DHS parallel construction records (OPS)

CJ Ciaramella filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
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From: CJ Ciaramella

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All memoranda, training materials and official policies regarding "parallel construction," the act of recreating an investigative trail to obscure the original methods used.

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,

CJ Ciaramella

From: Pugh, Amy

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: CJ Ciaramella

To whom it may concern:

I'm writing to resubmit FOIA request reference #: 2014-HQFO-00350, which the agency identified as overbroad. I narrow my request to the following records:

Any DHS memoranda or training materials regarding the practice of "parallel construction" between 2010 and January 1, 2014 from the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Office of Operations Coordination and Planning, and Office of Intelligence and Analysis.

According to a Reuters report, DHS is a partner agency in the DEA's Special Operations Division, a unit that funnels electronic surveillance information to law enforcement investigations. Agencies then use the intelligence to recreate a normal evidence trail, a process known as "parallel construction" http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805

Please feel free to call if further clarification is needed. Sincerely,

CJ Ciaramella
(503) 951-9863

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. 16, 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-00350.

Thank you for your help.

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good afternoon, 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: Page, Michael

Dear Mr. Ciaramella:

This is the final response to your February 16, 2014 FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS), seeking all memoranda, training materials and officials policies regarding "parallel construction" the act of recreating an investigative trail to obscure the original methods used. Your request was transferred to this office on April 3, 2014. Unfortunately, DHS OPS has not located or identified any records responsive to your request. This "no records" final response is only from OPS, other DHS components that have been tasked with this FOIA request will each be sending separate responses .

v/r

Michael Page
FOIA/Records/Privacy
Department of Homeland Security
Office of Operations Coordination and Planning
(202)447-4156

This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. 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. Thank you.

From: Department of Homeland Security

A no responsive documents response.

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