DHS components' cell site simulator training protocols (CBP)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All training protocols developed by Department of Homeland Security components regarding the deployment and use of cell site simulators.

Per the amended policy on cell site simulators, "POLICY DIRECTIVE 047-02: Department Policy Regarding the Use of Cell-Site Simulator Technology" (available at https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Department%20Policy%20Regarding%20the%20Use%20of%20Cell-Site%20Simulator%20Technology.pdf): "Each Component that uses cell-site simulators shall develop operational policy or procedures to govern the use of this technology consistent with this policy. When developing operational policy or procedures to govern the use of this technology consistent with Department policy, Components will coordinate with the DHS Office ofthe General Counsel, the Office of Policy, the Privacy Office, and the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties."

As I am submitting this FOIA request in my capacity as a journalist who has covered extensively the deployment of cell site simulators by law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, I assert that I am appropriately categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees. As this request concerns a matter of intense public interest and responsive documents will be posted online for the public to review free of charge, I further request a waiver of any applicable fees.

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.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Department of Homeland Security, HQ


From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Per the attached referral letter from DHS, the FOIA request below was referred to CBP as of January 29, 2016. To date, I have yet to receive an acknowledgement letter or tracking number.

Please provide a tracking number and estimated date of completion for this request.

Shawn Musgrave

From: Shawn Musgrave

Apologies — the letter is dated February 4, 2016.


From: MuckRock

Hello -

According to my records, I have yet to receive any acknowledgement letter for this request since it was transferred to CBP from DHS HQ. Please provide a tracking number and advise as to its estimated completion date.

Shawn Musgrave

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

Good afternoon,

Much of the information from the previous version of FOIAonline is not yet in 3.0. This process is expected to take several weeks to complete. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work through the most recent cases to the oldest.

Thank you,

Timikia Pegues
Team Lead, FOIA Division