Specially-Designated ‘FOIA Denial Officers’ Are Handling The Education’s Rejected Requests

August 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Specially-Designated ‘FOIA Denial Officers’ Are Handling The Dept. Of Education’s Rejected Requests
from the we’ve-got-some-bad-news-and-some-bad-news dept
While you would think this position exists at multiple agencies (NSA, FBI, CIA, the NYPD), it’s never been captured in stark black-and-white. Morgan Smith, reporter for the Texas Tribune, recently tweeted out a photo of a rejected FOIA request. A rejected FOIA is not necessarily newsworthy. But it is when it’s been rejected by someone bearing the unlikely title of “FOIA Denial Officer.”

Taylor D. August, of the Dept. of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, is also a FOIA Denial Officer. Considering the government’s general antipathy towards transparency, you’d think several agencies would have a full-time request denier on staff. But while many agencies spend more time stonewalling and denying requests, only the Dept. of Education actually has designated employees on hand solely to reject requests.

A look at the DOE’s FOIA FAQ gives us the first clue:
10. Who has the authority in ED to withhold documents (in part/whole)?

The FOIA Officers, the Office of Inspector General and the Regional FOIA Denial Officers have the authority to withhold documents.
It appears this agency is extremely well-equipped to handle numerous rejections. Three tiers of rejection are available to requesters, running all the way up to the OIG. There’s no reason given as to why the DOE would need regional “denial officers,” but this position traces back to 2006.

In a section titled (of all things) “Customer Service,” the DOE details its FOIA response automation, which routes through the Office for Civil Rights. Citing the “significant number” of requests it receives (at that point averaging around 900 per year), the agency detailed its efforts to keep up with the paperwork.
To further customer service with respect to FOIA and Privacy Act requests, OCR has been a significant participant in the Department’s initiative to automate case management under these laws. Executive Order 13392, “Improving Agency Disclosure of Information,” issued on Dec. 14, 2005, emphasizes the need for more efficient and effective processing of FOIA and Privacy Act requests.
What most of us would believe was an order intended to increase the release of responsive documents, the DOE read it as an indication it wasn’t rejecting requests efficiently enough.
In addition, in FY 2006, consistent with Executive Order 13392, OCR established new FOIA procedures, including delegation to the 12 OCR office directors of the authority of FOIA denial officers. This allows FOIA requests to be processed in a more efficient and timely manner, and establishes clear accountability for FOIA processing.
As of 2006, the DOE had 12 more officials dedicated solely to rejecting FOIA requests than all other government agencies combined. (Unofficial numbers obviously impossible to obtain, much less verify, but the term “FOIA denial officer” produces search results that indicate only the DOE has such a position.)

More details on the “Denial Officers” can be found in the agency’s FOIA policies and procedures (embedded below.) Here’s the definition of the term:
Denial Officers. The FOIA Officers, the Secretary’s Regional Representatives, or officials designated by them (Regional FOIA Review Officers), and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) who are authorized to withhold records, in whole or in part, that fall within one (1) or more of the nine (9) exemptions or three (3) exclusions of the FOIA.
Initial determinations are made by regular FOIA officers who look for possible withholding exemptions and consider fee waivers. This is handled regionally and requests possibly eligible for rejection are passed on to one of the 12 regional denial officers.
In each instance in which it is recommended that record(s) or portion(s) thereof be withheld, carefully separate materials to be withheld from those to be released, redact (e.g., remove) all exempt information from the records, and forward a copy of the redacted materials, along with an unredacted version for comparison, to the appropriate denial official. Indicate where in the records the redactions occur and why the relevant exemption(s) apply;

In each instance where “no responsive records” are located, forward (a) a memorandum to the appropriate denial official describing with particularity what records (both electronic and hard copy) were searched, search times (differentiating between computer search times and manual searches since there is a different fee rate assessed for each of these searches), and who conducted the search, and stating that the search results were negative together with (b) a draft denial letter to the requestor to be signed by a FOIA Officer;
Denial officers will always be the be the bearer of bad news.
If the denial official agrees with the recommendation to deny the request, the denial official notifies the requestor in writing of the decision to withhold the information, in whole or in part, and informs the requestor of his/her appeal rights.
However, the denial officer isn’t solely limited to writing rejection letters. He or she can also push back.
If the denial official disagrees with the recommendation to deny the request, he/she notifies the FOIA Coordinator and the PO Action Office and directs the FOIA Coordinator to provide the records to the requestor.
At which point, the requester receives the responsive documents thanks to a denial officer, but from someone whose title is less resolutely negative. As much fun as it might be to press the REJECT button, denial officers will never know the joy of making a requester happy. It’s a thankless job with a brusque title… unless you’re the sort of person who enjoys doling out rejection or simply takes pride in your work, no matter what that work might mean.

