|Submitted||April 11, 2011|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
All copies of "Chief Intelligence Officer Notes" issued in March 2011
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.
Dear Mr. Smathers:
This is the final response letter to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), dated April 11, 2011, in which you seek “all copies of 'Chief Intelligence Officer Notes' issued in March 2011.”
Your request was subsequently referred and received in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) on April 18, 2011.
We conducted a comprehensive search of files within the Office of Intelligence and Analysis for records that would be responsive to your request. Unfortunately, we were unable to locate or identify any responsive records.
While an adequate search was conducted, you have the right to appeal this determination that no records exist within the Office of Intelligence and Analysis that would be responsive to your request. Should you wish to do so, you must send your appeal and a copy of this letter, within 60 days of the date of this letter, to: Associate General Counsel (General Law), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. 20528, following the procedures outlined in the DHS FOIA regulations at 6 C.F.R. § 5.9. Your envelope and letter should be marked “FOIA Appeal.” Copies of the FOIA and DHS regulations are available at www.dhs.gov/foia.
The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) also 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. If you wish to contact OGIS, you may email them at email@example.com or call 1-877-684-6448.
As it relates to your fee waiver request, because the cost is below the $14 minimum, your request for a fee waiver is moot.
If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call 202-282-9326 and refer to 11-OIA-0707.
Kenneth A Corgan
Acting FOIA Officer
Office of Intelligence and Analysis