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[liberationtech] 3-Week Extension | Re: Call on Department of Interior's Proposed Destruction of Records - Mon October 22, 2018 @ 2 PM EDT

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Wed Oct 24 13:09:41 PDT 2018


From: Patrice McDermott <pmcdermott at govinfowatch.net>

Thanks, James.   NARA has confirmed a 3-week extension (until 23 Nov) on
comments (just late yesterday).  So, Emily Manna/Samantha Feinstein will be
pulling something together for the openness and transparency folks.



I encourage the CSS folks, and Fed Data folks, and envir’l folks – and FOIA
folks! – to start working on drafting your comments – and, of course, to
circulate them to your communities for sign-on.



Russ Kick has been doing a deep dive and will be sending something around
soon.  I will recirculate to the listservs here (as he is not on most of
them).



Thanks, again, James!



The current relevant docs are here
https://altgov2.org/doi-records-destruction/



Patrice



Government Information Watch <https://govinfowatch.net/>

pmcdermott at govinfowatch.net

@GovInfoWatch



*From:* Mr. James R. (Librarian) Jacobs [mailto:jrjacobs at stanford.edu]


Hi Patrice. I’m getting the word out to library- and transparency groups.
Is there an open public letter onto which people could sign?



Best



James Jacobs

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On Oct 22, 2018, at 11:43 AM, Patrice McDermott <pmcdermott at govinfowatch.net>
wrote:

Before the call, be sure to read NARA’s appraisal memo
https://altgov2.org/wp-content/uploads/DAA-0048-2015-0003_Appraisal_Memo.pdf




It is NOT the final word, but it may help inform the discussion – and
comments.



Patrice



Government Information Watch <https://govinfowatch.net/>

pmcdermott at govinfowatch.net

@GovInfoWatch



*From:* Patrice McDermott


Yes, that is Russ Kick’s site & is definitely credible, etc.  Russ has made
it easier for folks to find these requests to NARA from agencies.  NARA is
working on a way to do that but is not there yet.  The closed cases site is
not it, of course, as it only shows the ones on which final decisions have
been made.  One can also just set up an alert from the Fed Reg, but Russ’s
site is centralized.



I urge folks to look at Russ’s site.  The request is very extensive.



Patrice



Government Information Watch <https://govinfowatch.net/>

pmcdermott at govinfowatch.net

@GovInfoWatch



*From:* Anne Polansky <AnneP at whistleblower.org>


Hello all, looking forward to our call this afternoon!



Don't know if you all have seen this -- I found an "alt" site - looks to be
credible and legit - detailed and informative.



https://altgov2.org/doi-records-destruction/



And, this web page from the National Archives is a useful reference as well
- perhaps the archivist-types in this group are familiar but this is a new
info source to me.



https://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/resources/unauthorizeddispositionclosedcases

Unauthorized Dispositions Closed Cases | National Archives
<https://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/resources/unauthorizeddispositionclosedcases>

www.archives.gov

Under 44 USC 3106 and 36 CFR Part 1230, "Unlawful or Accidental
Removal, Defacing, Alteration, or Destruction of Records," Federal agencies
are required to "notify the Archivist of any actual, impending, or
threatened unlawful removal, defacing, alteration, corruption, deletion,
erasure, or other destruction of records in the custody of the agency."
NARA also receives




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*From:* Patrice McDermott <pmcdermott at govinfowatch.net>



Reminder of call today (and first notification for FOI list folks – sorry).



Patrice



Government Information Watch <https://govinfowatch.net/>

pmcdermott at govinfowatch.net

@GovInfoWatch



October 22, 2018 @ 2 PM EDT Call on Department of Interior's Proposed
Destruction of Records



The DOI is asking for permission to destroy records about oil and gas
leases, mining, dams, wells, timber sales, marine conservation, fishing,
endangered species, non-endangered species, critical habitats, land
acquisition, and lots more.  See further highlighted info in the note from
Russ Kick below.



