U.S. Dietary Guidlines

Cynthia Fernandez filed this request with the USDA Office of the Secretary of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2017-FNS-05490-F

Status
Completed

Communications

From: Cynthia Fernandez

To Whom It May Concern:

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

* All communications between members of the HHS and USDA between Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 that discussed nominations for DGAC.
* All communications between the DGAC members between Fall 2013 and Summer 2015 where scientific evidence was reviewed.
* All drafts of the final Dietary Guideline
* All powerpoint presentations that the DGAC members presented or were presented.

A timeline of the USDA Dietary Guidelines can be seen here: https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-dga-timeline.pdf

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,

Cynthia Fernandez

From: USDAFOIA - OCIO

Good Afternoon, Ms. Fernandez:

This email acknowledges receipt of your attached Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department FOIA Office (DFO). Your request was received in this office on July 10, 2017.

USDA has a decentralized FOIA program. Each agency processes its own FOIA requests and appeals independently. The Department FOIA Office (DFO) processes requests and appeals on behalf of the Office of the Secretary, the Offices of the Under Secretaries and Departmental Management's ("DM") components only. For a complete listing of DM's components, please visit http://www.dm.usda.gov/agencies.htm.

Upon review, the FSC has determined that the records sought are likely to be maintained by the Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNCS), a USDA component. Therefore, according to USDA regulation 7 C.F.R. § 1.5(f), the DFO is routing your request to the FOIA Officer for FNCS for processing and direct response to you. In the event you have questions regarding your request, please contact the agency using the contact information below:

Jennifer Weatherly
FOIA Officer
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
U.S. Department of Agriculture
3010 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302
Tel. 703-605-0773
Fax 703-605-0793
Email: FOIA@fns.usda.gov<mailto:FOIA@fns.usda.gov>

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding this e-mail, please contact Department FOIA Team Lead, Marqui Q. Barnes at 202-694-1802 or electronically at marqui.barnes@ocio.usda.gov or USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov.

The DFO Team appreciates the opportunity to assist you.

Department FOIA Office

From:

From: clerk, city

To whom it may concern: you have sent this to a local municipality. We do not have your previous request or the information you are requesting. Thanks Rex Range

From: FOIA - FNS

Good Afternoon,
This is pertaining to the attached request which is being processed by the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP). After review of your request we have concluded that some of the items are very broad and will require some clarification and narrowing. You requested the following information:

* All communications between members of the HHS and USDA between Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 that discussed nominations for DGAC.
* All communications between the DGAC members between Fall 2013 and Summer 2015 where scientific evidence was reviewed.
* All drafts of the final Dietary Guideline
* All powerpoint presentations that the DGAC members presented or were presented.

In regards to the second bullet, we are requesting a more specific topic which will assist in our search. This item does not provide key words or other items which allows us to conduct an effective search. Below is another link that may be helpful in clarifying your request. In addition to requesting for clarification, we are also asking for an extension of 10 working days once we receive your clarification. Please provide a response within 30 calendar days. If we do not receive a response, we will assume you are no longer interested in the requested information.

https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/meetings.asp

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Jennifer Weatherly
FNS FOIA and Privacy Act Officer
Information Management Office
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
(703) 605-0773
jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov<mailto:jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov>

This electronic message contains information generated by the USDA solely for the intended recipients. Any unauthorized interception of this message or the use or disclosure of the information it contains may violate the law and subject the violator to civil or criminal penalties. If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately.

From: Cynthia Fernandez

Hi Jennifer,

As for "All communications between the DGAC members between Fall 2013 and Summer 2015 where scientific evidence was reviewed," I would like
- White papers
- Opinions
- Internal and external emails and memorandum
- Studies

Thanks,
Cynthia Fernandez

From: FOIA - FNS

Ms. Fernandez,
Thank you for the list of formats for the documents you are seeking. We still require a more specific topic of “scientific evidence”. Is there a certain area that you are interested in? In order to do a search we will need a more focused area.

Thank you
Jennifer

From: Cynthia Fernandez

Morning Jennifer,

As for "scientific evidence," I mean any supporting statistics or trials or information that was presented in as supporting evidence taken into consideration for the final guideline.

Thanks for your time,
Cynthia Fernandez

From: FOIA - FNS

We apologize for the delay. We have conducted the search however; the majority of the records originated with HHS who was the lead for the Dietary Guidelines. We are sorting through the records for those that belong to HHS in order to conduct a consult with them on their release.

Thank you for your patience.

Jennifer

From: USDA Office of the Secretary

Good Morning,
We apologize for the delay. As we indicated in our email dated 9/20/17, we have conducted the search however; the majority of the records originated with HHS who was the lead for the Dietary Guidelines. We are sorting through the records for those that belong to HHS in order to conduct a consult with them on their release. This will take additional time as we do not have authority to release records that originated with another Department. We estimate a completion date of Dec 8.

Thank you for your patience.

Jennifer

Jennifer Weatherly
FNS FOIA and Privacy Act Officer
Information Management Office
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
(703) 605-0773
jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov<mailto:jennifer.weatherly@fns.usda.gov>

From: USDA Office of the Secretary

RE: FOIA Request # 2018-00692-FOIA-OS
March 07, 2018
Dear Cynthia Fernandez,
Attached is the acknowledgement letter regarding your FOIA request, which was referred to this office by the FDA.
Sincerely,
Garfield Daley

From: USDA Office of the Secretary

Good Afternoon,
We apologize for the delay. We are still working on this request however; as mentioned before many of the records are combined with those of HHS. FNS only has permission to release those records we have jurisdiction over. We have to consult with HHS on the other information. We hope to have a full or partial response to you by April 12.

Thank you for your understanding

Jennifer

From: USDA Office of the Secretary

RE: FOIA Request # 2017-01266-FOIA-OS
April 23, 2018
Dear Cynthia Fernandez,
Attached is the response to your FOIA request.
Sincerely,
Garfield Daley

From: USDA Office of the Secretary

Hello. An email with the attachment was sent to you on April 23, 2018. It was sent at the email address requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Garfield Daley
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA)
Office of Secretary (OS)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Bldg., Room 745H.4
Phone: (202) 690-8055
Fax: (202) 690-8320
garfield.daley@hhs.gov<mailto:garfield.daley@hhs.gov>

From: Springfield Police Department

Dear Muck,
The documents that you requested for this FOIA request are attached. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
Rex Range, FOIA Officer
City Clerk
This email sent via the Athena System (C)2014 City of Springfield, Illinois

From: Springfield Police Department

Dear Muck,
The documents that you requested for this FOIA request are attached. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
Rex Range, FOIA Officer
City Clerk
This email sent via the Athena System (C)2014 City of Springfield, Illinois

From: Springfield Police Department

Dear Muck,
The documents that you requested for this FOIA request are attached. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
Rex Range, FOIA Officer
City Clerk
This email sent via the Athena System (C)2014 City of Springfield, Illinois

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