State Department/UN Ambassador public speech policies

Ryan Koronowski filed this request with the Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2017-12062
Due June 13, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Ryan Koronowski

Dear Sir or Madam:

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

All emails received by the office of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nimrata “Nikki” Haley between April 1, 2017, and the date your office processes this request, that contain the phrases “building blocks” or “re-cleared with Washington.” Please include all attachments.

As a representative of the news media I am only required to pay for the direct cost of duplication after the first 100 pages. Through this request, I am gathering information on the decisions to limit the ability of the United States Ambassador to the UN to speak in public. That is of current interest to the public because of press reports that the ambassador was prevented from doing so ( I provided the phrase "building blocks" as an example of the language used in emails reportedly sent from State Department staff on this matter.

This information is being sought on behalf of (an online news service) for dissemination to the general public and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am a reporter with ThinkProgress, an online news site with a national audience seeking these documents entirely for news-gathering purposes.

I would like to receive the information in the following format: electronic.

Please waive any applicable fees. Release of the information is in the public interest because of the recent press reports that such guidance was issued to the UN Ambassador. 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.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.

As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your communicating with me by email or telephone, rather than by mail, if you have questions regarding this request.

Please provide expedited processing of this request which concerns a matter of urgency. As a journalist, I am primarily engaged in disseminating information. The public has an urgent need for information because of press reports that the UN Ambassador was prevented from speaking normally in public.

I certify that my statements concerning the need for expedited processing are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

I look forward to your reply within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Ryan Koronowski

From: Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Ryan Koronowski,

This is in reference to your fax dated June 16, 2017, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. A copy of your fax has been forwarded to the office that is processing your request. Our office has requested an update on the status and estimated completion date. Information will be provided to you as soon as our office receives a response.

We appreciate your continued patience during this process.

Katrina Wood
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

Official - Transitory

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Koronowski,

This is in response to your email below regarding the status of Freedom of Information Act request number F-2017-12062.

The Department of State's electronic records system indicates that this request is in process and still has an estimated completion date of December 2017. Please be advised that ECD's are subject to change and are "strictly" estimates and not intended to be used as "actual" dates of completion due to various extenuating factors, which may or may not include coordination with other Agencies during the process (referrals, concurrences, etc.).

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L. Temple
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center