Website closures related to government shutdown (Federal Election Commission)

Zack Sampson filed this request with the Federal Election Commission of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-01
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From: Zack Sampson

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Documents related to the operations of federal websites during the government shutdown. Specifically:

1) Memos and shutdown plans addressing the operation of this agency's websites during a government shutdown
2) Any cost-benefit analyses related to the operation of this agency's website during a government shutdown
3) Any security analyses related to the operation of this agency's website during a government shutdown
4) Annual budget documents showing the costs of operating of this agency's website

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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,

Zack Sampson

From: Federal Election Commission

October
17, 2013

Dear Mr. Sampson:

This email acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request dated October 1, 2013.

Your request for a fee wavier has been granted. Please note that,
depending upon the nature of your request, we may be able to respond to
you more quickly if you are able to state your request more specifically
or narrowly, either in terms of the scope of documents you have requested
or by refining the time frame of your request. If you would like to
discuss this option or if you have any questions, please contact the FOIA
Requester Service Center at (202) 694-1650. Please include the following
tracking number in all future correspondence regarding this matter ? FOIA

From: Federal Election Commission

Good morning. Our FOIA Requester Service Center received your request
dated October 1, 2013, in which you requested information related to
operation of federal websites during "the government shutdown." In that
request, you did not specify whether you are limiting its scope to the
recent shutdown of October 2013 or it and prior shutdowns. Once we receive
the requested clarification, we will continue processing your request.

Deborah M. Foresman
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Zack Sampson

Hi Deborah,

Thanks for your response. I am limiting its scope to the October 2013 shutdown.

Thank you.

From: Federal Election Commission

Thank you for your prompt response.

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Subject
Follow up to Freedom of Information Request: Website closures related to
government shutdown (Federal Election Commission)

November 4, 2013
Federal Election Commission
Federal Election Commission
Attn: FOIA Requester Service Center
Room 408
999 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20463

This is a follow up to a previous request:

Hi Deborah,

Thanks for your response. I am limiting its scope to the October 2013
shutdown.

Thank you.

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On Nov. 4, 2013:

Good morning. Our FOIA Requester Service Center received your request
dated October 1, 2013, in which you requested information related to
operation of federal websites during "the government shutdown." In that
request, you did not specify whether you are limiting its scope to the
recent shutdown of October 2013 or it and prior shutdowns. Once we receive

the requested clarification, we will continue processing your request.

Deborah M. Foresman
FOIA Requester Service Center

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On Oct. 17, 2013:

October
17, 2013

Dear Mr. Sampson:

This email acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request dated October 1, 2013.

Your request for a fee wavier has been granted. Please note that,
depending upon the nature of your request, we may be able to respond to
you more quickly if you are able to state your request more specifically
or narrowly, either in terms of the scope of documents you have requested
or by refining the time frame of your request. If you would like to
discuss this option or if you have any questions, please contact the FOIA
Requester Service Center at (202) 694-1650. Please include the following
tracking number in all future correspondence regarding this matter ? FOIA

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On Oct. 1, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Documents related to the operations of federal websites during the
government shutdown. Specifically:

1) Memos and shutdown plans addressing the operation of this agency's
websites during a government shutdown
2) Any cost-benefit analyses related to the operation of this agency's
website during a government shutdown
3) Any security analyses related to the operation of this agency's website
during a government shutdown
4) Annual budget documents showing the costs of operating of this agency's
website

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this
request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made
available to the general public free of charge as part of the public
information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the
news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for
commercial usage.

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,

Zack Sampson

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 6912
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: Federal Election Commission

Good morning. Is it possible you would consent to extending the response
deadline for our response to this request from this Thursday (November 14)
to Wednesday November 20th? I would be most appreciative if you will agree
to this.

Thank you very much for your consideration of this request.

Deborah M. Foresman
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Federal Election Commission

Dear Mr. Sampson,

On behalf of my colleague Deborah Foresman, please find attached the
Federal Election Commission's response to your FOIA Request, FOIA No.
2014-01.

Thank you,

Catherine Kelley
FOIA Requester Service Center

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