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

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