SF-716 2001-2017 (U.S. Department of Education)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the U.S. Department of Education of the United States of America.
Tracking #

18-02247-F, 19-00181-F, 19-00114-F

18-02247-F, 19-00181-F

18-02247-F

Multi Request SF-716 2001-2017
Due March 8, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Emma North-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-716 forms (https://www.archives.gov/files/isoo/security-forms/sf716.pdf) produced from January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2017. SF-716 forms are filed annually and may also be identified as Agency Security Classification Costs Estimates.

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.

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). 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 are moot for the purposes of determining the 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: U.S. Department of Education

Dear Emma Best,

This letter is in response to your FOIA request dated June 25, 2018, requesting information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552.

You asked for:

“Copies of all drafted, submitted or received SF-716 forms (https://www.archives.gov/files/isoo/security-forms/sf716.pdf) produced from January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2017. SF-716 forms are filed annually and may also be identified as Agency Security Classification Costs Estimates.”
Please be advised that the US Department of Education does not maintain those types of records/information.

We regret that we have been unable to be more helpful.

This letter concludes our response to your request.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Office at (202) 401-8365 or EDFOIAManager@ed.gov<mailto:EDFOIAManager@ed.gov>

Sincerely
EDFOIA Manager
FOIA Service Center
U.S. Department of Education

From: U.S. Department of Education

Dear Emma Best,
This is the Department's acknowledgment of your request for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. Your request was forwarded to the primary responsible office(s) for action.
Any future correspondence or questions regarding your request, please contact the FOIA Public Liaison at 202-401-8365 or
Thank you. (mailto:EDFOIAManager@ed.gov) EDFOIAManager@ed.gov
ED FOIA Manager
FOIA Service Center
U.S. Department of Education

  • Department of Education FOIA Acknowledgment Letter - 18-02805-F

From: U.S. Department of Education

Please find attached the Department's initial determination on your FOIA request 18-02805-F.
Thanks,

Robert Wehausen
Team Lead
FOIA Service Center
U.S. Dept. of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4510
202.205.0733<tel:202.205.0733>

From: U.S. Department of Education

Dear Emma Best,
This is the Department's acknowledgment of your request for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. Your request was forwarded to the primary responsible office(s) for action.
Any future correspondence or questions regarding your request, please contact the FOIA Public Liaison at 202-401-8365 or
Thank you. (mailto:EDFOIAManager@ed.gov) EDFOIAManager@ed.gov
ED FOIA Manager
FOIA Service Center
U.S. Department of Education

  • Department of Education FOIA Acknowledgment Letter - 19-00181-F

From: U.S. Department of Education

Good Afternoon,

Please find attached an initial determination letter. Have a nice day.

Thank you,

Vera Mitchell
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FOIA Analyst
FOIA Service Center, OM/OCPO
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 7C102
Washington, DC 20202-4510
FOIA Hotline (202) 453-6336

From: U.S. Department of Education

Attached you will find the Department's initial determination on your FOIA request 19-00181-F.

You can check on the status of your request here: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/foia/foiatoc.html?src=ft
Thanks,
Robert Wehausen
Team Lead
FOIA Service Center
U.S. Dept. of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4510
202.205.0733<tel:202.205.0733>

From: U.S. Department of Education

Dear Emma Best,

Please find attached, the final response to your fee waiver request.

Thank you,

Robert Wehausen
FOIA Service Center
US Department of Education
(202) 401-8365

From: U.S. Department of Education

Good Morning,

This email is to provide you a status update for your request. This request was closed on 06/27/2018.

Thank you.

DeShawn Middleton
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Program Manager
Senior FOIA Analyst
FOIA Service Center, Office of the Secretary/Executive Secretariat
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 7C102
Washington, DC 20202-4510
FOIA Hotline (202) 401-8365

From: U.S. Department of Education

Dear Emma Best,

This is the Department's acknowledgment of your request for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. Your request was forwarded to the primary responsible office(s) for action.

Any future correspondence or questions regarding your request, please contact the FOIA Public Liaison at 202-401-8365 or Thank you. (mailto:EDFOIAManager@ed.gov) EDFOIAManager@ed.gov

ED FOIA Manager
FOIA Service Center
U.S. Department of Education

From: U.S. Department of Education

Dear Emma Best,

Please find attached above the final response to your FOIA request.

Thank you,

FOIA Service Center
US Department of Education
(202) 401-8365

From: Emma North-Best

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Emma Best

From: U.S. Department of Education

Good Afternoon,

This e-mail is in response to your request for a status on the subject FOIA request: REQUEST #18-02247 -F

Status: Closed

A Not Ed Records letter was on 6/27/19 via email. Please see attached.

ED FOIA Manager
U.S. Department of Education
FOIA Service Center
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Room 218-52
Washington, DC 20202
FSC Hotline: (202) 401-8365
FSC Fax: (202) 401-0920

From: U.S. Department of Education

Good Afternoon,

This e-mail is in response to your request for a status on the subject FOIA request: REQUEST #19-00181-F

Status: Pending

Conducting Search for responsive records. The program office assigned to search for records responsive to your request is still conducting its search. Once the search for responsive records has been completed the status will be updated accordingly. Please refer to the FOIA tracking number to check the status of your FOIA request at the link provided below:

https://foiaxpress.pal.ed.gov/app/CheckStatus.aspx

We understand how important your FOIA Request is to you and want to handle it as soon as possible but we must process all FOIA request in their order of receipt. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

The analyst that has been assigned to your request has been notified in hopes to provide you with additional information when possible.

Thank you for contacting the U.S. Department of Education FOIA Service Center!

ED FOIA Manager
U.S. Department of Education
FOIA Service Center
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Room 218-52
Washington, DC 20202
FSC Hotline: (202) 401-8365
FSC Fax: (202) 401-0920

From: U.S. Department of Education

Good Afternoon,

This e-mail is in response to your request for a status on the subject FOIA request: REQUEST #19-00114-F

Status: Pending

Conducting Search for responsive records. The program office assigned to search for records responsive to your request is still conducting its search. Once the search for responsive records has been completed the status will be updated accordingly. Please refer to the FOIA tracking number to check the status of your FOIA request at the link provided below:

https://foiaxpress.pal.ed.gov/app/CheckStatus.aspx

We understand how important your FOIA Request is to you and want to handle it as soon as possible but we must process all FOIA request in their order of receipt. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

The analyst that has been assigned to your request has been notified in hopes to provide you with additional information when possible.

Thank you for contacting the U.S. Department of Education FOIA Service Center!

ED FOIA Manager
U.S. Department of Education
FOIA Service Center
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Room 218-52
Washington, DC 20202
FSC Hotline: (202) 401-8365
FSC Fax: (202) 401-0920

From: U.S. Department of Education

Good morning,

Attached you will find the Department's final response to your FOIA Requests 18-02805-F & 19-00181-F.
Thanks,
Bobby

Robert Wehausen
Team Lead│FOIA Service Center
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Office: (202) 205-0733

From: U.S. Department of Education

Dear Emma Best,

This is the Department's acknowledgment of your request for information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. Your request was forwarded to the primary responsible office(s) for action.

Any future correspondence or questions regarding your request, please contact the FOIA Public Liaison at 202-401-8365 or Thank you. (mailto:EDFOIAManager@ed.gov) EDFOIAManager@ed.gov

ED FOIA Manager
FOIA Service Center
U.S. Department of Education

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