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State Status Report, JW vs. DOS 13-772

State Status Report, JW vs. DOS 13-772

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Date Created:March 23, 2015

Date Uploaded to the Library:April 22, 2015

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Case 1:13-cv-00772-CKK Document Filed 03/23/15 Page
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT COLUMBIA
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.,
Plaintiff,
No. 1:13-cv-772 (CKK)
U.S. DEPARTMENT STATE,
Defendant.
SUPPLEMENTAL JOINT STATUS REPORT
The parties this Freedom Information Act FOIA matter, counsel, respectfully
submit for the Court consideration the following Joint Status Report response the Court
Minute Order dated October 21, 2013.
BACKGROUND
Judicial Watch, Inc., mailed FOIA request the U.S. Department State Department May 2011, seeking the following records:
Any and all SF-50s for Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton;
Any and all SF-85s and/or 85Ps for Mrs. Clinton;
Any and all 86s for Mrs. Clinton;
Any and all SF-450s for Mrs. Clinton;
Any and all certificates divestiture for Mrs. Clinton;
Any and all individual waivers issued for Mrs. Clinton pursuant U.S.C.
208(b)(1) and C.F.R. 2640.301 any other applicable ethics statutes, regulations, agreements;
Any and all communications and records communications including but not limited phone logs related Mr. Clinton speech schedule; and
Case 1:13-cv-00772-CKK Document Filed 03/23/15 Page
Any and all communications and records communications including but not limited e-mails, fax reports, and phone logs related former Mr. Clinton personal
charitable financial relationships with foreign leaders and governments.
See Compl. ECF No. The Department acknowledged receipt the request May 17,
2011, assigning Case Control Number 201103401. The Department entered the request into its
queue FOIA requests and had begun processing this request when Judicial Watch filed suit
May 28, 2013. The Department answered the complaint August 12, 2013. See Answer, ECF
No.
STATUS THE REQUEST
The Department conducted searches components determined were reasonably likely maintain responsive records. Out abundance caution and effort limit the need
for additional briefing this particular case, the Department has determined that will conduct supplemental search additional email accounts within the Office the Executive Secretariat Executive Secretariat Emails
Additionally, plaintiff recently inquired about the emails provided former Secretary
Clinton the Department State. Given the considerable public interest generally the emails
provided former Secretary Clinton the Department State Former Secretary Clinton
Emails the Department State plans review the collection for public release, consistent
with the FOIA, and make the documents available the public posting them
Department website. This will make the maximum number records available the shortest
amount time, and will considerably more efficient than reviewing the documents piecemeal response subject-specific FOIA requests. Once the collection has been posted, the
Department will search for records responsive plaintiff request.
Case 1:13-cv-00772-CKK Document Filed 03/23/15 Page
Defendant has needed significant amount time process records responsive
plaintiff FOIA request and determine which documents are responsive and what portions
the documents are exempt from release under the FOIA. Among other things, some the
potentially responsive information protected from disclosure statute, and some has required
consultation with third parties.
The parties agreed that the Department would begin rolling productions material that
determines releasable days after entry the Court August 23, 2013 Minute Order.
the extent the material question has been releasable under the FOIA, the Department began
releasing non-exempt documents and portions thereof October 21, 2013, and has continued
making releases responsive plaintiff FOIA request rolling basis every six weeks
thereafter. The Department most recent release occurred March 23, 2015. stated above,
the Department anticipates performing supplemental search the Executive Secretariat
Emails.
SCHEDULE
There may may not need for summary judgment briefing this case. such
need arises, the parties will submit proposed briefing schedule. the meantime, the parties are
prepared file additional supplemental joint status report before days after entry
the Scheduling Order. proposed Scheduling Order accompanies this Joint Status Report.
Case 1:13-cv-00772-CKK Document Filed 03/23/15 Page
Dated: March 23, 2015
Respectfully submitted,
BENJAMIN MIZER
Acting Assistant Attorney General
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
/s/ Jason Aldrich
JASON ALDRICH
D.C. Bar No. 495488
Suite 800
425 Third St, S.W.
Washington 20024
(202) 646-5172
jaldrich@judicialwatch.org
RONALD MACHEN
United States Attorney
ELIZABETH SHAPIRO
Deputy Director
Civil Division
/s/ James Todd, Jr.
JAMES TODD, Jr.
Senior Counsel
U.S. DEPARTMENT JUSTICE
Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 514-3378
james.todd@usdoj.gov
Attorney for Plaintiff
Attorneys for Defendant