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U.S. Department of Justice 

Executive Office for Immigration Review 

Office of the General Counsel 



5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2150 
Falls Church, Virginia 22041 


October 17, 2019 


Matthew Hoppock 
MuckRock News 
DEPT MR 74847 
411A Highland Ave 
Somerville, MA 02144-2516 

Re: FOIA 2019-35257 

Dear Mr. Hoppock, 

This letter is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the 
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in which you seek documents regarding the 
EOIR employee awards. 

Responsive documents are attached. There will be no charge for this information. 
However, award justifications for individual employees are part of the employees’ Official 
Personnel Files and are withheld pursuant to 5 USC 552(b)(6) in order to avoid an unwarranted 
invasion of personal privacy. 

For your information, Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement 
and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(c) (2006 & 
Supp. IV 2010). This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of 
the FOIA. This is a standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should not be 
taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist. See http://www.justice.gov/oip/ 
foiapost/2012foiapost9.html. 

You may contact our FOIA Public Liaison at the telephone number 703-605-1297 for any 
further assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request. Additionally, you may contact the 
Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records 
Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information 
for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and 
Records Administration, Room 2510, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, 
e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 
202-741-5769. 

If you are not satisfied with my response to this request, you may administratively appeal 
by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of 



Justice, Sixth Floor, 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, or you may submit an 
appeal through OIP's FOIAonline portal by creating an account on the following web site: 
https://www.foiaonline. gov/foiaonline/action/public/home . Your appeal must be postmarked or 
electronically transmitted within 90 days of the date of my response to your request. If you 
submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked “Freedom 
of Information Act Appeal.” 


Sincerely, 




Joseph R. Schaaf 

Senior Counsel for Administrative Law