VA Scandal Emails

Kevin Schmidt filed this request with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-05562-F
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Kevin Schmidt

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communications to or from Secretary Eric Shinseki and Deputy Secretary Sloan D. Gibson referring to the following terms:

1. Scandal
2. Wait time
3. Obama
4. President
5. White House
6. Resign
7. Media

The time period for this request is May 1, 2014 to the present.

Request for a public-interest fee waiver

I request a waiver of any and all applicable fees pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). This provision provides that requested records shall be furnished without or at reduced charge if "disclosure of the information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of the news media/press for a story for the news site The Muckraker Project (http://www.muckrakerproject.com/), made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage. Further, the requested records would unquestionably shed light on the "operations or activities of the government," namely how the top political appointees at VA responded to the VA wait time scandal.

Request for news media status

For fee purposes, The Muckraker Project also qualifies as a "representative of the news media" under 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). The Muckraker Project is organized and operated, among other things, to publish and broadcast news. i.e., information that is about current events or that would be of current interest to the public. The Muckraker Project gleans the information that it regularly publishes from a wide variety of sources and methods, including government agencies, universities, scholarly works, and FOIA requests. The Muckraker Project also disseminates news to the public via Twitter and Facebook.

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,

Kevin Schmidt
The Muckraker Project
http://www.muckrakerproject.com/

From: Gbenou, Amy M.

Dear Mr. Schmidt:

This message acknowledges your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request addressed to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In your June 3, 2014, request, you asked for:

“All communications to or from Secretary Eric Shinseki and Deputy Secretary Sloan D. Gibson referring to the following terms:

1. Scandal
2. Wait time
3. Obama
4. President
5. White House
6. Resign
7. Media”

The FOIA Service received your request via email on June 4, 2014, and assigned it tracking number: 14-05562-F. Please reference this number when you communicate with us about your request.

The records you have requested, if they exist, would be maintained by the Office of the Secretary. Therefore, we are redirecting your request to this component for a file search and a direct response to you. If you wish to know the status of your requests, please contact them directly:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of the Secretary (001B)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
FOIA Officer Lisa Matuszczak
Washington, DC 20420 \ Phone: 202-461-4857 \ Fax: 202-273-4880

This concludes the FOIA Service’s response to your request.

We appreciate your interest in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Customer service is very important to us. If you have questions about this email message, please call me at (202) 632-7436.

Amy Gbenou
Department of Veterans Affairs
FOIA Service (005R1C)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

Phone: 202-632-7436
Fax: 202-632-7581
vacofoiaservice@va.gov
FOIA Service Hotline: 1-877-750-3642

From: MuckRock

Amy,

Could you please provide a contact email for the office to which this request was forwarded.

Thank you.

From: Gbenou, Amy M.

The email address is:

OSVAFOIA@va.gov

From: Kevin Schmidt

Hello,

The FOIA request copied below was forwarded to your office.

Please confirm receipt and provide an estimated completion date.

Thank you.

From: VACO 001B FOIA Inbox

FOIA request 14-05562-F was referred on June 5, 2014 to the FOIA Officer at the Office of the Secretary, Veterans Affairs (OSVA). Our office will process this FOIA request from MuckRock.com in the order in which it has been received. Please note that OSVA currently has a backlog of FOIA requests.

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 June 3, 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 #14-05562-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: VACO 001B FOIA Inbox

FOIA request 14-05562-F was referred on June 5, 2014 to the FOIA Officer at the Office of the Secretary, Veterans Affairs (OSVA). This FOIA request is queued in our backlog, and will be processed in the order in which it was received. OSVA will notify you as soon as the response to your request is completed.

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 June 3, 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 #14-05562-F.

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 June 3, 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 #14-05562-F.

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 June 3, 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 #14-05562-F.

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 June 3, 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 #14-05562-F.

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 June 3, 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 #14-05562-F.

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 June 3, 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 #14-05562-F.

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 June 3, 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 #14-05562-F.

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 June 3, 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 #14-05562-F.

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 June 3, 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 #14-05562-F.

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 June 3, 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 #14-05562-F.

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 June 3, 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 #14-05562-F.

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

From: VACO 001B FOIA Inbox

Dear Mr. Schmidt, attached is OSVA’s response to FOIA #14-05562-F. Thank you for your interest in the VA.

Sincerely,

OSVA FOIA Office

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