USDA financial disclosure reports and emails about Meatless Mondays

Evan Anderson filed this request with the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America.
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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:

1. All emails to or from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent between July 15, 2012, and August 15, 2012.

2. All emails containing "Meatless Mondays" in the subject field or body of the email sent between July 15, 2012, and August 15, 2012.

3. All Public Financial Disclosure Reports and Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports filed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden.

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 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,

Evan Anderson

From: Weth, Patricia - OCIO

Dear Mr. Anderson:

Please find attached copy of your FOIA request, Acknowledgment Letter for FOIA Case No. 2015-OSEC-04185-F, and the Form SE 201.

If the FSC does not hear from you by July 15th, we will assume you are no longer interested in this FOIA request, and the case will be administratively closed.

In the event you have any questions, please contact me.

Kind regards,
Patricia Weth

Patricia A. Weth, Esq.
Senior FOIA Analyst (Contractor)
United States Department of Agriculture
FOIA Service Center
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Patriot Plaza III, 355 E Street, SW, 10-122 B
Washington DC 20024
(202) 772-9024
Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov>

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You may now submit FOIA request(s) online to any USDA FOIA office using the USDA online web portal, Public Access Link (PAL). You may access PAL at https://efoia-pal.usda.gov/palMain.aspx. After you register and establish your password you will be able to (1) submit, (2) check the status of your FOIA, and (3) download our responses to your FOIA(s).

From: MuckRock

Hi,

Please see attached form.

Thanks!

From: Weth, Patricia - OCIO

Dear Mr. Anderson,

For item 3 of your request, you asked for all Public Financial Disclosure Reports and Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports filed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden

As I indicated in my attached letter dated June 24, 2015, the form needs to be sent to Stuart Bender. Below is the portion of my letter regarding the process to obtain Public Financial Disclosure Reports and Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports.

“To obtain the records for item 3 of your request, please review the instructions located at: http://www.oge.gov/Forms-Library/OGE-Form-201--Request-to-Inspect-or-Receive-Copies-of-OGE-Form-278/SF-278s-or-Other-Covered-Records/
Please complete and send the attached OGE Form 201 to:

Stuart Bender
Designated Agency Ethics Official
Department of Agriculture, Office of Ethics
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
Whitten Building, Room 347-W
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 720-2251
Fax: (202) 690-2642

The Office of Ethics will respond directly to you.”

If you have any questions regarding this process please contact Mr. Bender.

Kind regards,
Patricia Weth

Patricia A. Weth, Esq.
Senior FOIA Analyst (Contractor)
United States Department of Agriculture
FOIA Service Center
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Patriot Plaza III, 355 E Street, SW, 10-122 B
Washington DC 20024
(202) 772-9024
Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov>

Stay Connected with USDA:
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You may now submit FOIA request(s) online to any USDA FOIA office using the USDA online web portal, Public Access Link (PAL). You may access PAL at https://efoia-pal.usda.gov/palMain.aspx. After you register and establish your password you will be able to (1) submit, (2) check the status of your FOIA, and (3) download our responses to your FOIA(s).

From: Weth, Patricia - OCIO

Dear Mr. Anderson:

Please find attached the final letter for FOIA Case No. 2015-OSEC-04185-F.

In the event you have any questions, please contact me.

Kind regards,
Patricia Weth

Patricia A. Weth, Esq.
Senior FOIA Analyst (Contractor)
United States Department of Agriculture
FOIA Service Center
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Patriot Plaza III, 355 E Street, SW, 10-122 B
Washington DC 20024
(202) 772-9024
Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov>

Stay Connected with USDA:
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You may now submit FOIA request(s) online to any USDA FOIA office using the USDA online web portal, Public Access Link (PAL). You may access PAL at https://efoia-pal.usda.gov/palMain.aspx. After you register and establish your password you will be able to (1) submit, (2) check the status of your FOIA, and (3) download our responses to your FOIA(s).

From: Evan Anderson

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. All emails to or from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent between July 15, 2012, and August 15, 2012.

2. All emails containing "Meatless Mondays" in the subject field or body of the email sent between July 15, 2012, and August 15, 2012.

3. All Public Financial Disclosure Reports and Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports filed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden.

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 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,

Evan Anderson

From:

July 23, 2015
Department of Agriculture
USDA OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY
FOIA Requester Service Center
Primary FOIA Officer and Contact, Courtney L. Wilkerson, Esq.
Washington, DC 20250

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. All emails to or from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent between July 15, 2012, and August 15, 2012.

2. All emails containing "Meatless Mondays" in the subject field or body of the email sent between July 15, 2012, and August 15, 2012.

3. All Public Financial Disclosure Reports and Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports filed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden.

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 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,

Evan Anderson

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On July 23, 2015:
Dear Mr. Anderson:

Please find attached the final letter for FOIA Case No. 2015-OSEC-04185-F.

