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Andrew Free filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
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2020-HQFO-01731

Status
Completed

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From: Andrew Free


To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. All issues of the DHS FOIA Professionals' Newsletter finalized between February 1, 2017 and the present;
2. The full contents of the DHS FOIA Employees' Resource Page
3. All emails from James Holzer to any DHS FOIA professional regarding COVID19 sent or after March 1, 2020.

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,

Andrew Free

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Afternoon,
Attached is our acknowledgment of your DHS FOIA 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.
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 (http://www.dhs.gov/foia)

From: Department of Homeland Security

Dear Mr. Free,

A search has been conducted and potentially responsive records have been located. It has been assigned to an analyst for processing. Unfortunately, due to the unusually high number of requests received by this office, we are unable to provide an estimated completion date.

Thank you for your patience as we proceed with your request.

Regards,

DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure and FOIA Program
STOP 0655
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2707 Martin Luther King Jr. AVE SE
Washington, DC 20032
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax: 202-343-4011
foia@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:foia@hq.dhs.gov%0d>
Visit our FOIA website<https://www.dhs.gov/privacy-office>

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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From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Afternoon Mr. Free,

My name is Jennifer, and I am the FOIA Analyst processing the below request for you.

I am reaching out to you regarding item number 3 of your request "All emails from James Holzer to any DHS FOIA professional regarding COVID19 sent or after March 1, 2020."

As I'm processing your request I want to try to understand/clarify exactly what you are looking for.

Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 we have a voluminous amount of cases that pertain to the virus. With that said, a large amount of emails sent from Jamez Holzer to our DHS FOIA staff pertain his guidance, input, comments, etc, regarding the admin work of such cases (ex: "this covid case requires white house consult"). I believe this is not what you're looking for. I construed that what you're looking for are general guidance to the FOIA staff regarding COVID-19 and instructions for the FOIA Office to adjust to it?

Please let me know if this is correct.

If you have any questions and would like to further discuss your request, please don't hesitate in letting me know.

My phone number is 703-362-7078.

Regards,

Jennifer A. Vigil Torres
Goverrment Information Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
jennifer.vigiltorres@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:jennifer.vigiltorres@hq.dhs.gov>

From: Andrew Free

We appeal the agency’s failure to timely respond to this request.

Andrew Free
#DetentionKills Transparency Initiative
Al Otro Lado

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Morning, 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. 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

From: Andrew Free

Thank you for this response!

We attempted to appeal in May 2023. We hereby withdraw this appeal and are treating this request as completed and closed on our end.

You should feel free to do the same.

Best regards,

Andrew Free
#DetentionKills Transparency Initiative

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