Contracts and communications with B.I. Incorporated

Felipe De La Hoz filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2020-ICFO-63175

Est. Completion None
Status
No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Felipe De La Hoz


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Agency materials referencing private entity B.I. Incorporated, including, but not limited to, contracts or memoranda of understanding between ICE ERO and B.I. Incorporated, fact sheets, task orders, and emails in which B.I. Incorporated is mentioned in the subject or body text.

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,

Felipe De La Hoz

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)

July 13, 2020 Felipe De La Hoz MuckRock News MuckRock News DEPT MR 98102 411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144-2516 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2020-ICFO-63175 Dear Mr. De La Hoz: This acknowledges receipt of your July 10, 2020, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for agency materials referencing private entity B.I. Incorporated, including, but not limited to, contracts or memoranda of understanding between ICE ERO and B.I. Incorporated, fact sheets, task orders, and emails in which B.I. Incorporated is mentioned in the subject or body text. Your request was received in this office on July 10, 2020. 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, ICE processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although ICE’s 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, ICE 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. Provisions of the FOIA allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request.  We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS Interim FOIA regulations, as they apply to media requesters.  As a media requester, you will be charged 10 cents per page for duplication; the first 100 pages are free.  We will construe the submission of your request as an agreement to pay up to $25.00. You will be contacted before any further fees are accrued. We have queried the appropriate program offices within ICE 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.
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement
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From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)

July 23, 2020 Felipe De La Hoz MuckRock News MuckRock News DEPT MR 98102 411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144-2516 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2020-ICFO-63175
This e-mail is in regards to your July 10, 2020 ICE FOIA request for agency materials referencing private entity B.I. Incorporated, including, but not limited to, contracts or memoranda of understanding between ICE ERO and B.I. Incorporated, fact sheets, task orders, and emails in which B.I. Incorporated is mentioned in the subject or body text.

In conducting a search for responsive records, the ICE FOIA office has determined that further clarification is needed regarding your request. We ask that you please provide a timeframe for which you are requesting records, as well as additional details to narrow the scope of your request, such as details on the topics or subject of the e-mails being requested. Please provide the ICE FOIA office with a response as soon as possible to avoid any further delay in the processing of your request. If a response is not received within 30 days, your request will be administratively closed.

Sincerely,

ICE FOIA

From: Felipe De La Hoz

Dear FOIA Officer,

Thank you for reaching out with this request for clarification. Please include records of contracts and materials that were active, controlling, or operational at any point between January 1, 2017 and the present time (July 23, 2020), as well as emails that were sent or received in this timeframe. Releasable emails should encompass the contracting and use of tools and services provided by B.I. Incorporated in support of ICE ERO functions. Please let me know if I can clarify anything further. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Felipe De La Hoz

From: Felipe De La Hoz

Dear FOIA Officer,

Hope you're well and staying safe. I would like to request an update on the status of this FOIA request (ICE FOIA Case Number 2020-ICFO-63175) , which seeks records related to B.I. Incorporated. A clarification on the request was provided on 07/23/20 and no further communications have been received. Thank you for your time, and please let me know if there's any other information I can provide.

Sincerely,
Felipe De La Hoz

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)

Mr. De La Hoz,

ICE's final response to your FOIA request, 2020-ICFO-63175, for agency materials referencing private entity B.I. Incorporated, including, but not limited to, contracts or memoranda of understanding between ICE ERO and B.I. Incorporated, fact sheets, task orders, and emails in which B.I. Incorporated is mentioned in the subject or body text is attached.

Please note that the attachment may be password protected. If you are prompted to enter a password when opening the attachment and you did not receive a password it may be in your junk/spam folder.

Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

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