In the event you have any questions, please contact me.

Kind regards,
Patricia Weth

Patricia A. Weth, Esq.
Senior FOIA Analyst (Contractor)
United States Department of Agriculture
FOIA Service Center
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Patriot Plaza III, 355 E Street, SW, 10-122 B
Washington DC 20024
(202) 772-9024
Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov>

Stay Connected with USDA:
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You may now submit FOIA request(s) online to any USDA FOIA office using the USDA online web portal, Public Access Link (PAL). You may access PAL at https://efoia-pal.usda.gov/palMain.aspx. After you register and establish your password you will be able to (1) submit, (2) check the status of your FOIA, and (3) download our responses to your FOIA(s).

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On July 22, 2015:
Dear Mr. Anderson,

For item 3 of your request, you asked for all Public Financial Disclosure Reports and Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports filed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden

As I indicated in my attached letter dated June 24, 2015, the form needs to be sent to Stuart Bender. Below is the portion of my letter regarding the process to obtain Public Financial Disclosure Reports and Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports.

“To obtain the records for item 3 of your request, please review the instructions located at: http://www.oge.gov/Forms-Library/OGE-Form-201--Request-to-Inspect-or-Receive-Copies-of-OGE-Form-278/SF-278s-or-Other-Covered-Records/
Please complete and send the attached OGE Form 201 to:

Stuart Bender
Designated Agency Ethics Official
Department of Agriculture, Office of Ethics
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
Whitten Building, Room 347-W
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 720-2251
Fax: (202) 690-2642

The Office of Ethics will respond directly to you.”

If you have any questions regarding this process please contact Mr. Bender.

Kind regards,
Patricia Weth

Patricia A. Weth, Esq.
Senior FOIA Analyst (Contractor)
United States Department of Agriculture
FOIA Service Center
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Patriot Plaza III, 355 E Street, SW, 10-122 B
Washington DC 20024
(202) 772-9024
Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov>

Stay Connected with USDA:
[cid:image001.png@01CF32FA.E736E120]<http://www.usda.gov/>[cid:image002.png@01CF32FA.E736E120]<http://blogs.usda.gov/> [cid:image003.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://www.facebook.com/usda/> [cid:image004.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://www.twitter.com/usda/> [cid:image005.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://www.youtube.com/usda/> [cid:image006.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/subscriber/new> [cid:image007.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://flickr.com/usdagov>

You may now submit FOIA request(s) online to any USDA FOIA office using the USDA online web portal, Public Access Link (PAL). You may access PAL at https://efoia-pal.usda.gov/palMain.aspx. After you register and establish your password you will be able to (1) submit, (2) check the status of your FOIA, and (3) download our responses to your FOIA(s).

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On July 21, 2015:
Hi,

Please see attached form.

Thanks!
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On June 30, 2015:
Dear Mr. Anderson:

Please find attached copy of your FOIA request, Acknowledgment Letter for FOIA Case No. 2015-OSEC-04185-F, and the Form SE 201.

If the FSC does not hear from you by July 15th, we will assume you are no longer interested in this FOIA request, and the case will be administratively closed.

In the event you have any questions, please contact me.

Kind regards,
Patricia Weth

Patricia A. Weth, Esq.
Senior FOIA Analyst (Contractor)
United States Department of Agriculture
FOIA Service Center
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Patriot Plaza III, 355 E Street, SW, 10-122 B
Washington DC 20024
(202) 772-9024
Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov>

Stay Connected with USDA:
[cid:image001.png@01CF32FA.E736E120]<http://www.usda.gov/>[cid:image002.png@01CF32FA.E736E120]<http://blogs.usda.gov/> [cid:image003.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://www.facebook.com/usda/> [cid:image004.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://www.twitter.com/usda/> [cid:image005.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://www.youtube.com/usda/> [cid:image006.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/subscriber/new> [cid:image007.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://flickr.com/usdagov>

You may now submit FOIA request(s) online to any USDA FOIA office using the USDA online web portal, Public Access Link (PAL). You may access PAL at https://efoia-pal.usda.gov/palMain.aspx. After you register and establish your password you will be able to (1) submit, (2) check the status of your FOIA, and (3) download our responses to your FOIA(s).

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On June 13, 2015:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. All emails to or from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent between July 15, 2012, and August 15, 2012.

2. All emails containing "Meatless Mondays" in the subject field or body of the email sent between July 15, 2012, and August 15, 2012.

3. All Public Financial Disclosure Reports and Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports filed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden.

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 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,

Evan Anderson

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From: Weth, Patricia - OCIO

Dear Mr. Anderson,

Please contact me regarding the July 23, 2015 FOIA request below. You sent this same FOIA request to our office on June 13, 2015.

From: Evan Anderson

Hello,

Thank you for getting back to me. The reason I resubmitted the request is because the final letter indicated that my request was administratively closed.

