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From: Kathi Sherburne

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A list of congress, senate, cabinet, etc. individuals who have had sexual harassment/discrimination complaints against them that have resulted in pay-outs from the "fund" maintained at the White House expressly for that purpose. Please include: 1)DATE, 2)TITLE (Congress/Senate/Cabinet), 3)PARTY AFFILIATION, 4)NAME OF DEFENDANT, 5)COMPLAINT TYPE, 6)NAME OF COMPLAINANT, 7)AMOUNT PAID, 8)DISPOSITION OF COMPLAINT. Include 1)WHO VOTED/ENACTED THIS FUND, 2) TOTAL KEPT IN THIS FUND, 3) HOW IT IS ACCESSED FOR PAYOUTS. If this information is not forthcoming, request you: 1) cite the rule, law, etc. that makes it confidential and 2) who voted that rule, law, etc. into effect.

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.


Kathi Sherburne

From: Office of Government Ethics

Good morning,

OGE has determined that your request does not reasonably describe the records sought. Pursuant to OGE FOIA regulations at 5 C.F.R. § 2604.301(b), "each request must reasonably describe the desired record in sufficient detail to enable Office personnel to locate the records with a reasonable amount of effort." If possible, a request should include "specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipient, and subject matter of the record."

Please note that OGE is a Federal executive branch agency that provides overall direction, oversight, and accountability of executive branch policies designed to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest. OGE is not part of the White House.

Until OGE receives additional information from you, your request will be deemed not received in accordance with the FOIA, at 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(A). You may also confer with me at 202-482-9267, in order to clarify the request. As OGE's FOIA Public Liaison, I am available for assisting in reducing delays, increasing transparency and understanding of the status of requests, and assisting in the resolution of disputes. If OGE does not receive any communication from you within 30 calendar days from the date of this letter, your FOIA request will be considered "closed."

Thank you,

Rachel Dowell

OGE FOIA Officer


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