Successful Administrative FOIA Appeals in Washington, D.C.

J.K. Trotter filed this request with the Mayor's Office of Washington, DC.
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From: J.K. Trotter

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act of 1974, D.C. Code Ann. § 2-531 et seq. ("D.C. Act"), I hereby request the following records:

Copies of every final decision issued by the Office of the General Counsel to the Mayor in response to individuals who filed an administrative appeal with the Mayor of the District of Columbia concerning request(s) filed under the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act with any agency governed by the Act. Please limit this request to cases where the appeal was successful (that is, when the final decision overturned part or all of the agency’s initial response to the DC FOIA request). Please limit this request to final decisions issued between January 1, 2014 and November 15, 2015.

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 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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

J.K. Trotter

From: Satterlee, Erika (EOM)

Dear Mr. Trotter,

I was recently made aware of your Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request dated November 19, 2015. First of all, I would like to offer my sincere apology that you have not received a response to your request. I am new to the Mayor's office as well as FOIA requests and as such, was only recently made aware of your outstanding request. I will certainly attend to this matter as soon as possible. Should you prefer, please feel free to give me a call at the number below and we can discuss this matter over the phone.

Regards,

Erika Satterlee
Associate Director
Executive Office of the Mayor's General Counsel
202-727-0872
Erika.satterlee@dc.gov<mailto:Erika.satterlee@dc.gov>

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From: J.K. Trotter

Thanks for the email and update, Erika — let me know if there’s any other information you need from me.

Sincerely,
J.K. Trotter

From: Satterlee, Erika (EOM)

Hello, Mr. Trotter-

I am currently processing your request and would, first of all, like to direct you to the following link. A number of the appeals decisions that you are requesting, largely for the year 2015, can be found there. You will see on the website that you can search and sort by date. I am in the process of compiling the remaining decisions from the dates of your request so that I can send them along to you as well. Please be advised that these additional files are in PDF format and therefore I may need to send them in more than one email.

http://dc.gov/publications?after%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&before%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&keys=&type=74&sort_by=field_date_value&sort_order=DESC

I appreciate your patience and please contact me if you have any questions. I will be in touch.

Regards,

Erika Satterlee
Associate Director
Executive Office of the Mayor’s General Counsel
202-727-0872
Erika.satterlee@dc.gov<mailto:Erika.satterlee@dc.gov>

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From: Satterlee, Erika (EOM)

Dear Mr. Trotter,

This email is in response to your request for documents from the Executive Office of the Mayor ("EOM") under the District of Columbia's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") regarding final decisions issued by the Office of the General Counsel to the Mayor in response to individuals who filed an administrative appeal with the Mayor concerning requests filed under FOIA, between January 1, 2014 and November 15, 2015. This Office makes the following response to your request:

On September 20, 2016, you were provided with a link to an online database containing a large number of the appeals decisions you requested. The link is provided again, below, for your convenience:
http://dc.gov/publications?after%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&before%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&keys=&type=74&sort_by=field_date_value&sort_order=DESC

In addition to the appeals determinations available online, we are providing 103 additional Appeal Determinations in PDF form. As the number of documents is too voluminous for one email, I will be sending the documents in batches. Please find attached to this email, twelve (12) additional determinations for Fiscal Year 15. I will be sending more emails with more attached documents to you shortly.
Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter as well on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, and e-mail and/or U.S. Mail address at which you can be reached. The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, and 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to the Mayor's Correspondence Unit at foia.mayor@dc.gov@@http://us.mc655.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=foia.mayor@dc.gov@@. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forward to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency or to the agency head of that agency if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there. Failure to follow these administrative steps may result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

Sincerely,

Erika Satterlee
Associate Director
Executive Office of the Mayor's General Counsel
202-727-0872
Erika.satterlee@dc.gov<mailto:Erika.satterlee@dc.gov>

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From: Satterlee, Erika (EOM)

Dear Mr. Trotter,

This email is in response to your request for documents from the Executive Office of the Mayor ("EOM") under the District of Columbia's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") regarding final decisions issued by the Office of the General Counsel to the Mayor in response to individuals who filed an administrative appeal with the Mayor concerning requests filed under FOIA, between January 1, 2014 and November 15, 2015. This Office makes the following response to your request:

On September 20, 2016, you were provided with a link to an online database containing a large number of the appeals decisions you requested. The link is provided again, below, for your convenience:
http://dc.gov/publications?after%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&before%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&keys=&type=74&sort_by=field_date_value&sort_order=DESC

In addition to the appeals determinations available online, we are providing 103 additional Appeal Determinations in PDF form. As the number of documents is too voluminous for one email, I will be sending the documents in batches. Please find attached to this email, seventeen (17) determinations for Fiscal Year 14. The documents are in alphabetical order and I will be sending more to you shortly.
Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter as well on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, and e-mail and/or U.S. Mail address at which you can be reached. The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, and 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to the Mayor's Correspondence Unit at foia.mayor@dc.gov@@http://us.mc655.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=foia.mayor@dc.gov@@. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forward to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency or to the agency head of that agency if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there. Failure to follow these administrative steps may result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

Sincerely,

Erika Satterlee
Associate Director
Executive Office of the Mayor's General Counsel
202-727-0872
Erika.satterlee@dc.gov<mailto:Erika.satterlee@dc.gov>

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This message is being sent by or on behalf of a lawyer. It is intended exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. This communication may contain information that is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the named addressee, you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this message or any part of it. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete all copies of the message.

