Contracts and Policies Regarding IMSI Catchers (DHS)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking # CBP-2017-017376, CBP-OA-2017-017376
Status
Completed

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From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Documents concerning IMSI catchers or any of the following words: "Stingray", "cell site simulator", or "dirtbox". including:
-Contracts with the Harris Corporation regarding the acquisition of their Stingray or KingFish IMSI catchers
-Department policies and procedure regarding the use of IMSI catcher technology
-policies and procedures on the keeping of statistics about the Department's use and acquisition of IMSI catchers

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,

Curtis Waltman

From:

Good Afternoon, Attached is our final response to your 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 or 202-343-1743. 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

  • Department of Homeland Security FOIA 2017-HQFO-00090 Final Response

From:

November 23, 2016 CURTIS WALTMAN MUCKROCK DEPT MR 29803 411A HIGHLAND AVE SOMERVILLE, MA 02144-2516 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2017-ICFO-07198 Dear Mr. WALTMAN: This acknowledges receipt of your November 03, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for documents concerning IMSI catchers or any of the following words: "Stingray", "cell site simulator", or "dirtbox", including: contracts with the Harris Corporation regarding the acquisition of their Stingray or KingFish IMSI catchers; department policies and procedure regarding the use of IMSI catcher technology; policies and procedures on the keeping of statistics about the Department's use and acquisition of IMSI catchers.  Your request was received in this office on November 22, 2016. 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 non-commercial requesters.  As a non-commercial requester, you will be charged 10 cents per page for duplication; the first 100 pages are free, as are the first two hours of search time, after which you will pay the per quarter-hour rate ($4.00 for clerical personnel, $7.00 for professional personnel, $10.25 for managerial personnel) of the searcher.  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.
Your request has been assigned reference number 2017-ICFO-07198. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. To check the status of an ICE FOIA/PA request, please visit . Please note that to check the status of a request, you must enter the 2016-ICFO-XXXXX or 2017-ICFO-XXXXX tracking number. If you need any further assistance or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, please contact the FOIA office. You may send an e-mail to ice-foia@ice.dhs.gov, call toll free (866) 633-1182, or you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison in the same manner. Additionally, you have a right to right to seek dispute resolution services from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) which mediates disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation. If you are requesting access to your own records (which is considered a Privacy Act request), you should know that OGIS does not have the authority to handle requests made under the Privacy Act of 1974. You may contact OGIS as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769. (http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status) http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status
Regards,
ICE FOIA Office
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office
500 12th Street, S.W., Stop 5009
Washington, D.C. 20536-5009
Telephone: 1-866-633-1182
Visit our FOIA website at
www.ice.gov/foia

From:

Good Morning, Attached is our acknowledgment to your TSA FOIA request. If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the TSA 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 571-227-2300. Regards,
Regina McCoy
FOIA Branch Officer

From: Schnepfe, Charles

Mr. Waltman,

Please find the attached acknowledgement letter concerning your recent FOIA request sent to DHS.

V/r

Charles Schnepfe
Program Specialist/FOIA Coordinator
Dept of Homeland Security
Office of the Assistant Secretary, CS&C
703-235-5279 Office
202-823-3753 Mobile
charles.schnepfe@hq.dhs.gov

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.

From: I&AFOIA

Good afternoon Mr. Waltman,

Please find attached the final response to your DHS I&A FOIA request, dated October 28, 2016, 2017-IAFO-00070.

V/r,

FOIA Officer
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
Unclass: (202) 447-3783
Unclass: I&AFOIA@hq.dhs.gov

From:

December 05, 2016 CURTIS WALTMAN MUCKROCK DEPT MR 29803 411A HIGHLAND AVE SOMERVILLE, MA 02144-2516 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2017-ICFO-07198
This e-mail is in regards to your November 03, 2016 ICE FOIA request for documents concerning IMSI catchers or any of the following words: "Stingray", "cell site simulator", or "dirtbox", including: contracts with the Harris Corporation regarding the acquisition of their Stingray or KingFish IMSI catchers; department policies and procedure regarding the use of IMSI catcher technology; policies and procedures on the keeping of statistics about the Department's use and acquisition of IMSI catchers.
In conducting a search for responsive records, the ICE FOIA office has determined that further clarification is needed regarding your request.
Please provide additional information to assist with the search including contract or RFP numbers. 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 10 business days, your request will be administratively closed.
Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

From: FOIA

Dear Requester,

Please see the attached letter regarding your recent FOIA request. If you have any questions in regard to this matter, please contact this office at 202-406-5838.

Thank you,

Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program
United States Secret Service
245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5
Washington, DC 20223
Phone: (202) 406-6370
Fax: (202) 406-5586
Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV<mailto:Foia@usss.dhs.gov>

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.

From: Schnepfe, Charles

Mr. Waltman,

Please find the attached acknowledgment letter concerning your recent FOIA request.

