Computer security training class materials

Open SecurityTraining filed this request with the Hanscom Air Force Base of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2015-03288-F ; 2015-NPFO-00159 ; 2014-HQFO-00824
Est. Completion None
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From: Open SecurityTraining

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

All videos, slides, and transcripts pertaining to computer security training classes currently made privately available to government employees and contractors via fedvte-fsi.gov. A list of said training materials is currently available at https://www.fedvte-fsi.gov/files/FedVTE-CourseList.pdf. These classes are currently entirely unclassified, and do not even have the FOUO designation as of the time of last inquiry.

Although the materials are hosted on a Department of State server, fedvte-fsi.gov, a FOIA request to them has indicated "The Foreign Service Institute has informed us that while the information you seek is hosted on an FSI managed server, it is Department of Homeland Security information."

I also request that fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested files will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com and/or OpenSecurityTraining.info, 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 be handled electronically. I will purchase and deliver hard drives per your specification for the transfer of the materials.

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,

Xeno Kovah

From: DHS Privacy Office Disclosure & FOIA Program

Good Afternoon,
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)

  • Department of Homeland Security FOIA 2014-HQFO-00824 Acknowledgment

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 Sept. 23, 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-HQFO-00824.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Good morning,

As a follow up to the request below, please note that your request is still being processed. We are currently, waiting to receive documents.

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: 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 Sept. 23, 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-HQFO-00824.

Thank you for your help.

From: DHS


None

From: Washington, Angela

Xeno Kovah,

Please be advised that we are still waiting on a response from the program office.

We appreciate your patience.
Thanks,

Angela Washington
Director of FOIA Production and Quality Assurance
DHS Privacy Office
(202) 343-1743

From: Meus, Lauren M CIV

Xeno Kovah:

Please find attached the FOIA Appeal Decision that has been issued by Judge Smith's office in the above matter.

Thank you,

Lauren Meus
Hearing Docket Clerk
U.S. Coast Guard

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 Sept. 23, 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-HQFO-00824.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA, NPPD

RE: 2015-NPFO-00159

Dear Mr. Kovah:

This acknowledges receipt of your September 23, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for all videos, slides, and transcripts pertaining to computer security training classes currently made privately available to government employees and contractors via fedvte-fsi.gov. Because your request was not specifically addressed to this office, your letter was initially sent to HQ PRIVACY for routing and was received by this office on February 18, 2015.

You have requested a fee waiver. The DHS FOIA Regulations at 6 CFR § 5.11(k)(2), set forth six factors DHS is required to evaluate in determining whether the applicable legal standard for a fee waiver has been met: (1) Whether the subject of the requested records concerns ''the operations or activities of the government;'' (2) Whether the disclosure is ''likely to contribute'' to an understanding of government operations or activities; (3) Whether disclosure of the requested information will contribute to the understanding of the public at large, as opposed to the individual understanding of the requestor or a narrow segment of interested persons; (4) Whether the contribution to public understanding of government operations or activities will be ''significant;'' (5) Whether the requester has a commercial interest that would be furthered by the requested disclosure; and (6) Whether the magnitude of any identified commercial interest to the requestor is sufficiently large in comparison with the public interest in disclosure, that disclosure is primarily in the commercial interest of the requestor.

Upon review of the subject matter of your request, and an evaluation of the six factors identified above, we have determined that we will conditionally grant your request for a fee waiver. The fee waiver determination will be based upon a sampling of the responsive documents received from the various DHS program offices as a result of the searches conducted in response to your FOIA request. We will, pursuant to DHS regulations applicable to media requestors, provide the first 100 pages at no charge to you. If upon review of these documents, if we determine that the disclosure of the information contained in those documents does not meet the factors permitting us to waive the fees then we will at that time either deny your request for a fee waiver entirely or allow for a percentage reduction in the amount of the fees corresponding to the amount of relevant material found that meets the factors allowing for a fee waiver. In either case, we will promptly notify you of our final decision regarding your request for a fee waiver and provide you with the responsive records as required by DHS regulations. In the event that your fee waiver is denied, and you determine that you still want the records we shall charge you 10-cents a page for duplication for records and the per quarter-hour rate of the searcher in accordance with the DHS Interim FOIA regulations as they apply to media requestors.

Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Per Section 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, the Department processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although DHS' goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, the FOIA does permit a 10-day extension of this time period. As your request seeks numerous documents that will necessitate a thorough and wide-ranging search, DHS will invoke a 10-day extension for your request, as allowed by Title 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B). If you care to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office. We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner; however, there are currently 2,370 open requests ahead of yours.

We have queried the appropriate component of DHS for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the processors in our office will respond to your request as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.

Your request has been assigned reference number 2015-NPFO-00159. To check the status of this request, you may use the online check status capability at http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status. Simply enter your request number and click the "Check Status" button.

If you need to contact our office again about this matter, please refer to FOIA case number 2015-NPFO-00159. This office can be reached at 703-235-2211.

Sincerely

Gayle Worthy
Deputy Chief, FOIA Operations
Fax: 703-235-2052

Warning: This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information such as found under 49 CFR 1520 or the Privacy Act of 1974. It should not be communicated to any person, or agency, unless disclosure is in performance of official DHS duties and there exists a valid need to know. 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: FOIA, NPPD

Mr. Kovah, please find attached our final response to your FOIA request pertaining to computer security training classes.

If you have any questions, please contact this office at 703-235-2211.

Sincerely,

NPPD FOIA

Warning: This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information such as found under 49 CFR 1520 or the Privacy Act of 1974. It should not be communicated to any person, or agency, unless disclosure is in performance of official DHS duties and there exists a valid need to know. 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: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

This FOIA request has been forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

From: HEATH, ANITA L GS-09 USAF AFMC 66 ABG/SCXP

Dear Mr. Kovah,

This is an acknowledgement for receipt of your September 23, 2014 Freedom
of Information Act request for all videos, slides and transcripts pertaining
to computer security training classes currently made privately available to
government employees and contractors via fedvte-fsi.gov.

The Department of Homeland Security transferred the case to us on March 24,
2015. Your case has been assigned case number 2015-03288-F. We will
respond to your request by May 6, 2015.

If you have any questions concerning your request, you may email us at
Hanscom.FOIA@us.af.mil. Please reference your assigned case number when
making inquiries.

Sincerely,

Anita Heath
Freedom of Information Act Manager
Hanscom AFB, MA

FOIA Case 2015-03288-F

From: HEATH, ANITA L GS-09 USAF AFMC 66 ABG/SCXP

Dear Mr. Kovah,

This FOIA should not be at Hanscom. The FOIA should be with the owner of
the website. Therefore, the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of
State should process this request for you. Please redirect the request to
them.

V/R,

Anita Heath
Freedom of Information Act Manager
Hanscom AFB, MA

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