CBP Death Notifications (Department of Homeland Security)

Andrew Free filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
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Multi Request CBP Death Notifications


From: Andrew Free

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1. All Congressional Death Notifications sent to Congress pursuant to the December 17, 2018 CBP Policy titled "Interim Procedures on Notification of a Death in Custody" (available at https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2018-Dec/Interim-Procedures-on-Notification-of-a-Death-in-Custody-December-2018.pdf)

2. All records evidencing the policies superseded by the Dec. 17, 2018 Interim Procedure, including "Any other relevant policy related to deaths occurring in CBP custody" referenced on the first page of the interim policy. This request is limited to policies or procedures that were in effective beginning on or after January 1, 2016 to the date an adequate search is tasked by the agency.

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.


Andrew Free

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Afternoon,

Please see attached the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request received at the DHS FOIA Office. Upon review of the request, I have determined that, if such records exist, they would be under your purview. Therefore, I am forwarding this request to your office for action. Please respond directly to the requester.


The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov

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  • Final - Transferred to Component - (1) Letter to Requester

From: Andrew Free

I have not received a response to this request. Invocation of the intra-agency referral process does not relieve DHS of the obligation to timely search for and respond to this request. Please order the agency to respond immediately in order to avoid litigation.

  • Final - Transferred to Component - (1) Letter to Requester

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Afternoon,
Attached is our acknowledgment of your DHS FOIA appeal.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your appeal, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486.
DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our FOIA website (http://www.dhs.gov/foia)

From: Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Free:

Please find attached the FOIA Appeal Decision issued by Judge Devine's office in the above captioned matter.

Thank you,

Lauren Meus
Hearing Docket Clerk
U.S. Coast Guard