October 29 is the deadline to comment. During this call organizations can
share their proposed action plan and ideas for collaborative action.



Call-in details included:

https://goo.gl/forms/lvJAAhOcZFsmU5zg2



Please RSVP <https://goo.gl/forms/lvJAAhOcZFsmU5zg2> and share with other
orgs/groups that might be interested.





*From:* Samantha Feinstein



Good Morning,



This is a friendly reminder about today’s call at 2:00 for those of you who
interested in discussing the Department of Interior's proposed destruction
of records.



Please RSVP here if you plan to participate:

https://goo.gl/forms/LDQdJV85Lt9ZU0Nh2



Many thanks,

Samantha




*Samantha Feinstein *
*Senior Legal and International Analyst *Government Accountability Project
1612 K St., NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-457-0034 x 162
E-mail: SamanthaF at whistleblower.org
Website: http://www.whistleblower.org

Skype: SamanthaF at whistleblower.org

*Government Accountability Project is the nation’s leading whistleblower
protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases,
publicizing concerns and developing legal reforms, Government
Accountability Project’s mission is to protect the public interest by
promoting government and corporate accountability. Founded in 1977,
Government Accountability Project is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy
organization located in Washington, D.C.*



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*From:* Samantha Feinstein



October 22, 2018 @ 2 PM EDT Call on Department of Interior's Proposed
Destruction of Records



The DOI is asking for permission to destroy records about oil and gas
leases, mining, dams, wells, timber sales, marine conservation, fishing,
endangered species, non-endangered species, critical habitats, land
acquisition, and lots more.  See further highlighted info in the note from
Russ Kick below.



October 29 is the deadline to comment. During this call organizations can
share their proposed action plan and ideas for collaborative action.



Call-in details included:

https://goo.gl/forms/lvJAAhOcZFsmU5zg2



Please RSVP <https://goo.gl/forms/lvJAAhOcZFsmU5zg2> and share with other
orgs/groups that might be interested.




*Samantha Feinstein *
*Senior Legal and International Analyst *Government Accountability Project
1612 K St., NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-457-0034 x 162
E-mail: SamanthaF at whistleblower.org
Website: http://www.whistleblower.org

Skype: SamanthaF at whistleblower.org

*Government Accountability Project is the nation’s leading whistleblower
protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases,
publicizing concerns and developing legal reforms, Government
Accountability Project’s mission is to protect the public interest by
promoting government and corporate accountability. Founded in 1977,
Government Accountability Project is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy
organization located in Washington, D.C.*



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*From:* Russ Kick



As I mentioned a while back, I've started a new project to bring
much-needed transparency to the process whereby agencies get permission to
destroy their records at fixed intervals (chosen by the agencies and okayed
by the National Archives). I'm obtaining and posting every such request,
which have never appeared online before. This project is here:

https://altgov2.org/records-destruction-requests/



Today I want to specifically highlight a massive request from the
Department of the Interior to schedule records destruction across *all *of
its agencies.



It's asking for permission to destroy records about oil and gas leases,
mining, dams, wells, timber sales, marine conservation, fishing, endangered
species, non-endangered species, critical habitats, land acquisition, and
lots more. It's also wanting to permanently retain a smaller subset of
documents in each category, which will be transferred to the National
Archives, where they will become harder to access via FOIA.



This is crucial stuff. In the months, years, and decades ahead, if you get
"records destroyed" responses, or a vague "no records" response, from NPS,
BLM, FWS, BIA, etc., this could be the root cause.



But there's time to comment. *October 29 *is the deadline I was given.



Here's all the info, including a streamlined, easy-to-read HTML version of
Interior's extensive request:



https://altgov2.org/doi-records-destruction/



--Russ



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<http://www.altgov2.org/donate>*


Russ Kick
http://www.russkick.com/

http://www.altgov2.org/
http://www.thememoryhole2.org/

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