1FOIRaDay

Welcome to One Freedom of Information Request a Day, a project in which I file a FOIA request each weekday in 2017. My goal is not to inundate the government with busy work and I’m not trying to waste taxpayer money. But I do want to see how various federal agencies react to requests for the information we pay them to collect and keep. I want to know which agencies follow FOIA law and which ones disregard it. I want to know what information the government is uncomfortable releasing. I’ll keep you updated on the status of my requests here and on the project’s Twitter page (1FOIRaDay). All records obtained through this project will be made available to the public for free. Your suggestions, questions and death threats are welcome at collinsreports@gmail.com.

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Filed April 28, 2017, with National Science Foundation.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A document titled “Challenging shrubland fire management” that was posted by the National Science Foundation to its website on April 15, 2004, but is now archived, according to the agency’s website. Its document number is tip040414c.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 28, 2017, the National Science Foundation asked for clarification on this request.

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Filed April 27, 2017, with USDA Farm Service Agency.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

National Compliance Reviews (NCR), County Operation Reviews (COR) and Improper Payment Information Act (IPIA) reviews conducted of Farm Service Agency conservation and land retirement programs from Jan. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2017. 

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

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Filed April 26, 2017, with U.S. Department of State.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Budget plans or funding requests to renovate Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s office from Feb. 1, 2017, to April 26, 2017. 

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 26, 2017, the Dept. of State sent an automated message to confirm receipt of this request.

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Filed April 25, 2017, with AMTRAK’s Office of the Inspector General.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

AMTRAK OIG reports of investigation regarding cases closed in calendar years 2015 and 2016. For reference, these case numbers can be found on the first page of a spreadsheet at this address

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

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Filed April 24, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All reports of inspections conducted by USDA APHIS in connection to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The time frame for requested documents is April 18, 2017, to April 24, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 25, 2017, USDA APHIS acknowledged this request.

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Filed April 21, 2017, with the USDA’s Office of the Secretary.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Scientific Integrity complaints made by USDA scientists at the Agricultural Research Service, Forest Service, Economic Research Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service from Jan. 1, 2016, to April 21, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 25, 2017, the USDA acknowledged this request and routed it to the relevant departments within the agency.

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Filed April 20, 2017, with the American Battle Monuments Commission.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A list, spreadsheet or similar document that details 2016 expenses and revenues associated with maintaining the following cemeteries: Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Ardennes American Cemetery, Brittany American Cemetery,  Brookwood American Cemetery, Cambridge American Cemetery and Clark Veterans Cemetery.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 24, 2017, the American Battle Monuments Commission confirmed the receipt of this request.

Update: On April 20, 2017, this emailed request was returned as undeliverable. I sent it to another email address.

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Filed April 19, 2017, with the USDA’s Office of the Secretary.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Aerial photos taken in 2016 by the USDA of farms and ranches to ensure compliance with conservation programs. These documents may be held by the USDA’s Aerial Photography Field Office.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 20, 2017, an employee of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service called to say photos taken of private landowner’s properties likely would be withheld. I clarified the request.

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Filed April 18, 2017, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Reports containing the results of the CDC’s “trace-out” investigations of clients and “trace-back” investigations of home rat breeding facilities in reference to an outbreak of Seoul virus in Illinois and Wisconsin. The outbreak is discussed in this news release.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 18, 2017, the CDC placed this request on its “complex” FOIA processing track. It also said it would not be able to respond in the 20-day statutory time period, even with a 10-day extension because it would have to consult with other government offices and negotiate with people who submitted information to determine “the nature and extent of non-disclosable proprietary materials.” A target date of Oct. 18, 2017, was set.

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Filed April 17, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All reports of inspections conducted by USDA APHIS in connection to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The time frame for requested documents is April 11, 2017, to April 17, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

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Filed April 14, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

The APHIS contract with InquisIT for information technology management services. The contract is discussed in this news article. I also request a copy of the request for proposals and proposals APHIS received from InquisIT and other vendors in connection to the work. 

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

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Filed April 13, 2017, with NASA.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Notices of intent to propose and actual proposals received by NASA in reference to a request for proposals to “enable and advance uses of Earth observations by domestic and international organizations to benefit food security and agriculture.” Notices of Intent to propose were requested by February 17, 2017, and proposals were due April 7, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 20 2017, NASA said it release none of these records because they are exempted from FOIA.

Update: On April 18, 2017, NASA directed this request to it Goddard Space Flight Center.

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Filed April 12, 2017, with the U.S. Department of Labor.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Records disclosed by companies to the U.S. Department of Labor in connection to the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order former President Obama signed in July 2014. The timeframe for requested records is from July 1, 2014, to April 12, 2017.  

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 27, 2017, the Dept. of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division acknowledged receiving this request.

Update: On April 18, 2017, the Dept. of Labor asked for clarification on this request and redirected it to its Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Wage and Hour divisions.

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Filed April 11, 2017, with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Reports of investigation in connection to the closed cases referenced in the attached document. For further reference, these cases are listed on the second page of this spreadsheet.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 17, 2017, SIGAR acknowledged this request and set a target date of May 12, 2017.

Update: On April 12, 2017, this emailed request was returned as undeliverable. I tried sending it another way.

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Filed April 10, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All reports of inspections conducted by USDA APHIS in connection to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The time frame for requested documents is April 4, 2017, to April 10, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 12, 2017, USDA APHIS acknowledged this request and set a target date of May 8, 2017.

