Communications between CERT/CC and DHS

Runa A. Sandvik filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
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From: Runa A. Sandvik

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request copies of any and all emails between employees or contractors of the Department of Homeland Security and employees or contractors of the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2015.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. I am a published independent reporter and a current contributor to Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/runasandvik/). I have also had my journalism published on domestic and international blogs.

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.

Sincerely,

Runa A. Sandvik

From: FOIA

Good evening,

Please confirm if this is a separate request from the attached request.

Regards,

The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
STOP-0655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:foia@hq.dhs.gov>

This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: Runa A. Sandvik

Hi,

I am not able to open the attached document. Could you send it as a PDF or copy/paste it into an email?

Thanks,

Runa A. Sandvik

From: FOIA

Good afternoon,

Please see below the previous attachment has been pasted in the body of the email.

January 4, 2015
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Privacy Office
Director, Disclosure & FOIA
245 Murray Drive SW, Building 410
STOP-655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
This is a follow up to a previous request:
To Whom It May Concern:
Please amend my original request to concern contracts between the agency and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), with the following award IDs:
1. HSHQDC14CB0016
2. HSHQDC14CB0016
3. HSTS0307CRMS015
Sincerely,
Runa A. Sandvik
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On Dec. 17, 2014:
Good afternoon,
After a careful review of your FOIA request, we determined that your request, as written, is not reasonably described, as it does not specifically identify the records which you are seeking with enough detail to enable employees who are familiar with the subject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency. In addition to the information provided, your request description should include the specific DHS contract numbers of interest. If such contracts exist, you may find the associated contract numbers via the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS), which is accessible from https://www.fpds.gov/fpdsng_cms/; accessed May 17, 2013. The FPDS allows for anyone to register and access records pertaining to all federal agency procurement actions, including the ability to run a variety of reports based on specified criteria.
Please be aware that DHS is decentralized and each DHS component has its own FOIA Officer. If detailed information on a specific contract is desired, please contact the FOIA Officer at the funding component directly with the specific contract number(s). A list of DHS disclosure contacts is available on our website from http://www.dhs.gov/foia-contact-information; accessed May 17, 2013.

Regards,
The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
STOP-0655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:foia@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:foia@hq.dhs.gov%3cmailto:foia@hq.dhs.gov>>
This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.
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On Dec. 12, 2014:
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
Copies of contracts with the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), invoices and drawdown requests from the Division to the agency, and any reports generated and delivered by the Division to the agency over the past 5 years.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. I am a published independent reporter and a current contributor to Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/runasandvik/). I have also had my journalism published on domestic and international blogs.
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.
Sincerely,
Runa A. Sandvik
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MuckRock News
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From: STFOIA

Dear Runa Sandvik,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. Please review the attached letter regarding your request.
Thanks,
FOIA Office
Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(o) (202) 254-6342
(f) (202) 254-6739

From: STFOIA

Dear Runa A. Sandvik,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act request. This request is closed and a final response was emailed to you on January 30, 2015. For your reference, the final response is attached.
Thanks,
FOIA Office
Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(o) (202) 254-6342
(f) (202) 254-6739

From: Stringfellow, Tearnee

Good Morning Runa,

My name is Tearnee (Tea) Stringfellow with the TSA/FOIA Office. I am new to the Office and have been assigned your above mention case to process. I am contacting you to see if you are still interested in receiving the requested information? If you are, I will start the process asap and send you an update of the case status the end of next week. Just to verify your request, you requested the following:

"copies of any and all emails between employees or contractors of the Department of Homeland Security and employees or contractors of the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2015."

Please let me know if you have continued interested in the above information and I will start processing your request right away.

Respectfully,

Tea

Tearnee (Tea) Stringfellow
Government Informaiton Specialist
Freedom of Information
Transportation Security Administration
601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598-6020
Office: 571-227-5718
FOIA Main Line: 571-227-2300
Fax: 571-227-1406

From: Stringfellow, Tearnee

Ms. Runa Sandvik,

My name is Tearnee (Tea) Stringfellow with the TSA/FOIA Office, this is my second attempt to reach you in regard to your FOIA request you submitted dated 1/4/2015 pertaining to, "copies of any and all emails between employees or contractors of the Department of Homeland Security and employees or contractors of the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), between January 1, 2014 and January 1, 2015."

As stipulated in my first email dated 12/1/2016, your request was transferred to me for processing. I am contacting you to see if you are still interested in receiving the information? I look forward to hearing from you in regard to your interest, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly and please reference your case number 2015-TSFO-00119.

Respectfully,

Tea

Tearnee (Tea) Stringfellow
Government Informaiton Specialist
Freedom of Information
Transportation Security Administration
601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598-6020
FOIA Main Line: 571-227-2300
Fax: 571-227-1406

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