Communications with Ferguson, MO Police Department (Department of Homeland Security)

Joshua Eaton filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-FEFO-00903 ; 14-00903
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Joshua Eaton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all communications between the Department of Homeland Security and the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department or the St. Louis County, Missouri Police Department concerning the Homeland Security Grant Program between January 1, 2012 and August 14, 2014

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.

Sincerely,

Joshua Eaton

From: Blackwell, Tonya

Dear Mr. Eaton:

Attached is the acknowledgement of receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request, FEMA 14-00903. If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call (202) 646-3323 or electronically at FEMA-FOIA@dhs.gov<mailto:FEMA-FOIA@dhs.gov> and refer to FEMA 14-00903.

Thank you,
The FEMA Disclosure Branch

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 14, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00903.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Morning,

The status of your request is as follows:
We have tasked the program office that may have responsive documents to your request. Please be advised that due to a high volume of disaster information requests, we are experiencing delays with retrieval of the responsive documents from the responsible program office. Once we receive the documents, we will process them on a first-in/first-out basis.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 14, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-00903.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Morning,

This responds to your inquiry on your Freedom of Information Act request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (2014-FEFO-00903):
Please be advised that the Disclosure Branch has a multi-tiered FOIA review process. The first-line processor reviews the documents and determines the releasability. Then, the first-line processor’s review determination is referred to the assigned team leader for review. If the team leader has no matters to amend, the review is referred to FEMA’s Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) for legal review, to ensure compliance with the FOIA statute and applicable Department of Homeland Security regulations. If OCC has no matters to amend, the final review determination is routed to the Disclosure Branch Chief for signature and final release.
If at any time during this review process there is a question with the release determination, the review process starts at the beginning, i.e., the documents are returned to the first-line processor to address the concerns, recommendations, and modifications identified during the team leader and OCC reviews. After the concerns, recommendations, and modifications are addressed by the first-line processor, the corrected release determination is then submitted for concurrence by the team leader for final signature of the Disclosure Branch Chief.
We certainly understand the importance of your request and are working diligently to provide the information you have requested. Thank you for your continued patience.
Should you have any further questions regarding your request, please reference your request number in an e-mail to FEMA-FOIA@dhs.gov<mailto:FEMA-FOIA@dhs.gov>, or you may call this office at (202) 646-3323.
Christopher Hawkins
Management Analyst
Disclosure Branch (FOIA Office)
Records Management Division
Federal Emergency Management Agency
US Department of Homeland Security
Christopher.Hawkins@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:Christopher.Hawkins@fema.dhs.gov>
Office: (202) 646-3250
FOIA Help Desk: (202) 646-3323

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 14, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FEFO-00903 ; 14-00903.

Thank you for your help.

From: Department of Homeland Security

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