Shutdown communication with congress (General Services Administration)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the General Services Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 259428
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: GSA FOIA

Good morning Mr. Jason Smathers:

We received your request in the U. S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office and assigned control FOIA IQ
number 259428. Please refer to this number in all future correspondence
concerning this request. We have twenty workdays from today’s day in which
to respond (excluding Federal holidays). Based on this, we anticipate
response on or before November 18, 2013.

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 in excess of two hundred and fifty
dollars ($250) must be paid in advance of beginning the work. 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.

Please 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 Mr. Ralph L. Boldt, FOIA, Public Liaison
Officer at (202) 501-3094 or via email at
Ralph.Boldt@gsa.go<Ralph.Boldt@gsa.gov>

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Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

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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 Oct. 18, 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 #259428.

Thank you for your help.

From: GSA FOIA

Good Evening Mr. Smathers,

This is an update on your Freedom of Information Act request of September
25, 2013 (GSA FOIA number 259428), in which you requested “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. ”

We have currently requested a Data Pull from various Regional Offices
throughout GSA for the information you requested. In order to properly
respond to your request, it is necessary for us to take a 10 working day
extension under 41 CFR 105-60.404(a)(3), consultation among two or more
components of GSA having substantial subject-matter interest. You should
expect a final reply on or before December 6, 2013.

If you have any questions, or need to discuss this matter further, please
contact me at 202.329.9361 <404-562-2810> or via email at
hyacinth.perrault@gsa.gov <debra.traylor@gsa.gov>. I apologize for this
delay and any inconvenience it may cause you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any attachments to this
email message contain confidential information belonging to the sender,
which is legally privileged. The information is intended only for the use
of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. Please do not forward
this message without permission. If you are not the intended recipient or
the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of
this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone or return
email and delete and destroy the original email message, and attachments
thereto and all copies thereof.

From: GSA FOIA

Good Afternoon Mr. Smathers:

This is an update on your Freedom of Information Act request of September
25, 2013 (GSA FOIA number 259428), in which you requested “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. ”

We were recently informed from our Office of Chief Information Office
(OCIO) that the Data Pulls for the emails requires additional time.

I would respectfully request an extension in order for these records to be
thoroughly researched & pulled to respond to your subject FOIA. You
should expect a final response by January 17th.

If you have any questions, or need to discuss this matter further, please
contact me at 202.329.9361 <404-562-2810> or via email at
hyacinth.perrault@gsa.gov <debra.traylor@gsa.gov>. I apologize for this
delay and any inconvenience it may cause you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any attachments to this
email message contain confidential information belonging to the sender,
which is legally privileged. The information is intended only for the use
of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. Please do not forward
this message without permission. If you are not the intended recipient or
the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of
this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone or return
email and delete and destroy the original email message, and attachments
thereto and all copies thereof.

From: Jason Smathers

Thank you for the status update, I will look forward to a response by January 17th.

Blessings,
Jason

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 Oct. 18, 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 #259428.

Thank you for your help.

From: GSA FOIA

Good Evening Mr. Smathers,

Please accept this email as an update to your FOIA where you requested 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. Specifically you requested the following:

- 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;
- Communication to or from any member of congress or anyone acting upon
a member of congress such as their staff member; and
- All communication from or on behalf of congressional committees,
subcommittees, etc.

At this time, a total of 3,679 pages have been completely converted from
your request, and now these pages will need to be reviewed and redacted. I
would respectfully request that the due date be extended to Monday, April
18th.

Additionally, due to the voluminous amount of records, and under GSA's
Management's discretion, we may be able to release the information to you
as it becomes available to our Office.

Please advise if this extension request is acceptable.

I do apologize for this delay and any inconvenience it may cause you. If
you have any additional concerns, feel free to call me at 202.329.9361 for
a status update.

Thank you.
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Respectfully,

Hyacinth Perrault
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any attachments to this
email message contain confidential information belonging to the sender,
which is legally privileged. The information is intended only for the use
of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. Please do not forward
this message without permission. If you are not the intended recipient or
the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of
this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone or return
email and delete and destroy the original email message, and attachments
thereto and all copies thereof.

From: GSA FOIA

Good Evening Mr. Smathers,

I am re-sending this Status Update & Request for a Negotiated Due Date
regarding FOIA 259428 as I am uncertain whether you received the initial
email sent on February 9th, in addition to just realizing that we have two
emails on record for you.

Upon receipt of this email, kindly respond to let us know whether Monday,
April 18th is an acceptable due date. In total, there are 3,679 pages to
review & redact, and we have been working on your request.

If you have any additional concerns, feel free to call me at 202.329.9361 for
a status update.

Thank you.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: GSA FOIA <gsa.foia@gsa.gov>
Date: Sun, Feb 9, 2014 at 7:10 PM
Subject: Status Update & Negotiated Due Date Regarding FOIA 259428
To: requests@muckrock.com
Cc: GSA FOIA <GSA.FOIA@gsa.gov>

Good Evening Mr. Smathers,

Please accept this email as an update to your FOIA where you requested 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. Specifically you requested the following:

- 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;
- Communication to or from any member of congress or anyone acting upon
a member of congress such as their staff member; and
- All communication from or on behalf of congressional committees,
subcommittees, etc.

At this time, a total of 3,679 pages have been completely converted from
your request, and now these pages will need to be reviewed and redacted. I
would respectfully request that the due date be extended to Monday, April
18th.

