Commerce / Tech / State Encrypt (Department of Commerce)

Joseph Uchill filed this request with the Department of Commerce of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # DOC-OS-2016-000071
Status
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Communications

From: Joseph Uchill

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The Washington Post reports "But over the summer, momentum has grown among officials in the commerce, diplomatic, trade and technology agencies for a statement from the president 'strongly disavowing' a legislative mandate and supporting widespread encryption, according to senior officials and documents obtained by The Washington Post." (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/tech-trade-agencies-push-to-disavow-law-requiring-decryption-of-phones/2015/09/16/1fca5f72-5adf-11e5-b38e-06883aacba64_story.html?postshare=9031442410909976)

I am requesting communications to and from Penny Pritzker (including emails, memoranda and presentations) and any formal reports since March of 2015 discussing the debate over encryption backdoors.

A good set of search terms to find these documents would be anything that mixes a term from "list A" below with a term from "list B:"

A: encryption, crypto, encrypt, cryptography, pgp, gpg, AES256
B: Apple, Google, default, backdoor, back door, frontdoor, front door, comey, NSA, FBI, law enforcement, Comey, Clapper, Johnson, intelligence, warrant

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am a reporter with the Christian Science Monitor seeking documents in furtherance of a story, and as a member of the media request a waiver of fees.

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.

Sincerely,

Joseph Uchill

From: efoia@doc.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=090004d28098c574)
* Tracking Number: DOC-OS-2016-000071
* Requester Name: Joseph Uchill
* Date Submitted: 10/08/2015
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
requesting communications to and from Penny Pritzker (including emails, memoranda and presentations) and any formal reports since March of 2015 discussing the debate over encryption backdoors

From: EFOIA@doc.gov

11/03/2015 10:18 AM FOIA Request: DOC-OS-2016-000071
Dear Mr.Uchill,
We acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Informaiton act request dated October 7, 2015, It was received and actioned on October 8, 2015.  In addition, we granted your request for a fee waiver.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pending FOIA request, I am the point of contact for you, Bobbie Parsons, FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary.  I can be reached at email at BParsons@doc.gov or at 202-482-3257. (mailto:BParsons@doc.gov)
Thanks,

Bobbie Parsons
Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary
Office of Privacy and Open Government

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Hi,

I am still waiting on office unit responses, which means the searches are still being conducted. I will send email to check status today. As soon as , I receive the missing office unit search taskers, I will begin to review and send to you an interim or final response.

Please feel free to contact me with any future concerns or questions.
Thanks,
Bobbie

Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary
Office of Privacy and Open Government
Telephone: 202-482-3257
Email: BParsons@doc.gov

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Hi,

I sent documents received from an immediate Office of the Secretary to the originating bureau in the Department for disclosure review and I am waiting for only two bureaus responses. I have sent status emails. Will send you an interim or final response as soon as I hear from the two awaiting areas and the disclosure review of the referral documents.
Thanks,
Bobbie

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Hi,

We received one bureaus in our office and we are now awaiting one. I will send your response as soon as I receive the outstanding response. Again, we apologize for the length of time it is taking. Feel free to contact at x23257 or at email at BParsons@doc.gov<mailto:BParsons@doc.gov> with any further questions or concerns.
Thanks,
Bobbie

Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Privacy and Open Government
Phone: (202) 482-3257
Fax: (202) 482-0827
E-mail: BParsons@doc.gov

From: Parsons, Bobbie

Hi,

I hope to have a response to you soon. I have emailed the office unit I am waiting and the one bureau that I inadvertently left out of our previous conversation (email) that I am waiting. I have informed them that you submitted in October and that we NEED to respond to you.

