Trump's Gag Order to the USDA

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Office of Inspector General of the United States of America.
Tracking # 17-00028
Due Feb. 23, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any reports, memos, or communications, including email, with any member of the Trump administration over President Trump's orders to the USDA to cease any news or press releases, to freeze the grants and contract budget, to shut down their social media, and to not talk about these moves or any departmental updates with members of the press.

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,

Curtis Waltman

From: FOIA STAFF

From: requests@muckrock.com [mailto:requests@muckrock.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 5:13 PM
To: FOIA STAFF
Subject: Freedom of Information Request: Trump's Gag Order to the USDA

January 25, 2017
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Office of Inspector General
United States Department of Agriculture
Office of Inspector General
Freedom of Information Act Officer
Room 441-E, Jamie Whitten Building ­ Legal Staff
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250-2308

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any reports, memos, or communications, including email, with any member of the Trump administration over President Trump's orders to the USDA to cease any news or press releases, to freeze the grants and contract budget, to shut down their social media, and to not talk about these moves or any departmental updates with members of the press.

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,

Curtis Waltman

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From: Curtis Waltman

Hello,
My Log Number is Log No. 17-00028, would it be possible for me to get expedited processing for this request? Thank you.
Best,
Curtis Waltman
MuckRock News

From: U.S. Department of Agriculture - Office of Inspector General

The request has been rejected by the agency.

From: Curtis Waltman

Hello,
I understand your denial of expedited processing, but are you denying my entire request? If so I would like the specific exemption being used. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Curtis Waltman

From: FOIA STAFF

Dear Mr. Waltman:

This a follow-up on your question: “I understand your denial of expedited processing, but are you denying my entire request?”

Answer: OIG is not denying your entire request. The January 31, 2017, letter from OIG is concerning expedite processing only.

Sincerely yours,

FOIA staff
USDA, OIG

From: Curtis Waltman

Thank you for the clarification!

Sincerely,
Curtis Waltman
MuckRock News

From: FOIA STAFF

Dear Mr. Waltman,

This is to provide you with a status update pertaining to your January 25, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent to the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG), Log No. 17-00028.

USDA, OIG has a backlog of FOIA requests, and processing is taking longer than anticipated. We estimate your request will be completed by March 31, 2017. We are sorry for the delay and thank you for your patience as we continue to reduce our backlog.

Sincerely yours,

FOIA Staff
USDA OIG

From: FOIA STAFF

Dear Mr. Waltman,

This is to provide you with a status update pertaining to your January 25, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent to the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG), Log No. 17-00028.

USDA, OIG has a backlog of FOIA requests, and processing is taking longer than anticipated. We estimate your request will be completed by May 23, 2017. We are sorry for the delay and thank you for your patience as we continue to reduce our backlog.

Sincerely yours,
FOIA Staff
USDA OIG

From: FOIA STAFF

Dear Mr. Waltman,

This is to provide you with a status update pertaining to your January 25, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent to the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG), Log No. 17-00028.

USDA, OIG has a backlog of FOIA requests, and processing is taking longer than anticipated. We estimate your request will be completed by July 20, 2017. We are sorry for the delay and thank you for your patience as we continue to reduce our backlog.
Sincerely yours,
FOIA Staff
USDA OIG

From: FOIA STAFF

Dear Mr. Waltman,

This is to provide you with a status update pertaining to your January 25, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent to the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG), Log No. 17-00028.
USDA, OIG has a backlog of FOIA requests, and processing is taking longer than anticipated. We estimate your request will be completed by August 15, 2017. We are sorry for the delay and thank you for your patience as we continue to reduce our backlog.

Sincerely yours,
FOIA Staff
USDA OIG

From: FOIA STAFF

Dear Mr. Waltman,

This is to provide you with a status update pertaining to your January 25, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent to the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG), Log No. 17-00028.
USDA, OIG has a backlog of FOIA requests, and processing is taking longer than anticipated. We estimate your request will be completed by October 4, 2017. We are sorry for the delay and thank you for your patience as we continue to reduce our backlog.
Sincerely yours,
FOIA Staff
USDA OIG

From: FOIA STAFF

Dear Mr. Waltman,
This is to provide you with a status update pertaining to your January 25, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request sent to the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG), Log No. 17-00028.

USDA, OIG has a backlog of FOIA requests, and processing is taking longer than anticipated. We estimate your request will be completed by
October 4, 2017. We are sorry for the delay and thank you for your patience as we continue to reduce our backlog.

Sincerely yours,
FOIA Staff
USDA OIG

From: U.S. Department of Agriculture - Office of Inspector General

Dear Mr. Waltman,

USDA, OIG has a backlog of FOIA requests, and processing is taking longer than anticipated. We estimate your request will be completed by
January 29, 2018. We are sorry for the delay and thank you for your patience as we continue to reduce our backlog.
Sincerely yours,
FOIA Staff
USDA OIG

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