Website closures related to government shutdown (U.S. Forest Service)

Zack Sampson filed this request with the U.S. Forest Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-FS-WO-00005-F
Est. Completion None
Status
Partially Completed

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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: Maria Sanders

Dear Mr. Sampson:

This email acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated October 01, 2013, which was received in the Forest Service Washington Office (WO) FOIA Service Center on October 17, 2013. You requested 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.

Please note that the Forest Service has a pending backlog of FOIA requests/appeal and we are processing them on a first in first out basis. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

To check on the status of your request, you may contact Mrs. Elizabeth Marchak via e-mail at emarchak@fs.fed.us. Please reference your assigned case number, 2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you,

Maria Sanders

From: Marchak, Elizabeth A -FS

Hello Mr. Sampson, Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request. Before we can proceed, however, there are two issues that need to be resolved:

1. What is the timeframe of your request?

2. What do you mean by "web site?" The Forest Service has hundreds of web sites from Puerto Rico to Alaska for all the forests, grasslands, regional offices, research centers and many additional programs. Are you referring to the main site http://www.fs.fed.us/? Please be as specific as possible.

Please get back to me by the end of the day, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 or we will assume you are no longer interested in pursuing this FOIA.

I look forward to hearing from you.

From: Zack Sampson

Hello,

Thanks for your response. As to the time frame, please search for documents from January 1, 2012 until the date this request was first processed. As to website, yes, I mean the main site http://www.fs.fed.us/.

Thank you.

From: Marchak, Elizabeth A -FS

Hello: Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I will get your request moving immediately.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Elizabeth Marchak

Hello Mr. Sampson,

Thank you for your email. With regard to your request, we are continuing to work on the information you requested as well as all the other requests we have received here in the Forest Service's Washington Office FOIA Service Center. In your acknowledgement letter we explained that we already had a backlog. The backlog has grown because of the federal shutdown in October. As a result, I cannot give you a specific date for the release of the information you have requested, but I can assure you we are working as efficiently as possible to process your request.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Elizabeth Marchak

Elizabeth A. Marchak
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Analyst
USDA Forest Service
Washington, DC
Email: emarchak@fs.fed.us

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marchak, Elizabeth A -FS

Hello Mr. Sampson, Thank you for your patience. I have prepared a partial response to your request. We are in the process of getting it signed and it will be sent to you as soon as possible, which I would expect will be next week.

Elizabeth Marchak

Elizabeth A. Marchak
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Analyst
USDA Forest Service
Washington, DC
Email: emarchak@fs.fed.us

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marchak, Elizabeth A -FS

Hello Mr. Sampson, I am in the process of getting your response letter signed. I expect to have it for you in the next several days.

Thank you again for your patience.

Elizabeth Marchak

Elizabeth A. Marchak
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Analyst
USDA Forest Service
Washington, DC
Email: emarchak@fs.fed.us

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marchak, Elizabeth A -FS

Hello Mr. Sampson,

On April 22, 2014, you received a partial response to request 2014-FS-WO-00005-F. I am working to complete our final response to your request.

Thank you, Elizabeth Marchak

Elizabeth A. Marchak
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Analyst
USDA Forest Service
Washington, DC
Email: emarchak@fs.fed.us

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marchak, Elizabeth A -FS

Hello Mr. Sampson,

As I noted on May 14, 2014, we sent you a partial response on April 22, 2014. I am continuing to work on the final response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

Elizabeth Marchak

Elizabeth A. Marchak
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Analyst
USDA Forest Service
Washington, DC
Email: emarchak@fs.fed.us

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marchak, Elizabeth A -FS

Hello, Thank you for your email. I have been on a detail and have only been able to work on FOIA on a part-time basis. I expect to be able to return full-time to my FOIA work on a full-time basis next week. Thank you for your patience.

Thank you,
Elizabeth Marchak

[USDA USFS]

Elizabeth A. Marchak
FOIA/PA Analyst

Forest Service
FOIA/Office of Regulatory and Management Services

P:202-401-4410
emarchak@fs.fed.us<mailto:emarchak@fs.fed.us>

201 14th Street SW
Washington, DC 20250
www.fs.fed.us<http://www.fs.fed.us/>
[Twitter]<https://twitter.com/forestservice>[Facebook]<http://facebook.com/USDA>

Caring for the land and serving people

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FS-WO-00005-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Marchak, Elizabeth A -FS

Hello, Thank you for your email. I am working as quickly as possible as I can on your request and I greatly appreciate your patience.

I will update you as soon as the final portion of your request is sent for review.

Thank you, Elizabeth Marchak

[USDA USFS]

Elizabeth A. Marchak
FOIA/PA Analyst

Forest Service
FOIA/Office of Regulatory and Management Services

P:202-401-4410
emarchak@fs.fed.us<mailto:emarchak@fs.fed.us>

201 14th Street SW
Washington, DC 20250
www.fs.fed.us<http://www.fs.fed.us/>
[Twitter]<https://twitter.com/forestservice>[Facebook]<http://facebook.com/USDA>

Caring for the land and serving people

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