From: Satterlee, Erika (EOM)

Dear Mr. Trotter,

This email is in response to your request for documents from the Executive Office of the Mayor ("EOM") under the District of Columbia's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") regarding final decisions issued by the Office of the General Counsel to the Mayor in response to individuals who filed an administrative appeal with the Mayor concerning requests filed under FOIA, between January 1, 2014 and November 15, 2015. This Office makes the following response to your request:

On September 20, 2016, you were provided with a link to an online database containing a large number of the appeals decisions you requested. The link is provided again, below, for your convenience:
http://dc.gov/publications?after%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&before%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&keys=&type=74&sort_by=field_date_value&sort_order=DESC

In addition to the appeals determinations available online, we are providing 103 additional Appeal Determinations in PDF form. As the number of documents is too voluminous for one email, I will be sending the documents in batches. Please find attached to this email, fifteen (15) determinations for Fiscal Year 14. The documents are in alphabetical order and I will be sending more to you shortly.
Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter as well on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, and e-mail and/or U.S. Mail address at which you can be reached. The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, and 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to the Mayor's Correspondence Unit at foia.mayor@dc.gov@@http://us.mc655.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=foia.mayor@dc.gov@@. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forward to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency or to the agency head of that agency if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there. Failure to follow these administrative steps may result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

Sincerely,

Erika Satterlee
Associate Director
Executive Office of the Mayor's General Counsel
202-727-0872
Erika.satterlee@dc.gov<mailto:Erika.satterlee@dc.gov>

Confidentiality Notice

This message is being sent by or on behalf of a lawyer. It is intended exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. This communication may contain information that is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the named addressee, you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this message or any part of it. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete all copies of the message.

From: Satterlee, Erika (EOM)

Dear Mr. Trotter,

This email is in response to your request for documents from the Executive Office of the Mayor ("EOM") under the District of Columbia's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") regarding final decisions issued by the Office of the General Counsel to the Mayor in response to individuals who filed an administrative appeal with the Mayor concerning requests filed under FOIA, between January 1, 2014 and November 15, 2015. This Office makes the following response to your request:

On September 20, 2016, you were provided with a link to an online database containing a large number of the appeals decisions you requested. The link is provided again, below, for your convenience:
http://dc.gov/publications?after%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&before%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&keys=&type=74&sort_by=field_date_value&sort_order=DESC

In addition to the appeals determinations available online, we are providing 103 additional Appeal Determinations in PDF form. As the number of documents is too voluminous for one email, I will be sending the documents in batches. Please find attached to this email, eighteen (18) determinations for Fiscal Year 14. The documents are in alphabetical order and I will be sending more to you shortly.
Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter as well on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, and e-mail and/or U.S. Mail address at which you can be reached. The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, and 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to the Mayor's Correspondence Unit at foia.mayor@dc.gov@@http://us.mc655.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=foia.mayor@dc.gov@@. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forward to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency or to the agency head of that agency if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there. Failure to follow these administrative steps may result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

Sincerely,

Erika Satterlee
Associate Director
Executive Office of the Mayor's General Counsel
202-727-0872
Erika.satterlee@dc.gov<mailto:Erika.satterlee@dc.gov>

Confidentiality Notice

This message is being sent by or on behalf of a lawyer. It is intended exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. This communication may contain information that is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the named addressee, you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this message or any part of it. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete all copies of the message.

From: Satterlee, Erika (EOM)

Dear Mr. Trotter,

This email is in response to your request for documents from the Executive Office of the Mayor ("EOM") under the District of Columbia's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") regarding final decisions issued by the Office of the General Counsel to the Mayor in response to individuals who filed an administrative appeal with the Mayor concerning requests filed under FOIA, between January 1, 2014 and November 15, 2015. This Office makes the following response to your request:

On September 20, 2016, you were provided with a link to an online database containing a large number of the appeals decisions you requested. The link is provided again, below, for your convenience:
http://dc.gov/publications?after%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&before%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&keys=&type=74&sort_by=field_date_value&sort_order=DESC

