Cybersecurity Task Force (Past And Present Documents)

Kyle Broderick filed this request with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States of America.
Tracking # 15-02059-FOIA, 15-00319-APPS
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From: Taylor Amarel

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am looking for documents from within the planning and implementation stage of the SEC recently initiated Cybersecurity task force. This task force is mentioned and loosely defined in the following articles:
http://insidecybersecurity.com/index.php?option=com_user&view=login&return=aHR0cDovL2luc2lkZWN5YmVyc2VjdXJpdHkuY29tL0N5YmVyLURhaWx5LU5ld3MvRGFpbHktTmV3cy9zZWMtbXVsbHMtY3JlYXRpbmctY3liZXJzZWN1cml0eS10YXNrLWZvcmNlLWFuZC1uZXctZ3VpZGFuY2UtdG8taW5kdXN0cnkvbWVudS1pZC0xMDc1Lmh0bWw=
http://www.reedsmith.com/The-SEC-Cybersecurity-Roundtable--Indicator-of-Things-to-Come-04-07-2014/
http://www.sec.gov/ocie#.VOhSipOUfog
http://www.banktech.com/security/sec-cyber-security-sweep-good-news-bad-news/d/d-id/1319174

This cybersecurity "task" force may be a group of individuals, employees, contractors or staff that currently work within the SEC, have specialized within cybersecurity or who are involved in the implementation, planning, or enforcement of cybersecurity rules, and regulations, they may be specialized cybersecurity individuals by trade or general staff assigned to support cybersecurity violations. This force may also be a part of the Cybersecurity Round table or the SEC.gov | Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.

Specifically, I am looking for documents that show how the SEC cybersecurity personal fit into the SEC's organization chart, the positions, and salary of all SEC staff assigned or partially assigned to cybersecurity, as well as the entire SEC budgets for cybersecurity actions for both the previous and forward looking years.

I also wish to obtain any documents, contracts, proposals, invoices, or budgets for 3rd party cybersecurity contractors that may assist the SEC.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made 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,

Taylor Amarel

From: Madison, Wilton


None

From: Ovall, Jeffery

Good afternoon, Mr. Amarel.  Please see the attached letter in reference to a FOIA request you submitted to the SEC on February 21, 2015.
Sincerely,
Jeff Ovall
FOIA Branch Chief
FOIA/Privacy Act Office
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE
Room 2702, Station Place 2
Washington, DC  20549 Phone  (202) 551-6376 Ovallj@sec.gov

  • FOIA Response 15-02059-FOIA (SEC's Cyber Security Task Force)

From: Ovall, Jeffery L.

Good morning, Mr. Amarel.

We need to clarify a couple items concerning a FOIA request you submitted to the SEC on February 21, 2015, seeking "documents from within the planning and implementation stage of the SEC recently initiated Cybersecurity task force."

* Because your request did not cite an agreement to pay associated processing fees absent a fee waiver, please email us your agreement to pay up to a certain amount, for example $100. By letter dated March 24, 2015, we denied your request for a fee waiver and explained to you the type of fees for which you would be responsible as a "media" requester.

* To be clear, the last item in your request asks for "any documents, contracts, proposals, invoices, or budgets for 3rd party cybersecurity contractors that may assist the SEC." Does this portion of your request apply to the "Cybersecurity task force" mentioned in the beginning of your request?

Please respond no later than April 1, 2015, or we will assume you are no longer interested in this FOIA request.

Sincerely,

Jeff Ovall
FOIA Branch Chief
FOIA/Privacy Act Office
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE
Room 2738, Station Place 2
Washington, DC 20549
Phone (202) 551-6376
Ovallj@sec.gov<mailto:Ovallj@sec.gov>

From: Taylor Amarel

RE: FOIA Response 15-02059-FOIA

I agree to pay $50 per federal agency.

Yes my request applies to the "cybersecurity task force".

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 Feb. 21, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-02059-FOIA.

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 Feb. 21, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-02059-FOIA.

Thank you for your help.

From: Ovall, Jeffery L.

Good morning, Mr. Ameral. Please see the attached response to a FOIA request you submitted to the SEC on February 21, 2015.

Sincerely,

Jeff Ovall
FOIA Branch Chief
FOIA/Privacy Act Office
Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE
Room 2738, Station Place 2
Washington, DC 20549
Phone (202) 551-6376
Ovallj@sec.gov<mailto:Ovallj@sec.gov>

From: Taylor Amarel

I believe information is withheld, specifically, in regards to the total number of people within the cybersecurity enforcement division.

I believe there is substantially more information and documents that meet the original request but were not provided.

With this in mind, I respectfully appeal and request that additional searches be conducted for responsive documents.

From: Madison, Wilton


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From: Taylor Amarel

To whom this regards,

Re: #15-02059-FOIA.

Could you please provide an update to when the appeal will be processed.

Sincerely Yours,
Taylor Scott Amarel

From: Tallarico, Mark

Mr. Amarel-

We are still reviewing your appeal. Please note that your appeal was received on June 25, 2015 and the 20-day statutory deadline is July 24, 2015. Thank you.

Mark Tallarico
Senior Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549
202.551.5132
tallaricom@sec.gov<mailto:tallaricom@sec.gov>

From: Taylor Amarel

Understood, please be advised that this is of significant legal and safety importance. Specifically, you can see more details about the situation here: https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/cybersecurity-and-banking-whistleblower--4/

From: Tallarico, Mark

Your appeal is still under review. Thank you for your patience.

Mark Tallarico
Senior Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549
202.551.5132
tallaricom@sec.gov<mailto:tallaricom@sec.gov>

From: Tallarico, Mark

Mr. Amarel-

Attached is our office's decision concerning your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) appeal of the FOIA Office's decision in response to your February 21, 2015 FOIA request (Request No. 15-02059-FOIA). Please let me know if you have any questions concerning this decision. Thank you.

Mark Tallarico
Senior Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549
202.551.5132
tallaricom@sec.gov<mailto:tallaricom@sec.gov>

From: Taylor Amarel

TO:
United States Securities And Exchange Commission 100 F Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20549
Office of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Services ATTN: FOIA Records Officer
FOIA Office: (202) 551­7900
Freedom Of Information Act Request

For the immediate attention and review of a FOIA Records Officer:

To whom this may concern,

Pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act, I am hereby requesting copies of the following documents, as described immediately below:

1. The percentage of tips, complaints and referrals that received a "no further action" designation, and, for these tips, complaints and referrals, the average time between the initial review and the designation and the percentage that were designated for "no further action" within 30 days. from July 1, 2013 ­ June 30, 2015.

Further, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and United States Securities And Exchange Commission rules and regulations, as well as legal precedence, I am requesting the following:

1. A complete response be provided to me within 20 days of receipt of this letter.
2. Provide me with the documents and responses in electronic format to
this email to avoid copying or document reproduction costs.
3. According to SEC Agency/Docket Numbers: Release No. 34­75388 and File No.
S7­07­14, please do not bill me for any request where “where the costs of collecting and processing the fee are likely to equal or exceed the amount of the fee or where the requester has met the requirements for a statutory fee waiver.”
4. If the FOIA request is likely to exceed $80, please provide me with an estimate of the fees and give me the opportunity to reduce the scope of my request.

Sincerely Yours,

From: Tallarico, Mark

Our office issued our FOIA appeal decision for Appeal #15-00319-APPS on August 20, 2015 as referenced in the email below.

Mark Tallarico
Senior Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE
Washington, DC 20549

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