Christopher Tidmarsh filed this request with the United States Public Health Service of the United States of America.
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Due June 9, 2020
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From: Christopher Tidmarsh

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all digital records (including but not limited to emails, text messages, instant messages, social media private messages, word processor documents, PDF files, PowerPoint files, etc.) created, authored, or written by Adm. Brett Giroir (the current Assistant Secretary for Health and the current director of the Public Health Service) between April 15, 2020 and the date this request is processed (inclusive of those dates) which contain any of the following words or phrases (case-insensitive):





-"contact tracing"

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.


Christopher Tidmarsh

From: United States Public Health Service

RE: 2021-01405-FOIA-PHS Christopher Tidmarsh
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DEPT MR 92677 411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144 Dear Mr.Tidmarsh: This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, dated: April 23, 2020, concerning “All digital records created, authored, or written by Adm. Brett Giroir between April 15, 2020 and the date this request is processed containing "test" , "tests", "tested", "testing", or "contact tracing"”  We received your request on July 09, 2021 and have begun processing your request.

Nida Habib

Main Office Line:  202-690-7453

From: United States Public Health Service

Dear Chrsitopher Tidmarsh, Please see the attached clarification letter for information concerning your FOIA matter. The tracking number for your request is 2022-00397-FOIA-OS. For status updates or other inquiries, please contact our office via email FOIARequest@hhs.gov Sincerely, OS FOIA Division Intake

From: Christopher Tidmarsh


I am writing with regards to FOIA request #2022-00397-FOIA-OS.

Since Paul Alexander and Michael Caputo both worked for HHS, I would assume the domain name for their email addresses would be hhs.gov. So I think it would be best to use that domain to search for the email in question.

Also, if it helps you locate the email, the subject line of the email in question is "RE: Fauci says now today on news that vaccine will not get us to HERD alone...that means intuitively that means we need infected people" [sic].

However, I'm confused why you would need the domain names of the two individuals. You told me the information you needed to locate the records was as follows:

(1) The agencies, offices, or individuals involved;
(2) The approximate date(s) when the records were created;
(3) The subject, title, or description of the records sought; and
(4) Author, recipient, case number, file designation, or other reference number, if

I satisfied points #1 and #4 by providing the names of both the sender and the recipient, and point #2 by providing the date the email was sent, and point #3 by providing an exact quote from the text of the email that you can plug into a search function to locate the email in question. I'm confused why I would need to provide the domain name of the sender's and recipient's email addresses when you have the other information, and given none of the four points specify you need the domain name of the sender's and recipient's email addresses.

If you could please clarify this for me, I would greatly appreciate it.

Christopher Tidmarsh