In addition to the appeals determinations available online, we are providing 103 additional Appeal Determinations in PDF form. As the number of documents is too voluminous for one email, I will be sending the documents in batches. Please find attached to this email, eighteen (18) determinations for Fiscal Year 14. The documents are in alphabetical order and I will be sending more to you shortly.
Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter as well on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, and e-mail and/or U.S. Mail address at which you can be reached. The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, and 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to the Mayor's Correspondence Unit at foia.mayor@dc.gov@@http://us.mc655.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=foia.mayor@dc.gov@@. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forward to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency or to the agency head of that agency if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there. Failure to follow these administrative steps may result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

Sincerely,

Erika Satterlee
Associate Director
Executive Office of the Mayor's General Counsel
202-727-0872
Erika.satterlee@dc.gov<mailto:Erika.satterlee@dc.gov>

Confidentiality Notice

This message is being sent by or on behalf of a lawyer. It is intended exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. This communication may contain information that is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the named addressee, you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this message or any part of it. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete all copies of the message.

From: Satterlee, Erika (EOM)

Dear Mr. Trotter,

This email is in response to your request for documents from the Executive Office of the Mayor ("EOM") under the District of Columbia's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") regarding final decisions issued by the Office of the General Counsel to the Mayor in response to individuals who filed an administrative appeal with the Mayor concerning requests filed under FOIA, between January 1, 2014 and November 15, 2015. This Office makes the following response to your request:

On September 20, 2016, you were provided with a link to an online database containing a large number of the appeals decisions you requested. The link is provided again, below, for your convenience:
http://dc.gov/publications?after%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&before%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&keys=&type=74&sort_by=field_date_value&sort_order=DESC

In addition to the appeals determinations available online, we are providing 103 additional Appeal Determinations in PDF form. As the number of documents is too voluminous for one email, I will be sending the documents in batches. Please find attached to this email, sixteen (16) determinations for Fiscal Year 14. The documents are in alphabetical order and I will be sending more to you shortly.
Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter as well on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, and e-mail and/or U.S. Mail address at which you can be reached. The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, and 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to the Mayor's Correspondence Unit at foia.mayor@dc.gov@@http://us.mc655.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=foia.mayor@dc.gov@@. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forward to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency or to the agency head of that agency if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there. Failure to follow these administrative steps may result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

Sincerely,

Erika Satterlee
Associate Director
Executive Office of the Mayor's General Counsel
202-727-0872
Erika.satterlee@dc.gov<mailto:Erika.satterlee@dc.gov>

Confidentiality Notice

This message is being sent by or on behalf of a lawyer. It is intended exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. This communication may contain information that is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the named addressee, you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this message or any part of it. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete all copies of the message.

From: Satterlee, Erika (EOM)

Dear Mr. Trotter,

This email is in response to your request for documents from the Executive Office of the Mayor ("EOM") under the District of Columbia's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") regarding final decisions issued by the Office of the General Counsel to the Mayor in response to individuals who filed an administrative appeal with the Mayor concerning requests filed under FOIA, between January 1, 2014 and November 15, 2015. This Office makes the following response to your request:

On September 20, 2016, you were provided with a link to an online database containing a large number of the appeals decisions you requested. The link is provided again, below, for your convenience:
http://dc.gov/publications?after%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&before%5bvalue%5d%5bdate%5d=&keys=&type=74&sort_by=field_date_value&sort_order=DESC

In addition to the appeals determinations available online, we are providing 103 additional Appeal Determinations in PDF form. As the number of documents is too voluminous for one email, I will be sending the documents in batches. Please find attached to this email, seven (7) determinations for Fiscal Year 14. The documents are in alphabetical order and this is the FINAL batch of documents that I will be sending to you.
Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter as well on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, and e-mail and/or U.S. Mail address at which you can be reached. The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, and 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to the Mayor's Correspondence Unit at foia.mayor@dc.gov@@http://us.mc655.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=foia.mayor@dc.gov@@. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forward to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency or to the agency head of that agency if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there. Failure to follow these administrative steps may result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

Sincerely,

Erika Satterlee
Associate Director
Executive Office of the Mayor's General Counsel
202-727-0872
Erika.satterlee@dc.gov<mailto:Erika.satterlee@dc.gov>

Confidentiality Notice

This message is being sent by or on behalf of a lawyer. It is intended exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. This communication may contain information that is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the named addressee, you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this message or any part of it. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete all copies of the message.

From: Satterlee, Erika (EOM)

Dear Mr. Trotter:

Please see attached Final Response Letter from the Executive Office of the Mayor regarding your FOIA request. Also, please let me know if you did not receive any of the 7 earlier emails I sent you today with attached documents.

Regards,

Erika Satterlee
Associate Director
Executive Office of the Mayor's General Counsel
202-727-0872
Erika.satterlee@dc.gov<mailto:Erika.satterlee@dc.gov>

Confidentiality Notice

This message is being sent by or on behalf of a lawyer. It is intended exclusively for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. This communication may contain information that is proprietary, privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the named addressee, you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this message or any part of it. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete all copies of the message.

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