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Filed April 7, 2017, with the U.S. Army.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A 65-page document on the subject of chemical munitions that is included in the Army’s mandatory declassification review log. In 2010, the document was requested by “Department of Defense Washington Headquarters Services Case # 10-M-0420 GRF Case # NLF MR 09-89 Pages 65.” The item in question may be found on page 11 of this spreadsheet

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 14, 2017, the U.S. Army’s FOIA office directed this request to the appropriate office.

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Filed April 6, 2017, with the AMTRAK’s Office of the Inspector General.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

The report of investigation for case number CA-16-0051-0, which was opened on Nov. 9, 2016, and closed on Dec. 22, 2016.  

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

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Filed April 5, 2017, with the Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A list of enforcement actions taken by the Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement in 2016.  

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 28, 2017, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement released responsive documents.

Update: On April 25, 2017, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement asked for clarification on this request, which I provided.

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Filed April 4, 2017, with the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Notifications of violations committed by Texas landowners in reference to Conservation Reserve Program contracts with the Farm Service Agency in 2016. 

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 20, 2017, USDA FSA placed this request on its “complex” processing track.

Update: On April 10, 2017, USDA FSA placed me in its “media requester” fee category.

Update: On April 10, 2017, USDA FSA acknowledged this request. The agency placed me in the “other use” fee category instead of classifying me as a media requester, which I protested. The agency also said this request would be placed on its “complex” FOIA track because it requires employees to “search for and collect the requested records from field facilities or other establishments that are separate from the office processing the request.” A target date of May 1, 2017, was set.

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Filed April 3, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All reports of inspections conducted by USDA APHIS in connection to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The time frame for requested documents is March 28, 2017, to April 3, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 7, 2017, USDA APHIS acknowledged this request and set a target date of May 1, 2017.

Update: On April 3, 2017, USDA APHIS asked that in the future I submit requests to the agency’s online FOIA portal instead of by email.

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Filed March 31, 2017, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Reports of Candida Auris infections received by the CDC in 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 6, 2017, the CDC asked for clarification on this request.

Update: On April 4, 2017, the CDC acknowledged this request.

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Filed March 30, 2017, with the U.S. Department of Interior.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Complaints received by the Department of Interior in 2016 regarding the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 30, 2017, the Dept. of the Interior sent a message to say it did not have responsive records, but that they might be kept directly by the museum.

Update: On March 30, 2017, the Dept. of the Interior called to ask for clarification on this request.

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Filed March 29, 2017, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A list and/or spreadsheet of Department of Homeland Security expenditures in 2016 “to defend U.S. food, agriculture, and veterinary systems against terrorism.” This analysis of a Senate Bill conducted by the Congressional Budget Office states that the DHS allocated $475,000 for this activity in 2016. 

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 5, 2017, the Dept. of Homeland Security acknowledged this request. It noted that its response may be delayed because of a high volume of requests.

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Filed March 28, 2017, with the U.S. Department of Justice.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Emails sent from senior Justice Dept. officials to state officials regarding the withholding of federal funds from “sanctuary cities” that do not comply with immigration laws and enforcement, specifically U.S. Code 1373. The move to penalize sanctuary cities is discussed in this press release. The date range for this request is Feb. 1, 2017, to March 28, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 6, 2017, the DOJ sent a message to say this request was of “unusual circumstances” and therefore would require a 10-day extension, and likely even more time, to complete.

Update: On March 28, 2017, the DOJ sent an automated message to confirm receipt of this request.

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Filed March 27, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All reports of inspections conducted by USDA APHIS in connection to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The time frame for requested documents is March 21, 2017, to March 27, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

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Filed March 24, 2017, with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

The Office of Special Counsel’s electronic log of Hatch Act inquiries from Jan. 1, 2017, to March 24, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 5, 2017, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel acknowledged this request and placed it on its “complex” FOIA processing track. It also said that processing this request may take longer than 20 days.

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Filed March 23, 2017, with the Government Accountability Office.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All reports produced by the GAO in 2016 regarding the National School Lunch Program.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 27, 2017, the GAO produced responsive records, noting that they are also available on the agency’s website.

Update: On March 24, 2017, the GAO acknowledged this request.

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Filed March 22, 2017, with the Food and Drug Administration.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Comments and/or feedback received by stakeholders regarding the Produce Safety Rule’s Agricultural Water Standards — the comments were the impetus for an announced simplification of water standards in agriculture, according to this FDA announcement.

The announcement says “feedback that the FDA has received that some of these standards, which include numerical criteria for pre-harvest microbial water quality, may be too complex to understand, translate, and implement.” My request asks for any “feedback” alluded to in this agency announcement.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 29, 2017, the FDA acknowledged this request.

Update: On March 22, 2017, the FDA sent an automated message to say it had received this request.

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Filed March 21, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A map, spreadsheet, database or other document that gives the location of all installed M-44 devices. The devices are traps deployed to control pests and are further described in this news article.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 11, 2017, the USDA asked for clarification on this request.

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Filed March 20, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All reports of inspections conducted by USDA APHIS in connection to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The time frame for requested documents is March 14, 2017, to March 20, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 25, 2017, USDA APHIS sent a message to say that employees in its Animal Care program were lagging in responding to this request, though “We have been assured that an exhaustive search of all automated and paper copy files is being conducted.” No target date was given for the completion of the request.

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Filed March 17, 2017, with the National Archives and Records Administration.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

The entire Holdings Maintenance System database. The Holdings Maintenance System (HMS) is the system that replaced Master Location Register (MLR) System.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 24, 2017, NARA fully denied this request, citing the deliberative process exemption.

Update: On March 17, 2017, NARA sent an automated message to say it had received this request.

