Website closures related to government shutdown (National Cancer Institute)

Zack Sampson filed this request with the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America.
Tracking #

NCI 14-001 FOIA Case No. 41759



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, 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.


Zack Sampson


Hello Mr. Sampson,

Now that the federal government is once again open, your FOIA request has been received as of October 17, 2013. Please be advised that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is one institute within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is not an agency. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Please inform us as to whether you are still interested in records from our institute.

From: MuckRock

Yes, please proceed with processing the request.

From: National Cancer Institute

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: National Cancer Institute

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: National Cancer Institute

A copy of documents responsive to the request.