USAID Venezuela Operations

D Smith filed this request with the United States Agency for International Development of the United States of America.
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From: D Smith

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I with this document request the following records:

1.) Any and all documents related to budgets, especially expenditures for operations in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (from 2011 to present).

2.) A list of all partner organizations in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (from 2011 to present).

3.) A list of all contracts or agreements with organizations in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela including, but not limited to Freedom House, The International Republican Institute, The National Democratic Institute, and The Pan-American Development Foundation.

4.) Any and all documents, memorandums and cables sent by U.S. citizens employed by the Agency for International Development (USAID) in or assigned to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and sent to senior members of the USAID including bureau chiefs, department heads and senior administrators via the so called "Direct Channel" created by USAID in 2011, or also known as a "Dissent Channel" as codified by the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual, since February 1, 1971 until present. (from 2009 to present)

In the event that the contents of any of the requested documents are classified under Executive Order 13526, I also make the following additional requests:

- Pursuant to section 1.2 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting the level of classification of this information and its existence/nonexistence.
- Pursuant to section 1.3 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting the specific authority which classified this information.
- Pursuant to section 1.4 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting the specific classification categories of this information, as well as an identification or description of the damage to national security which the disclosure of this information would produce.
- Pursuant to section 1.5 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting the specific duration of time for which this classification will stand.
- Pursuant to section 1.6 of Executive Order 13526, I am requesting all classification markings about this information, including (1) one of the three classification levels defined in section 1.2 of Executive Order 13526, (2) the identity, by name and position, or by personal identifier, of the original classification authority, (3) the agency and office of origin, if not otherwise evident, (4) declassification instructions, and (5) a concise reason for classification that, at a minimum, cites the applicable classification categories in section 1.4 of Executive Order 13526.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

If 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,

D. Smith

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August 28, 2017 RE:  USAID FOIA No. F-00275-17 Dear D. Smith: Thank you for your letter dated August 26, 2017, requesting information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552.  The tracking number for your request is F-00275-17.  Please use this number when corresponding with our office. At this time, we are in the process of perfecting your request.  A perfected request for records reasonably describes such records and is made in accordance with published rules stating the time, place, fees (if any) and procedures to be followed.  This process includes reviewing the request for clarity and fee category determination and related commitment to pay, if applicable. Once your request is perfected, you will be notified of the FOIA Specialist assigned to process your case.  If you have questions, please contact us at foia@usaid.gov.  Please cite the above-referenced number when corresponding with our office. (mailto:foia@usaid.gov) Thank you. Sincerely, Qianna Norman ADR/FOIA Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

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August 29, 2017 Re: USAID FOIA Request No. F-00275-17 Dear D. Smith: This acknowledges receipt of your August 26, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Specifically, you requested records concerning USAID Venezuela Operations:1.) Any and all documents related to budgets, especially expenditures for operations in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (from 2011 to present).2.) A list of all partner organizations in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (from 2011 to present).3.) A list of all contracts or agreements with organizations in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela including, but not limited to Freedom House, The International Republican Institute, The National Democratic Institute, and The Pan-American Development Foundation.4.) Any and all documents, memorandums and cables sent by U.S. citizens employed by the Agency for International Development (USAID) in or assigned to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and sent to senior members of the USAID including bureau chiefs, department heads and senior administrators via the so called "Direct Channel" created by USAID in 2011, or also known as a "Dissent Channel" as codified by the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual, since February 1, 1971 until present. (from 2009 to present) (Date Range for Record Search: From 1/1/2009 To 8/28/2017). Fee
You have been placed in the "All Others" fee category.  As such, you will be charged for search ($40 per hour) first two hours free, no fee for review, and duplication (first 100 pages free and $.10 per page thereafter). our request has been assigned to Brooke Nicholas, FOIA Specialist.  You may contact Brooke Nicholas by email at bnicholas@usaid.gov or by phone on (202) 712-0552.  Please reference the tracking number cited above in any future correspondence.
Qianna Norman FOIA Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

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