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Filed March 16, 2017, with the Food and Drug Administration.

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Access to or a copy of all emails sent from Scott Gottlieb, who has been named by president Donald Trump to head the FDA, to senior officials at the FDA from Jan. 1, 2014 to March 16., 2017.

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.

Sincerely,
Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828
758 Diamond Lake Dr.
Abilene, TX 79601

Update: On March 29, 2017, the FDA mailed a letter to say it had received this request (I assume it meant the clarified version).

Update: On March 23, 2017, the FDA asked for clarification on this request, which I provided.

Update: On March 16, 2017, the FDA sent an automated message to say it had received this request.

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Filed March 15, 2017, with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Secretary.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

An audio recording and text transcript of U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative meeting on Feb. 1, 2017. The meeting is described in this article:

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 28, 2017, the Dept. of the Interior provided some responsive documents.

Update: On March 22, 2017, the Dept. of the Interior sent a message to say this request has been placed on its “complex” FOIA processing track and that it would take an additional 10 days to complete.

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Filed March 14, 2017, with the National Archives and Records Administration.

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

The entire Master Location Register database. The Master Location Register (MLR) is a system that maintains location data and descriptive information for records stored by NARA’s Office of Records Services – Washington, DC (NW) in Washington, DC, area archival facilities.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 16, 2017, the National Archives and Records Administration denied this request, saying that the Master Location Register is no longer a supported database.

Update: On March 15, 2017, the National Archives and Records Administration sent a message to say this request had been submitted to its FOIAonline portal.

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Filed March 13, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All inspection reports conducted by USDA APHIS in connection to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The time frame for requested documents is March 7, 2017, to March 13, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 15, 2017, APHIS acknowledged this request and set a target date of April 10, 2017.

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Filed March 10, 2017, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of a budget, audit or other type of financial document showing expenditures made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from its Prevention and Public Health Fund for zumba classes and/or massage sessions from Jan. 1, 2016, to March 10, 2017.

For reference, CNN has reported that GOP lawmakers are considering doing away with the fund because money is being spent frivolously. The story notes that lawmakers have called it a slush fund used to pay for zumba and massages.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 20, 2017, the CDC said it had no responsive records.

Update: On March 10, 2017, the CDC acknowledged this request and placed it on its “simple” FOIA track. The agency set a target date for completion of May 9, 2017.

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Filed March 9, 2017, with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: The full text of document YA-16-0134, titled “Senior Management Changes in the Office of Administration and the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.” This yellow announcement’s assession number is ML 16348A358.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 15, 2017, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission provided responsive documents.

Update: On March 13, 2017, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission acknowledged this request.

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Filed March 8, 2017, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the Dept. of Homeland Security’s FOIA logs from Jan. 1, 2017, to March 8, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 15, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security denied this request because it already posts its FOIA logs online.

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Filed March 7, 2017, with the U.S. Navy.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Copies of complaints made in substantiated 2016 Navy recruiting impropriety cases classified as “concealment or falsification,” “false promise/coercion,” and “misconduct.” Documents show that 12 such cases had been substantiated earlier this year, though that number could be higher now.

I have attached a spreadsheet regarding these cases. If the term “complaint” does not turn up a responsive record in this request, please search for a record that serves as a summary or synopsis of the cases.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

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Filed March 6, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All inspection reports conducted by USDA APHIS in connection to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The time frame for requested documents is Feb. 28, 2017, to March 6, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

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Filed March. 3, 2017, with the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Synopses or some other summary of cases in which the OIG made inquiries. This request is limited to the following case numbers: OI-AR-2014-ADM-0035; 2007-CS-0009; OI-AT-2015-CAC-0018; OI-AR-2011-ADM-1228; OI-BO-2013-CFR-0028; OI-RTP-2012-CFR-0160; OI-DE-2015-CEC-0111.

Please interpret the terms “synopsis” or “summary” widely enough to ensure that relevant documents encapsulate a case or inquiry and narrowly enough to eschew undue detail. I understand that some of these cases could be quite long, and I’m not asking for all of the details. But if there is a summary, complaint or synopsis that reasonably describes the matter at hand, please consider that a responsive record.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828
758 Diamond Lake Dr.
Abilene, TX 79601

Update: On April 27, 2017, the EPA OIG partially provided responsive documents.

Update: On March 14, 2017, the EPA sent a message to say this request had been submitted to its FOIAonline portal.

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Filed March. 2, 2017, with the U.S. Department of Education.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the Dept. of Education’s FOIA logs from Jan. 1, 2017, to March 2, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 4, 2017, the Dept. of Education partially released responsive records.

Update: On March 6, 2017, the Dept. of Education acknowledged this request.

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Filed March 1, 2017, with the U.S. Department of Energy.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of records describing or identifying which data or records have been removed from the Energy Department website since January 20, 2017. These records likely are found in the offices that maintain content on the public website.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 28, 2017, the Dept. of Energy released responsive documents.

Update: On March 15, 2017, the Dept. of Energy called to say I would have to agree to pay up to $15 for this request to be processed. I agreed.

Update: On March 9, 2017, the Dept. of Energy acknowledged this request.

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Filed Feb. 28, 2017, with the Federal Aviation Administration.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All emails sent or received by Jeb Kreischer, a government information specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration, to or from contractor CGH Technologies. I also request all emails sent by Kreischer including the keywords “CGH” or “CGH Technologies.”

The time frame for requested documents is Jan. 1, 2015, to Feb. 28, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 22, 2017, the FAA provided responsive documents.

Update: On March 2, 2017, the FAA sent a message to acknowledge this request.

