On May 17, 2012 the General Services Administration Internal Resources division stated that they were taking a 10 working day extension under 41 CFR 105-60.404 ( a )(2) and that I should expect a final reply no later than June 11, 2012. The GSA promise of a reply never happened and my appointed investigator no longer responds to any form of communication from me. The financial strains for litigation are too much to continue to fight this battle. For the sake of my family I will have to negotiate a settlement where I lose my farm.
This has left me little faith in our current federal government public servants willingness to comply with statutory obligations created to protect us all. The Constitution is just a piece of paper if we do not believe in following it.
What is FOIA?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.
Code of Federal Regulations
Title 41 - Public Contracts and Property Management
Original Date: 1997-07-01
Title: Section 105-60.404 - Extension of time limits.Context:
Regional Offices-General Services Administration. PART 105 - 60 PUBLIC AVAILABILITY OF AGENCY RECORDS AND INFORMATIONAL MATERIALS. Subpart 105 - 60.4-Described Records.
Extension of time limits.
(a) In unusual circumstances, the GSA FOIA Officer or the regional FOIA Officer may extend the time limits prescribed in §§ 105-60.402 and 105-60.403. For purposes of this section, the term “unusual circumstances” means:
(1) The need to search for and collect the requested records from field facilities or other establishments that are separate from the office processing the request;
(2) The need to search for, collect, and appropriately examine a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records which are demanded in a single request;
(3) The need for consultation, which shall be conducted with all practicable speed, with another agency having a substantial interest in the determination of the request or among two or more components of the agency having substantial subject-matter interest therein; or
(4) The need to consult with the submitter of the requested information.
( b ) If necessary, more than one extension of time may be taken. However, the total extension of time shall not exceed 10 workdays with respect to a particular request. The extension may be divided between the initial and appeal stages or within a single stage. GSA will provide a written notice to the requester of any extension of time limits.
The following GSA members were part of the investigation.
Eric D. Radwick
GSA Director Daniel Tangherlini
Senator Joe Lieberman
The following did their best to work on my behalf.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton