Significant FOIA emails and weekly updates

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Defense, Freedom of Information Policy Office of the United States of America.
Tracking # 13-F-1204
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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 emails sent to DFOIPO@whs.mil with the following subjects:

"Significant FOIA Request"
"Significant FOIA Response"

I also request copies of all weekly updates of "significant" FOIA requests, as sent each week to the Director of Administration and Management as well as the DoD FOIA Public Liaisons every Tuesday, per the "Departmental Level Notification Process for Significant DoD FOIA Requests and Responses".

For reference, this policy is available here: http://causeofaction.org/2013/07/09/secret-pentagon-policy-may-delay-responses-to-freedom-of-information-act-requests/

For all documents requested above, please include documents from November 1, 2012 to the day this request is processed, and include all responses between the respective DoD component and DFOIPO (that is, the full email chain).

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Santos, Adrienne M CIV WHS ESD (US)

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

This is an interim response to your attached electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, dated July 29, 2013. Your request was received in this office on July 29, 2013 and assigned FOIA case number 13-F-1204. We ask that you use that number when referring to your request.

Concerning your request for a fee waiver on the basis that disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest, decisions to waive or reduce fees are made on a case-by-case basis and cannot be made until a search for responsive records has been conducted and the volume and nature of any responsive records have been determined. As soon as the results of the search for responsive records are known, and a review of all releasable records has been completed, we will write to you again.

As you may not be aware, the FOIA requires all requesters to state a willingness to pay FOIA fees. In that regard, this office has determined that your request should be placed in the "other" fee category. Accordingly, you are entitled to the first two hours of search time at no charge, and the first 100 pages of duplication free of charge. Subsequent processing will be assessed at the established DoD fee rates of: professional search time, $44 per hour; executive search time, $75 per hour; and document reproduction at $0.15 per page. Because you have not stated a willingness to pay all assessable fees for search and/or duplication costs in the event your request for a fee waiver is denied, your search will be limited to the two hours you are entitled to as an "other" category requester and a fee waiver decision will be based on the results of that two hour search. If you are willing to pay fees beyond the initial two hours, please provide that amount to this office. If we do not hear from you by August15, 2013, we will conclude that you do not want the search to proceed beyond your free two hours.

At this time, we are unable to make a release determination on your request within the 20-day statutory time period as there are unusual circumstances which impact our ability to quickly process your request. These unusual circumstances are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from several offices geographically separated from this Office and (b) the need to consult with one or more agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. For these reasons, your request has been placed in our complex processing queue and it will be worked in the order the request was received. As a matter of information, our current administrative workload is approximately 1,530 open requests. I apologize for the anticipated delay in responding to your request; your continued patience is appreciated.

If you are not satisfied with this action, you may appeal to the appellate authority, by writing directly to the Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office, Attn: Mr. James Hogan, 1155 Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20301-1155. Your appeal should be postmarked within 60 calendar days of the date of this letter, should cite to case number 13-F-1204, and should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

v/r

Adrienne M. Santos, FOIA Analyst
for Suzanne Council on behalf of
Paul Jacobsmeyer, Chief,
Freedom of Information Act Division
OSD/JS FOIA Office
(571) 372-0414

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 July 29, 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 #13-F-1204.

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 July 29, 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 #13-F-1204.

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 July 29, 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 #13-F-1204.

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 July 29, 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 #13-F-1204.

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 July 29, 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 #13-F-1204.

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 July 29, 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 #13-F-1204.

Thank you for your help.

From: Santos, Adrienne M CIV WHS ESD (US)

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

It is our policy that each request receives prompt attention, and every effort is made to treat all requesters equally. Please note that your request was tasked for search. Unfortunately, the search for the requested records has not been completed. As stated in our interim response, our administrative workload was 1, 530 open requests at the time we received this request. Please understand our problem with the volume of requests. Once I received the response from the agency conducting the search, I will act on your request as soon as possible and respond directly to you. I apologize for the anticipated delay in responding to your request.

If you have any additional questions, please contact me.

v/r

Adrienne M. Santos
Government Information Specialist
Office of Freedom of Information
OSD/JS FOIA Office
(571) 372-0414
adrienne.m.santos.civ@mail.mil

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 July 29, 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 #13-F-1204.

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 July 29, 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 #13-F-1204.

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 July 29, 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 #13-F-1204.

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 July 29, 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 #13-F-1204.

Thank you for your help.

From: Santos, Adrienne M CIV WHS ESD (US)

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

It is our policy that each request receives prompt attention, and every effort is made to treat all requesters equally. Please note that your request was tasked for search. Unfortunately, the search for the requested records has not been completed. As stated in our interim response, our administrative workload was 1, 530 open requests at the time we received this request. Please understand our problem with the volume of requests. Once I received the response from the agency conducting the search, I will act on your request as soon as possible and respond directly to you. I apologize for the anticipated delay in responding to your request.

If you have any additional questions, please contact me.

v/r

Adrienne M. Santos
Government Information Specialist
Office of Freedom of Information
OSD/JS FOIA Office
(571) 372-0414
adrienne.m.santos.civ@mail.mil

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 July 29, 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 #13-F-1204.

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 July 29, 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 #13-F-1204.

Thank you for your help.

From: Department of Defense, Freedom of Information Policy Office

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Department of Defense, Freedom of Information Policy Office

A first set of responsive documents from the agency, with more to be sent at a specified date.

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