USDA Docs Re: Feeding Garbage to Swine

Evan Anderson filed this request with the United States Department of Agriculture - Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2016-APHIS-02987-F
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From: Evan Anderson

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All reports or risk assessments related to the 1980 Swine Health Protection Act. These documents would most likely be in possession of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

All records related to violations of the 1980 Swine Health Protection Act.

All cooperative agreements between the USDA and the Department of Justice regarding enforcement of the 1980 Swine Health Protection Act.

All reported cases of Classical Swine Fever. If a database of CSF reports (or reports of all diseases in swine) is available, I would like a copy of that rather than each individual reporting form. For an example of a reporting form, see page 19 here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahss/swine/csf/CSF_pm_2007_AppendD_Instructions.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,

Evan Anderson

From: USDAFOIA - OCIO

Good Afternoon, Mr. Anderson:

Please see attached routing letter pertaining to your recent FOIA request.

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From: Boyd, Shirley

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From: Evan Anderson

Hi there,

Thank you for getting back to me. However, I think you have the email addresses mixed up. This email address was used for a different request -- the one you meant to respond to uses the following email address: requests@muckrock.com

Sorry for the confusion -- I sometimes file a lot of requests. :)

Sincerely,
Evan

From: Evan Anderson

Please confirm receipt of the below request, which according to a previous message has been routed to your office.
Thank you

From: APHIS-FOIA Officer

Good morning,

The APHIS FOIA Office is in receipt of this request. The FOIA tracking number for this request is 2016-APHIS-02987-F and is assigned to Ms. Lyndia Taylor of the APHIS FOIA Office.

Thanks in advance,

KeWanda McCain
USDA APHIS
Resource Management Operations
Freedom of Information and Privacy Act
Legislative and Public Affairs
Tel. (301) 851-4066
Fax. (301) 734-5941
Email. KeWanda.L.McCain@aphis.usda.gov<mailto:KeWanda.L.McCain@aphis.usda.gov>

From: Taylor, Lyndia F - APHIS

Dear Mr. Anderson:

The program sent FOIA the records for your request last week. They are now in the review process and will be sent to you as soon as possible. We are sorry the delay and thank you for your patience in this matter. I will be able to give you a more informative update by the end of next week.

Lyndia Taylor

Lyndia Taylor
USDA APHIS
Freedom of information and Privacy Act
Legistative and Public Affairs
Off: 301-851-4042
Fax: 301-734-5941

From: Taylor, Lyndia F - APHIS

Dear Mr. Anderson,

To date I have received 856 pages of risk assessments and reports. They are in the review process and I hope to have them out to you by the end of next week (5/27/16).

Lyndia

Lyndia Taylor
USDA APHIS
Freedom of information and Privacy Act
Legistative and Public Affairs
Off: 301-851-4042
Fax: 301-734-5941

From: Taylor, Lyndia F - APHIS

Dear Mr. Anderson:

Do you have a phone number that I can call you on concerning your request? I have a few questions and it would be easier to convey them over the phone. Then if necessary I would like to schedule a conference call with you, I and Vet on our Swine Health Staff.

Thank you

Lyndia Taylor

Lyndia Taylor
USDA APHIS
Freedom of information and Privacy Act
Legistative and Public Affairs
Off: 301-851-4042
Fax: 301-734-5941

From: Evan Anderson

Hi Ms. Taylor,

My phone number is (413) 212-9500. I am available tomorrow around 10am if you are able to call me then.

Thank you,
Evan

From: Taylor, Lyndia F - APHIS

Hi, Mr. Anderson,

Yes I will call you at 10 am tomorrow morning at (413) 212-9500.

Thank you
Lyndia

From: Evan Anderson

Hi there,

Just checking in on this.

Thank you,
Evan

From: Taylor, Lyndia F - APHIS

Evan,
Thanks for the check in and your patience. #2016-APHIS-02987-F is in for review and signature we are a little shorthanded since Gerry is going to be out of the office for an extended period of time.

Lyndia

Lyndia Taylor
Information Specialist
USDA/APHIS
Legislative and Puplic Affairs
Freedom of Information & Privacy Act
Tel: (301) 851-4042
Fax: (301)734-5941

From: US Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Inspection Services

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: US Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Inspection Services

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Evan Anderson

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it. This is awesome.