I appreciate your patience with us. I hope to have a response to your soon.
Thanks,
Bobbie Parsons

Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Privacy and Open Government
Phone: (202) 482-3257
Fax: (202) 482-0827
E-mail: BParsons@doc.gov

From: EFOIA@doc.gov

The FOIA request DOC-OS-2016-000071 has had its Tracking Number changed to DOC-2016-000071. 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: DOC-OS-2016-000071
* New Tracking Number: DOC-2016-000071
* Requester Name: Joseph Uchill
* Date Submitted: 10/08/2015
* Long Description: requesting communications to and from Penny Pritzker (including emails, memoranda and presentations) and any formal reports since March of 2015 discussing the debate over encryption backdoors

From: efoia@doc.gov

DOC-2016-000071 has been approved for an interim release.
Records were released to the public as a result of this request. You may retrieve these records immediately using the following link: View Records.Over the next 2 hours, these records are also being added to FOIAonline's search pages, further enabling you to retrieve these documents associated with your FOIA request at any time. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28098c574)

From: Parsons, Bobbie (Federal)

Hi,

We have received the office unit responses for processing into a final response. We have sent out referral documents to the originating offices within the Department of Commerce for disclosure review and determination(s). These documents are due back in my office on July 14, 2016 (responsive documents must go to the originator(s) of the documents themselves for disclosure review and determination(s). We have sent a referral document to the U.S. Department of State for direct response to you. In addition, we have sent a document that may or may not have contained business proprietary information and the due date for this document back to my office is July 15, 2016. Upon receipt of these disclosure review determination(s) with the exception of the one referred to the State Department, we should be sending to you a final response.

If you have any further questions, concerns or if I can be of further assistance, you may contact me via e-mail at BParsons@doc.gov<mailto:BParsons@doc.gov> or phone at 202-482-3257.
Thanks,
Bobbie

Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Privacy and Open Government
Phone: (202) 482-3257
Fax: (202) 482-0827
E-mail: BParsons@doc.gov

From: Parsons, Bobbie (Federal)

Hi,

Our records show that we sent an interim response to your FOIA request on June 3, 2016. These documents had to be referred to the originators of the documents. The due date for their disclosure determination back to my office was due back by July 14, 2016, therefore we could have responded back to you on July 15, 2016.. To date, we are waiting one Immediate Office of the Secretary office unit and one DOC bureau to respond. In addition, we sent our documents for business proprietary information to be reviewed and that was due back to us July 15, 2016.

We, actually received an update from the Bureau yesterday. I will, however send an email to the bureau and let them know of your inquiry regarding your FOIA. In addition, I will reach out to the office unit in the Immediate Office of the Secretary for a status check and express that you have sent in inquiry to my office today and ask when I can expect to receive it.

We will be sending out a second interim response to you today.
Thanks,
Bobbie

Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Privacy and Open Government
Phone: (202) 482-3257
Fax: (202) 482-0827
E-mail: BParsons@doc.gov

From: Parsons, Bobbie (Federal)

Hi Mr. Uchill,

The final response to your FOIA requested DOC-OS-2016-000071 was sent on August 9, 2016.
Thanks,
Bobbie

Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Privacy and Open Government
Phone: (202) 482-3257
Fax: (202) 482-0827
E-mail: BParsons@doc.gov

From: Joseph Uchill

Hello-
The August 9th response was never received in this office, can you please re-send? Thank you.

From: Parsons, Bobbie (Federal)

Hi Tim,

Please send this final response directly to the requester. There seems to be an issue with him receiving the response sent out on 8/9/2016.
Thanks,
Bobbie

Bobbie Parsons
FOIA Officer, Immediate Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Privacy and Open Government
Phone: (202) 482-3257
Fax: (202) 482-0827
E-mail: BParsons@doc.gov

From: Kennedy, Timothy (Contractor)

Mr. Uchill,

Attached as a zipped file is the final response package (i.e., final response letter and records) that we sent to you on 8/9/16.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any additional questions or comment.
Best,

Timothy Kennedy
Office of Privacy and Open Government
U.S. Department of Commerce
202.482.9109

From: Joseph Uchill

Thanks for all of your help.

Best,
Joseph Uchill

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