Unhireable jobs at EPA

Alexander Rony filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # EPA-HQ-2017-005650
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From: Alexander Rony

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A list of the vacant positions that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot fill due to the president's hiring freeze. Please include the job title, GS level, office, and division.

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,

Alexander Rony

From: foia_hq@epa.gov

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=090004d2812488c1)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2017-005650
* Requester Name: Anthony Rony
* Date Submitted: 04/03/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requests a list of the vacant positions that the EPA cannot fill due to the President's hiring freeze.

From: Alexander Rony

Regarding my FOIA request (tracking number EPA-HQ-2017-005650), please update my name to be "Alexander" Rony, not "Anthony."

From: Alexander Rony

I would like to amend my FOIA request (EPA-HQ-2017-005650) to replace "vacant" positions with "unfilled" positions.

From: FOIA HQ

The requester information has been updated.

FOIA, Libraries & Accessiblity Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(202) 566-1667

From: sandfoss.kristina@epa.gov

EPA-HQ-2017-005650 has been processed with the following final disposition: Partial grant/partial denial.
Records were released to the public as a result of this request. You may retrieve these records immediately using the following link: View Records.Over the next 2 hours, these records are also being added to FOIAonline's search pages, further enabling you to retrieve these documents associated with your FOIA request at any time. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2812488c1)

From: Alexander Rony

Thank you for your speedy response. I had two items for clarification.

First, were the only redactions the selectees' names? If so, that makes complete sense and was not part of my original request's scope anyway.

Second, I see that the invoice put me in the commercial requester category. I should be properly categorized as an other use requester, if not a media use requester, since I work for a nonprofit, I have no financial use for this information, I am going to be editorializing on and disseminating this information to the public free of charge, and the topic is one of great public interest.

Respectfully,
Alexander

From: Alexander Rony

Also, I notice that Regions 1-4 have information on positions with selectees that are held in abeyance, but are not included on the data sheets for unfilled recruitments. This is also the case for the Office of the Administrator (OA), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), Office of Environmental Information (OEI), Office of General Counsel (OGC), and Office of Research and Development (ORD). Do these offices have unfilled recruitments without selectees?

From: Sandfoss, Kristina

Good Evening,

This is in response to your questions regarding FOIA Request EPA-HQ-2017-005650 closed on April 7th, 2017.

Yes, the only information redacted from the lists were names per Exemption 6.

And I will forward your request to be categorized as an Other Use or Media Requester to our National FOIA Office staff.

Thank you for your interest in the EPA and have a good evening!
Kristina

Kristina Sandfoss
Program Analyst
AOSD / OROM / OARM
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460
202-564-7177 Mailstop: 3102A Courier: 3351-K

From: Alexander Rony

This is relating to FOIA Request EPA-HQ-2017-005650.

Thank you very much, Ms. Sandfoss. I had a second email on April 7 relating to what appears to be some missing data that I wanted to ensure your office saw. Here is what I wrote:

Also, I notice that Regions 1-4 have information on positions with selectees that are held in abeyance, but are not included on the data sheets for unfilled recruitments. This is also the case for the Office of the Administrator (OA), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), Office of Environmental Information (OEI), Office of General Counsel (OGC), and Office of Research and Development (ORD). Do these offices have unfilled recruitments without selectees?

From: Sandfoss, Kristina

Good Afternoon,

I am looking into this for you.

Thank you and have a good day!
Kristina

From: Sandfoss, Kristina

Good Morning Alexander,

The information provided to you in response to FOIA Request EPA-HQ-2017-005650 is a list of all the unfilled positions the EPA could not fill due to the hiring freeze. The request is closed and you have been issued the final determination. If you believe that the response is unsatisfactory, you can appeal using the directions in the final disposition letter.

Thank you and have a great day!
Kristina

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