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Emails between Commonwealth Fusion Center and private security firms

Evan Anderson made this request to Commonwealth Fusion Center of Massachusetts.

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Evan Anderson 06/26/2014

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

All email communications between Commonwealth Fusion Center employees and all private security firms (including G4S, Harris Corporation, etc).

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Evan Anderson

MuckRock.com 07/11/2014

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 26, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

Procopio, David (POL) 07/21/2014

Mr. Anderson,

In regard to your recent public records regarding email communications by members of the Fusion Center, would you please clarify for us if you are seeking email communications regarding business relationships between the Fusion Center and security vendors, or if you are seeking emails between Fusions Center employees and private security firms concerning the exchange of intelligence information.

Thank you.

David Procopio
Director, Media Relations
Massachusetts State Police
(508) 820-2622
David.Procopio@MassMail.State.MA.US<mailto:David.Procopio@MassMail.State.MA.US>

Evan Anderson 07/22/2014

Mr. Procopio,

Thank you for your response. I am seeking all emails between the Fusion Center and security vendors, including emails concerning business relationships as well as those concerning the exchange of intelligence information.

Thank you again.

- Evan Anderson

Commonwealth Fusion Center 07/23/2014

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

MuckRock 08/25/2014

Hello Mr. Procopio,

A check for $250, as you requested, has been placed in the mail. We're looking forward to receiving the materials.

Have a lovely week and thank you for your help.

MuckRock 08/25/2014

Hello Mr. Procopio,

Please find enclosed a check in the amount of $250 to satisfy the fee for the request for "All email communications between Commonwealth Fusion Center employees and all private security firms (including G4S, Harris Corporation, etc)."

We look forward to receiving the requested documents. Thank you very much for your time.

MuckRock.com 09/09/2014

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on June 26, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

Commonwealth Fusion Center 09/12/2014

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

Commonwealth Fusion Center 09/12/2014

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

Procopio, David (POL) 09/15/2014

Evan,
Attached please find a document responsive to your records request.
Dave Procopio
Massachusetts State Police
Office of Media Relations

Evan Anderson 10/06/2014

Supervisor of Public Records
Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Public Records Division
One Ashburton Place, 17th Floor
Boston, MA 01208

October 3, 2014

To Whom It May Concern:

Consider this an appeal to the completion of my public records request.

On June 26, 2014, I filed a request for:

“All emails between Fusion Center and Security vendors, including emails concerning business relationships as well as those concerning the exchange of intelligence information.”

I filed this request with the Commonwealth Fusion Center, which is operated by the Massachusetts State Police.

The documents pursuant to my request pertain only to business relationships between the Commonwealth Fusion Center and firms that provide security equipment and/or services in the sense that they provide security for the premises of the Fusion Center (i.e., alarm systems to detect intruders). The word “security” in my original request is meant to include “information security” (i.e., agencies providing information technology services for the Fusion Center) and not merely “physical” security, as it appears to have been interpreted. In addition, I was led to believe (through my correspondence with David Procopio) that some of the emails would concern the exchange of intelligence information, however none of the emails provided to me appear to be related to the exchange of intelligence information at all.

Attached is my original request, my correspondence with David Procopio, and the responsive documents referred to in this appeal.

Sincerely,

Evan Anderson

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Commonwealth Fusion Center 10/14/2014

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.