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Filed Feb. 27, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All inspection reports conducted by USDA APHIS in connection to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The time frame for requested documents is Feb. 21, 2017, to Feb. 27, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

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Filed Feb. 24, 2017, with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

The current assignment locations of Food Safety Inspection Service employees. This locations likely include but should not be limited to slaughter, food processing, and import establishments.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 14, 2017, USDA FSIS provided responsive documents. Employee names were redacted.

Update: On March 2, 2017, USDA FSIS acknowledged this request.

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Filed Feb. 23, 2017, with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. (Note: this request was filed using FOIAonline.)

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

National Telecommunications and Information Administration reviews and/or critiques of government encryption policies and key management policies. The time frame for requested records is Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 5, 2017, the Department of Commerce said it had no responsive records.

Update: On March. 24, 2017, the Department of Commerce sent a letter to say it would take an additional 10 days to process this request.

Update: On Feb. 24, 2017, the Department of Commerce requested clarification on this request.

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Filed Feb. 22, 2017, with the U.S. Department of Education.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All emails sent by the Department of Education to the Department of Justice regarding changes to rules about school bathrooms — specifically rules that would affect transgender students. I also request emails of the same subject matter that were received by the Department of Education from the Department of Justice.

The time frame for requested records is Feb. 1, 2017 to Feb. 22, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 6, 2017, the Department of Education sent a “status notification” to explain that this request had been forwarded to its Office of Civil Rights, but because of a backlog of FOIA requests, it had not responded within statutory time limits.

Update: On March 1, 2017, the Department of Education acknowledged this request. The department also said that because of an “an unexpected surge” in FOIA requests, its response had been delayed.

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Filed Feb. 21, 2017, with the Federal Aviation Administration.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All contracts between the Federal Aviation Administration and CGH Technologies, a contractor that manages some of the the FAA’s databases.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 9, 2017, the FAA asked for clarification on this request.

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Filed Feb. 20, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All inspection reports conducted by USDA APHIS in connection to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The time frame for requested documents is Feb. 14, 2017, to Feb. 20, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Feb. 24, 2017, the USDA set a target response date for this request of March 20, 2017.

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Filed Feb. 17, 2017, with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Warnings, requests for assistance and other notifications sent by ICE to local law enforcement agencies (police departments, sheriff’s office, state highway patrols) in advance of round-ups of suspected undocumented people in the United States.

“Round-ups” in this case should be defined as the detainment of more than one suspected undocumented person when the detainments share a close proximity of location and time. “Close proximity” should be defined as within the same city in the same day.

Responsive documents are those generated from Jan. 20, 2017, to Feb. 17, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 5, 2017, the Dept. of Homeland Security ICE acknowledged this request. It also requested a 10-day extension for processing.

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Filed Feb. 16, 2017, with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative documents generated from Dec. 1, 2016, to Feb. 16, 2017, discussing whether the United States should pull out of or remain a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and what the repercussions of leaving the partnership could be. Responsive documents may be intra- or inter-agency memos and/or emails on the matter.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 23, 2017, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative requested 10 more days to process this request.

Update: On Feb. 24, 2017, I clarified this request to include only documents sent or received by Matthew Vogel, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative.

Update: On Feb. 22, 2017, a FOIA officer with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative called to ask that this request be narrowed.

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Filed Feb. 15, 2017, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of records describing or identifying which data or records have been removed from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website since January 20, 2017. These records likely are found in the offices that maintain content on the public website.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910

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Filed Feb. 14, 2017, with the U.S. Department of Education.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of records describing or identifying which data or records have been removed from the Education Department website since January 20, 2017. These records likely are found in the offices that maintain content on the public website.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910

Update: On March. 1, 2017, the Department of Education asked me to clarify this request, which I did.

Update: On Feb. 24, 2017, the Dept. of Education sent a message to acknowledge this request and to say it had been forwarded to its Office of Management.

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Filed Feb. 13, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All reports of inspections conducted by USDA APHIS in connection to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The time frame for requested documents is Jan. 1, 2017, to Feb. 13, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

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Filed Feb. 10, 2017, with the U.S. Navy.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Reports of U.S. Navy recruiting improprieties from Jan. 1, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2016. Improprieties may include, but are not limited to, creating falsified documents for recruits, bribery and identity theft.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Feb. 15, 2017, the U.S. Navy provided responsive documents.

Update: On Feb. 13, 2017, the U.S. Navy sent a message to acknowledge this request and to say that it had been redirected to its FOIAonline portal.

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Filed Feb. 9, 2017, with the U.S. Peace Corps’ Office of the Inspector General.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All administrative worksheets, witness and victim statements, evidence recovery logs, investigator conclusion statements, timelines of events and/or related documents in inquiries opened by the Peace Corps OIG on the following dates:

Oct. 5, 2016; July 18, 2016; March 1, 2016; Feb. 2, 2016; Aug. 18, 2015; July, 29, 2015; June 22, 2015; Feb. 26, 2015 (two cases – one of Sexual Harassment, one of Other Sexual Assault); Nov. 10, 2014; Oct. 7, 2014; June 11, 2013; June 11, 2012.

It should be noted that all of these cases have been closed or archived. For reference, please view this list of Peace Corps OIG cases, which was released via a previous FOIA request.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 7, 2017, a FOIA officer with the Peace Corps OIG called to ask I would clarify this request to include only “reports of investigation,” to which I agreed. He also said that the agency had lost its primary FOIA officer and faced a backlog of requests. He asked if the agency could provide responsive documents on a rolling, ongoing basis, which would help clear the backlog. I agreed to the arrangement.