It seems odd that the DOE would stand alone in its creation of a FOIA Denial Officer. So many government agencies are more than happy to reject request after request (and appeal after appeal), but none have been so brutally honest as to create a position solely for this purpose. The DOE’s system may actually be more streamlined than those at comparable agencies, but only the DOE has the strength of character to let requesters know that a fully and specifically trained expert is behind their request’s rejection.

How much monies is your county stealing from the children

September 23, 2016 § Leave a comment

How much monies does you county recieve from the fed for title IV A-F ?

State actors The CASEWORKER?

August 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

THE CASEWORKER
BY GERI PFEIFFER
Who is this person? Is this employee of a state agency that just knocked on your door a civil servant in the traditional sense? Comparable to what? A judge? An attorney? A police officer? A Doctor?
The caseworker at your door, insisting upon seeing your children, without a warrant, is getting ready to make your life a living, breathing hell. For at least the next two years. And at the end of it, there is a 85% chance you will walk away without your children, financially bankrupt, emotionally destroyed, suffering from PTSD and clinical depression, with homicidal tendencies towards that piece of crap caseworker that knocked on your front door, just two years ago. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, and I’m going to keep saying it…..THAT CASEWORKER IS NOT YOUR FRIEND!
That person is being paid through your tax dollars to take your child away from you forever. That’s right! Your very own government has used the taxes you paid all your life to create and build a fool proof way to confiscate children for forced adoption. All that garbage we were taught about civil rights, democracy, justice in the American court system, and social services being an agency that protects children was designed with careful forethought and planning to turn us into the docile creature that opened the door and let a human trafficker in and basically gave them permission to steal your children.
How did that happen? You were taught to trust those in authority over a very long period of time. It started in kindergarten and culminated in your high school civics classes. So how could that government employee be at your door to harm your family? Because over the last 50 years or so an elite sector of America has decided its a good idea to clean up the welfare roles and eliminate undesirable citizens from the ranks of “acceptable” society! Who are these elite? Why your elected officials of course! It is well past time to do something about the confiscation of America’s children.
We must join in active resistance to this tyranny and start dealing with these slime balls who are coming in the front door of our homes, with no warrant in most cases, to steal YOUR children. They are paid out of your tax dollars. In many states they are not even required to have a degree and of the states that do require a degree that degree can be in anything. The caseworker is making life decisions about your family and their degree could be in basket weaving or agriculture.
This person may be an addict, alcoholic or predisposed to certain psychological illnesses. The caseworker may have had interactions with law enforcement, but because of the hiring practices of child protection agencies, that information is never revealed to you.
This person is making decisions about your family based on a pre conceived program of forced removal with the actual goal being adoption to strangers because that’s where the money is. You know…. the blank check funding provided to these agencies thru the Adoption And Safe Families Act of 1997(federal adoption incentives) that is their job security and paycheck.
That’s why you cannot believe one word that comes out of their mouth, do not believe their stated purpose, KNOW that they are confiscating your children to get a paycheck. period!
The service plan is a distraction to keep you occupied. To keep your attention diverted from the true goal of CPS which is to place your children into forced adoption because YOU have been found unacceptable by your government.
DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING!
When you sign the service plan, you have just handed your children over to the federal government through a state agency. What is happening to the American family that is targeted as unacceptable is exactly comparable to the relocation camps of WW2. You need to fight that caseworker and everything that caseworker is requesting of you like you are fighting a deadly enemy. Because that is exactly what they are. Agents of a social cleansing process put in place with your federal tax dollars to get rid of YOU! Give it some thought and approach this situation like the mortal enemy it is. We must unite in active resistance to an unjust court, backed by an even more unjust legal system, all put in place by the henchmen of our government….yep…..THAT CASEWORKER.

Are public officials exempt from the appearance of impropriety in private practice?

August 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

Say a mayor is an attorney and openly says things that implicate other public officials in crimes of official business as usual conduct in political status involving state actors?

Legally Kidnapped (How much monies does the state keep and not give to the care givers)

August 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

Legally Kidnapped
Charges against DCF protester Raymond Schwab dismissed
‘I Was So Broken’: 14 Years In Oregon’s Foster Care System
Child-welfare bill in Congress would put more kids at risk
Dayton pastor accused of murder in death of foster son, 2
Charges against DCF protester Raymond Schwab dismissed
Posted: 27 Aug 2016 12:17 PM PDT
A Topeka Municipal Judge Thursday dismissed charges against Raymond Schwab, the man who for weeks this spring camped on the steps of the Kansas Statehouse in an attempt to retrieve his children from state custody.

