USAID ZunZuneo GAO correspondence

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the United States Agency for International Development of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-00215-14
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All correspondence with GAO reviewers with regard to the ZunZuneo project.

Per an April 7, 2014 blog post from USAID:

"In 2012, the Government Accountability Office—the U.S. government’s investigative arm—spent months looking at every aspect of USAID’s Cuba programs. GAO’s team of analysts had unrestricted access to project documents, extended telephone conversations with Mobile Accord (ZunZuneo) and even traveled to Cuba. The GAO identified no concerns in the report about the legality of USAID’s programs, including ZunZuneo, and offered USAID zero recommendations for improvements."

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Smith, Pamela

Dear Mr. Shawn  Musgrave,
Attached is an acknowledgement letter assigning the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) number to your request.  You will be notified shortly of the assigned Government Information Specialist that will be processing this FOIA request.  If you have questions, please contact us on 202 712-0960 or by e-mail at
foia@usaid.gov. (mailto:foia@usaid.gov)
Pamela A. Smith
USAID
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division
M"oving Development Forward

From: FOIA Mailbox (USAID)

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

This acknowledges receipt of your April 8, 2014 Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request to the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID). We received your request in this office on April 9, 2014.
Specifically, you requested "[a]ll correspondence with GAO reviewers with
regard to the ZunZuneo project."

You also requested a fee waiver. After review of your request and your
articulated justifications, your fee waiver request is granted.

Your request has been assigned to Antionette (Toni) Robertson. You may
contact Toni by phone on (202) 712-0859 or by email at anrobertson@usaid.gov,
and reference F-00215-14 in your correspondence. If additional information
is required to assist USAID search for responsive records, the Government
Information Specialist assigned to your request will contact you.

Thank you for your interest in USAID.

Sincerely,

Alecia S. Sillah
Team Lead, Government Information Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

From: FOIA Mailbox (USAID)

Reference: USAID FOIA F-00215-14; MuckRock Tracking 11206-09085196
USAID FOIA F-00216-14; MuckRock Tracking 11207-39227912
USAID FOIA F-00217-14; MuckRock Tracking 11208-49009658

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

Upon further review, the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) has reexamined your recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request submissions. * We've determined that since all three requests
(F-00215-14; F-00216-14; F-00217-14) concern the same subject - Project
ZunZuneo - all three have been combined to a single tracking number. The
new tracking number for these requests is F-00215-14. The other two
requests (F-00216-14; F-00217-14) have been closed administratively. *No
fees will be assessed for the single request.

Please be advised that the search of various agency program offices has
commenced. We are awaiting records from the respective programs. The
records will be assessed and processed upon receipt. We will provide you
with interim releases until such time all records have been received.

Your request has been assigned to Antionette (Toni) Robertson. You may
contact Toni by phone on (202) 712-0859 or by email at anrobertson@usaid.gov,
and reference F-00215-14 in your correspondence. If additional information
is required to assist USAID search for responsive records, the Government
Information Specialist assigned to your request will contact you.

Thank you for your interest in USAID.

Sincerely,

Alecia S. Sillah
Team Lead, Government Information Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

We regret the continued delay in responding to your request. We have
received some documents responsive to your request and they are being
processed. We will provide you with an interim response within two weeks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

I apologize for the late response. The documents received from the program
office are still under review. I will contact you as soon as the documents
are submitted for clearance. We appreciate your continued patience.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 202-712-0859.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

It has been several weeks since any update was sent for this request. Please advise.

Thank you,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

I apologize for the late response but I have been out of the office due to
an illness. You should receive your final response in approximately two
weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks
in advance.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-00215-14.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

I apologize in advance. Due to a number of expedited request, your request
has not been completed. I will review your case tomorrow, Dec 9 and
provide a status update. If you have any questions, please feel free to
contact me at 202-712-0859.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

I apologize for the late response; I have been out of the office due to
medical reasons. Please be advised that I was unable to complete your
request but will review records on Monday, January 18, 2016 and provide an
update. Thanks in advance. If you have any questions, please feel free to
contact me at 202-712-0859.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: Shawn Musgrave

Toni -

Thank you for your help. I look forward to an update next week.

Best,
Shawn

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

I would like to apologize because of the number of documents I have to
review for expedited cases. I will start reviewing your case on Monday, May
23. Thanks for your continued patience.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musrgrave:

I would like to apologize for the delay; I am finalizing your request and
it will be completed by Friday, June 24. The senior reviewer will expedite
review and I will send you email when she has completed her review. Due to
the number of pages, the file may be sent on a CD. Thanks in advance.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

I have completed the review of responsive documents pertaining to your
case; however, we had to reassess the responsive documents based on an
USAID Inspector General Report thus allowing for additional information to
be released. This requires that we provide Creative with a final
determination notice pursuant to Executive Order 12600 which is currently
in review for clearance. I will provide final response as soon as response
is received from the submitter. Thanks in advance.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

The documents are now being reviewed for the final determination notice to
Creative. A final response should be sent to you NLT August 31. If you
have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

A final response will be sent to you NLT Aug 30, 2016. If you have any
questions, please advise.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

I apologize for not meeting our August response date; Creative was given an
extension and we received the final submitter notice from them on August
30. The final response will be sent to you by Friday, August 16. If you
have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks in advance.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

This is the final response to your April 8, 2014 Freedom of Information Act
request to the United States Agency for International Development. Please
be advised that due to the file being in excess of 25MB, we are unable to
transmit electronically. The records were sent to you certified mail (U.S.
Postal Service) and the tracking number is: 7007 2560 0001 4830 5268.

If you have any questions concerning this request, please feel free to
contact me.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

As stated in my October 13, 2015 email, the package was sent certified mail.
TThe United States Postal Service tracking information reflects the package
was delivered to Boston on October 17, 2015 at 10:14am and is available for
pickup. May I suggest you contact your post office for the status of this
package. I have attached the delivery receipt from your post office.

If you have additional questions regarding this request, please feel free
to contact me.

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Please see tracking infirmationdelivered at 10:14 am on October 17, 2016
in BOSTON, MA 02205.ur item was delivered at 10:14 am on October 17, 2016
in BOSTON, MA 02205.
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Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. Robertson,

I apologize for the inconvenience, but this package was certainly not received. What options are available for having these materials reshipped? We can cover the cost of shipping, if need be.

Thanks so much,
Beryl, MuckRock

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

There will not be any fees associated with a second release; however, can
you please provide this office with a Fed-X number or provide a copy of the
mailing so we can send out documents. Thanks in advance. If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact me.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Please mail to:

MuckRock
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

Best,
Shawn

From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. Robertson,

Thanks again for your help. To clarify, the mailing address for this request is

MuckRock
DEPT MR 11206
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

Please let us know if there's anything we can do to help.

From: United States Agency for International Development

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

Please be advised that USAID's package arrived on October 17, 2016 at
6:34am and was available for pickup on October 17, 2016 at 6:49am
(zipcode-02205). I have included a second copy of USPS receipt. As a
courtesy, we are providing you with a second copy of our final response
memo and responsive documents. The USPS tracking number for this package
is: 7013 1710 0000 9327 9673.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

From: Antionette Robertson

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

I contacted the United States Postal Service (USPS) to determine what
happen with the initial package and was advised an individual at the Boston
Globe signed for the package. Please see the attached signed receipt and
link in first attachment for retrieval of additional information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
--

Antionette (Toni) Robertson
Government Information Specialist (FOIA)
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-077C, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-0859 / Fax: 202 216-3070
anrobertson@usaid.gov

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