Update: On Feb. 9, 2017, the Peace Corps OIG sent a message to say it had received this request.

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Filed Feb. 8, 2017, with the USDA’s Office of the Secretary.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all emails from the domain EOP.gov to USDA senior managers encompassed within the required agency system for retaining emails of senior officials. Frequently this records management policy/system is described by the name Capstone.

If the agency has not yet established NARA-compliant email retention procedures, then I instead request an electronic search of the mailboxes of agency senior managers for all emails that include the EOP.gov phrase in the “from” address.

I limit this request to the time period January 20, 2017 to Feb. 8, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 17, 2017, the USDA said it had no documents responsive to this request.

Update: On Feb. 9, 2017, the USDA sent a message to formally acknowledge this request.

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Filed Feb. 7, 2017, with the U.S. General Services Administration.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all emails from the domain EOP.gov to General Services Administration senior managers encompassed within the required agency system for retaining emails of senior officials. Frequently this records management policy/system is described by the name Capstone.

If the agency has not yet established NARA-compliant email retention procedures, then I instead request an electronic search of the mailboxes of agency senior managers for all emails that include the EOP.gov phrase in the “from” address.

I limit this request to the time period January 20, 2017 to Feb. 7, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Feb. 23, 2017, the GSA sent a message to give a response due date of March 23, 2017.

Update: On Feb. 7, 2017, the GSA sent a response to say its FOIA inbox no longer is accepting requests, which must be filed through FOIAonline. I resubmitted the request to that portal. Later that day, I received a notification that a fee waiver request had been denied, as the request is not “billable.”

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Filed Feb. 6, 2017, with the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All inspection reports conducted by USDA APHIS in connection to the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. I also request a list, spreadsheet, database or other related compendium of information regarding enforcement actions against violators of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act.

The time frame for requested documents is Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

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Filed Feb. 3, 2017, with the Department of Homeland Security.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Reports sent by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to government and private sector customers detailing results of monitoring network traffic entering and exiting federal agency networks and analyzing computer network vulnerabilities and threats.

I also request “indicator bulletins” issued by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

The time frame for requested documents is Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 7, 2017, the Dept. of Homeland Security sent a message to acknowledge this request. The message noted that “due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office,” a response to this request may be delayed.

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Filed Feb. 2, 2017, with the Food and Drug Administration.

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

Access to or a copy of all findings that food additives submitted to the Food and Drug Administration failed to meet GRAS — generally recognized as safe — standards.

The date range for requested documents is Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016.

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request be waived. I also ask that this request be expedited — because of the timely aspect of news reporting, resultant records may become less useful as time goes on.

If possible, please deliver this information electronically in an effort to defray any potential cost.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Feb. 15, 2017, the FDA sent a message to say my request for expedited processing has been denied.

Update: On Feb. 8, 2017, the FDA sent a message to formally acknowledge this request.

Update: On Feb. 2, 2017, the FDA sent an automated response that it had received this request and would review it to determine if it contains “sufficient information to be processed.”

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Filed Feb. 1, 2017, with the U.S. Air Force.

To whom it may concern:

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

Access to or a copy of all reports of military aircraft crashes at or near domestic U.S. Air Force bases. The date range for this request is from Jan. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2016.

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request be waived. I also ask that this request be expedited — because of the timely aspect of news reporting, resultant records may become less useful as time goes on.

If possible, please deliver this information electronically in an effort to defray any potential cost.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

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Filed Jan. 31, 2017, with the U.S. Department of Justice (Note: this request was filed using FOIAonline).

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All emails sent, received or deleted by any email accounts used by former U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates regarding President Trump’s executive order to close U.S. borders to refugees.

The date range for requested documents is Jan. 25, 2017, to Jan. 31, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 2, 2016, the DoJ sent a message to say my request had been received by the appropriate office and was assigned to the agency’s “simple track” for processing FOIA requests.

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Filed Jan. 30, 2017, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All emails emails sent, received, drafted or deleted by any email accounts used by Kevin McAleenan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, containing the following keywords or phrases: White House, Trump, Muslim, Iran, Iraq, Syria, terror, transition, ban, protest, or detain.

The date range for requested documents is Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 30, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Jan. 30, 2017, after re-sending this request directly to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, I received an automated message informing me the agency’s FOIA inbox was no longer accepting requests. The message suggested I file the request through FOIAonline, which I did.

Update: On Jan. 30, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security sent a message to say this request should be sent directly to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. I resent the request to that agency.

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Filed Jan. 27, 2017, with the Department of Defense’s Office of the Secretary and Joint Staff and with the U.S. Air Force.

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All Exposure Pathway Assessments of George Air Force Base personnel, their families, civilian employees, and/or the surrounding community. The date range for the requested documents is Jan. 1, 1995, to Dec. 31, 1999.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March, 2, 2017, the U.S. Air Force sent a message to say this information is already publicly available here. The request was closed.

Update: On Jan. 31, 2017, the U.S. Air Force sent a message acknowledging this request. A target date of March 14, 2017, was set.

Update: On Jan. 30, 2017, the Office of the Secretary of Defense sent a message asking for clarification on this request. An agency FOIA officer also suggested some responsive documents may be held by the CDC.

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Filed Jan. 26, 2017, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Note: this request was filed using Muckrock)

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All emails sent, received, drafted or deleted by any email accounts used by Katherine Lyon Daniel, the Associate Director for Communication at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, containing the following keywords or phrases: Atlanta, conference, Climate and Health Summit, Trump, media, transition, blackout, public, or Schuchat.

