Office of Government Information Services Open Cases Case Number 10-0071 10-0122 10-0139 10-0153 10-0202 10-0212 10-0245 10-0246 10-0248 10-0284 10-0304 10-0321 10-0338 10-0343 10-0344 10-0351 2011-0027 2011-0040 2011-0049 2011-0051 2011-0052 2011-0053 2011-0062 2011-0078 2011-0079 2011-0082 2011-0087 2011-0088 2011-0091 2011-0095 2011-0101 2011-0102 2011-0116 2011-0124 2011-0149 2011-0156 2011-0157 2011-0158 2011-0159 2011-0165 2011-0166 2011-0168 2011-0169 2011-0170 2011-0172 2011-0174 2011-0177 2011-0179 2011-0180 2011-0181 2011-0182 2011-0184 2011-0187 2011-0191 2011-0193 2011-0194 2011-0197 2011-0200 2011-0203 2011-0204 2011-0208 2011-0212 2011-0215 2011-0216 2011-0217 2011-0218 2011-0219 2011-0222 2011-0223 2011-0224 2011-0229 2011-0230 2011-0231 2011-0232 2011-0233 2011-0234 2011-0235 2011-0236 as of April 22, 2011 Date Received Dept/Agency Category 03-Mar-10 NASA Ombuds issues 05-Apr-10 HHS Agency practices 14-Apr-10 n/a Denial 26-Apr-10 n/a Agency practices 17-May-10 State and DHS Delay 24-May-10 VA Fees 17-Jun-10 Treasury Fees 24-Jun-10 Multiple Denial 24-Jun-10 Delay DHS, HHS, DOD, Natl Endowment for Democracy 20-Jul-10 DOJ Delay 10-Aug-10 DOJ Ombuds issues 31-Aug-10 State Delay 13-Sep-10 DOJ Denial 20-Sep-10 FDIC Denial 20-Sep-10 VA Denial 22-Sep-10 DOD Agency practices 21-Oct-10 OPIC Denial 22-Oct-10 DOEd Fees 02-Nov-10 SSA Denial 29-Oct-10 DHS Ombuds issues 29-Oct-10 Ombuds issues 03-Nov-10 USDA Ombuds issues 08-Nov-10 USPS Denial 17-Nov-10 DHS, NSA, DOD Fees 18-Nov-10 DOJ Delay 19-Nov-10 HHS Delay 22-Nov-10 HUD Delay 22-Nov-10 HHS Denial 24-Nov-10 DOD Agency practices 30-Nov-10 VA Ombuds issues 02-Dec-10 DOD Fees 08-Nov-10 DHS Agency practices 15-Dec-10 SBA Denial 08-Nov-10 DOJ Agency practices 05-Jan-11 Treasury Denial 06-Jan-11 DOL Delay 09-Jan-11 DOL Delay 09-Jan-11 DOL Ombuds issues 10-Jan-11 DOI Denial 13-Jan-11 Ombuds issues 15-Jan-11 DHS Ombuds issues 18-Jan-11 DOI Denial 19-Jan-11 USAID Delay 21-Jan-11 DOE Delay 24-Jan-11 DOD Fees 27-Jan-11 HUD Delay 02-Feb-11 HHS Denial 07-Feb-11 DOJ Delay 07-Feb-11 DOD Denial 14-Feb-11 DOJ Ombuds issues 14-Feb-11 SSA Ombuds issues 11-Feb-11 HHS Fees 23-Feb-11 DOJ Denial 25-Feb-11 State Delay 02-Mar-11 DOD Denial 02-Mar-11 HHS Delay 04-Mar-11 OPM Delay 07-Mar-11 DOJ Denial 07-Mar-11 HHS Delay 07-Mar-11 State Delay 21-Mar-11 DHS Delay 16-Mar-11 State Delay 23-Mar-11 SSA Denial 10-Mar-11 HHS Delay 24-Mar-11 Education Denial 29-Mar-11 DOJ Denial 29-Mar-11 DOT Delay 30-Mar-11 DOJ Denial 31-Mar-11 Treasury Delay 30-Mar-11 DOJ Delay 05-Apr-11 DHS Agency practices 07-Apr-11 DOJ Delay 06-Apr-11 DHS Info 08-Apr-11 CIA Denial 11-Apr-11 DOL 14-Apr-11 USDA 14-Apr-11 DOD Denial 18-Apr-11 Description Status Notes Facilitating voluminous request that has been filed with 60+ other agencies. Asked if OGIS could help facilitate communica OGIS Customer asked for OGIS assistance with aresolutionworked with the requester to narrow the scope; met with representatives from several agencies to d process of resolutionbegan discussing from a preliminary response the DOJ's OIP in exemption to reach a denying relea OGIS Customer questioned agency's Facilitatingdeleting certain informationthe issue with the agency andwithout citing an 05/10 to tryor formally resolution. Ag in obtaining OGIS clarified regarding customer and will discuss matter waiver. Customer is seeking assistance Fact finding more informationissues withwithholdings and for denial of fee with CIA. Facilitating resolutionto discuss matter with CIA week OGIS Customer is seeking OGIS assistance with the assignment of rights from JMP to NSC. of 5/10/2010. the status resolution delayed requests Customer seeks information onFacilitating of 20Department of State forwarded an updated status of all cases (28). Analyst has followed up with the custo Facilitating resolution Customer appealed the agency's response. The agency remanded the appeal with a suggestion to work to Agency quoted the requester $50,000 to pull 1,000 records requested for review, not duplication, citing an agreement with the Federal Records Centerwi Facilitating resolution The requester Department adverse decision; OGIS spoke with the fees as well as on the appeal who was Initial FOIA request to Department of Energy was re-routed toappealed the of Treasury and requester disputesthe person workingsome processing details Facilitating resolution OMB and OIP held a agencies; some have denied with one or more exemptions while one agency r OGIS, Customer filed the same request with approximately 40 departments and fact finding meeting and call citingrepresentatives to gather information on 09/ Ombuds serviceObtained provided Customer is looking for the status of multiple requests. status of all agencies' requests. Customer has been informed via phone of the current statuses a Fact request. Customer also seeking information on agency practices. Customer is looking for the status offinding Fact requests Sent letter with BOP. Customer is looking for the status offinding and appeals asking for consent on 8/18/10, awaiting response from customer before attempting to contact Fact request. Consent received. Analyst contacted State, waiting for a response (9/17/10). Customer is looking for the status offinding Fact finding Customer disputes the denial of request. I have attempted to contact the requester on 4 occasions by phone to no avail. Received