UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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FEB 17 2005
Subject: Log No. 05-00035
Mr. Kent Maxwell
9008 County Road 240
Salida, CO 81201
Dear Mr. Maxwell
This letter responds to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA, 5 U.S.C. § 552) request sent by e-mail on December 27, 2004, for the “release of documents related to the Office of Inspector General investigation of the Cramer Fire, a U.S. Forest Service wild land fire near Salmon, Idaho on the Salmon-Challis National Forest that resulted in the death of Jeff Allen and Shane W. Heath.”
The Office of Inspector General's (OIG) investigative report on the Cramer Fire was recently completed on February 8, 2005. You can locate the report on the OIG Web site at www.usda.gov/oig/whatsnew.htm. We trust that this will be useful to you.
Please note that the OIG investigative file pertaining to the Cramer Fire is not releasable. OIG files retrieved by the name of individuals are contained in a system of records governed by the Privacy Act (PA), 5 U.S.C. § 552a. In this case, the case name is retrievable by several individuals' names. Subsection 552a(b) of the PA prohibits the release of information without the prior written consent of the persons to whom the records pertain.
You have the right to appeal the decision to withhold this information by writing to the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Suite 41-W, Washington, D.C. 20250-2308, within 45 days of the date of this letter. Please clearly mark the outside of your envelope with "FOIA APPEAL." Your appeal should include a copy of this letter and any other pertinent matters you deem appropriate.
For further information, you can contact our Freedom of Information Act Staff at (202) 720- 5677.
/s/ DEIRDRE MACNEIL
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