Census Bureau - Outside Agency Access of Records

Brian Sparks filed this request with the U.S. Census Bureau of the United States of America.


From: Brian Sparks

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all logs documenting requests made from policing and investigatory agencies to the Census Bureau for records.

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 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.


Brian Sparks

From: census.efoia@census.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=090004d280a4825b)
* Tracking Number: DOC-CEN-2016-000307
* Requester Name: Brian Sparks
* Date Submitted: 12/04/2015
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
Any and all logs documenting requests made from policing and investigatory agencies to the Census Bureau for records.

From: census.efoia@census.gov

12/08/2015 12:30 PM
Hi Mr. Sparks:
I am the analyst that is assigned to process your FOIA request.   I have a couple of questions regarding the records you are seeking.
In your request you are seeking "Any and all logs documenting requests made from policing and investigatory agencies to the Census Bureau for records."
1) Is it FOIA or Correspondence logs you are requesting?  It is key to know if it is a specific log(s) you are seeking so I can task the proper office.
2) Is there a specific date range for the records you are seeking?
Thank you Karen

From: census.efoia@census.gov

12/18/2015 04:32 PM
Mr. Sparks:
Attached is a clarification letter.  Please respond at your earliest convenience.

Thanks Karen Bronson

  • Final_Outgoing_Clarification_Sparks_DOC_CEN-2016-000307_2015-12-18

From: Brian Sparks

Hi Karen,

I apologize for my delayed response.

I am seeking records from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2015.

I am seeking records of policing and investigative agencies requesting access to Census Bureau records, and you're right that this is too broad. My intention is to discover to what extent outside policing agencies rely on census-agency data. For the sake of simplicity I will limit my FOIA request to include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and the United States Marshals.

I apologize again for my delayed response, and please feel free to call me with any concerns or questions. My phone number is (530) 902-5312.

Thank you,


From: census.efoia@census.gov

01/14/2016 05:13 PM
Mr. Sparks:
Attached is our final response to your request.

Thank You Karen Bronson

From: census.efoia@census.gov

DOC-CEN-2016-000307 has been processed with the following final disposition: Full denial based on exemptions.

Mr. Sparks:
Our final response letter was sent to you on the 14th of January.



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