Claire Grady Emails

Taylor Amarel filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2018-HQFO-01033, 2018-HQAP-00327

2018-HQFO-01033

Due June 29, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Taylor Amarel


To Whom It May Concern:

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

All emails sent to, from, or copied to: Theodore J. Garrish, from January 1, 2016 to Present Day containing any of the following non-case-sensitive key-string "liberals", "kushner", "Giuliani", "Mastroianni", "Elliott Broidy", "Mark Siffin", "EB-5", "George Nader", "Erik Prince", "alias", "FOIA", "Israel" or "whistleblower". After conducting a search to determine how many email records exist, if these records are too cumbersome to go through, please let me know the total number of records for the time period requested and I may desire to modify my request to limit the keywords or timeframe.

You may exclude emails that may be classified as newsletters, junk, or spam.

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,

Taylor Amarel

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Morning,
Attached is our acknowledgment of your DHS FOIA request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, 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.
Regards,
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: Taylor Amarel

To whom this may concern,

I appeal this determination. The records are exactly described in a manner that can be easily searched. Furthermore, the location of the records is easily determined to be the email system.

I note that all other federal agencies, and in fact the DHS itself, have already conducted email based key-word searches for previous requests of mine and others. Therefore, this request is no different than the others requests.

Please conduct the search as described and let me know how many records result.

From: Taylor Amarel

To be ultra clear, here is a list of FOIA requests from federal agencies that have done email searches in response to FOIA requests, these are in addition to the other very public FOIA requests regarding former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, FOIA requests regarding Bengazi, etc. There is no reason as to why email records can not be searched.

1.) https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/deanne-erwin-executive-assistant-emails-53415/#comm-542307
2.) https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/ryanyatesfccgov-emails-52706/
3.) https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/rex-tillerson-email-records-46126/
4.) https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/ajit-pai-net-net-neutrality-records-46121/
5.) https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/eb-5-irs-criminal-investigation-acting-special-agent-in-charge-anthony-j-orlando-46449/
6.) https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-statesica-10/mick-mulvaney-emails-55562/
7.) Etc.

There are thousands and thousands of more FOIA requests that relate to email searches that have been processed by federal agencies.

From: Department of Homeland Security

Greetings,

Thank you for contacting the DHS Privacy Office, you can check the status of your request at: http://www.dhs.gov//foia-status<http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status>. In order for us to answer a question pertaining to your FOIA request 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.
Regards,

DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane, SW
Arlington, VA 20598-0655
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 703-235-0790
Fax: 703-235-0443
Visit our FOIA website<http://www.dhs.gov/foia>

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good morning, an NMI Not reasonably described letter was sent out to you on 6/1/2018. The status of your request is closed.

From: Taylor Amarel

Hello,

Did you receive my appeal and reasoning as to why the request is reasonably described?

Please review the history of this request here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/claire-grady-emails-55549/#appeal

Best,
Taylor Amarel

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.
Regards,
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: Taylor Amarel

To whom this may concern,

Could you please explain further why this is an "imperfect" requests, other Federal Agencies and the Department of State have responded to mechanically equivalent requests and the actual search operation requested is not vague or cumbersome.

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Afternoon,

This email is in response to a letter received by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Privacy Office on August 29, 2018 regarding your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request 2018-HQFO-01033 and appeal 2018-HQAP-00327 requesting further explanation as to the imperfect status of your request.

Our records indicate that your request was received and an acknowledgment letter indicating the need for more information was sent on June 01, 2018. Your request was administratively closed due to a lack of response within 30 days, as stated in the letter.

Your appeal was received on August 15, 2018 and acknowledged on August 17, 2018. Your appeal is currently assigned to a neutral third party Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for final review and determination. After reviewing the administrative file, the ALJ will determine whether to remand, uphold, or partially uphold the agency decision. The ALJ will send you and the Privacy Office a final determination letter. As of today the Privacy Office has not received a final response.

Please contact Angela Washington, the DHS Privacy Office FOIA Public Liaison, at 202-343-1743 or foia@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:foia@hq.dhs.gov> if you have further questions regarding your appeal or request, which is now under third party review.

Respectfully,

Verónica María Hoyer
FOIA Specialist
Department of Homeland Security, Privacy Office
Veronica.Hoyer@hq.dhs.gov

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