a letter from atto Fact finding information under Exemptions 4 and 6. Customer disputes the agency's withholding of On 11/22 the agency said it would respond to the remand within 30 days and suggested a discussion then Fact finding Appeal still pending with VA. Will make contact to the VA to determine the status of the appeal. Customer disputes the withholding of information. Fact finding Left agency Customer is not satisfied with response given by themessage with USCG 4/1/2011 and 4/6/2011. Fact finding Customer clarified the items and do not provide enough information to properly review those items and Customer disputes the withholding of information and finds exemption citations issues of the greatest interest. Agency agreed toappeal denials. Assigned to analyst Customer disputes Agency denial of fee waiver Fact finding Discussed the case with the customer. Customer disputes the withholding of information, particularly under Exemption 5. Agency had moved to a new location and took some time to find th Assigned to analyst Customer is looking for the status of request Assigned to analyst Customer is possibly looking for assistance on narrowing the scope Fact finding Customer agreed to file an appeal. OGIS had scheduled a tel-con with agency to discuss on 12/15 but agen Customer disputes the redactions on contract data. Assigned to analyst Customer disputes the withholding of information. Fact finding OGIS is awaiting additional correspondence from the requester to better understand the various agencies Customer disputes agency's denial of news media status. Assigned to analyst Customer is looking for the status of an appeal. Assigned to analyst Customer is looking for the status of request. Assigned to analyst Customer is looking for the status of request. Fact finding Consulted with HHS appeals personnel as well as have spoken to the requester. Customer disputes the withholding of information. Facilitating resolution allowing the unilaterally withdraw FOIA agency. without a reply. Customer disputes DOD's practices and policiesDiscussedit to case with the customer andrequests Drafting requester's input. Misdirected request. Assigned to analyst Fact assigned OGIS re-opened case, originally closed on 12/17/2010, on 1/3/2011 after agency did not re-categorize as i Customer disputes the fee category finding by the Agency Fact perfecting request and getting agency to respond. Customer wants OGIS assistance on finding Facilitating resolution The agency discussed the reasons why this Customer disputes redacted categories of information in a request for disaster loan data. information cannot be released and OGIS shared that with the Assigned to analyst Customer disputes the aggregation of multiple requests. Fact finding Agency provided a separate recent disclosure the Customer disputes the denial of a request, particularly in light of additional information aboutlaw. progress of creating a public version of the electronic re Assigned to analyst Customer is looking for the status of an appeal Assigned to analyst Customer is looking for the status of an appeal Assigned to analyst Customer did not receive records in native electronic format. Assigned to analyst Customer did not receive records responsive to the request. Assigned to analyst Agency is seeking OGIS assistance in a matter involving a repeat requester Assigned to analyst Customer is looking for clarification regarding a FOIA response she received from DHS Assigned by the agency. Customers disputes the redactions madeto analyst Assigned to Customer is looking for status of request. analyst Facilitating resolution provided agency says other records are currently with a the reasons for and will and kept OGIS u Agency Customer has received some records in response to request, butadditional information about the response and different agencythe delay not elaborate or Fact finding Customer disputes the fees being charged by the agency. Fact finding Customer is looking for acknowledgment and status of request with expedited processing. Fact finding Customer disputes the denial of request. Left a message for customer 2/16/2011. Need actual responses from agency. Contact with FDA will be att Fact two requests. messages at OIG and OPR for the status of the requests 2/16/2011. Customer is looking for the status offinding Left Fact finding OGIS Customer disputes the withholding of information. has discussed the case with the customer and with the DoD OGIS Liaison. Will now contact Army dire Misdirected request. Assigned to analyst Misdirected request. Assigned to analyst Assigned to analyst Customer disputes fees and is looking for status of request Assigned to analyst Customer disputes the withholding of information. Fact finding Customer is not satisfied with the time taken to process their request Assigned to analyst Customer disputes the withholding of records requested. Fact finding The agency FOIA Public status gave some general Customer has two FOIA requests with the agency and is unable to get aLiaison on their progress. information about the requests and wanted to have the Assigned to analyst Customer is looking for the status of request. Fact finding Customer disputes the partial withholding of information requested. Fact finding Customer disputes response given by the agency and seeks status of appeal. Fact finding Customer seeks