CBP - FOIA - Sepcific SEACATS form data from incidents within Chicago

J Ader filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
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CBP-2018-033744

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From: J Ader

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The following information from any and all SEACATS digital forms/incidents records/U.S. Customs Forms originating from within the city of Chicago and dating from January 1st, 2017 to December 31st, 2017:

- Description of merchandise
- Location of merchandise
- Financial value of merchandise

I believe that this request will be able to be fulfilled based on the folowing information relayed in the "Privacy Impact Assessment for the Seized Assets and Case Tracking System (SEACATS)" (https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/privacy-pia-cbp-040-seacats-april2017.pdf) Section 2.1, specifically the fact that these points of metadata are listed beneath "Specific data elements retained in this system may include:".

I am aware that the DHS has exemptions to releasing certain elements of SEACAT data pursuant to U.S Code including 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2), however the request I am making is for all information to be redacted _besides_ the three aforementioned elements of each document, which should reveal no Personally Identifiable Information.

As also mentioned in the document titled "Privacy Impact Assessment for the Seized Assets and Case Tracking System (SEACATS)":

"The DHS Secretary has exempted this system from notification, access, and amendment because of the law enforcement nature of the information. However, CBP will review requests on a case - by - case basis and release or amend information as appropriate. Individuals seeking access to any record contained in this system of may submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Privacy Act.."

I would like to also I request that each of these documents be sent in a machine readable format if possible.

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.

Sincerely,

J Ader

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

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=090004d28181a83c)
* Tracking Number: CBP-2018-033744
* Requester Name: J Ader
* Date Submitted: 02/23/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: To Whom It May Concern: This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records: The following information from any and all SEACATS digital forms/incidents records/U.S. Customs Forms originating from within the city of Chicago and dating from January 1st, 2017 to December 31st, 2017: - Description of merchandise - Location of merchandise - Financial value of merchandise I believe that this request will be able to be fulfilled based on the folowing information relayed in the "Privacy Impact Assessment for the Seized Assets and Case Tracking System (SEACATS)" (https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/privacy-pia-cbp-040-seacats-april2017.pdf) Section 2.1, specifically the fact that these points of metadata are listed beneath "Specific data elements retained in this system may include:". I am aware that the DHS has exemptions to releasing certain elements of SEACAT data pursuant to U.S Code including 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2), however the request I am making is for all information to be redacted _besides_ the three aforementioned elements of each document, which should reveal no Personally Identifiable Information. As also mentioned in the document titled "Privacy Impact Assessment for the Seized Assets and Case Tracking System (SEACATS)": "The DHS Secretary has exempted this system from notification, access, and amendment because of the law enforcement nature of the information. However, CBP will review requests on a case - by - case basis and release or amend information as appropriate. Individuals seeking access to any record contained in this system of may submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Privacy Act.." I would like to also I request that each of these documents be sent in a machine readable format if possible. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. Sincerely, J Ader

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

J Ader
MuckRock News, 411A Highland Ave DEPT MR 49442 Somerville MA 02144

Dear J Ader:

This automated notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received on 02/23/2018.     Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-2018-033744 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, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/22/2016-28095/freedom-of-information-act-regulations. 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. (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/22/2016-28095/freedom-of-information-act-regulations)

Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request.  Consistent with 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, CBP processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt.  Although CBP’s goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, FOIA does permit a 10-day extension of this time period in certain circumstances pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c).

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: United States Customs and Border Protection

The FOIA request CBP-2018-033744 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OFO-2018-033744. 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-2018-033744
* New Tracking Number: CBP-OFO-2018-033744
* Requester Name: J Ader
* Date Submitted: 02/23/2018
* Long Description: To Whom It May Concern: This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records: The following information from any and all SEACATS digital forms/incidents records/U.S. Customs Forms originating from within the city of Chicago and dating from January 1st, 2017 to December 31st, 2017: - Description of merchandise - Location of merchandise - Financial value of merchandise I believe that this request will be able to be fulfilled based on the folowing information relayed in the "Privacy Impact Assessment for the Seized Assets and Case Tracking System (SEACATS)" (https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/privacy-pia-cbp-040-seacats-april2017.pdf) Section 2.1, specifically the fact that these points of metadata are listed beneath "Specific data elements retained in this system may include:". I am aware that the DHS has exemptions to releasing certain elements of SEACAT data pursuant to U.S Code including 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2), however the request I am making is for all information to be redacted _besides_ the three aforementioned elements of each document, which should reveal no Personally Identifiable Information. As also mentioned in the document titled "Privacy Impact Assessment for the Seized Assets and Case Tracking System (SEACATS)": "The DHS Secretary has exempted this system from notification, access, and amendment because of the law enforcement nature of the information. However, CBP will review requests on a case - by - case basis and release or amend information as appropriate. Individuals seeking access to any record contained in this system of may submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Privacy Act.." I would like to also I request that each of these documents be sent in a machine readable format if possible. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. Sincerely, J Ader

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

The FOIA request CBP-OFO-2018-033744 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2018-033744. 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-2018-033744
* New Tracking Number: CBP-2018-033744
* Requester Name: J Ader
* Date Submitted: 02/23/2018
* Long Description: To Whom It May Concern: This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records: The following information from any and all SEACATS digital forms/incidents records/U.S. Customs Forms originating from within the city of Chicago and dating from January 1st, 2017 to December 31st, 2017: - Description of merchandise - Location of merchandise - Financial value of merchandise I believe that this request will be able to be fulfilled based on the folowing information relayed in the "Privacy Impact Assessment for the Seized Assets and Case Tracking System (SEACATS)" (https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/privacy-pia-cbp-040-seacats-april2017.pdf) Section 2.1, specifically the fact that these points of metadata are listed beneath "Specific data elements retained in this system may include:". I am aware that the DHS has exemptions to releasing certain elements of SEACAT data pursuant to U.S Code including 5 U.S.C. 552a(k)(2), however the request I am making is for all information to be redacted _besides_ the three aforementioned elements of each document, which should reveal no Personally Identifiable Information. As also mentioned in the document titled "Privacy Impact Assessment for the Seized Assets and Case Tracking System (SEACATS)": "The DHS Secretary has exempted this system from notification, access, and amendment because of the law enforcement nature of the information. However, CBP will review requests on a case - by - case basis and release or amend information as appropriate. Individuals seeking access to any record contained in this system of may submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Privacy Act.." I would like to also I request that each of these documents be sent in a machine readable format if possible. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. Sincerely, J Ader

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