V/r

Charles Schnepfe
Program Specialist/FOIA Coordinator
Dept of Homeland Security
Office of the Assistant Secretary, CS&C
703-235-5279 Office
202-823-3753 Mobile
charles.schnepfe@hq.dhs.gov

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.

From:

Good Afternoon, Attached is our final response to your 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 or 202-343-1743.
Please note that we attempted to send this to you preferred email address:
requests@muckrock.com. However, the email address is coming back as invalid. (mailto:requests@muckrock.com)
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

  • Department of Homeland Security FOIA 2017-HQFO-00147 Final Response

From: Schnepfe, Charles

Mr. Waltman,

Could you please give me a call concerning your recent request for information on IMSI catchers et al. I am available at 703-235-5279 and on Friday at 202-823-3753. Normal business hours are from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

V/r

Charles Schnepfe
Program Specialist/FOIA Coordinator
Dept of Homeland Security
Office of the Assistant Secretary, CS&C
703-235-5279 Office
202-823-3753 Mobile
charles.schnepfe@hq.dhs.gov

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.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.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=090004d2810a3cd9)
* Tracking Number: CBP-2017-017376
* Requester Name: Curtis Waltman
* Date Submitted: 12/16/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Attached is a FOIA request received in the DHS FOIA/PA Office. The requester is seeking records regarding documents concerning IMSI catchers or any of the following words: "Stingray", "cell site simulator", or "dirtbox", including: contracts with the Harris Corporation regarding the acquisition of their Stingray or KingFish IMSI catchers; department policies and procedure regarding the use of IMSI catcher technology; policies and procedures on the keeping of statistics about the Department's use and acquisition of IMSI catchers. Upon review of the subject matter, I have determined that, if such documents exist, they would be under your purview. Please respond directly to the requester. The requester has been notified of this transfer. Please find the following attached: 1. Original Request 2. Final Response 3. Transfer Memo

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

Curtis Waltman
411A Highland Ave Somerville MA 02144-2516

Dear Curtis Waltman:

This automated notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received on 12/16/2016.     Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-2017-017376 to track the status of your request.  If you have not already done so, you must create a FOIAonline account at https://foiaonline.regulations.gov.  This is the only method available to check the status of your pending FOIA request. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/)

Provisions of the Act allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request.  We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS FOIA regulations outlined on the DHS website, http://www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0579.shtm. By submitting your request, you have agreed to pay up to $25.00 in applicable processing fees, if any fees associated with your request exceed this amount, CBP shall contact you; however, the first 100 pages are free. (http://www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0579.shtm)

CBP’s FOIA Division is working hard to reduce the amount of time necessary to respond to FOIA requests.  Currently, the average time to process a FOIA request related to "travel/border incidents" is a minimum of 6 months. We truly appreciate your continued patience.

For additional information please consult CBP FOIA website please click on FOIA Act Resources or visit (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia) http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia. (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia)


Thank you,

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

Curtis Waltman
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Dear Curtis Waltman:

This automated notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received on 12/16/2016.     Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-2017-017376 to track the status of your request.  If you have not already done so, you must create a FOIAonline account at https://foiaonline.regulations.gov.  This is the only method available to check the status of your pending FOIA request. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/)

Provisions of the Act allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request.  We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS FOIA regulations outlined on the DHS website, http://www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0579.shtm. By submitting your request, you have agreed to pay up to $25.00 in applicable processing fees, if any fees associated with your request exceed this amount, CBP shall contact you; however, the first 100 pages are free. (http://www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0579.shtm)

CBP’s FOIA Division is working hard to reduce the amount of time necessary to respond to FOIA requests.  Currently, the average time to process a FOIA request related to "travel/border incidents" is a minimum of 6 months. We truly appreciate your continued patience.

For additional information please consult CBP FOIA website please click on FOIA Act Resources or visit (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia) http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia. (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia)


Thank you,

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2017-017376 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OA-2017-017376. 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: CBP-2017-017376
* New Tracking Number: CBP-OA-2017-017376
* Requester Name: Curtis Waltman
* Date Submitted: 12/16/2016
* Long Description: Attached is a FOIA request received in the DHS FOIA/PA Office. The requester is seeking records regarding documents concerning IMSI catchers or any of the following words: "Stingray", "cell site simulator", or "dirtbox", including: contracts with the Harris Corporation regarding the acquisition of their Stingray or KingFish IMSI catchers; department policies and procedure regarding the use of IMSI catcher technology; policies and procedures on the keeping of statistics about the Department's use and acquisition of IMSI catchers. Upon review of the subject matter, I have determined that, if such documents exist, they would be under your purview. Please respond directly to the requester. The requester has been notified of this transfer. Please find the following attached: 1. Original Request 2. Final Response 3. Transfer Memo

