|Submitted||Dec. 2, 2019|
To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Any written or electronic communications, including memos and email attachments, sent by David Vela that relate or refer to the Trump administration's decision to send National Park Service rangers to the U.S.-Mexico border to conduct law enforcement and border security operations. This request seeks records produced since Mr. Vela assumed the role of deputy director at NPS in April 2019.
I am a reporter for The Guardian.
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.
Your request has been received and has been assigned tracking number
NPS-2020-00256. All future correspondence relating to this request should
reference this tracking number.
In accordance with 43 CFR 2.15
National Park Service processes requests on a first-in, first-out basis
within several processing tracks. Your request has been placed in the
normal track. There are currently 4 expedited, 3 simple, and 118 normal
requests ahead of this request in the processing queue.
Our response is due by December 30, 2019. If you do not receive our
response by that date you may file an appeal by writing to:
Freedom of Information Act Appeals Officer
Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240
Your failure-to-timely-respond appeal may be filed anytime after the
estimated response date provided above and the date we issue our final
response. The appeal should be marked, both on the envelope and the face of
the appeal letter, with the legend "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION APPEAL." Your
appeal should be accompanied by a copy of your original request and copies
of all correspondence between yourself and the National Park Service
related to this request, along with any information you have which leads
you to believe our response to be in error. Note, any appeal received
after 5 p.m. EST will be considered to have been received on the next
To Whom It May Concern:
I'm following up on the following Freedom of Information Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 2, 2019. You had previously indicated that it would be completed on Dec. 30, 2019. I wanted to check on the status of my request, and to see if there was a new estimated completion date. You had assigned it reference number #NPS-2020-00256.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
Currently there are 4 expedited, 2 simple, and 108 normal requests ahead of
this one in my processing queue, in addition to two I am working on that
are in litigation.
Attached please find our response to your request.