More >> Charges against DCF protester Raymond Schwab dismissed
‘I Was So Broken’: 14 Years In Oregon’s Foster Care System
Posted: 27 Aug 2016 10:52 AM PDT
As a single mom, Mia Storm’s life revolves around her daughter, Lily, 3. Storm does everything she can to give Lily a stable life filled with love – something she missed out on as a child.

More >> ‘I Was So Broken’: 14 Years In Oregon’s Foster Care System
Child-welfare bill in Congress would put more kids at risk
Posted: 27 Aug 2016 10:50 AM PDT
Tragic stories about abused and neglected children hit the headlines nearly every day throughout our country. When we hear accounts of kids sleeping in office buildings because state workers have nowhere to send them, it not only breaks our hearts; it prompts us to demand changes to our nation’s child-welfare system and re-examine the options for kids in dire situations.

More >> Child-welfare bill in Congress would put more kids at risk
Dayton pastor accused of murder in death of foster son, 2
Posted: 27 Aug 2016 10:36 AM PDT
Torace D. Weaver, a Dayton pastor accused of murder, was 2-year-old Stanley Thomas’s foster father but he and his wife had not adopted the boy, Kevin Lavoie, spokesman with Montgomery County Children Services, has confirmed.

More >> Dayton pastor accused of murder in death of foster son, 2

Caseworker,( state actors Title IV monies whores).

August 2, 2016 § Leave a comment

THE CASEWORKER
BY GERI PFEIFFER

Who is this person? Is this employee of a state agency that just knocked on your door a civil servant in the traditional sense? Comparable to what? A judge? An attorney? A police officer? A Doctor?

The caseworker at your door, insisting upon seeing your children, without a warrant, is getting ready to make your life a living, breathing hell. For at least the next two years. And at the end of it, there is a 85% chance you will walk away without your children, financially bankrupt, emotionally destroyed, suffering from PTSD and clinical depression, with homicidal tendencies towards that piece of crap caseworker that knocked on your front door, just two years ago. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, and I’m going to keep saying it…..THAT CASEWORKER IS NOT YOUR FRIEND!

That person is being paid through your tax dollars to take your child away from you forever. That’s right! Your very own government has used the taxes you paid all your life to create and build a fool proof way to confiscate children for forced adoption. All that garbage we were taught about civil rights, democracy, justice in the American court system, and social services being an agency that protects children was designed with careful forethought and planning to turn us into the docile creature that opened the door and let a human trafficker in and basically gave them permission to steal your children.

How did that happen? You were taught to trust those in authority over a very long period of time. It started in kindergarten and culminated in your high school civics classes. So how could that government employee be at your door to harm your family? Because over the last 50 years or so an elite sector of America has decided its a good idea to clean up the welfare roles and eliminate undesirable citizens from the ranks of “acceptable” society! Who are these elite? Why your elected officials of course! It is well past time to do something about the confiscation of America’s children.

We must join in active resistance to this tyranny and start dealing with these slime balls who are coming in the front door of our homes, with no warrant in most cases, to steal YOUR children. They are paid out of your tax dollars. In many states they are not even required to have a degree and of the states that do require a degree that degree can be in anything. The caseworker is making life decisions about your family and their degree could be in basket weaving or agriculture.

This person may be an addict, alcoholic or predisposed to certain psychological illnesses. The caseworker may have had interactions with law enforcement, but because of the hiring practices of child protection agencies, that information is never revealed to you.

This person is making decisions about your family based on a pre conceived program of forced removal with the actual goal being adoption to strangers because that’s where the money is. You know…. the blank check funding provided to these agencies thru the Adoption And Safe Families Act of 1997(federal adoption incentives) that is their job security and paycheck.

That’s why you cannot believe one word that comes out of their mouth, do not believe their stated purpose, KNOW that they are confiscating your children to get a paycheck. period!

The service plan is a distraction to keep you occupied. To keep your attention diverted from the true goal of CPS which is to place your children into forced adoption because YOU have been found unacceptable by your government.

DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING!

When you sign the service plan, you have just handed your children over to the federal government through a state agency. What is happening to the American family that is targeted as unacceptable is exactly comparable to the relocation camps of WW2. You need to fight that caseworker and everything that caseworker is requesting of you like you are fighting a deadly enemy. Because that is exactly what they are. Agents of a social cleansing process put in place with your federal tax dollars to get rid of YOU! Give it some thought and approach this situation like the mortal enemy it is. We must unite in active resistance to an unjust court, backed by an even more unjust legal system, all put in place by the henchmen of our government….yep…..THAT CASEWORKER.