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-OA-2017-017376 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-INDY-2017-017376. 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: CBP-OA-2017-017376
* New Tracking Number: CBP-INDY-2017-017376
* Requester Name: Curtis Waltman
* Date Submitted: 12/16/2016
* Long Description: Attached is a FOIA request received in the DHS FOIA/PA Office. The requester is seeking records regarding documents concerning IMSI catchers or any of the following words: "Stingray", "cell site simulator", or "dirtbox", including: contracts with the Harris Corporation regarding the acquisition of their Stingray or KingFish IMSI catchers; department policies and procedure regarding the use of IMSI catcher technology; policies and procedures on the keeping of statistics about the Department's use and acquisition of IMSI catchers. Upon review of the subject matter, I have determined that, if such documents exist, they would be under your purview. Please respond directly to the requester. The requester has been notified of this transfer. Please find the following attached: 1. Original Request 2. Final Response 3. Transfer Memo

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-INDY-2017-017376 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2017-017376. 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: CBP-INDY-2017-017376
* New Tracking Number: CBP-2017-017376
* Requester Name: Curtis Waltman
* Date Submitted: 12/16/2016
* Long Description: Attached is a FOIA request received in the DHS FOIA/PA Office. The requester is seeking records regarding documents concerning IMSI catchers or any of the following words: "Stingray", "cell site simulator", or "dirtbox", including: contracts with the Harris Corporation regarding the acquisition of their Stingray or KingFish IMSI catchers; department policies and procedure regarding the use of IMSI catcher technology; policies and procedures on the keeping of statistics about the Department's use and acquisition of IMSI catchers. Upon review of the subject matter, I have determined that, if such documents exist, they would be under your purview. Please respond directly to the requester. The requester has been notified of this transfer. Please find the following attached: 1. Original Request 2. Final Response 3. Transfer Memo

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2017-017376 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OA-2017-017376. 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: CBP-2017-017376
* New Tracking Number: CBP-OA-2017-017376
* Requester Name: Curtis Waltman
* Date Submitted: 12/16/2016
* Long Description: Attached is a FOIA request received in the DHS FOIA/PA Office. The requester is seeking records regarding documents concerning IMSI catchers or any of the following words: "Stingray", "cell site simulator", or "dirtbox", including: contracts with the Harris Corporation regarding the acquisition of their Stingray or KingFish IMSI catchers; department policies and procedure regarding the use of IMSI catcher technology; policies and procedures on the keeping of statistics about the Department's use and acquisition of IMSI catchers. Upon review of the subject matter, I have determined that, if such documents exist, they would be under your purview. Please respond directly to the requester. The requester has been notified of this transfer. Please find the following attached: 1. Original Request 2. Final Response 3. Transfer Memo

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-OA-2017-017376 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2017-017376. 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: CBP-OA-2017-017376
* New Tracking Number: CBP-2017-017376
* Requester Name: Curtis Waltman
* Date Submitted: 12/16/2016
* Long Description: Attached is a FOIA request received in the DHS FOIA/PA Office. The requester is seeking records regarding documents concerning IMSI catchers or any of the following words: "Stingray", "cell site simulator", or "dirtbox", including: contracts with the Harris Corporation regarding the acquisition of their Stingray or KingFish IMSI catchers; department policies and procedure regarding the use of IMSI catcher technology; policies and procedures on the keeping of statistics about the Department's use and acquisition of IMSI catchers. Upon review of the subject matter, I have determined that, if such documents exist, they would be under your purview. Please respond directly to the requester. The requester has been notified of this transfer. Please find the following attached: 1. Original Request 2. Final Response 3. Transfer Memo

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

After careful review of your FOIA request,  CBP-2017-017376, we have determined that your request is too broad in scope or did not specifically identify the records which you are seeking. FOIA is not a search mechanism.  Records must be described in reasonably sufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with the subject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency.  For this reason, §5.3(b) of the DHS regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, require that you describe the records you are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search can locate them with a reasonable amount of effort.  Whenever possible, a request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the event that would have created the record, a date range for the request, and subject matter of the records. The FOIA does not require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed by requesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specific records.
CBP is unable to address this request without a task order number, contract number, dates, etc.
This is not a denial of your request for records. Please resubmit your FOIA request, along with a more detailed description of the records being sought, by logging into your existing FOIAOnline account or creating an account at https://foiaonline.regulations.gov. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/)
You may contact a FOIA Public Liaison by sending an email via your FOIAonline account or call 202-325-0150.  Please notate file number CBP-2017-017376 on any future correspondence to CBP related to this request.  Additionally, you have a right to right to seek dispute resolution services from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) which mediates disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation.  If you are requesting access to your own records (which is considered a Privacy Act request), you should know that OGIS does not have the authority to handle requests made under the Privacy Act of 1974.  You may contact OGIS as follows:  Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.

From: Schnepfe, Charles

Mr. Waltman,

Please find the responsive records and final release letter attached to this message. It would be appreciated if you could send us an acknowledgement that you have received the requested material.

V/r

Charles Schnepfe
Program Specialist/FOIA Coordinator
Dept of Homeland Security
Office of the Assistant Secretary, CS&C
703-705-6272 Office
202-823-3753 Mobile
charles.schnepfe@hq.dhs.gov

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.

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