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Hardy Letter to Charlie Savage of the New York Times, Declining FOIA Request to Release 20 Emails between Blair and Duffey Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) 1 (1/3/2020)

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                      EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE          RESIDENT
                         OFFICE OF  MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
                                 WASHINGTON, D. C 20$03

                                              January 3, 2020

Mr. Charlie Savage
The New  York Times
1627 I Street NW
Washington. DC  20006

Sent via email:      @

RE:    New York Times Co. et al. v. Office of Management and Budger, 19-cv-03562 (DDC)

Dear Mr. Savage:

       This is an interim response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  received on September 26, 2019, seeking all email
correspondence between Michael Duffey and Robert Blair from May I to the present. OMB
assigned your FOIA request tracking number 2019-486,

       In accordance with the Joint Status Report filed in this mauer dated December 13, 2019,
OMB   conducted a search for communications between Michael Duffey and Robert Blair from
May  I to October 9, 2019, and identified a total of 20 responsive documents., consisting of 40
pages, excluding those not related to the Ukraine-matter. All 20 documents are being withheld
in full pursuant to FOIA Exemption 5, 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(5). Exemption 5 protects both
deliberative and presidential communications, the disclosure of which would inhibit the frank
and candid exchange ol views that is necessary for effective government decision-mnaking.

       Please note that because your request is in litigation, your administrative appellate rights
are now moot. If you have an1V questions about this interim response please contact Rebecca
Cutri-Kohart at (202)        or

                                               Sine rely,

                                               Dionne Hardy
                                               FOIA Officer

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