W-GDP Communications

Joseph Ratliff filed this request with the United States Agency for International Development of the United States of America.
Tracking #

F-00043-20

Due Dec. 19, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Joseph Ratliff


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all emails and text messages between USAID staff and USAID Administrator Mark Green, USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick, USAID Chief Financial Officer Reginald W. Mitchell, and USAID Office of Budget and Resource Management Director Tricia Schmitt, which mention the non-case-sensitive phrases "W-GDP", "Women's Global Development and Prosperity", "Ivanka", and "Trump". Please limit your search to records from 10/20/19 to 11/20/19.

Any and all emails between USAID Administrator Mark Green and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump which mention the non-case-sensitive phrases "W-GDP", "Women's Global Development and Prosperity", "Ivanka", and "Trump". Please limit your search to records from 10/20/19 to 11/20/19.

https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/nov-18-2019-administrator-green-advisor-trump-w-gdp-funding-increase
https://www.ibtimes.com/ivanka-trump-usaid-confirm-50m-w-gdp-fund-help-50-million-women-2868953

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,

Joseph Ratliff

From: United States Agency for International Development

November 21, 2019 RE:  USAID FOIA No. F-00043-20 (FOIA Specialist Assignment Email) Dear Mr. Ratliff: This acknowledges receipt of your November 20, 2019, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  Specifically, you requested records concerning the following: 1. Any and all emails and text messages between USAID staff and USAID Administrator Mark Green, USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick, USAID Chief Financial Officer Reginald W. Mitchell, and USAID Office of Budget and Resource Management Director Tricia Schmitt, which mention the non-case-sensitive phrases "W-GDP", "Women's Global Development and Prosperity", "Ivanka", and "Trump". Please limit your search to records from 10/20/19 to 11/20/19. 2. Any and all emails between USAID Administrator Mark Green and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump which mention the non-case-sensitive phrases "W-GDP", "Women's Global Development and Prosperity", "Ivanka", and "Trump". (Date Range for Record Search: From 10/20/2019 To 11/20/2019). You also requested a fee waiver. Fee Waiver
The FOIA provides that fees should be waived or reduced if disclosure of the information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.  As a member of the media, the only applicable fee is duplication.  Duplication is $0.10 per page, but the first 100 pages are free.  After review of the fee waiver criteria, your fee waiver request is moot.  Since the only applicable fee is duplication, and USAID routinely furnishes responsive records to FOIA requesters in electronic format, it's most likely there will be no duplication fees to assess.
FOIA Specialist
Your request has been assigned to Adam Abdi, Program Manager/Senior FOIA Specialist.  You may contact Adam Abdi by email at aabdi@usaid.gov or by phone on 202-712-4769.  Please reference the tracking number cited above in any future correspondence.
Extending the FOIA’s Time Limits due to Unusual Circumstances The FOIA provides that an agency  may extend its time limits when “unusual circumstances” occur in the processing of a request. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)(i) (2016). Those “unusual circumstances” are set forth in the statute, 5 U.S.C § 552(a)(6)(B)(iii), and are described as: 1) The need to search for records from field facilities or other locations separate from the office processing the request; 2) The need to search, collect and examine voluminous records; and 3) The need for consultation with another agency. Based upon the records you have requested, we have determined that one or more unusual circumstances will occur during the processing of your request. Accordingly, your response time-limit has been extended beyond the 20 days required by statute; therefore, 10 additional processing days have been added to your request. To mitigate this action, you may limit the scope of the request so that it can be processed more quickly or to arrange an alternative time to respond. If you have any questions or wish to discuss reformulation or an alternative time frame for the processing of your request, you may contact the assigned FOIA Specialist noted above. You may also contact USAID’s FOIA Public Liaison, Christopher Colbow, at foia@usaid.gov.

Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services offered: Office of Government Information Services National Archives and Records Administration 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001 E-mail: ogis@nara.gov Telephone: 202-741-5770; Toll Free: 1-877-684-6448 Fax: 202-741-5769 Thank you for your interest in USAID. Sincerely, Pamela A-Campbell
FOIA Specialist
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Joseph Ratliff:

Theresa Morris is the assigned FOIA specialist. Ms. Morris is also on this
email and can provide a status update on this case. Thank you.

Pamela A-Campbell
FOIA Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
M/MS/IRD, Rm. 2.07-079, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: 202 712-4476 / Fax: 202 216-3070
parringtoncampbell@usaid.gov <psmith@usaid.gov>

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Ratliff,

The program office has been tasked for possible responsive document, and
the FOIA office awaits their response.

Please be assured that USAID will grant any releasable documents as
promptly as possible.

I regret any delay incurred in complying with your request and solicit your
continued patience. If you have any questions concerning your requests,
please call me on 202-712-2086 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday.

Thank you.

--
Sincerely,

*Theresa A. Morris*
Senior Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management/Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 2.07.073
Washington, DC 20523-2701

Telephone: (202) 712-0286
Facsimile: (202) 216-3070

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Ratliff,

The FOIA Office is in consultation with the program office to determine
whether there are responsive records within the scope of your request.
The FOIA Office expect to receive a response soon and will grant any
releasable documents as promptly as possible.

I regret any delay incurred in complying with your request and solicit
your continued patience. If you have any questions concerning your requests,
please call me on 202-712-2086 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday
-Friday, or thmorris@usaid.gov

--
Sincerely,

*Theresa A. Morris*
Senior Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management/Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD)
USAID Annex, Room 2.4.2C
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20024

Telephone: (202) 921-5003
Facsimile: (202) 216-3070

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Ratliff,

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Unfortunately, USAID is experiencing a backlog of FOIA request.

The FOIA Office is in consultation with the program office to
determine whether there are responsive records within the scope of your
request. The FOIA Office expect to receive a response soon and will grant
any
releasable documents as promptly as possible.

I will be out of the office, on medical leave, If you have any questions
concerning your requests, *please call Adam A. Abdi, Project Manager &
Senior FOIA Specialist, at (202) 916-4664 or via email aabdi@usaid.gov
<aabdi@usaid.gov>.*

I regret any delay incurred in complying with your request and solicit your
continued patience.

--
Sincerely,

*Theresa A. Morris*
Senior Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management/Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD)
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
USAID Annex, M/MS/IRD, Room 2.4.2C
Washington, DC 20523
Telephone: (202) 921-5003
Facsimile: (202) 216-3070

From: United States Agency for International Development

June 18, 2020

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request #F-00043-20

Dear Mr. Ratliff,

USAID has implemented maximum telework to promote social distancing during
the COVID-19 pandemic. Priorities in many of our operating units have
shifted, thus impacting processing response times.

The request you seek involves records that require coordination between
USAID program offices to get its views on the sensitivity of the document’s
content prior to making a disclosure determination.

Please be assured that we are handling FOIA No. F-00043-20, and will grant
any releasable documents as promptly as possible.

Thank you.
--
Sincerely,

*Theresa A. Morris*
Senior Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Specialist
USAID - U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD)
USAID Annex, Room 2.4.2C
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20523
Direct: (202) 921-5003 - thmorris@usaid.gov

From: United States Agency for International Development

Hello,

A search for records was initiated. All records are currently being
reviewed by the assigned FOIA Specialist. Please note, due to COVID-19
telework restrictions, you may experience some delays in the processing of
your request.

The FOIA Specialist will reach out to you as soon as the review of records
and coordination of the Agency's response is completed.

Thank you
--
*Adam A. Abdi*
Project Manager & Senior FOIA Specialist
U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management
Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD)
500 D Street, SW / Suite 2.4.1E / Washington, DC 20547
Direct: (202) 916-4664 / Email: aabdi@usaid.gov

From: United States Agency for International Development

Greetings - Thank you for your message. I am out of the office August 17, 2020 - August 21, 2020. If you have an urgent FOIA matter, please forward a detailed message to foia@usaid.gov.  Otherwise, I will respond to you after my scheduled return to the office on August 24 (mailto:foia@usaid.gov) , 2020 . Thank you.