Sincerely,
Evan Anderson

From: Evan Anderson

Hi again,

Thank you again for providing me with these documents. It is exactly what I was looking for. I would now like to request a copy of the "Swine Health Protection" database.

Sincerely,
Evan

From: Taylor, Lyndia F - APHIS

Mr. Anderson,

Following is the website:

Please note: Information concerning the Swine Surveillance Program can be found at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-informatio/swine-disease-information/ct_classical_swine_fever_surveillance<https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-informatio/swine-disease-information/ct_classical_swine_fever>.

Lyndia Taylor
Information Specialist
USDA/APHIS
Legislative and Puplic Affairs
Freedom of Information & Privacy Act
Tel: (301) 851-4042
Fax: (301)734-5941

From: Evan Anderson

Hi Ms. Taylor,

Thank you for your response. On page 17 of the attachment named "16-02987-ConsolidatedRecords(review).pdf" there is mention of a "Swine Health Protection database." Here it is in context: "The number of swine waste feeders licensed in each State was obtained from the Swine Health Protection database maintained by VS, accessed on July 30, 2010." It seems to me that this is different from the Swine Surveillance Program, but I could be mistaken. Can you please clarify?

Additionally, the link you provided to the Swine Surveillance Program does not seem to work. Perhaps there is an issue with the website, or there is an error in the URL you provided to me.

Sincerely,
Evan

From: Taylor, Lyndia F - APHIS

Mr. Anderson,

I will talk to the program and let you know.

Lyndia Taylor

Lyndia Taylor
Information Specialist
USDA/APHIS
Legislative and Puplic Affairs
Freedom of Information & Privacy Act
Tel: (301) 851-4042
Fax: (301)734-5941

From: Evan Anderson

Hi Ms. Taylor,

Is there any update you can provide me on this?

Thank you,
Evan

From: Evan Anderson

Hi Ms. Taylor,

My apologies for sending another email here. I know you are a FOIA specialist, but is there anyone you know in APHIS that I could contact regarding a potential interview on the subject of feeding garbage to swine?

Thank you,
Evan

From: Taylor, Lyndia F - APHIS

Mr. Anderson,

Sorry I have not gotten back to you soon. I have forwarded your question to Veterinary Services(VS) in answer to your questions and have asked both VS and Legislative and Public Affairs who you can interview.

Lyndia Taylor
Information Specialist
USDA/APHIS
Legislative and Puplic Affairs
Freedom of Information & Privacy Act
Tel: (301) 851-4042
Fax: (301)734-5941

From: Evan Anderson

Thank you so much! That is very nice of you. Don't worry about the wait -- I'm very patient.

Sincerely,
Evan

From: Taylor, Lyndia F - APHIS

Mr. Anderson:

In reply to the following question concerning FOIA 2016-APHIS-02987-F:

On page 17 of the attachment named "16-02987-ConsolidatedRecords(review).pdf" there is mention of a "Swine Health Protection database." Here it is in context: "The number of swine waste feeders licensed in each State was obtained from the Swine Health Protection database maintained by VS, accessed on July 30, 2010." It seems to me that this is different from the Swine Surveillance Program, but I could be mistaken. Can you please clarify?
Yes, the Swine Health Protection Act is different from the Swine Surveillance Program.

For the Swine Health Protect Act (SHPA), VS District Personnel enter data into our records data base in share point. This database is different than surveillance and holds information pertaining to SHPA activities such as number of licensed premises , inspections performed, temperatures checks, violations etc. data entered is received from states of SHPA activities occurred.

I do not have an answer as to why the link provided does not work for you.

Concerning the interview, someone from Public Affairs should have contacted you concerning setting up an interview. If you have not been contacted the Public Affairs Office at 301-851-4100.
Lyndia Taylor
USDA APHIS
Freedom of information and Privacy Act
Legistative and Public Affairs
Off: 301-851-4042
Fax: 301-734-5941

From: Evan Anderson

Hi Ms. Taylor,

Thank you so much for your assistance. You have really gone above and beyond in helping me with this request.

I would now like to request a copy of the Swine Health Protection database.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

Best,
Evan

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