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JW v. IRS remove B5 redactions 01559

JW v. IRS remove B5 redactions 01559

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Date Created:December 18, 2017

Date Uploaded to the Library:December 18, 2017

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Case 1:13-cv-01559-EGS Document 111 Filed 12/18/17 Page THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
DISTRICT COLUMBIA
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.,
Plaintiff,
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE,
Defendant.
_______________________________________)
Case No. 1:13-cv-1559-EGS
STATUS REPORT
Pursuant the parties November 17, 2017 Joint Status Report and Stipulation, the
Internal Revenue Service Service submits this Status Report this Freedom Information
Act (FOIA) case.
Redacted and withheld documents
The parties have stipulated that, the documents released date, Judicial Watch challenging only the Service assertion the deliberative process privilege with respect
the 515 documents identified the parties November 17, 2017 Joint Status Report and
Stipulation. other redactions withholding remain issue.
The Service has reviewed its assertions the deliberative process privilege with
respect the 515 documents and intends make discretionary waiver many, and
potentially all, those assertions.
Since the parties filed their last status report, the document review platform used the Service this case has been out commission and inoperable nearly continuous
basis. Although the Service has prioritized significant resources restoring the platform,
remains largely inoperable this filing. result, the Service has been unable begin
Case 1:13-cv-01559-EGS Document 111 Filed 12/18/17 Page
removing deliberative process redactions from the 515 documents and releasing them Judicial
Watch.
Supplemental search for responsive documents
For the time period May 2013, May 20, 2013 May 22, 2013 gap
period the Service the process conducting supplemental search documents from
the custodians identified the parties November 17, 2017 Joint Status Report and Stipulation.
For some the custodians, the Service had previously collected documents
covering the entire gap period. Because the issues with its document review platform
described above, the Service has been unable review such documents for responsiveness and
exemptions.
For the remaining custodians, the Service has been actively collecting documents
covering the gap period and has completed its collection for the majority those custodians.
Because the issues with its document review platform described above, the Service has not
been able load the newly collected documents onto the platform, apply search strings,
review the documents for responsiveness and exemptions.
Next Steps
The Service previously agreed provide estimated timeframe for completing
its review the 515 documents described paragraphs above, December 18, 2017.
The Service likewise agreed provide estimated timeframe for completing its production
any non-exempt, responsive documents located result the supplemental search described paragraphs above, December 18, 2017.
Because the issues with its document review platform described above, the
Service not position provide estimated timeframes this juncture.
Case 1:13-cv-01559-EGS Document 111 Filed 12/18/17 Page
Rather than speculate regarding timeframes this juncture, the Service proposes
providing estimated timeframes the Court and Judicial Watch soon possible, but later
than the parties joint status report due January 31, 2018.
Dated: December 18, 2017
Respectfully submitted,
RICHARD ZUCKERMAN
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
JESSIE LIU
U.S. Attorney for the District Columbia
/s/ Stephanie Sasarak
STEPHANIE SASARAK
GEOFFREY KLIMAS
Trial Attorneys, Tax Division Department Justice
Post Office Box 227
Washington, 20044 Telephone: (202) 307-2089
GJK Telephone: (202) 307-6346
Fax: (202) 514-6866
stephanie.a.sasarak@usdoj.gov
geoffrey.j.klimas@usdoj.gov
Counsel for Defendant
Case 1:13-cv-01559-EGS Document 111 Filed 12/18/17 Page
CERTIFICATE SERVICE certify that December 18, 2017. electronically filed the foregoing STATUS
REPORT with the Clerk the Court using the CM/ECF system, which shall send notification
that filing all parties registered receive such notice, including plaintiff counsel.
/s/ Stephanie Sasarak
STEPHANIE SASARAK