status of pending request and disputes the agency's practices regarding electronic format requests. referred request. a follow-up voicemail for DHS FPL 4/13/11. Customer seeks the status of a Fact finding Left a FOIA request with the State Department that has been pending for 19 months. Customer seeks assistance withFact finding Pending assignment Customer seeks employment dates for former agency employee; unclear whether request may have been phrased too broadly. a 3-year-old Customer seeks assistance withFact finding request. Fact finding Customer disputes agency denial, on appeal, of records related to a teaching grant. Fact finding OGIS will contact the agency Customer disputes agency's denial and questions appellate review process. to discuss. FOIA requests with Customer has two outstanding Pending assignmentthe agency from February 2010 and has been unable to get a status update. Assigned to searches Customer disputes the thoroughness of theanalyst done in response to two FOIA requests. Fact finding Discussed the and wants to know prospect for release Customer has two requests, which he has checked on weekly,dispute with the requester and will contact the agency to discuss. Fact finding Customer would like OGIS to assist with a delayed request. Fact finding Customer disputes closing of request as duplicative when request was renewed subsequent to Supreme Court decision on Exemption 2 (high). Customer seeks status of two requests. Fact finding Customer seeks information about records that were referred. Fact finding Customer wants information about obtaining third-party's info about a dead person Pending an October Customer has not received responses toassignment 2010 FOIA request and to two September 2010 FOIA appeals a request where the Customer seeks assistance withPending assignment agency asked for a clarification to the request. Customer seeks assistance with requests made to the Air Force Space Command. Customer seeks assistance mediation for a request. ntatives from several agencies to discuss the requests and share the narrowed fields. Many agencies have responded and OGIS continues to assist other agencies. /10 to try to reach a resolution. Agency updated customer on progress on 11/12/10 but customer still requesting OGIS assistance. OGIS, customer and agency met to dis yst has followed up with the customer and attorney, awaiting response. Also received USCIS statuses. ppeal with a suggestion to work with the requester on the fee issue. In 12/10, agency began sampling some records to provide an estimate but has not been able to upda on working on the appeal who was looking into whether fees might be different if the records were provided electronically. tives to gather information on 09/16/10. OGIS held a second meeting on 11/29/10 and will continue working with agencies and requester to resolve the dispute. ia phone of the current statuses and options. Ombuds services provided 9/7/10, however customer would like OGIS case to remain open until all FOIA requests complete mer before attempting to contact agency. o avail. Received a letter from attorney March 14, 2011. I left a message at DOJ/Voting Rights section, awaiting response. Follow up March 29, 2011. s and suggested a discussion then on any remaining issues in dispute. On 02/14/11, the agency said it was not sure when it would finish the appeal response. he status of the appeal. agreed to review those items and its own position on the response. tion and took some time to find the file but offered to re-review its release in early March and will get back to OGIS. ency to discuss on 12/15 but agency has not responded to several messages to try to discuss this. r understand the various agencies' positions and will then review that alongside the agency regulations to determine whether there is a dispute that OGIS can assist with. r agency did not re-categorize as it said it would. After discussion with agency FOIA official, agency agreed to re-categorize the requester's fee category. ed and OGIS shared that with the customer. The agency offered to provide general statistics which the customer is interested in receiving. OGIS will facilitate that. a public version of the electronic record requested that would be stripped of the proprietary data that is requiring the agency to withhold. Customer shared other concern sons for the delay and kept OGIS updated on the status, including the date the request was returned from consultation and when it would go out to the customer. OGIS r ency. Contact with FDA will be attempted the week of 4/18. iaison. Will now contact Army directly to discuss. e requests and wanted to have the person working on the responses contact OGIS. She was out of the office the week of 04/18/11 and would contact OGIS upon her retu S continues to assist other agencies. ance. OGIS, customer and agency met to discuss on 2/22/11. e an estimate but has not been able to update OGIS on progress. nd requester to resolve the dispute. emain open until all FOIA requests completed. ow up March 29, 2011. ould finish the appeal response. r there is a dispute that OGIS can assist with. e requester's fee category. d in receiving. OGIS will facilitate that. to withhold. Customer shared other concerns with OGIS when it would go out to the customer. OGIS relayed to customer. 18/11 and would contact OGIS upon her return.