Unhireable jobs at State

Alexander Rony filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # F-2017-10437
Due May 19, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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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 unfilled positions that the Department of State cannot fill due to the federal hiring freeze. Please include the job title, GS level, office, and division and limit to the following: Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment; Bureau of Energy Resources; Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; and Office of the Science & Technology Adviser.

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, please 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: Alexander Rony

To Whom It May Concern,

There was a delay in the processing and delivery of my Freedom of Information Act request, originally for "[a] list of the unfilled positions that the Department of State cannot fill due to the federal hiring freeze. Please include the job title, GS level, office, and division and limit to the following: Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment; Bureau of Energy Resources; Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; and Office of the Science & Technology Adviser."

This was written before the federal hiring freeze was lifted. Since that time, it has been reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is maintaining the hiring freeze for the department. Accordingly, I would like to amend my request to the following:

* A list of the unfilled positions that the Department of State cannot fill due to the agency's hiring freeze. Please include the job title, GS level, office, and division and limit to the following: Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment; Bureau of Energy Resources; Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; and Office of the Science & Technology Adviser.
* The internal memo sent April 12 by Secretary Tillerson detailing his hiring decision, as mentioned in this article: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-budget-tillerson-idUSKBN17F1QW.
* Any subsequent memos offering official guidance on hiring that were sent to or by the secretary, under secretaries, or assistant secretaries.

I respectfully request that you waive all fees in connection with this request as provided by 5 U.S.C. ยง 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). I work at the Sierra Club, a national environmental nonprofit with no commercial interest in obtaining the request information. Instead, our organization intends to analyze and disseminate the requested information free of charge so that the public can be better informed and meaningfully participate in the debate over government reorganization and its impacts on the environment.

The Sierra Club and its supporters have demonstrated interest and expertise in the subject area, especially regarding international treaties and ocean conservation. The Sierra Club also has the ability and intention to disseminate the information it receives through this request. The information may be shared through emails to an audience of hundreds of thousands of people, Facebook and Twitter posts reaching thousands of individuals, articles on our website, and analysis provided to the media.

The subject matter of the requested records is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government by disclosing plans for determining the appropriate staffing level at the State Department, along with how certain positions and offices of importance to our supporters will be impacted.

Thank you,

Alexander Rony
Sierra Club

From: U.S. Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Alexander Rony,

This is in reference to your faxed letter (see attachment) to the Department of State, Office of Information Programs and Services (IPS) dated June 2, 2017, inquiring about the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. Your request is currently in queue for processing. Our office was recently informed that the estimated completion date for your request is March 31, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and refer to your case control number.

Sincerely,

Charlotte W. Duckett
U.S. Department of State
Official
UNCLASSIFIED

From: Alexander Rony

Dear Ms. Duckett,

How does the department justify such a long (more than 11 months) response time to my request (Case Control Number F-2017-10437)? Most departments have already sent me their final response with any responsive records.

Respectfully,
Alexander

From: FOIA Status

Dear Alexander Rony,

Given the high volume of FOIA requests, in addition to a backlog (15,967 cases) which the Department is working diligently to reduce, there is presently a delay in the completion of FOIA requests. Also, each case is different and the processing time depends on the complexity of information requested, the location of the information, and the time it takes to review the records.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an email to foiastatus@state.gov.

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: FOIA Status

Alexander Rony-At this time the estimated completion date is still March 31, 2018.
Regards,
Katrina Wood
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Rony,

This is in response to your August 21 email below. Your request (F-2017-10437) is in process and at this time, there is no new information to provide. The estimated date of completion (EDC) is still March 2018. Please note that EDCs 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.). Interim release dates are provided, as applicable.

If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>.
Regards,

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center

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