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CREW: Department of Education: Exhibits for Letter Regarding Robert Shireman: 04/19/11

CREW: Department of Education: Exhibits for Letter Regarding Robert Shireman: 04/19/11

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On April 19, 2011, CREW sent a letter to the Inspector General of the Department of Education, Kathleen S. Tighe, regarding former Deputy Undersecretary Robert Shireman.
On April 19, 2011, CREW sent a letter to the Inspector General of the Department of Education, Kathleen S. Tighe, regarding former Deputy Undersecretary Robert Shireman.

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EXHIBITA
 
citizensforresponsibilityandethicsinwashington
February7,2011ByEmail:EDFOIAManager@,ed.govandFirst-ClassMailU.S.DepartmentofEducationOfficeofManagementRegulatoryInformationManagementServices400MarylandAvenue,S.W.,LBJ2W220Washington,D.C.20202-4536Attn:FOIAPublicLiaisonRe:FreedomofInformationActRequestDearFOIAPublicLiaison:CitizensforResponsibilityandEthicsinWashington(CREW)makesthisrequestforrecords,regardlessofformat,medium,orphysicalcharacteristics,andincludingelectronicrecordsandinformation,pursuanttotheFreedomofInformationAct,(FOIA),5U.S.C.§552,andU.S.DepartmentofEducation(Education)FOIARegulations,34C.F.R.§§5.1,
etseq.
Specifically,CREWseeksanyandallrecordsfromJune1,2010,tothepresentofanycontractsbetweenEducationandformerEducationDeputyUndersecretaryRobertShireman.Pleasesearchforrecordsregardlessofformat,medium,orphysicalcharacteristics.Weseekrecordsofanykind,includingelectronicrecords,audiotapes,videotapes,photographs,andback-uptapes.Ourrequestincludesanytelephonemessages,voicemailmessages,dailyagendaandcalendars,informationaboutscheduledmeetingsand/ordiscussions,whetherin-personoroverthetelephone,agendasforthosemeetingsand/ordiscussions,participantsincludedinthosemeetingsand/ordiscussions,minutesofanysuchmeetingsand/ordiscussions,e-mailorfacsimilessentasaresultofthosemeetingsand/ordiscussions,andtranscriptsandnotesofanysuchmeetingsand/ordiscussionstotheextenttheyrelatetotheaforementionedrequestedinformation.Ifitisyoupositionthatanyportionoftherequestedrecordsisexemptfromdisclosure,CREWrequeststhatyouprovideanindexofthosedocumentsasrequiredby
Vaughnv.Rosen,
484F.2d820(D.C.Cir.1973),
cert.denied,
415U.S.977(1972).Asyouareaware,a
Vaughn
indexmustdescribeeachdocumentclaimedasexemptwithsufficientspecificity"topermitareasonedjudgmentastowhetherthematerialisactuallyexemptunderFOIA."
FoundingChurchofScientologyv.Bell,
603F.2d945,959(D.C.Cir.1979).Moreover,the
Vaughn
indexmust"describeeachdocumentorportionthereofwithheld,andfor
each
withholdingitmustdiscusstheconsequencesofsupplyingthesought-after-information."
Kingv.Us.Dep
't
of
1400EyeStreet,N.W.,Suite450,Washington,D.C.20005
I
202.408.5565phone
I
202.588.5020fax
I
 
FOIAPublicLiaisonFebruary7,2011PageTwo
Justice,
830F.2d210,223-24(D.C.Cir.1987)(emphasisadded).Further,"thewithholdingagencymustsupply'arelativelydetailedjustification,specificallyidentifyingthereasonswhyaparticularexemptionisrelevantandcorrelatingthoseclaimswiththeparticularpartofawithhelddocumenttowhichtheyapply.'"
ld.
at224,citing
MeadDataCentral
v.
Us.Dep
't
oftheAirForce,
566F.2d.242,251(D.C.Cir.1977).Intheeventsomeportionsoftherequestedrecordsareproperlyexemptfromdisclosure,pleasediscloseanyreasonablysegregablenon-exemptportionsinaccordancewith5U.S.C.
§
552(b).If
it
isyourpositionthatadocumentcontainsnon-exemptsegmentsthataresodispersedthroughoutthedocumentastomakesegregationimpossible,pleasestatewhatportionofthedocumentisnon-exemptandhowthematerialisdispersedthroughoutthedocuments.
MeadDataCentral,
566F.2dat261.Claimsofnon-segregabilitymustbemadewiththesamedegreeofdetailasrequiredforclaimsofexemptionina
Vaughn
index.Ifarequestisdeniedinwhole,pleasestatespecificallythat
it
isnotreasonabletosegregateportionsoftherecordforrelease.
PublicInterestFeeWaiverRequest
Inaccordancewith5U.S.C.§552(a)(4)(A)(iii)and34C.F.R.§5.64,CREWrequestsawaiveroffeesassociatedwithprocessingthisrequestforrecords.ThesubjectofthisrequestconcernstheoperationsofthefederalgovernmentandthedisclosureslikelywillcontributetoabetterunderstandingofrelevantgovernmentproceduresbyCREWandthegeneralpublicinasignificantway.Moreover,therequestisprimarilyandfundamentallyfornon-commercialpurposes.5U.S.C.§552(a)(4)(A)(iii).
See,e.g.,McClellanEcological
v.
Carlucci,
835F.2d1282,1285(9
th
Cir.1987).SpecificallytherequestedrecordswillinformthepublicabouttheextenttowhichMr.ShiremancontinuestobeinvolvedwiththeformulationandimplementationofEducationpolicy,includingbutnotlimitedtoregulationsgoverningthefor-profiteducationindustry.WhileatEducation,Mr.Shiremanledthisregulatoryeffortandquestionswereraisedaboutwhether,givenhisformerinvolvementwithTheInstituteforCollegeAccessandSuccess,Mr.Shiremanhadaconflictofinterest.InannouncingMr.Shireman'sdeparture,EducationofficialsreportedlysaidMr.ShiremanwouldremainanadvisertoEducationSecretaryArneDuncan.
I
CREWisanon-profitcorporationorganizedundersection501(c)(3)oftheInternalRevenueCode.CREWiscommittedtotransparencyingovernmentandprotectingthecitizen'srighttobeawareoftheactivitiesofgovernmentofficialsandtoensuringtheintegrityofthoseofficials.CREWusesacombinationofresearch,litigation,andadvocacytoadvanceitsmission.
1
See
DougLederman,CutFromSimilarCloth,
InsideHigherEd,
June3,2010,availableathttp://www.insidehighered.comllayout/set/print/news/2010106/03/kvaal.

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