--
Adam A. Abdi Project Manager & Senior FOIA Specialist U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau for Management Office of Management Services Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD) 500 D Street, SW / Suite 2.4.1E / Washington, DC 20547 Direct: (202) 916-4664 / Email: aabdi@usaid.gov (mailto:aabdi@usaid.gov)

From:

ecember 2, 2020 Dear Mr. Joseph Ratliff, The United StatesAgency for International Development (USAID) regrets the delay in responding toyour Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Please be advised that FOIA No. F-00043-20 hasbeen reassigned to me, Nina Hillary-Bush, for processing.

USAID regret any delay incurred in complying with your request and solicit yourcontinued patience.  If you have any questions concerning your request(s),please send me an email at ,between 7:00 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. (mailto:thmorris@usaid.gov) nihillarybush@usaid.gov Respectfully yours, Nina Hillary-Bush

From: United States Agency for International Development

Good afternoon,

I am coordinating with the Program Offices concerning your request
F-00043-20. I hope to provide you with a status update within the next 30
days. Please note: Due to the Covid-19 we are teleworkings and it may take
a little longer than expected to receive correspondence.

Respectfully yours,

Nina Hillary-Bush
--
*Nina Hillary-Bush*
*FOIA Specialist *
USAID - U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD)
USAID Annex, Room 2.4.2C
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20523
Email: - nihillarybush@usaid.gov <thmorris@usaid.gov>

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Joseph Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Please be advised that FOIA No. F-00043-20 has been reassigned to me,
Michelle Smith, for processing. I am working on this request for you. I
will keep you informed of the status of your request periodically.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and
solicits your continued patience. If you have any questions concerning
your requests, please send me an email at michsmith@usaid.gov, between 8:00
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Best,

Michelle L. Smith
*Senior FOIA Specialist/Technical Writer *
USAID - U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD)
USAID Annex
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20523
michsmith@usaid.gov

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Joseph Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. I
am working on this request for you and documents are currently being
reviewed. I will keep you informed of the status of your request
periodically.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and
solicits your continued patience. If you have any questions concerning
your requests, please send me an email at michsmith@usaid.gov, between 8:00
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Best,

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. We
apologize for the delay in responding to your request. USAID is currently
working through a backlog of requests. We are working diligently to get
your request processed as soon as possible.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and
solicits your continued patience. If you have any questions concerning
your requests, please send me an email at michsmith@usaid.gov, between 8:00
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Best,

Michelle

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Joseph Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Please be advised that FOIA No. F-00043-20 is currently being processed.
Documents are under review.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and
solicits your continued patience. If you have any questions concerning
your requests, please send me an email at michsmith@usaid.gov, between 8:00
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Best regards,

Michelle Smith

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Joseph Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Your request is currently pending clearance. Unfortunately, we do not have
an estimated date on when you will receive the response.

If you have any questions concerning your requests, please send me an email
at michsmith@usaid.gov, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through
Friday.
Best,

Michelle

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Joseph Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Your
request is currently pending clearance. Unfortunately, we do not have an
estimated date on when you will receive the response. USAID is currently
dealing with a backlog of requests and we are trying to get responses sent
to requesters on a first in/first out basis. I will keep you informed of
the status of your request.

Have a nice day.
Best,

Michelle Smith

From: United States Agency for International Development

Hi Mr. Ratliff:

*UPDATE*

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. We
are processing your request and it will take more time. Please be assured
that your request is being handled and I will provide you with an update on
or before July 26, 2021. Thanks!
Best,
Michelle

From: United States Agency for International Development

Good Morning Mr. Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request,
F-00043-20. Your request is still be processed and documents are under
final review. We hope to have a response for you soon.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and
solicits your continued patience. If you have any questions concerning
your requests, please send me an email at michsmith@usaid.gov, between 8:00
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Thank you and have a nice day.
Best,

Michelle Smith.

