USAID ZunZuneo private investment exploration documents

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the United States Agency for International Development of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-00217-14
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any reports, memos or correspondence within USAID regarding the search for private investment for ZunZuneo.

Per an April 7, 2014 USAID blog post (http://blog.usaid.gov/2014/04/eight-facts-about-zunzuneo/):

"3) The story states there was a “shell company” in Spain formed to run the program.
FACT: No one affiliated with the ZunZuneo program established a private company in Spain as part of this program. The project sought to do so if it was able to attract private investors to support the effort after USAID funding ended. Private investment was never identified and thus no company was ever formed."

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]ny reports, memos or correspondence within
USAID regarding the search for private investment for ZunZuneo."

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-00217-14 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

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