DHS Sexual harassment policies

Josh Israel filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
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2018-HQFO-00604

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From: Josh Israel

To Whom It May Concern:

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

- Any and all current sexual harassment policies, procedures, or guidelines
- Any and all current materials used to train employees or contractors on sexual harassment policies, procedures, or guidelines
- Any and all changes to sexual harassment policies, procedures, or guidelines, from Jan. 20, 2017, to the date your office processes this request

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

As a representative of the news media I am only required to pay for the direct cost of duplication after the first 100 pages. Through this request, I am gathering information on the way government bureaus handle sexual harassment. That is of current interest to the public as it has been a major area of controversy and has been a problem across industry and government. This information is being sought on behalf of ThinkProgress.org (an online news service) for dissemination to the general public.

Please waive any applicable fees. Release of the information is in the public interest because it concerns how the federal government is handling sexual assault in light of the burgeoning #MeToo movement.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.

As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your communicating with me by email or telephone, rather than by mail, if you have questions regarding this request. If you can make an interim release of some of the information, that would also be fine.

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,

Josh Israel

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
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Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
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