Cost of State Department's FOIA Redaction Tool

Michael Morisy filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
Tracking # F-2011-26580
Est. Completion None
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The contract awarding the job of creating and/or maintaining the Department of State's FOIA Redaction Tool, including how much the contract was worth and any restrictions on the licensing or use of the tool used to redact FOIA requests.

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,

Michael Morisy

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 Nov. 30, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 30, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Request <FOIA@state.gov>

Mr. Morisy:

Thank you for your correspondence of November 30, 2011. It has been
received by the Office of Information Programs and Services at the
Department of State, and assigned case number F-2011-26580. A formal
acknowledgement letter providing additional information will be sent to
you as soon as possible. If you have any questions concerning your
request in the meantime, you may contact us by e-mail at
FOIAStatus@state.gov, or by telephone at 202-261-8484. Please refer to
the Case Control Number in any communication. We appreciate your
patience in this matter.

Sincerely,

Requester Communications Branch

This email is UNCLASSIFIED-----Original Message-----

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 Nov. 30, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number # F-2011-26580.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Request <FOIA@state.gov>

Your query has been forwarded to FOIAStatus@state.gov for reply.

From: FOIA Status <FOIAStatus@state.gov>

Dear Michael Morisy,

This is in reference to your e-mail request dated May 8, 2012, inquiring
about the status of your request. According to our records, an invalid
acknowledgement letter was mailed to you on April 12, 2012 informing you
that you have not reasonably described the records that you seek and
that you have not agreed to pay fees associated with the processing of
your request. Your case has been closed in our system. The address of
record is: MuckRock News, Dept MRT 942, P.O. Box 55818, Boston, MA
02205-5819. If you have not received this letter, please contact the
FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484 and we will make
arrangements to provide you with a copy.


From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

The PO Box and Department number were both one off:

MuckRock News
MR 943
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

I never received the letter, and would be happy to clarify this request in order for it to be processed.

Thanks,

Michael

From: Department of State

From: FOIA Status <FOIAStatus@state.gov>

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated May 20, 2012, regarding case
number F-2011-26580. According to our records, an invalid
acknowledgement letter was mailed to you on April 12, 2012 informing you
have not reasonably described the records you seek and you have not
agreed to pay fees associated with the processing of your request. Your
case has been closed in our system. I have attached a copy of the
letter for your record.

If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any
FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Michael Morisy

I appeal this closure of my request on both grounds.

I had applied for a fee waiver, and am requesting as a media requester. If the fee waiver was denied, missing the 20-day statutory deadline for a response would have waived any fees, thus making my not having a fee agreement irrelevant at the time of the State Department response. I also specifically requested a fee estimate if fees were going to be associated with the request, and was never provided such an estimate.

I also appeal the rejection of my request us unreasonably described. I asked for a specific contract and data that would reasonably either be included in or accompany that document. The contract is regarding software regularly used by the FOIA processing office of the State Department, and so it is reasonable to conclude that members of this department would, if not directly familiar with the software contract itself, be able to locate which department holds that contract.

Please process my original request based on its original place in the processing queue, or let me know of any other problems or clarifications I can provide.

From: Department of State

From: FOIA Status

Hello Mr. Morisy,

I am responding to your e-mail dated May 24, 2012, regarding case number F-2011-26580. Your FOIA request is not subject to administrative appeal at this time, since no specific material has been denied in response to the request.

If you wish to pursue the request additional information is required for a valid case. I have attached an information sheet regarding contract numbers for reference purposes. Please provide all the necessary information to include the fee agreement.

If you have further questions, regarding the status of your request, please reply to this e-mail or contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at 202-261-8484.

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