Additionally, due to the voluminous amount of records, and under GSA's
Management's discretion, we may be able to release the information to you
as it becomes available to our Office.

Please advise if this extension request is acceptable.

I do apologize for this delay and any inconvenience it may cause you. If
you have any additional concerns, feel free to call me at 202.329.9361 for
a status update.

Thank you.
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Respectfully,

Hyacinth Perrault
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any attachments to this
email message contain confidential information belonging to the sender,
which is legally privileged. The information is intended only for the use
of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. Please do not forward
this message without permission. If you are not the intended recipient or
the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of
this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone or return
email and delete and destroy the original email message, and attachments
thereto and all copies thereof.

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Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any attachments to this
email message contain confidential information belonging to the sender,
which is legally privileged. The information is intended only for the use
of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. Please do not forward
this message without permission. If you are not the intended recipient or
the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of
this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone or return
email and delete and destroy the original email message, and attachments
thereto and all copies thereof.

From: Jason Smathers

I agree to that due date. Can you please use only this email address to communicate with me concerning this request? I have a unique email address for each FOIA request I submit which allows me to track the status and communication of requests in an efficient manor.

Thank you.

Regards,
Jason Smathers

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 Oct. 18, 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 #259428.

Thank you for your help.

From: GSA FOIA

Good morning Mr. Jason Smathers,

Please accept this email as an update to your FOIA where you requested the
following information:

*"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."*

A total of *3,679* pages are under our redaction process. We are currently
*1065* pages into the redaction process as of today, April 8, 2014.

As soon as the redaction process is complete and the final concurrence is
obtained, we will release the final response and responsive documents to
you.

We thank you for your continued patience during the processing of your
request.

Please 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.

Take care.

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Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any attachments to this
email message contain confidential information belonging to the sender,
which is legally privileged. The information is intended only for the use
of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. Please do not forward
this message without permission. If you are not the intended recipient or
the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of
this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone or return
email and delete and destroy the original email message, and attachments
thereto and all copies thereof.

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 Oct. 18, 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 #259428.

Thank you for your help.

From: GSA FOIA

Good morning Mr. Jason Smathers,

Please accept this email as an update to your GSA FOIA Request No. *259428*,
where you requested the following information:

*"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."*

The responsive documents are under our redaction process at the moment. We
are currently 70% complete into the redaction process as of today, May 9,
2014.

As soon as the redaction process is complete and the final concurrence is
obtained, we will release the final response and responsive documents to
you.

We thank you again for your continued patience during the processing of
your request.

Please 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.

Take care.

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Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any attachments to this
email message contain confidential information belonging to the sender,
which is legally privileged. The information is intended only for the use
of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. Please do not forward
this message without permission. If you are not the intended recipient or
the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of
this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone or return
email and delete and destroy the original email message, and attachments
thereto and all copies thereof.

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 Oct. 18, 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 #259428.

Thank you for your help.

From: GSA FOIA

Good morning Mr. Jason Smathers,

Please accept this email as an update to your GSA FOIA Request No. *259428*,
where you requested the following information:

*"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."*

The responsive documents are under our redaction process at the moment. We
are currently 85% complete into the redaction process as of today, June 9,
2014.

As soon as the redaction process is complete and the final concurrence is
obtained, we will release the final response and responsive documents to
you.

We thank you again for your continued patience during the processing of
your request.

Please 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.

Take care.

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Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any attachments to this
email message contain confidential information belonging to the sender,
which is legally privileged. The information is intended only for the use
of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. Please do not forward
this message without permission. If you are not the intended recipient or
the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of
this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone or return
email and delete and destroy the original email message, and attachments
thereto and all copies thereof.

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 Oct. 18, 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 #259428.

Thank you for your help.

From: GSA FOIA

Good Afternoon Mr. Smathers,

Please accept our apologies for this delayed status update to you regarding
FOIA 259248 where you requested 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.

This request involves a voluminous amount of records that must be reviewed
and redacted, and our Office continues to work through these documents
prior to submitting the Final Package to you. You should expect a final
reply on or before Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

Kindly respond and advise whether this extension is acceptable

We apologize for this delay and any inconvenience it may cause you.

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Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any attachments to this
email message contain confidential information belonging to the sender,
which is legally privileged. The information is intended only for the use
of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. Please do not forward
this message without permission. If you are not the intended recipient or
the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of
this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone or return
email and delete and destroy the original email message, and attachments
thereto and all copies thereof.

From: Jason Smathers

Your last email to me said "You should expect a final
reply on or before Wednesday, August 13, 2014." However, I have not seen that final reply yet. Can you please update me on the status of this request? 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 Oct. 18, 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 #259428.

Thank you for your help.

From: GSA FOIA

Good Afternoon Mr. Jason Smathers:

This email is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request, GSA Number 259428, dated October 21, 2013. Provided is the final
response letter with enclosures. Thank you.

Respectfully,
Freedom of Information Act
Requester Service Center
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, Northwest, Room 7300
Washington, DC 20405
Toll Free number:(855) 675-FOIA
Fax number:(202) 501-2727

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any attachments to this
email message contain confidential information belonging to the sender,
which is legally privileged. The information is intended only for the use
of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. Please do not forward
this message without permission. If you are not the intended recipient or
the employee or agent responsible for delivering it to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying,
distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of
this transmission is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify us immediately by telephone or return
email and delete and destroy the original email message, and attachments
thereto and all copies thereof.

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