I will have the SF 201 Form sent to Stuart Bender. I did not previously see the request for additional information pertaining to items 1 and 2 of my request, so I will combine the two into one item:

1. All emails to or from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent between July 15, 2012, and August 15, 2012, containing "Meatless Mondays" in the subject field or body of the email.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Sincerely,
Evan

From: Weth, Patricia - OCIO

Dear Evan,

I am glad that you are able to send the SF 201 Form sent to Stuart Bender in the USDA Office of Ethics. If you have any questions regarding the SF Form 201, please contact Stuart Bender at (202) 720-2251.

Regarding your FOIA request for: “All emails to or from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent between July 15, 2012, and August 15, 2012, containing "Meatless Mondays" in the subject field or body of the email.”

Do you know the names of the USDA employees whose emails you would like to have searched? If you have a moment, please call me regarding this request so we can properly obtain the records you request.

Kind regards,
Patricia Weth

Patricia A. Weth, Esq.
Senior FOIA Analyst (Contractor)
United States Department of Agriculture
FOIA Service Center
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Patriot Plaza III, 355 E Street, SW, 10-122 B
Washington DC 20024
(202) 772-9024
Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov>

Stay Connected with USDA:
[cid:image001.png@01CF32FA.E736E120]<http://www.usda.gov/>[cid:image002.png@01CF32FA.E736E120]<http://blogs.usda.gov/> [cid:image003.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://www.facebook.com/usda/> [cid:image004.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://www.twitter.com/usda/> [cid:image005.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://www.youtube.com/usda/> [cid:image006.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/subscriber/new> [cid:image007.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://flickr.com/usdagov>

You may now submit FOIA request(s) online to any USDA FOIA office using the USDA online web portal, Public Access Link (PAL). You may access PAL at https://efoia-pal.usda.gov/palMain.aspx. After you register and establish your password you will be able to (1) submit, (2) check the status of your FOIA, and (3) download our responses to your FOIA(s).

From: Evan Anderson

Hi there,

Thank you for getting back to me. The employees whose emails I am interested in are anyone who is involved with working on the newsletter "Greening Headquarters Update." If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,
Evan

From: Evan Anderson

Hello, please see the attached records disclosure form.
Thank you.

From: Weth, Patricia - OCIO

Dear Mr. Anderson,

Today is my last day with USDA. I have copied my supervisor, Ms. Marqui Barnes, on this email, so she may assist you in this matter.

You had submitted a FOIA request and we needed clarification before we could begin to conduct the search. You asked for: “All emails to or from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent between July 15, 2012, and August 15, 2012, containing "Meatless Mondays" in the subject field or body of the email.”

Do you know the names of the USDA employees whose emails you would like to have searched? If you are still interested in this matter, please contact Ms. Barnes with the clarification for this request.

Kind regards,

Patricia Weth

Patricia A. Weth, Esq.
Senior FOIA Analyst (Contractor)
United States Department of Agriculture
FOIA Service Center
Office of the Chief Information Officer
Patriot Plaza III, 355 E Street, SW, 10-122 B
Washington DC 20024
(202) 772-9024
Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:Patricia.Weth@ocio.usda.gov>

Stay Connected with USDA:
[cid:image001.png@01CF32FA.E736E120]<http://www.usda.gov/>[cid:image002.png@01CF32FA.E736E120]<http://blogs.usda.gov/> [cid:image003.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://www.facebook.com/usda/> [cid:image004.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://www.twitter.com/usda/> [cid:image005.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://www.youtube.com/usda/> [cid:image006.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAOC/subscriber/new> [cid:image007.png@01CF32FA.E736E120] <http://flickr.com/usdagov>

You may now submit FOIA request(s) online to any USDA FOIA office using the USDA online web portal, Public Access Link (PAL). You may access PAL at https://efoia-pal.usda.gov/palMain.aspx. After you register and establish your password you will be able to (1) submit, (2) check the status of your FOIA, and (3) download our responses to your FOIA(s).

From: Evan Anderson

Hi there,

Thank you for getting back to me. The employees whose emails I am interested in are anyone who is involved with working on the newsletter "Greening Headquarters Update."

Thank you,
Evan

From: Barnes, Marqui - OCIO

Good Afternoon Mr. Evans,

Please be advised that your FOIA request was closed [by Ms. Weth] because you failed to provide the names of specific USDA employees who may have received e-mail correspondence regarding “Meatless Mondays.”

If you still wish to receive the information requested, please resubmit your FOIA request, along with the names of specific USDA employees, and send your request directly to USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:USDAFOIA@ocio.usda.gov>.

Have a good afternoon!

Marqui

(Ms.) Marqui Q. Barnes, CIPP/G
Department FOIA Team Lead
Department FOIA Service Center
USDA/OCIO/PE&F
(202) 694-1802 (desk)
marqui.barnes@ocio.usda.gov<mailto:marqui.barnes@ocio.usda.gov>

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