DHS Significant FOIA activity November 2010

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
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From: Jason Smathers

The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive SW
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Toll-free: 866-431-0486
Telephone: 703-235-0790
Facsimile: 703-235-0443
Email: foia@dhs.gov

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All reports of significant FOIA activity received from all DHS component FOIA office by the DHS Privacy Office in November of 2010. The responsive records are required for each DHS component FOIA office by the 2/9/2005 Chief Privacy Officer memo.

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.


Jason Smathers
Filed via MuckRock.com
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From: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Good afternoon,

This is a follow-up to my voicemail message of January 3, 2011. We are in receipt of your two FOIA requests and were wondering if you would consider the following:

1. Combining your two requests; and
2. Amending the request for a copy of DHS Privacy Office’s Final significant FOIA activity reports from 10/1/2010 to the present.

Reports submitted to the Privacy Office by DHS components are in draft form, requesting the final report would provide more disclosure.

Your response to this email will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (703) 235-0759.


Angela Washington
FOIA Program Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Telephone Direct: 703.235.0790
Fax: 703.235.0443

From: Jason Smathers

Please process my requests as initially written. I am interested in what each individual unit considered significant, and would only accept a consolidated report if it includes every submitted report of significant FOIA activity.

From: Jason Smathers


According to our records, the records request below was never completed despite being submitted in December 2010 and acknowledged in January 2011. Please provide an update on this request.

Thank you.

From: Maura Busch Government Information Specialist

Please find attached our response to your FOIA request. Your preferred email address from long ago did not work.

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