The date range for requested documents is Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 26, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
collinsreports.com
collinsreports@gmail.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 11, 2017, the CDC said it has completed a search for these records and that this request is awaiting final review, which could be delayed because of a backlog of FOIA requests. A target date of July 26, 2017, was set.

Update: On March 8, 2017, the CDC sent a message to say it was searching for these records, making me wonder what they were doing in the month since our last communication. The CDC said it could not give “an exact time frame you the completion of your request.”

Update: On Feb. 6, 2017, I submitted to the CDC a narrowed version of this request by removing the keyword “Atlanta.”

Update: On Jan. 30, 2017, a CDC FOIA officer called to warn me some of the keywords in this request may be overly broad, such as “conference” and “Atlanta.” She suggested I clarify the request. I declined, but said I’d be willing to consider a clarification once a time/cost estimate was prepared. Later that day, I received an email from the agency to say this request would be put on hold until it was narrowed.

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Filed Jan. 25, 2017, with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (Note: this request was filed using Muckrock)

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All emails sent, received, drafted or deleted by any email accounts used by Chavonda Jacobs-Young, as well as emails sent, received, drafted or deleted by the email account administrator@ars.usda.gov, that contain the following keywords or phrases: peer-review, public, public-facing, media, Congress, White House, Trump, and deputy secretary.

The date range for requested documents is Jan. 16, 2017, to Jan. 25, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
collinsreports.com
collinsreports@gmail.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Feb. 24, 2017, the USDA set a target date of March 9 to complete this request.

Update: On Jan. 27, 2017, a FOIA officer with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service called today to ask that I talk to an ARS spokesman instead of pursuing FOIA to obtain these documents. The officer said my request would be put on hold while I called the spokesman. I made it clear my request was not to be put on hold and should be processed as required by law. I did call the spokesman, who said he’d sent some documents that may be responsive.

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Filed Jan. 24, 2017, with the Environmental Protection Agency (Note: this request was filed using Muckrock)

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any and all memo(s) or other types of printed or emailed messages distributed by a Trump administration transition team to communication directors and/or other employees at the Environmental Protection Agency regarding new protocols for communicating with the public and/or the media. The new protocols previously have been the subject of a Huffington Post report.

I also write to request a list of new communication policies developed by the EPA and/or a Trump transition team in connection to the aforementioned protocols.

Last, I write to request any and all memo(s) or other types of printed or emailed messages distributed to EPA employees regarding a moratorium, suspension or related action regarding the EPA’s awarding of grants and contracts. This has been the subject of a Propublica report.

The date range for all requested documents is Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 24, 2017.

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.

Sincerely,

Christopher Collins
Investigative journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 5, 2017, the EPA sent a message to say it would complete this request before the end of the month.

Update: On March 2, 2017, this request was clarified.

Update: On March 1, 2017, the EPA sent a message to say it considered this request to be “improper” and asked that it be clarified.

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Filed Jan. 23, 2017, with Alexis Graves, FOIA officer at the USDA’s Office of the Secretary and Sandy Francois, of the USDA’s National Finance Center

To whom it may concern:

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

Access to or a copy of all emailed, intra-agency communications using the following keywords:

  • Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act
  • Commodity Credit Act
  • Commidity Corporation Charter Act
  • CCCCA
  • Agricultural Adjustment Act
  • Dairy market injection

The date range for this request is from July 1, 2016, to Jan. 23, 2017.

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request be waived. I also ask that this request be expedited — because of the timely aspect of news reporting, resultant records may become less useful as time goes on.

If possible, please deliver this information electronically in an effort to defray any potential cost.

Thank you for your time and attention.
Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On March 7, 2017, a month after the USDA said they’d get records to me “in a few days,” the agency produced responsive documents.

Update: On Feb. 9, 2017, in the interest of time, I agreed to limit this request to include only obviously relevant documents. A USDA FOIA officer said I could expect to receive responsive records in a few days.

Update: On Feb. 2, 2017, the USDA’s Farm Services Agency called to ask that this request be clarified. The FOIA officer said it’s difficult to search for the records if the request doesn’t name specific employees. I amended the request to include emails sent or received by the USDA assistant secretary for Congressional Relations and the undersecretary for farm and foreign ag services. Later, the same officer called back to say the FSA may close out this request in deference to the Secretary’s Office, where it also is being processed.

Update: On Jan. 25, 2017, the USDA approved my status as a news reporter but denied my request for expedited processing.

Update: On Jan. 23, 2017, the USDA sent a formal acknowledgment of this request. Despite identifying myself as a member of the news media, the agency declined to classify me as such (which is important for fee purposes). I responded by sending samples of my work.

Update: On Jan. 23, 2017, the USDA sent a response to say this request has been forwarded to the appropriate parties, one of which is the Farm Services Agency.

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Filed Jan. 20, 2017, with Jack Housenger, director of the Office of Pesticide Programs at the Environmental Protection Agency, and the EPA’s FOIA inbox

To whom it may concern:

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

Access to or a copy of all aquatic exposure assessments in the possession of the Environmental Protection Agency that were conducted from Jan.1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016, to determine whether pesticides that are applied according to label directions can result in water concentrations that may adversely impact human health or aquatic organisms.

The requested documents are in connection to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel, which held a meeting in 2015 to discuss the aquatic sampling. A notice of this meeting can be found here.

These documents may be held by the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs.

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request be waived. I also ask that this request be expedited — because of the timely aspect of news reporting, resultant records may become less useful as time goes on. Also, pesticide contamination of water poses a serious health risk to the public; thus, the public release of this information could save lives.

