CBP Border Screening Protocols

Taylor Dobbs filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
Tracking # CBP-OFO-2017-042475, CBP-2017-042475
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Taylor Dobbs

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all documents or correspondence received and or distributed since January 1, 2017 by Customs and Border Protections officials and/or employees working for the CBP Swanton Sector Vermont containing:
- Training materials or information.
- Screening protocols, "scripts," directives, advice, or priorities.
- Instructions on screening people or property for entry to the United States.
- Guidance, directives, training materials or advice related to the religious beliefs, activities, or identities of people presenting for entry to the United States.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. As a professional journalist making this request as part of newsgathering efforts, I request that you waive any fees related to this request.

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.

Sincerely,

Taylor Dobbs

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2811a01d1)
* Tracking Number: CBP-2017-034639
* Requester Name: Taylor Dobbs
* Date Submitted: 02/28/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Any and all documents or correspondence received/ distributed since 01/01/2017 by CBP officials working for the Swanton Sector Vermont. See attachment

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

Taylor Dobbs
DEPT MR 33800
411A Highland Ave
Somerville MA 02144
Dear Taylor Dobbs:
This automated notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received in the mail from you on 02/28/2017.  Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-OFO-2017-034639 to track the status of your request.

In the future, please submit your FOIA requests to CBP electronically.  It’s very easy to do, and there are many reasons why filing online is the most expeditious way to submit a FOIA request.
How to submit a FOIA request electronically to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)?

To submit a FOIAonline request online simply go to your search engine (i.e., google, etc.) and type FOIAonline, then hit enter.  That will take you to the FOIAonline site.  From there, press the green button on the right “ Create an Account” and follow the prompts to create a FOIAonline account, then press the green button in the middle " Make a FOIA Request" and follow the prompts to submit a FOIA request.
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From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2017-034639 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OFO-2017-034639. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: CBP-2017-034639
* New Tracking Number: CBP-OFO-2017-034639
* Requester Name: Taylor Dobbs
* Date Submitted: 02/28/2017
* Long Description: Any and all documents or correspondence received/ distributed since 01/01/2017 by CBP officials working for the Swanton Sector Vermont. See attachment

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28121b117)
* Tracking Number: CBP-OFO-2017-042475
* Requester Name: Taylor Dobbs
* Date Submitted: 02/21/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Mr. Dobbs is requesting: Any and all documents or correspondence received and or distributed since January 1, 2017 by Customs and Border Protection officials and/or employees working for the CBP Swanton Sector Vermont containing: -Training materials or information. -Screening protocols, "scripts," directives, advice, or priorities. -Instructions on screening people or property for entry to the United States. -Guidance, directives, training materials or advice related to the religious beliefs, activities, or identities of people presenting for entry to the United States. Please see complete request scanned into correspondence. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO TELEPHONE OR FAX NUMBERS WERE PROVIDED IN THE REQUEST.

From: Taylor Dobbs

Hello,

I apologies for not including this information sooner. If you need to contact me, you can reach me by phone at 802-654-4364, by email at tdobbs@vpr.net, or by fax at 802-655-2799.

Taylor Dobbs

From: FISHER, MARY ANN

As attached.

Mary Ann Fisher
Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures Officer
FOIA Officer/Boston Field Office
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
50 South Main Street, Suite 100R
St. Albans, VT 05478
Tel: 802 527-3338
Fax: 802 527-1338

  • CBP-OFO-2017-042475, Acknowledgment and Request for Further Informatio

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request CBP-OFO-2017-042475 has been determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 02/21/2017
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason: N/A
* Request Long Description: Mr. Dobbs is requesting: Any and all documents or correspondence received and or distributed since January 1, 2017 by Customs and Border Protection officials and/or employees working for the CBP Swanton Sector Vermont containing: -Training materials or information. -Screening protocols, "scripts," directives, advice, or priorities. -Instructions on screening people or property for entry to the United States. -Guidance, directives, training materials or advice related to the religious beliefs, activities, or identities of people presenting for entry to the United States. Please see complete request scanned into correspondence. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO TELEPHONE OR FAX NUMBERS WERE PROVIDED IN THE REQUEST.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

Taylor Dobbs
DEPT MR 33800 411A Highland Ave. Somerville MA 02144-2516

Dear Taylor Dobbs:

This automated notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received on 05/01/2017. Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-2017-055244 to track the status of your request.  If you have not already done so, you must create a FOIAonline account at https://foiaonline.regulations.gov.  This is the only method available to check the status of your pending FOIA request. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/)

Provisions of the Act allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request.  We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS FOIA regulations outlined on the DHS website, http://www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0579.shtm. By submitting your request, you have agreed to pay up to $25.00 in applicable processing fees, if any fees associated with your request exceed this amount, CBP shall contact you; however, the first 100 pages are free. (http://www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0579.shtm)

CBP’s FOIA Division is working hard to reduce the amount of time necessary to respond to FOIA requests.  Currently, the average time to process a FOIA request related to "travel/border incidents" is a minimum of 3-6 months. We truly appreciate your continued patience.

For additional information please consult CBP FOIA website please click on FOIA Act Resources or visit (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia) http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia. (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia)

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2812e9399)
* Tracking Number: CBP-2017-055244
* Requester Name: Taylor Dobbs
* Date Submitted: 05/01/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: All communications or records of communications since January 1, 2016 between CBP personnel and law enforcement officials in Vermont. *See attachment for more details.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-OFO-2017-042475 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2017-042475. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: CBP-OFO-2017-042475
* New Tracking Number: CBP-2017-042475
* Requester Name: Taylor Dobbs
* Date Submitted: 02/21/2017
* Long Description: Mr. Dobbs is requesting: Any and all documents or correspondence received and or distributed since January 1, 2017 by Customs and Border Protection officials and/or employees working for the CBP Swanton Sector Vermont containing: -Training materials or information. -Screening protocols, "scripts," directives, advice, or priorities. -Instructions on screening people or property for entry to the United States. -Guidance, directives, training materials or advice related to the religious beliefs, activities, or identities of people presenting for entry to the United States. Please see complete request scanned into correspondence. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO TELEPHONE OR FAX NUMBERS WERE PROVIDED IN THE REQUEST.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

After careful review of your FOIA request,  CBP-2017-055244, we have determined that your request is too broad in scope or did not specifically identify the records which you are seeking. FOIA is not a search mechanism.  Records must be described in reasonably sufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with the subject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency.  For this reason, §5.3(b) of the DHS regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, require that you describe the records you are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search can locate them with a reasonable amount of effort.  Whenever possible, a request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the event that would have created the record, a date range for the request, and subject matter of the records. The FOIA does not require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed by requesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specific records. You requested any and all communications from January 1, 2016 to the present between CBP and law enforcement officials in Vermont.  Please note, the term law enforcement officials is too broad for a reasonable search to be conducted. Please specificy what is meant by law enforcement officials, , list the names of the officials, a particular city, the name of the local police station, etc. for example
Please resubmit your FOIA request, along with a more detailed description of the records being sought, by logging into your existing FOIAOnline account or creating an account at https://foiaonline.regulations.gov. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/)
You may contact a FOIA Public Liaison by sending an email via your FOIAonline account or call 202-325-0150.  Please notate file number CBP-2017-055244 on any future correspondence to CBP related to this request.  Additionally, you have a right to right to seek dispute resolution services from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) which mediates disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation.  If you are requesting access to your own records (which is considered a Privacy Act request), you should know that OGIS does not have the authority to handle requests made under the Privacy Act of 1974.  You may contact OGIS as follows:  Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.

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