DHS movie treatments and proposals

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-HQFO-00330
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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 film treatments and proposals submitted to the Department of Homeland Security from January 1, 2003 to the day this request is processed for entertainment productions requesting support, including use of DHS facilities, expert consultation or staff appearance as extras.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Carr, Ayanna

Good Afternoon,
Attached is our acknowledgment to 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: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Thank you for responding to my request. I have already provided quite a bit of information on the documents I seek, including both a time frame and a description of records sought. I also included one entity within DHS (USCG Film Office) where records may reasonably be expected to be found, although I do not at all limit my request to the USCG.

That is, I have described the circumstances that lead to the creation or receipt of documents. My request more than satisfies the requirement for reasonable description. Please proceed with processing this request in accordance with your obligations under FOIA.

Respectfully,
Shawn

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello again,

Apologies, I thought I had included the USCG Film Office in my initial request -- I have reviewed my initial request and see now that I did not. Again, I am not limiting my request to the USCG Film Office, but provide it as an example of a DHS component that is likely to hold documents of the kind I seek.

Again, my initial request more than met the standard for reasonable description, and it is the obligation of the FOIA office to use its familiarity with the operations of DHS to identify the most likely custodians of the requested records.

Thank you,
Shawn

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. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00330.

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. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-HQFO-00330.

Thank you for your help.

From: Busch, Maura

Good afternoon Shawn,

Back in February, you submitted to our office an unperfected FOIA request for all film treatments and proposals submitted to the department from 2003 until the present.

On February 12, 2014, our office forwarded to you a letter advising you that your request was overly broad on its face and that you had 30 days to perfect your request.

On March 14, 2014, you submitted to our office the attached amended request that failed to perfect your request. In this amended request, you specified that you were interested
in records that may be located the USCG Film Office.

On April 14, 2014, this request was assigned to my attention.

On April 21, 2014, I transferred your amended unperfected request to the USCG office for their review and direct response to you.

The request that you submitted to our office in February is still overly broad and unperfected.

Please call me to discuss your request as I believe that I can assist you in perfecting this request.

I will be in the office today until about 4, and then tomorrow.

If I don't hear back from you, we will close your request as your 30 days to perfect the same has expired.

You also submitted the same request for records last November, and our office forwarded to you the attached response letter in January that your
November request for all proposals was overly broad.

Maura Busch
Government Information Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Main: 1.866.431.0486
Direct: (202) 343-1742
Fax: (202) 343-4011
Visit our FOIA website<http://www.dhs.gov/foia>

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Busch -

I just tried calling and got your voicemail. When is a good time to speak regarding this request?

-Shawn

From: Busch, Maura

We can talk on Monday give me a phone number and time and I will call you.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Busch -

I will be available from 2pm onward at (617) 299-1832.

Thank you for your help!

From: Busch, Maura

Ok great

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Busch -

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me regarding this request.

I've reviewed my notes, and see in DHS Management Directive Number 2231 (available here https://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/foia/mgmt_directive_2231_participation_of_the_department_of_homeland_security_with_film_and_television_productions.pdf) that each proposal must include a "DHS Questionnaire for Film and
Television Support."

In light of this and our phone conversation, I propose amending my request to the following:

-An index, roster, database or other listing of all proposal received pursuant to DHS Management Directive 2231

-If the above does not exist, copies of the DHS Questionnaire for Film and Television Support for all projects approved from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2013.

Please let me know if this sufficiently perfects my request?

Thank you again for your help.

Best,
Shawn

From: Busch, Maura

Hello Shawn,

I will check with our program office if this can perfect your request.

Will keep you posted.

Maura

From: Busch, Maura

Shawn,

As per our phone conversation today, please email back that you agreed to amend this request so that you are now seeking information indicating the total number
of MMA related proposals received by DHS in each fiscal year for 2011-through 2013.

Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation.

Maura Busch
DDHS PRIV Office

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Busch -

Thank you for your help with this request.

Per our phone call, I agree to narrow my request to the following:

-An index, roster, database or other listing of all proposals received pursuant to DHS Management Directive 2231

-If an index is not available, I agree to narrow further to documents sufficient to show the total number proposals received by DHS in each fiscal year for 2011 through 2013 pursuant to DHS Management Directive 2231

Thank you, and please let me know if I can clarify this further.

Best,
Shawn

From: Busch, Maura

Thank you Shawn.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Maura --

Apologies for missing your call earlier. Thank you for checking in!

What you've proposed sounds great as far as returned questionnaires versus unanswered ones.

Thanks again for the help!

-Shawn

From: Busch, Maura

Shawn,

Here is our response to the above request.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.

V/R,

Maura Busch
Government Information Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Maura,

Thank you for sending. I will take a look at these now.

Best,
Shawn

From: Dion, Meagan

Better yet, I am just scanning the letter here.

On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 1:16 PM, Dion, Meagan <meagan.dion@globe.com> wrote:
Hey Shawn --

I received mail in the newsroom for you for a response to a FOIA request. Are you around?

--
Meagan Dion
The Boston Globe
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
meagan.dion@globe.com
O 617-929-3335

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