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United States Peace Corps
Freedom of Information Act Request
FOIA request number::FOIA 10075
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Requested:|}} FOIA requested::Mar 10 2010|}}
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PC Response:|}} FOIA response::Sep 30 2010|}} {{#if:142|(FOIA business days from received till response::142 days)*|}}
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Agent:|}} FOIA agent::Denora Miller|}}
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September 30th 2010 Final Response[edit]

This is the final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Specifically, you request the following information. Our response is in bold.

  • 1) Documents explaining the rationale for and terms of the transfer of responsibility for

investigation of crimes against Volunteers away from the Peace Corps Inspector General office.

We located twenty-nine (29) pages of responsive documents. After careful review, it was determined that twenty-five (25) pages are being been withheld pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(5), because it consists of opinions, recommendations, and other reflections of staff thinking integral to the pre-decisional, deliberative process. The remaining four (4) pages are releasable in their entirety and are attached.

  • 2) Procedures for the investigation of these crimes.

It was determined that the memo provided in response to item 1 (pages 2 - 4) is the most responsive document available. No other responsive documents were located.

  • 3) Procedures for Peace Corps whistle blowers, including procedures for preserving their right to confidentiality, for protecting them against retaliation and for investigating their

reports/complaints.

We provided a response to this portion of your request on July 23, 2010.

  • 4) Communications between the Peace Corps and the Office of Personnel Management regarding whether Volunteers have or could be granted whistle blower status under the Federal whistle blower statute.

We provided a response to this portion of your request on July 23, 2010.


July 23rd 2010 Partial Response[edit]

This is an interim response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Specifically, you request the following information. Our response is in bold.

  • 1) Documents explaining the rationale for and terms of the transfer of responsibility for investigation of crimes against Volunteers away from the Peace Corps Inspector General office.

We cannot respond to this portion of your request at this time. We are in the process of reviewing documents that might be responsive to this portion of your request. Once a determination has been made, you will be notified.

  • 2) Procedures for the investigation of these crimes.

We cannot respond to this portion of your request at this time. We are in the process of reviewing documents that might be responsive to this portion of your request. Once a determination has been made, you will be notified.

  • 3) Procedures for Peace Corps whistle blowers, including procedures for preserving their right to confidentiality, for protecting them against retaliation and for investigating their reports/complaints.

It was determined that the Peace Corps Office of the Inspector General might have documents responsive to your request. Your request was referred to them on May 17, 2010 for processing and direct response to you. Attached please find a two (2) page document which is also responsive to your request.

  • 4) Communications between the Peace Corps and the Office of Personnel Management regarding whether Volunteers have or could be granted whistle blower status under the Federal whistle blower statute.

After a thorough and diligent search of all appropriate offices within the Peace Corps, no records responsive to your request were located.

You may appeal the no record found determination within 20 calendar days from your receipt of this letter. The appeal should be sent to Earl Yates, Associated Director – Management, Peace Corps, 1111 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20526. Both the appeal and envelope should be clearly marked “FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT APPEAL.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (202) 692-1236 or foia@peacecorps.gov. Sincerely, Denora Miller FOIAOfficer


July 15th 2010 Response from Office of Inspector General[edit]

This letter is in response to your March 10, 2010 request, under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.c. §552, for

  • 1) Documents explaining the rationale for and terms of the transfer of responsibility for investigation of crimes against Volunteers away fromthe Peace Corps Inspector General office
  • 2) Procedures for the investigation of these crimes.
  • 3)Procedures for Peace Corps whistle blowers, including procedures for preserving their right to confidentiality, for protecting them against retaliation and for investigating their reports/complaints
  • 4)Communications between the Peace Corps and the Office of Personnel Management regarding whether Volunteers have or could be granted whistle blower status under the Federal whistle blower statute.

This response includes responsive documents from the Peace Corps Office of the Inspector General. You will find attached an electronic version of the responsive documents. The first document has been released in its entirety and is a memorandum from the Inspector General to the Director of the Peace Corps . The second document is a section of the Peace Corps Manual and has also been released in its entirety.

This link http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/policies/SARC_20080930.pdf is to the electronic version of the "Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress April 1,2008 - September 30,2008" this report references information that is within the scope of your requests and is also released in its entirety. A fourth document has been withheld under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA),5 U.S.c. §552 (b) (5), because it is an intra-agency memorandum and is a pre decisional document, and is exempt from release to the public. You have a right to appeal my decision within 15 days of receipt of this letter by writing to the Inspector General, Office of Inspector General, Peace Corps, 1111 20th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20526.

Jeffrey Reichert Peace Corps Office of the Inspector General Criminal Research Specialist 202-692-2922 jreichert@PeaceCorps.Gov

July 21st 2010 Memo[edit]

We are unable to provide you a final determination on your request within the statutory time frame established by the FOIA. We anticipate providing a respond to you by July 23, 2010 (10-075) and July 28, 2010 (10-127).

If you agree to this extension, no reply is necessary. If we subsequently deny your request, you still have the right to file an administrative appeal. You may wish to consider limiting the scope of your request so that we can process it more quickly. If you want to limit your request, please submit a reply to this notification.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this extension, please feel free to call me at 202-692-1236 or by email at foia@peacecorps.gov.


Sincerely,

Denora Miller

FOIA Officer

May 4th 2010 Memo[edit]

We have and are currently experiencing a delay in processing FOIA requests. We understand you desire to receive a response to your pending requests and are doing our best to remedy the situation. Below is the projected response date for your requests.

    1. 10-038 Information on the Peace Corps Digital Library (5/7/10)
    2. 10-065 Funding given to National PC Association (5/5/10)
    3. 10-072 Biennial PCV survey and 2009 PCV survey by OSIRP (5/7/10)
    4. 10-075 Info on protection of PCV whistleblowers (5/12/10)
    5. 10-076 Lists and reports on all PCVs that died in service (5/14/10)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (202) 692-1236 or foia@peacecorps.gov.

Sincerely,

D. Miller FOIA Officer


April 8th 2010 Memo[edit]

We are unable to provide you a final determination on your request within the 20 working-day statutory time frame established by the FOIA. We need additional time to collect the records you requested from another post. We anticipate providing a respond to you by April 29, 2010.

If you agree to this extension, no reply is necessary. If we subsequently deny your request, you still have the right to file an administrative appeal. You may wish to consider limiting the scope of your request so that we can process it more quickly. If you want to limit your request, please submit a reply to this notification.

If you do not agree to an extension beyond the statutory period, and do not want to modify the scope of your request, you may file suit. You may file suit in the U.S. District Court where you reside or have your principal place of business, where the records are located, or in the District of Columbia. If you have questions or concerns regarding the material, contact us via email at foia@peacecorps.gov.

Documents[edit]

http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/images/Trainee_Allegations_memo.pdf (July 2010)

9.2 Management and Supervisory Level Personnel Additionally, all Peace Corps management and supervisory level personnel are required to:

  • cooperate with the OIG in jointly identifying problems and developing appropriate corrective actions;
  • when requested, provide comments on OIG draft reports in a timely manner for inclusion in the OIG’s final reports, responding specifically to findings and recommendations contained in the OIG reports;
  • refrain from taking, threatening to take or directing others to take, recommend or approve any adverse personnel or other action against any individual as a reprisal for making a complaint or disclosing information to the OIG.