If possible, please deliver this information electronically in an effort to defray any potential cost.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Feb. 16, 2017, the EPA called to say many of the responsive documents have already been made available to the public. I asked the agency to continue processing this request, as not all the responsive documents are publicly available.

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Filed Jan. 19, 2017, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

To whom it may concern:

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

Access to or a copy of all written communications sent from third parties to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding instances of legionella exposure, contamination, poisonings and/or scares. These communications may include but should not be limited to complaints from individuals and written notifications from governmental entities and private businesses. The time frame for requested documents is Jan.1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016.

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request be waived. I also ask that this request be expedited — because of the timely aspect of news reporting, resultant records may become less useful as time goes on. Also, Legionnaire’s disease poses a serious health risk to the public; ergo, the public release of this information could save lives.

If possible, please deliver this information electronically in an effort to defray any potential cost.

Thank you for your time and attention.
Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Jan. 23, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sent another email to say the portion of this request dealing with legionella scares and poisonings was still too vague. I asked them to disregard that portion of the request for the sake of expediency.

Update: On Jan. 20, 2017, a FOIA officer with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sent an email to say this request was “overly broad,” adding that it would be put on hold until clarifications are made. I sent appropriate clarifications.

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Filed Jan. 18, 2017, with the U.S. Postal Service.

To whom it may concern:

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

Access to or a copy of any and all contracts and/or other agreements between the United States Postal Service and specific private businesses that were in effect from Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016. Contracts relevant to this request include those with the following companies: AT&T, Sears, Lowe’s, Sling, Dish, Casper, Overstock.com, Kohl’s, Progressive, Bissel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Wayfair.com.

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request be waived. I also ask that this request be expedited — because of the timely aspect of news reporting, resultant records may become less useful as time goes on.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Feb. 16, 2017, the USPS sent copies of its contracts with AT&T and Sears. It said it did not have a contract with the other companies listed in the request.

Update: On Feb. 8, 2017, the USPS sent a response to say it had granted a fee waiver for this request but had denied a request for expedited processing. It also asked that I clarify the company names listed in the request. For instance: Do I want the USPS contract with Sears Roebuck, the department store empire, or Sears Auto Salvage in Garber, Iowa? I clarified the request.

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Filed Jan. 17, 2017, with James Brindle, press officer for the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the DoD’s Defense Logistics Agency.

To whom it may concern:

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

Access to or a copy of all reports indicating the Department of Defense siting clearinghouse has formed a mitigation response team in connection with specific submitted projects from Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016. These reports may have been sent to the projects’ sponsor as a way of informing them that a response team had been formed.

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request be waived. I also ask that this request be expedited — because of the timely aspect of news reporting, resultant records may become less useful as time goes on.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Feb. 8, 2017, the Defense Logistics Agency informed me that it would close this request because it does not hold the requested records.

Update: On Feb. 2, 2017, the Defense Logistics Agency sent a message to say it did not hold records in connection to this request. The agency also asked for clarification. I declined, as it already the request is already sufficiently clear.

Update: On Feb. 1, 2017, the Defense Logistics Agency sent a message to say this request has been filed through the FOIAonline portal, though that is not where I initially filed the request.

Update: On Jan. 31, 2017, the DoD sent a message to say this request is under review.

Update: On Jan. 18, 2017, the DoD responded by saying my request would not be expedited because I failed to demonstrate how release of the requested documents would be of benefit to the public. This request was placed on the agency’s “complex” FOIA track with 2,300 other requests.

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Filed Jan. 16, 2017, with Raynell Lazier, a public affairs representative at the U.S. Forest Service, and the agency’s general FOIA inbox.

To whom it may concern:

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

Access to or a copy of all letters, sent physically or electronically, to Smokey Bear from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2016.

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request by waived. If fees are not waived, I agree to pay up to $40 for request processing. I also ask that this request be expedited — because of the timely aspect of news reporting, resultant records may become less useful as time goes on.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Jan. 17, 2017, the Forest Service sent an email confirming they had received this request.

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Filed Jan. 13, 2017, with Gina McCarthy, an administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency, and two other EPA employees I chose at random because it’s so damn hard to find an email address for a FOIA officer at EPA.

To whom it may concern:

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

Access to or a copy of all written communications received by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding proposed restrictions on the sale, distribution and/or use of methylene chloride, a popular ingredient in paint thinners, from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016. The written communications I request may include but not be limited to communications in the form of emails and mailed letters.

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request by waived. If fees are not waived, I agree to pay up to $40 for request processing. I also ask that this request be expedited — because of the timely aspect of news reporting, resultant records may become less useful as time goes on.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 7, 2017, the EPA provided responsive documents.

Update: On March 22, 2017, the EPA asked for a two-week extension to respond to this request, which I agreed to. A new target date of completion was set for April 6, 2017.

Update: On March 16, 2017, the EPA approved a fee waiver request but denied expedited processing for this request.

Update: On March 8, 2017, the EPA sent a message to say some of the documents I requested were already available online. The agency is still processing part of this request.

Update: On Feb. 24, 2017, the EPA sent a message to say it had received this request.

Update: On Feb. 22, 2017, after receiving no response on this request, I refiled it through the FOIAonline portal.

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Filed Jan. 12, 2017, with Duke Taylor, FOIA public liaison for the Federal Aviation Administration

To whom it may concern:

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

Access to or a copy of all Notices of Presumed Hazard sent by the Federal Aviation Administration to applicants from Jan.1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2016, regarding the FAA’s obstruction evaluation service.

