Boston Logan airport racial profiling report

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Transportation Security Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2015-TSAP-00007
Est. Completion None
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No Responsive Documents

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The final report of TSA's investigation into racial profiling at Boston Logan airport

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: FOIA

Dear Requester:
Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This
acknowledges that we have successfully received your email message.
Therefore, no further action is required by you at this time.
Your correspondence is being reviewed by the FOIA triage team, and in a
subsequent communication, we will provide pertinent information and/or
guidance to ensure the timely processing of your request. Should you
have any questions, you may contact this office at 1-866-364-2872.

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 Sept. 18, 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

Dear Requester:
Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This
acknowledges that we have successfully received your email message.
Therefore, no further action is required by you at this time.
Your correspondence is being reviewed by the FOIA triage team, and in a
subsequent communication, we will provide pertinent information and/or
guidance to ensure the timely processing of your request. Should you
have any questions, you may contact this office at 1-866-364-2872.

From: FOIA

Good morning,

Your FOIA request has been received in the office for processing. The cases are processed on a first in first out basis. We cannot provide a timeframe in which your FOIA will be released to you because of the many requests we receive. A specialist will contact you when your FOIA is cleared for release.
Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Gerri Lewis
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
1-866-364-2872

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 Sept. 18, 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

Good morning,

Your request 2014-TSFO-0001529 is waiting on documents to be process in turn, first in first out.

Gerri Lewis
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
1-866-364-2872

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Dear Requester:
Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This
acknowledges that we have successfully received your email message.
Therefore, no further action is required by you at this time.
Your correspondence is being reviewed by the FOIA triage team, and in a
subsequent communication, we will provide pertinent information and/or
guidance to ensure the timely processing of your request. Should you
have any questions, you may contact this office at 1-866-364-2872.
Sincerely,
TSA FOIA Office

From: FOIA

Good morning,

Your FOIA request has been received in the office for processing. The cases are processed on a first in first out basis. We cannot provide a timeframe in which your FOIA will be released to you because of the many requests we receive. A specialist will contact you when your FOIA is cleared for release.
Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Gerri Lewis
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
1-866-364-2872

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Good afternoon,

As I stated before, we receive many cases in the office daily; in addition to having a backlog. Your FOIA will be processed in the order received. A specialist will contact you when your FOIA is cleared for release.
Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Gerri Lewis
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
1-866-364-2872

From: FOIA

Dear Requester:
Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA) within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This acknowledges that we have successfully received your email message. Therefore, no further action is required by you at this time.
Your correspondence is being reviewed by the FOIA triage team, and in a subsequent communication, we will provide pertinent information and/or guidance to ensure the timely processing of your request. Should you have any questions, you may contact this office at 1-866-364-2872.
Sincerely,
TSA FOIA Office

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Dear Requester:
Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information Act Branch (FOIA) within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This acknowledges that we have successfully received your email message. Therefore, no further action is required by you at this time.
Your correspondence is being reviewed by the FOIA triage team, and in a subsequent communication, we will provide pertinent information and/or guidance to ensure the timely processing of your request. Should you have any questions, you may contact this office at 1-866-364-2872.
Sincerely,
TSA FOIA Branch

From: FOIA

Good morning,
Your FOIA request has been received in the office for processing. The cases are processed on a first in first out basis. We cannot provide a timeframe in which your FOIA will be released to you because of the many requests we receive in the office daily; in addition to having a backlog. Your FOIA will be processed in the order received. A specialist will contact you when your FOIA is cleared for release.

Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Gerri Lewis
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
1-866-364-2872

From: FOIA

This case is closed.
It is a duplicate of one of MuckRock's request.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Please clarify -- this request has already been assigned 2014-TSFO-0001529, and I have not submitted another to my knowledge that would be considered duplicative.

Thank you,
Shawn

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

As I stated before, we receive many cases in the office daily; in addition to having a backlog. Your FOIA will be processed in the order received. Thank you for your patience in this matter.
FOIA Assistant

From: FOIA

Dear Requester:
Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information Act Branch (FOIA) within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). This acknowledges that we have successfully received your email message. Therefore, no further action is required by you at this time.
Your correspondence is being reviewed by the FOIA triage team, and in a subsequent communication, we will provide pertinent information and/or guidance to ensure the timely processing of your request. Should you have any questions, you may contact this office at 1-866-364-2872.
Sincerely,
TSA FOIA Branch

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Good morning,
Your FOIA request has been received in the office for processing and assigned case number 2014-TSFO-0xxxx. Our office has received a high volume of requests which has resulted in a backlog. It is TSA’s practice to assign requests into one of two tracks based on the complexity of the request and to process cases within the two tracks on a first-in, first-out basis. Your request has been assigned to the complex track. At this time we anticipate an additional eleven months if complex track to complete the processing of your request. If you are interested in narrowing the scope of your request to reduce the processing time, we are available to discuss this with you, either by email to this address or by telephone at 1-866-364-2872. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Gerri Lewis
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
1-866-364-2872

