Trump-G4S (General Services Administration)

Emma Best filed this request with the General Services Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

GSA-2018-001392

Due July 24, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of any proposals, agreements, contracts, memos, emails or other records relating to G4S Secure Solutions and the Old Post Office Building or the Trump Organization. Please include but do not limit the response to a copy of the proposal from G4S discussed in the attached letter.

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. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

Additionally, 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). Further, 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 itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate 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

  • 559_-_GSA_Clock_Tower_Cost_letter_02-08-17_Redacted_11.pdf

From: General Services Administration

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=090004d2819b3862)
* Tracking Number: GSA-2018-001392
* Requester Name: Emma Best
* Date Submitted: 07/02/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Copies of any proposals, agreements, contracts, memos, emails or other records relating to G4S Secure Solutions and the Old Post Office Building or the Trump Organization. Please include but do not limit the response to a copy of the proposal from G4S discussed in the attached letter.

From: General Services Administration

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request GSA-2018-001392 has been determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 07/02/2018
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason: N/A
* Request Long Description: Copies of any proposals, agreements, contracts, memos, emails or other records relating to G4S Secure Solutions and the Old Post Office Building or the Trump Organization. Please include but do not limit the response to a copy of the proposal from G4S discussed in the attached letter.

From: General Services Administration

Good Morning Emma Best,
We received your request in the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office and assigned control GSA-2018-001392. Please refer to this number in all future correspondence concerning this request. Based on this, we anticipate response on or prior to August 2, 2018.
We have twenty (20) workdays in which to respond (excluding Federal Holidays).   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 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.
Additionally, please be advised that at any time, you can log into the FOIAonline, to access your original request and review the workflow associated with this-tracking number.   Should you have any further questions, 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 Ms. Audrey Corbett Brooks, Public FOIA Liaison Officer at (mailto:gsa.foia@gsa.gov) (202) 501-3094 or by email at audrey.brooks@gsa.gov . (mailto:audrey.brooks@gsa.gov)
Respectfully, Freedom of Information Act Requester Service Center
U.S General Service Administration
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  • U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Acknowledgement Notice Letter