2501_VA Resp to Med Recs Destruction
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DEPARTMENT VETERANS AFFAIRS Office Inspector General Washington 20420 March 28, 2014 William Marshall Judicial Watch 425 Third Street, Suite 800 Washington, 20024 Dear Mr. Marshall: This letter responds your Freedom Information Act (FOIA) request for information held the Department Veterans Affairs (VA) Office Inspector General (OIG) regarding allegations made Oliver Mitchell and reported the February 24, 2014 edition The Daily Caller. This serves interim response. anticipate providing final response the week March 31, 2014. Upon consideration your request and review the responsive Office Inspector General documents, have decided grant your request part. the news article you provided, Mr. Mitchell revealed himself complainant the Office Inspector General, but only with respect one allegation. Accordingly, have redacted information regarding any other allegations pursuant FOIA Exemption and the Inspector General's Act, well Exemption FOIA Exemption provides that information may withheld the information exempt from disclosure another confidentiality statute. The confidentiality statute applicable your request, the Inspector General's Act 1978, amended, prohibits, relevant part, disclosure the identities identifying information about employee-complainants. FOIA exemption permits federal agencies withhold portions records that could expected constitute unwarranted invasion personal privacy. U.S.C. 552(b)(6). With respect the redactions, 'N.e not find there public interest that outweighs the privacy interest the individuals whose name has been withheld from the enclosed documents. you not agree with this decision regarding the release information, you may appeal the Office Inspector General. Please include your specific objection(s) they pertain the withheld information and reference your FOIA request number (1400772-FOIA). The address is: Office Inspector General (SOC), U.S. Department Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, 20420. You may also email your appeal You must submit any appeal within sixty (60) calendar days the date this decision. Enclosure HEALTHCARE NETWORK SUBJ: OIG #2009-03787..HL..0981 ll/27/200S 08:31 5628265987 VISN22 t-ETioJORK OFFIC PAGE 02/03 Department Veterens Affall'$ Memorandum Alleged Poor/False Documentation; and Alleged Patient Safety.