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Please be advised that FOIA No. F-00043-20 is still being processed. We
are trying to get a response to you by the end of this month.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and
solicits your continued patience. If you have any questions concerning
your requests, please send me an email at michsmith@usaid.gov, between 8:00
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sincerely,

Michelle Smith

From: United States Agency for International Development

Good Afternoon,

Please find attached a 1st interim response and documents. We are
currently working on reviewing other documents that may be responsive to
your request. Thank you for your continued patience with USAID. Have a
nice day.
Best regards,

--
Michelle L. Smith
*Senior FOIA Specialist/Technical Writer *
USAID - U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD)
USAID Annex
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20523
michsmith@usaid.gov

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets thedelay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Please be advised that FOIANo. F-00043-20 is still being processed.  I do not have an estimated date of when the next release will be sent to you.  Nevertheless, we are working diligently to get a response out to you. USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and solicitsyour continued patience.  If you have any questions concerning yourrequests, please send me an email at michsmith@usaid.gov , between 8:00 a.m. and4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Best regards, Michelle Smith

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Please be advised that FOIA No. F-00043-20 is still being processed.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and
solicits your continued patience. If you have any questions concerning
your requests, please send me an email at michsmith@usaid.gov, between 8:00
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Best regards,

Michelle Smith

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Joseph Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Please be advised that FOIA No. F-00043-20 is still being processed.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and
solicits your continued patience. If you have any questions concerning
your requests, please send me an email at michsmith@usaid.gov, between 8:00
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Best regards,

Michelle Smith

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Please be advised that FOIA No. F-00043-20 is still being processed.
Documents are currently under review.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and
solicits your continued patience. If you have any questions concerning
your requests, please send me an email at michsmith@usaid.gov, between 8:00
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Best regards,
Michelle Smith

From: United States Agency for International Development

Dear Mr. Joseph Ratliff:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Please be advised that FOIA No. F-00043-20 is still being processed. We
will try to get a response out to you soon.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and
solicits your continued patience. If you have any questions concerning
your requests, please send me an email at michsmith@usaid.gov, between 8:00
a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Best regards,

Michelle Smith

From: United States Agency for International Development

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act(FOIA)
request. Please be advised that FOIA No. F-00043-20 has been reassigned to
me, Dexter James, for processing. USAID regrets any delay incurred in
complying with your request and solicits your continued patience.

If you have any questions concerning your request(s), please send me an
email at dejames@usaid.gov, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through
Friday.

Respectfully,
--
*Dexter James*
*FOIA Specialist *
USAID - U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD)
USAID Annex, Room 2.4.2C
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20523
dejames@usaid.gov

From: United States Agency for International Development

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the
delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Please be advised that FOIA No. F-00043-20 is still being processed.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and
solicits your continued patience. If you have any questions concerning
your requests, please send me an email at dejames@usaid.gov,
<dejames@usaid.gov>

between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Respectfully,
--
*Dexter James*
*FOIA Specialist *
USAID - U.S. Agency for International Development
Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services
Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD)
USAID Annex, Room 2.4.2C
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20523
dejames@usaid.gov

From: United States Agency for International Development

September 21, 2022
Greetings,

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Please be advised that FOIA No. F-00043-20 is still being processed.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and solicits your continued patience.  If you have any questions concerning your requests, please send me an email at dejames@usaid.gov, (mailto:dejames@usaid.gov) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Respectfully, Dexter James FOIA Specialist US AID - U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD) US AID Annex, Room 2.4.2C 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20523 dejames@usaid.gov (mailto:dejames@usaid.gov) Cell: 202.322.6647

From: United States Agency for International Development

September 23, 2022
Greetings,

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regrets the delay in responding to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Please be advised that FOIA No. F-0043-20 is still being processed.

USAID regrets any delay incurred in complying with your request and solicits your continued patience.  If you have any questions concerning your requests, please send me an email at dejames@usaid.gov, (mailto:dejames@usaid.gov) between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Respectfully, Dexter James FOIA Specialist US AID - U.S. Agency for International Development Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD) US AID Annex, Room 2.4.2C 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20523 dejames@usaid.gov (mailto:dejames@usaid.gov) Cell: 202.322.6647

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