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Good afternoon,

Your FOIA request has been received in the office for processing and assigned case number 2013-TSFO-01529. Our office has received a high volume of requests which has resulted in a backlog. It is TSA’s practice to assign requests into one of two tracks based on the complexity of the request and to process cases within the two tracks on a first-in, first-out basis. Your request has been assigned to the complex track. At this time we anticipate an additional eleven months if complex track to complete the processing of your request. If you are interested in narrowing the scope of your request to reduce the processing time, we are available to discuss this with you, either by email to this address or by telephone at 1-866-364-2872. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Good morning,

Your FOIA request has been received in the office for processing and assigned case number 2014-TSFO-01529. Our office has received a high volume of requests which has resulted in a backlog. It is TSA’s practice to assign requests into one of two tracks based on the complexity of the request and to process cases within the two tracks on a first-in, first-out basis. Your request has been assigned to the simple track. At this time we anticipate an additional six months if simple track to complete the processing of your request. If you are interested in narrowing the scope of your request to reduce the processing time, we are available to discuss this with you, either by email to this address or by telephone at 1-866-364-2872. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Gerri Lewis
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Freedom of Information Act Office (FOIA)
1-866-364-2872

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Good morning,

All but one of the offices tasked with responding to this request have responded. When that office responds, your request will be processed by a FOIA analyst. When your records are cleared for release, an analyst will contact you directly.

Your FOIA request has been and assigned case number 2014-TSFO-01529. Our office has received a high volume of requests which has resulted in a backlog. It is TSA’s practice to assign requests into one of two tracks based on the complexity of the request and to process cases within the two tracks on a first-in, first-out basis. Your request has been assigned to the simple track. At this time we anticipate an additional six months to complete the processing of your request. If you are interested in narrowing the scope of your request to reduce the processing time, we are available to discuss this with you, either by email to this address or by telephone at 1-866-364-2872. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Thank you,
FOIA

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Good Morning,

Your FOIA request has been and assigned case number 2013-TSFO-01529. Our office has received a high volume of requests which has resulted in a backlog. It is TSA’s practice to assign requests into one of two tracks based on the complexity of the request and to process cases within the two tracks on a first-in, first-out basis. Your request has been assigned to the complex track. At this time we anticipate an additional eleven months to complete the processing of your request. If you are interested in narrowing the scope of your request to reduce the processing time, we are available to discuss this with you, either by email to this address or by telephone at 1-866-364-2872. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Thank you,

FOIA

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

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 Sept. 18, 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 #2014-TSFO-0001529.

Thank you for your help.

From: Transportation Security Administration

A no responsive documents response.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Kimberly Walton
Assistant Administrator, Office of Civil Rights & Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement
Transportation Security Administration
601 South 12th Street, East Building, E7-121S
Arlington, VA 20598-6033

Ms. Walton:

This is an appeal for FOIA request 2013-TSFO-01529. In the attached letter dated February 18, 2015, TSA FOIA officers determined that no responsive documents were available, and suggested contacting the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General.

While I have reviewed the DHS OIG's reports regarding allegations of racial profiling at Logan Airport in Boston, a number of media reports and official statements indicated that the TSA had its own internal investigation in addition to that conducted by the Inspector General:

On 08/12/2012, The New York Times reported (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/us/racial-profiling-at-boston-airport-officials-say.html): "The T.S.A. said on Friday that it had opened an investigation into the claims."

On 08/14/2012, CNN reported (http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/14/travel/tsa-profiling-accusations/index.html), "The claims, first reported in The New York Times, prompted the TSA to open an internal investigation."

The DHS OIG report itself (http://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/FOIA/OIG-I12-TSA-PHL-00968.pdf) cited a TSA investigation, noting that its investigation was initiated "upon receiving information from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office ofInspection."

In light of the above as well as the common procedure of agencies conducting their own investigations parallel to those conducted by the DHS OIG, I request that you remand this FOIA back to the TSA for a good faith search and release of responsive documents.

Respectfully,

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Walton -

Please confirm that the below appeal — which was mailed to your attention in March — was received and is in process.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
Reporter, MuckRock

From: FOIA

Mr. Musgrave,

I can confirm that your appeal for FOIA case 2013-TSFO-01529 was received and is in process with the FOIA appeal case number of 2015-TSAP-00007.

Thank you for your time. Have a great day!

Patrick McGregor
Traveler Engagement Division (TED)
Office of Civil Rights & Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement (CRL/OTE)
TAPE LLC. Contractor: TSA FOIA

From: Transportation Security Administration

A letter stating that the request appeal has been rejected.

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