Big Data Analytics Policies, Procedures and Contracts (U.S. Department of State)
|Submitted||Oct. 27, 2016|
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From: Curtis Waltman
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Documents concerning Big Data analytics using platforms gained from collaboration with the companies Transvoyant, Zoomdata, and/or Timbr.io, including:
-Contracts with the Transvoyant, Zoomdata, and/or Timbr.io regarding the acquisition of their data analyzing platforms
-Department policies and procedure regarding the use of Big Data analytics technology regarding the aforementioned three companies
-memos, guidelines, or slideshows mentioning Zoomdata, Timbr.io, and/or Transvoyant
-procedures on the keeping of statistics about the agencies use and acquisition of these technology platforms
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, 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 20 business days, as the statute requires.
From: U.S. Department of State
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From: Curtis Waltman
Thank you for your response and attention to my request! I would be happy to work with you to narrow my request. The date range is 1/1/2012 to the present date. As for contract numbers, I am not in possession of that information. These are data analytics companies that are on the rise in terms of working with federal agencies. This request is a query as to whether the State Department is among the federal agencies adopting any of these companies data analytics programs. Thusly, I cannot tell you what are the exact bureaus within State that would have them. However, I would imagine bureaus dealing with any kind of intelligence gathering might have these programs. I can name a few I imagine might run these. Intelligence and Research, Counterterrorism, Information Resource Management, Office of Global Criminal Justice, International Security and Nonproliferation, Political Military Affairs, Diplomatic Security, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. I hope this has helped clarify my request further. If you have any further questions please feel free to call me on my cell, 6176401130. Thank you so much for your time!
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