DUNCAN: What Does That Guy Do All Day?
A few days ago, I asked the nice people at the USDE press office for a copy of the Secretary's schedule, hoping to find out a little more about what that guys does all day in between press events (In Search Of The Secretary's Schedule). Some of you thought that was a good idea. Some of you probably thought it was ridiculous. After thinking it over for a little while, the word came back: No. I was politely directed to the FOIA site.
Now, I really didn't want to FOIA anyone. I'm really lazy and I wasn't even sure why I wanted to see the Secretary's schedule. But I felt like I had no other choice. My other request, which was to spend an "all-access" day with the Secretary, was also rebuffed.
Plus, I was curious about whether the Department -- bastion of transparency and accountability -- would do something amusing like invoking executive privilege or citing national security concerns.
So now I've done it. What happens next, I have no idea. But it's probably not good. My FOIA request is below. Duncan is doing some sort of RttT event with the White House on Friday and playing basketball in Louisville this weekend.
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Dear FOIA Officer:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
I request that a copy of the following documents [or documents containing the following information] be provided to me:
I'm requesting electronic copies of the Arne Duncan's weekly (or daily) work schedule, including internal and external meetings, visitors, press events, and all other pertinent information related to the Secretary's daily performance of his work duties. My request for information would include staff meetings, meetings with other Administration oficials (at the White House, for example), and phone logs. This information is likely maintained by the Secretary's schedulers in an Outlook file or other office-type calendar. I am requesting this information for the entire timespan of the Secretary's time in Washington, both as an appointee and then after confirmation. Thanks!
In order to help to determine my status to assess fees, you should know that I am a representative of the news media/press and this request is made as part of news gathering and not for commercial use.
I request a waiver of all fees for this request. Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in my commercial interest.
Specific explanation for waiver of fees: This is a media request.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.
Mr. Alexander Russo
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