year prior to the receipt of this FOIA request. SF-311 forms may also be identified as Agency Security Classification Management Program Data.

From: General Services Administration

Dear Emma Best,
We received your request in the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office and assigned control GSA-2019-000201. Please refer to this number in all future correspondence concerning this request. Based on this, we anticipate response on or prior to November 29, 2018.
We have twenty (20) workdays in which to respond (excluding Federal Holidays).   However, it may not always be possible to provide the documents within this time period. In some cases, we may take an extension and will advise you. Please be advised that your request may be subject to fees for search, review and reproduction costs. Should this be the case, you will be given an estimate of the costs. All estimates are developed in Good Faith and are based on our reasonable judgment. However, due to the unique nature of each request and complexity of documents involved, actual costs to search and review the material may vary. You will be notified of fees, time frames and any other issues prior to and throughout the process.
Additionally, please be advised that at any time, you can log into the FOIAonline, to access your original request and review the workflow associated with this-tracking number.   Should you have any further questions, feel free to contact this office at our Toll Free Number 1-855-675-FOIA or by email at gsa.foia@gsa.gov to inquire about the status of your request. If you have any concerns regarding the FOIA Requester Service Center, please contact Ms. Audrey Corbett Brooks, Public FOIA Liaison Officer at (mailto:gsa.foia@gsa.gov) (202) 501-3094 or by email at audrey.brooks@gsa.gov . (mailto:audrey.brooks@gsa.gov)
Respectfully, Freedom of Information Act Requester Service Center
U.S General Service Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number: (855)-675- FOIA
Fax number: (202) 501-2727

From: General Services Administration

October 30, 2018
Dear Ms. Best:
This is in reference to your GSA Freedom of Information Act Request: GSA-2019-000201, in which you requested:

"Records pertaining to copies of all drafted, submitted or received SF-311 forms (https://www.archives.gov/files/isoo/security-forms/sf311.pdf) produced in the year prior to the receipt of this FOIA request. SF-311 forms may also be identified as Agency Security Classification Management Program Data."
The mission of GSA is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.
The Freedom of Information Act provides authority to Federal Agencies to release documents that are specifically identified by the requester.  It does not require an Agency to do an all-encompassing search of all records in order to respond to requests. As written, we need additional clarification to complete your request.
Please clarify your request by providing us with the specific information as specified below:

1. We responded to this request on July 25, 2018, under GSA-2018-001366 unless I'm misunderstanding the request. Please see if GSA-2018-001366 fulfills the latest request. If not, could you please clarify?
Providing this information to our Offices will assist us in narrowing down the content to focus on your specific area of interest. Please provide clarifications by November 14, 2018, otherwise we will interpret this as you no longer being interested in the matter and your FOIA request will be canceled without further notification on our part. This action does not constitute a denial of your request nor does it affect your rights to submit future FOIA requests to this Agency.
Please reference FOIA Request number GSA-2019-000201 you respond.
If you have further questions, please contact me at (202) 219-1603 or via email at kimberly.veach@gsa.gov.

If you have any concerns regarding the GSA's FOIA Requester Service Center, please contact Ms. Audrey Corbett Brooks, Public FOIA Liaison Officer at (202) 501-3094 or by email at audrey.brooks@gsa.gov. (mailto:audrey.brooks@gsa.gov)
Respectfully,
GSA FOIA Requester Service Center
Wasington DC Headquarter Office

From: General Services Administration

Dear Ms. Best:

This is in reference to your GSA Freedom of Information Act Request:
GSA-2019-000201, in which you requested:

"Records pertaining to copies of all drafted, submitted or received SF-311
forms (https://www.archives.gov/files/isoo/security-forms/sf311.pdf)
produced in the year prior to the receipt of this FOIA request. SF-311
forms may also be identified as Agency Security Classification Management
Program Data."

The mission of GSA is to deliver the best value in real estate,
acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.

The Freedom of Information Act provides authority to Federal Agencies to
release documents that are specifically identified by the requester. It
does not require an Agency to do an all-encompassing search of all records
in order to respond to requests. As written, we need additional
clarification to complete your request.

Please clarify your request by providing us with the specific information
as specified below:

1. We responded to this request on July 25, 2018, under GSA-2018-001366
unless I'm misunderstanding the request. Please see if GSA-2018-001366
fulfills the latest request. If not, could you please clarify?

Providing this information to our Offices will assist us in narrowing down
the content to focus on your specific area of interest. Please provide
clarifications by November 14, 2018, otherwise we will interpret this as
you no longer being interested in the matter and your FOIA request will be
canceled without further notification on our part. This action does not
constitute a denial of your request nor does it affect your rights to
submit future FOIA requests to this Agency.

Please reference FOIA Request number GSA-2019-000201 you respond.

If you have further questions, please contact me at (202) 219-1603 or via
email at kimberly.veach@gsa.gov.

If you have any concerns regarding the GSA's FOIA Requester Service Center,
please contact Ms. Audrey Corbett Brooks, Public FOIA Liaison Officer at
(202) 501-3094 or by email at audrey.brooks@gsa.gov.

Respectfully,

GSA FOIA Requester Service Center
Wasington DC Headquarter Office

Respectfully,

U.S. General Services Administration

Kimberly G. Veach

Government Information Specialist

*Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requester Service Center Office of
Accountability and Transparency*

Office of Administrative Services

(202) 219-1603

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From: General Services Administration

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request GSA-2019-000201 has been fully granted. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 10/29/2018
* Request Description: See attached .pdf for request
* Fee Waiver Original Justification: See text of request in pdf attached
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason: N/A

From: Emma Best

You seem to be sending responses to the wrong addresses. Please send them to the correct address, specified in the original request, so they may be properly processed and responded to.

Thank you.

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