DHS Communications Regarding Internet Research Agency

Elijah Kaplan filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
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From: Elijah Kaplan

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communications in your possession, of any type whatsoever, to and from John Kelly or Kirstjen Nielsen regarding the Internet Research Agency

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,

Elijah Kaplan

From: Department of Homeland Security

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From: Elijah Kaplan

Good afternoon,

I believe my initial request was too broad, I will attempt to narrow it to a reasonable size. I am requesting communications to or from Kirstjen Nielsen or John Kelly regarding the Saint Petersburg-based Russian organization Internet Research Agency (IRA), otherwise known as Glavset between January 20, 2017 to present.

If that is still too broad, any communications between Nielsen or Kelly containing any of the following phrases from January 20, 2017 to present: "Internet Research Agency", "IRA", "NotPetya", or "FSB"

Let me know if this works!

Thank you,
Elijah Kaplan

From: Department of Homeland Security

Elijah,

You have submitted several requests all of which are too broad.

These are potentially complicated requests and best I explain to you the issues of each request.

After tomorrow I will be on leave until next month so you are aware that we will need to work on each of these requests.

I suggest you provide me with a phone number so I can discuss this one with you and am available today until 2 except for noon I have a call scheduled at that time.
Thanks,

Maura Busch
Government Information Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Main: 1.866.431.0486
Direct: (202) 570-2018
Fax: (202) 343-4011
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From: Elijah Kaplan

Good morning Maura,

I would be happy to discuss these requests with you over the phone when you return from leave. Please give me a call at (707) 972-4902 at your convenience and we can narrow these requests to something much more manageable.

This is regarding the following requests:

2018-HQFO-00760
2018-HQFO-00757
2018-HQFO-00765
2018-HQFO-00775
2018-HQFO-00771

Thank you,
Elijah Kaplan

From: Department of Homeland Security

Elijah,

You sent a request to perfect 5 of you requests but we can only do one at a time-I suggest one per day.

As below, please provide a phone so we can discuss on the phone as we can do a correspondence search in our ECT system or we can do a CIO search for these two staff members provided we obtain better search terms-conjunctive means at least two terms together and not all alternatively.

You can call my number if you prefer.
Thanks,

Maura Busch
Government Information Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Main: 1.866.431.0486
Direct: (202) 570-2018
Fax: (202) 343-4011
Visit our FOIA website

From: Elijah Kaplan

Good morning,

As I wrote previously, I would be happy to discuss these requests over the phone with you. We can talk about them one at a time, if that is necessary. I would like to start with 2018-HQFO-00760, and we can go from them.

My number is (707) 972-4902, please give me a call.

Thank you,
Elijah Kaplan

From: Department of Homeland Security

Elijah,

Per our phone conversation, please email to confirm that you agree to amend your request to include three conjunctive search terms:

Internet Research Agency AND Russia AND Putin.
Thanks,

Maura Busch
Government Information Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Main: 1.866.431.0486
Direct: (202) 570-2018
Fax: (202) 343-4011
Visit our FOIA website

From: Elijah Kaplan

Confirmed!

Thank you,
Elijah Kaplan

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