Mask Mandates (Mayor's Office)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Mayor's Office of Washington, DC.
Multi Request Mask Mandates
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From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Emails, memos, letters, documents and other records discussing or mentioning implemented or proposed mask mandate policies, as well as discussions regarding their expiration or termination between January 1, 2020 and the present.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma North-Best

From: Mayor's Office

Good morning Ms. North Best,

We have received your request and will process. I went add an created a FOIAXpress profile for our request. Your request is assigned the following FOIA # 2022-FOIA-00401. Given the breadth of your search and that there are over 100 employees in the Executive Office of the Mayor, I anticipate this production to be quite large.

Would you consider narrowing to a list of individuals in leadership within EOM? I suggest searching the following individuals who may have information relevant to your request.

* Mayor: Muriel Bowser
* Chief of Staff: John Falcicchio
* Deputy Chief of Staff: Tomas Talamante
* Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff: Zoel Stackhouse
* Communications: LaToya Foster, Susana Castillo, Stephanie Black, and Benjamin Fritsch
* General Counsel: Betsy Cavendish, Karuna Seshasai, and Vanessa Careiro

Please let us know if you have other in mind that you would like to add to this list or whether this list suffices.

Thank you,
Cristina Sacco
Associate General Counsel
Executive Office of the Mayor
Office of the General Counsel


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