Booz Allen Hamilton Contracts (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the United States of America.
Tracking # CNT2013000015
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Copies of contracts with Booz Allen Hamilton over the past 5 years.
Any final reports generated and delivered by Booz Allen Hamilton to the agency over the past 5 years

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. 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.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on March 12, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA, USCIS

Based on the information you have provided, after conducting a search, we currently do not have a record of your request in our system. Once we receive your request in our office and it is scanned into our system, your request will be created and an acknowledgement letter will be sent to you with a control number. We create requests on a first in / first out basis. Once you receive your acknowledgement letter you my check the status of your request at the following link: FOIA Request Status Check. The estimated time posted on the USCIS web site is based on our average processing time in business days as of the date posted and includes all cases closed.

If you would like, you may reply and attach a copy of your request to your email.

Thank you.

From: Requests Muckrock

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request
the following records:

Copies of contracts with Booz Allen Hamilton over the past 5 years.
Any final reports generated and delivered by Booz Allen Hamilton to the
agency over the past 5 years

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this
request is in the public interest. 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.

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 20 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 3377
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 16, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CNT2013000015.

Thank you for your help.

From: Greenwood, Tembra A

Mr. Morisy,

We just received the final set of documents responsive to your request on 8/14/13. It will be processed in the order that it was received and then follow the administrative procedures prior to releasing the records to you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 16, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CNT2013000015.

Thank you for your help.

From: Greenwood, Tembra A

Mr. Morisy,

The records have been received and are now going through the administrative process. As soon as this step is completed, your request will be finalized and provided to you. I cannot give you a definitive timeframe.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 16, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CNT2013000015.

Thank you for your help.

From: Greenwood, Tembra A

Mr. Morisy,

A fee letter was generated on 10/17/13 and was sent to you. After fee's have been paid, this case will move forward.

From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

Thanks for your help with this request. I believe my fees were miscalculated.

I am a media requester, and this request is part of my regular reporting.

The time between your acknowledgement letter, on July 18, 2013, and the fee letter, Oct. 17, 2013, was 91 days, surpassing both the statutory limit for requests as well as the 10-day extension allowable for unusual circumstances. Accordingly, fees should be waived for this request.

Thanks for your assistance, and please let me know if you have any questions.

- Michael

From: Greenwood, Tembra A

Good morning Mr. Morisy,

We have categorized you as a commercial requester due to the fact that you collect fees to file FOIA requests through your site. Therefore, your request will incur fees if applicable.
We had contacted you about fees due via phone and follow up email in which you agreed to fees.
As with business records, we are obligated to go out to the submitter with proposed releases. This extends the timeframe out as noted in your original acknowledgement letter.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any other concerns.

From: Michael Morisy

Hi Ms. Greenwood,

Thanks for your help clarifying. I left a voicemail and if it would be helpful to discuss over the phone, please let me know when would be convenient to talk.

I'm happy to pay associated fees when properly assessed, but I wasn't notified of my classification as a commercial requester until your Oct. 17, 2013 letter, when the fees were actually assessed.

Yes, MuckRock charges users to file requests, just like the New York Times charges readers a subscription and just as CBS charges advertisers to show commercials. Our business model has no impact on whether we're a journalistic organization; our journalistic output does and it is on display very publicly:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/

If it is still your office's opinion that I am not a news media requester, please let me know and I will formally appeal.

Thanks,
Michael

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 16, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CNT2013000015.

Thank you for your help.

From: Greenwood, Tembra A

Good morning Mr. Morisy,

That case should have left the building around November 16th. You should receive it soon. It was sent regular mail on CD.
Thanks,

Tembra Greenwood
Significant Interest Group (SIG)
DHS/CIS/NRC/FOIA
816-350-5534
Tembra.Greenwood@dhs.gov
SIG…fulfilling the promise of openness

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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