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American Oversight Releases Ukraine-Related OMB Documents Obtained via FOIA Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine (Kelly Smith, comp.) [i] (1/22/2020)

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                      EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
                         OFFICE OF  MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
                                 WASHINGTON, D.C. 20503


                                              January 21, 2020

Daniel McGrath
American Oversight
1030 15 Street, NW, Suite B255
Washington, DC  20005

Sent via email: danielmcgrath@americanoversightorg

RE: American  Oversight v. Office of Management and Budget, et al., No. 19-cv-3213 (D.D.C.)

Dear Mr. McGrath:

       This is an interim response to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from
American Oversight, which are the subject of litigation in the above-referenced matter.
Specifically, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the FOIA requests on
September 24, 2019, and assigned them tracking numbers 2019-477, 2019-478 and 2019-479.

       In accordance with the Joint Status Report of December 16, 2019, the parties reached
agreement on an expedited production schedule for American Oversight's priority request to
OMB.   Pursuant to that report, OMB has completed its review of the search results and identified
a total of 227 responsive documents. Of those 227 responsive documents, OMB is releasing in
full or in part 107 documents. These documents include redactions made pursuant to FOIA
Exemptions 3, 5 and 6, 5 U.S.C. §§ 552(b)(3), (b)(5) and (b)(6). Exemption 3 protects
information that is prohibited from disclosure by another Federal statute. Exemption 5 protects
attorney-client and interagency or intra-agency pre-decisional and deliberative communications,
the disclosure of which would inhibit the frank and candid exchange of views that is necessary
for effective government decision-making. Exemption 6 protects against disclosure of
information that would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. With
respect to the remaining 120 documents, OMB is withholding these records in full pursuant to
FOIA  Exemption 5, which protects deliberative, attorney-client, and Presidential
communications, the disclosure of which would inhibit the frank and candid exchange of views
that is necessary for effective government decision-making.

       Because your FOIA requests are in litigation, your administrative appellate rights are
now moot.  If you have any questions about this interim response, please contact Grace Zhou at
(202) 616-8267 or Grace X.Zhou @usdogov.

                                               Sin ely,



                                               Dionne Hardy
                                               FOIA Officer
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