Shutdown communication with congress (Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Inspector General)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Inspector General of the United States of America.
Tracking # EPA-HQ-2014-000915
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All congressional communication in September and October of 2013 referencing the possibility of a government shutdown or the actual shutdown occurring from Oct 1-16, 2013. Please include records between 9/1/2013 and 10/31/2013 or through the date this request is processed. Please note, this is not a request for future documents, but a request to include documents generated while this request is pending the first major search for records, as the courts have allowed. Please include communication to or from any member of congress or anyone acting upon a member of congress such as their staff member. Further, please include all communication from or on behalf of congressional committees, subcommittees, etc.

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 MuckRock.com, 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.

Sincerely,

Jason Smathers

From: hq.foia@epa.gov

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=090004d280150538)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2014-000915
* Requester Name: Jason Smathers
* Date Submitted: Thu Nov 07 00:00:00 EST 2013
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
Requesting all congressional communication in September and October of 2013 referencing the possibility of a government shutdown or the actual shutdown occurring from Oct 1-16, 2013. Please include records between 9/1/2013 and 10/31/2013 or through the date this request is processed.

From: hq.foia@epa.gov

11/07/2013 12:26 PM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2014-000915

See attached document.

From: OIG_FOIA@epa.gov

11/13/2013 11:57 AM FOIA Request: EPA-HQ-2014-000915

From: OIG_FOIA@epa.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request EPA-HQ-2014-000915 has been
determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
11/07/2013
* Request Long Description:
Requesting all congressional communication in September and October of 2013 referencing the possibility of a government shutdown or the actual shutdown occurring from Oct 1-16, 2013. Please include records between 9/1/2013 and 10/31/2013 or through the date this request is processed.

From: OIG_FOIA@epa.gov

Dear Mr. Smathers: Attached is an acknowledgement letter for your recent Freedom of Information Act request to the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General.  Please contact me if you have any trouble accessing the attached document. Sincerely, Scott Levine

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 Nov. 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #EPA-HQ-2014-000915.

Thank you for your help.

From: Levine, Scott

Dear Mr. Smathers:

Thank you for your email requesting the status of your recent Freedom of Information Act request. We are currently processing your request. We have a slight backlog so it may be a few weeks before a final response is available. Depending on the volume of material collected, I may be able to provide an interim release of responsive documents, while the remainder is processed. I should have a grasp of the potentially responsive document pool within a few days and we can discuss this option if viable.
Best regards,
Scott

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Scott Levine
Associate Counsel / OIG FOIA Officer
Office of Inspector General, Office of Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: (202) 566-1512
Fax: (202) 566-0870
levine.scott@epa.gov

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 Nov. 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #EPA-HQ-2014-000915.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 5, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #EPA-HQ-2014-000915.

Thank you for your help.

From: OIG_FOIA@epa.gov

Dear Mr. Smathers:
Request EPA-HQ-2014-000915 has been processed. Attached is a final disposition letter and documents responsive to your request.
Records were released to the public as a result of this request. You may retrieve these records immediately using the following link: View Records. Over the next 2 hours, these records are also being added to FOIAonline's search pages, further enabling you to retrieve these documents associated with your FOIA request at any time. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280150538)
Please contact me if you have any trouble accessing the attachments.

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