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Case TitlePUBLIC CITIZEN, INC. v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2018cv00691
Date Filed2018-03-28
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Trevor N. McFadden
PlaintiffPUBLIC CITIZEN, INC.
Case DescriptionPublic Citizen submitted a FOIA request to the Department of Education for records concerning the agency's TEACH Grant program, which provides grants up to $4,000 a year for teachers pursuing higher education to work as teachers. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request. The agency provided an interim response consisting of 1,026 unredacted pages described as TEACH Grant documents. After Public Citizen inquired about its response, the agency told Public Citizen that the disclosure was actually meant to be its final response rather than an interim response. Public Citizen filed an administrative appeal, arguing that the search was inadequate. After hearing nothing further from the agency, Public Citizen filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
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2018-03-281COMPLAINT against UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-5392676) filed by PUBLIC CITIZEN, INC..(Murray, Julie) (Additional attachment(s) added on 3/29/2018: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons) (zsth). (Entered: 03/28/2018)
2018-03-28Case Assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden. (zsth) (Entered: 03/29/2018)
2018-03-292SUMMONS (3) Issued Electronically as to UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (Attachments: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zsth) (Entered: 03/29/2018)
2018-03-293LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by PUBLIC CITIZEN, INC. (Murray, Julie) (Entered: 03/29/2018)
2018-03-304STANDING ORDER Establishing Procedures for Cases Before Judge Trevor N. McFadden. The parties are hereby ORDERED to read and comply with the directives in the attached standing order. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 3/30/18. (lctnm1) (Entered: 03/30/2018)
2018-04-025RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 4/2/2018. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 5/2/2018. (Murray, Julie) (Entered: 04/02/2018)
2018-04-256RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 04/06/2018. (Murray, Julie) (Entered: 04/25/2018)
2018-04-257RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION served on 4/5/2018 (Murray, Julie) (Entered: 04/25/2018)
2018-05-028NOTICE of Appearance by Daniel Patrick Schaefer on behalf of UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (Schaefer, Daniel) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
2018-05-029ANSWER to Complaint by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.(Schaefer, Daniel) (Entered: 05/02/2018)
2018-05-03MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court are a complaint and an answer in this FOIA case. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report proposing a schedule for proceeding in this matter. The schedule should address, among other things, the status of Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated number of documents responsive to Plaintiff's FOIA request, the anticipated date(s) for release of the documents requested by Plaintiff, whether a motion for an Open America stay is likely in this case, whether a Vaughn index will be required in this case, and a briefing schedule for dispositive motions, if required. The parties shall file the schedule on or before May 24, 2018. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 5/3/2018. (lctnm1) (Entered: 05/03/2018)
2018-05-0310NOTICE of Appearance by Patrick D. Llewellyn on behalf of PUBLIC CITIZEN, INC. (Llewellyn, Patrick) (Entered: 05/03/2018)
2018-05-03Set/Reset Deadlines: Parties shall meet and confer and file a Joint Status Report by 5/24/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 05/03/2018)
2018-05-2411Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Schaefer, Daniel) (Entered: 05/24/2018)
2018-05-24MINUTE ORDER: In light of the parties' 11 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report with a proposed schedule for any further proceedings by June 21, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 5/24/18. (lctnm1) (Entered: 05/24/2018)
2018-05-25Set/Reset Deadlines: A further Joint Status Report due by 6/21/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 05/25/2018)
2018-06-2112Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Schaefer, Daniel) (Entered: 06/21/2018)
2018-06-22MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 12 Joint Status Report, the Department of Education is ORDERED to complete its review and make a final response and release of records by July 20, 2018. The parties shall file a Joint Status Report with a proposed schedule for any further proceedings they think necessary by July 30, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 6/22/18. (lctnm1) (Entered: 06/22/2018)
2018-06-22Set/Reset Deadlines: Department of Education's final response and release of records due by 7/20/2018. Joint Status Report due by 7/30/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 06/22/2018)
2018-07-3013Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Schaefer, Daniel) (Entered: 07/30/2018)
2018-07-31MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 13 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a Joint Status Report with a proposed schedule for any further proceedings they think necessary by August 29, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 7/31/18. (lctnm1) (Entered: 07/31/2018)
2018-07-31Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 8/29/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 07/31/2018)
2018-08-2914Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Schaefer, Daniel) (Entered: 08/29/2018)
2018-08-30MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 14 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report with a proposed schedule for any further proceedings they think necessary by September 27, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 8/30/18. (lctnm1) (Entered: 08/30/2018)
2018-08-31Set/Reset Deadlines: A further Joint Status Report is due by 9/27/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 08/31/2018)
2018-09-2715Joint STATUS REPORT by UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Schaefer, Daniel) (Entered: 09/27/2018)
2018-09-27MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 15 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report with a proposed schedule for any further proceedings they think necessary by October 30, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 9/27/18. (lctnm1) (Entered: 09/27/2018)
2018-09-27Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 10/30/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 09/27/2018)
2018-10-3016Joint STATUS REPORT by PUBLIC CITIZEN, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Murray, Julie) (Entered: 10/30/2018)
2018-10-31MINUTE ORDER: Upon consideration of the parties' 16 Joint Status Report, it is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall file a further Joint Status Report with a proposed schedule for any further proceedings that they think necessary by November 29, 2018. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Trevor N. McFadden on 10/31/18. (lctnm1) (Entered: 10/31/2018)
2018-10-31Set/Reset Deadlines: Joint Status Report due by 11/29/2018. (hmc) (Entered: 10/31/2018)
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