DHS warns states of cyber threats ahead of 2016 election

C B filed this request with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) of the United States of America.
Due Aug. 4, 2017
Est. Completion None
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From: C B

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Guidelines, reports and memos shared by Homeland Security Department officials with state government and election officials, including Secretary of State offices, concerning the threat of hackers working to penetrate local government computer systems between January 1 and November 30 2016.

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,

Christopher Bing

Company/Organization: Scoop News Group
Address: 1150 18th St. NW, Suite 850
City: Washington, D.C.
State: District of Columbia
Zip Code: 20036
Country: U.S.

From: FOIA, NPPD

Re: 2017-NPFO-00581

Dear Mr. Bing:

This acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), dated July 7, 2017, and seeking guidelines, reports and memos shared by Homeland Security Department officials with state government and election officials, including Secretary of State offices, concerning the threat of hackers working to penetrate local government computer systems between January 1 and November 30, 2016. Your perfected request was received in this office on July 10, 2017.

Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Per Section 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, the Department processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although DHS' goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, the FOIA does permit a 10-day extension of this time period. We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner.

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We have queried the appropriate component of DHS for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the processors in our office will respond to your request as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.

Your request has been assigned reference number 2017-NPFO-00581. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. You may contact this office at 703-235-2211.

Sincerely,

NPPD FOIA OFFICE
National Protection and Programs Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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