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request by waived. If fees are not waived, I agree to pay up to $40 for request processing. I also ask that this request be expedited — because of the timely aspect of news reporting, resultant records may become less useful as time goes on.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Feb. 21, 2017, after I insisted that the FAA provide me with the specific FOIA exemptions that allowed it to deny access to documents stored in its database, the agency sent a message to say it considered the request “unreasonably burdensome” and would close the request without releasing any documents. The FOIA officer still refused to offer specific exemptions and gave a new cost estimate, this time for access to the entire database: $2.3 million and nine years.

Update: On Feb. 16, 2017, the FAA sent a message to say it would not be able to provide me with the entire database, as some documents hold information exempted from release by FOIA. The agency said I could, however, strike a deal with the contractor who oversees the database for a mere $4,275. I declined the offer and asked the FAA to specify which FOIA exemptions it was claiming.

Update: On Feb. 14, 2017, the FAA sent a message to give a cost estimate for producing these records: $461,300. The message also said it would take the FAA five years to compile the responsive records. I asked if the agency could give me the records in another way, such as providing me with the entire database without downloading files individually, which would reduce labor.

Update: On Feb. 8, 2017, the FAA sent a message to say my request involved “unusual circumstances” because of the number of records requested. The target date for the quest was pushed back to March 2, 2017.

Update: On Feb. 1, 2017, the FAA sent a message saying it needs me to “explain with specificity” how I plan to disseminate the requested documents. I told them I’m not required to answer that question, and that the agency should provide the requested records consistent with FOIA law. Later, a FOIA officer told me the request would be placed in the “all other” category for fee purposes.

Update: On Jan. 31, 2017, the FAA sent a message to ask my “purpose for requesting these records.” The question likely was to determine if I’m a member of the news media, which can be important for fee purposes. I answered to the best of my ability.

Update: On Jan. 19, 2017, an FAA manager called me to say that the agency conducts 100,000 of these analyses a year, and do I really want these documents? I respond that I do. Later, in response to my request for a fee waiver, the agency asked me to prove that I’m a journalist, which I attempted to do.

Update: On Jan. 18, 2017, the FAA responded to this request by saying the information requested is already available on its website. It isn’t. I asked them to continue processing the request and provide the relevant documents. I also was informed my request for a fee waiver was denied.

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Filed Jan. 11, 2017, with Tonya Woods of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the office’s general FOIA inbox

To whom it may concern:

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

Access to or a copy of any and all applications the department has received from Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016, in connection with permits to conduct field trials of genetically modified wheat.

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request by waived. I also ask that this request be expedited — because of the timely aspect of news reporting, resultant records may become less useful as time goes on.

Thank you for your time and attention.
Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Jan. 25, 2017, the USDA denied my requests for expedited processing and a fee waiver.

Update: On Jan. 19, 2017, APHIS asked if I’d also like to receive copies of notifications sent to the agency before January 1, 2016, even though they weren’t received by the agency in the time frame I requested. I said I did. Then, later in the day, a FOIA officer with the agency called to tell me I was offered the additional documents in error. The offer was taken back.

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Filed Jan. 10, 2017, with Arianne Perkins of the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service and Jennifer Weatherly of the USDA’s Food, Nutrition & Consumer Services

To whom it may concern:

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

A list of customers who received strawberries that were later recalled for potential Hepatitis A contamination in 2016. The strawberries were sent to customers, which may have included schools and hotels, by Egyptian producer/exporter International Company for Agricultural Production and Processing. The recall likely occurred late in 2016, perhaps in October or November. The requested information is in connection with the incident referenced in this news article:

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request by waived. I also ask that this request be expedited — because of the timely aspect of news reporting, resultant records may become less useful as time goes on. Also, the release of information about the Hepatitis exposure may keep some people from getting sick in the future.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On April 27, 2017, the FDA called to talk about the appeal.

Update: On March 27, 2017, I appealed the FDA’s decision to withhold these records.

Update: On March. 16, 2017, the FDA denied this request, citing trade secrets.

Update: On March. 13, 2017, the FDA denied my request for expedited processing.

Update: On March. 8, 2017, the FDA sent a message to say it had received this request.

Update: On March. 1, 2017, I sent this request to the Food and Drug Administration.

Update: On Feb. 27, 2017, USDA Food, Nutrition & Consumer Services sent a message to say it had no responsive documents.

Update: On Jan. 12, 2017, USDA Food, Nutrition & Consumer Services sent an email acknowledging the request and setting a target date of Feb. 9, 2017.

Update: On Jan. 12, 2017, I was told by the Food Safety Inspection Service that it did not have these records. I was told instead to submit the request to the Food and Drug Administration.

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Filed Jan. 9, 2017, with Alecia Bolling, FOIA contact for the U.S. Army

To whom it may concern:

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

Any and all written memorandums, orders or notices sent from members of the U.S. military to Army personnel regarding the use of pesticides and herbicides in Iraq and Afghanistan from Jan. 1, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2016. This could relate to pesticides or herbicides used by troops as part of their protective gear, as aid to foreign and other civilians, or as weapons.

I also write to request any reports generated by the Army in connection with the use of pesticides or herbicides as protection, aid or weapons in the same time period.

I am an independent journalist and ask that any fees incurred by responding to this request by waived. I also ask that this request be expedited because resultant records may become less useful as time goes on.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Christopher Collins
Independent journalist
collinsreports.com
325-261-3910
940-631-1828

Update: On Jan. 12, 2017, I was told this request had been sent to the wrong person. I was told instead to submit the request to Headquarters, United States Army Central USARCENT, DCS, G-6 (ACIM-PRF), which I did.