EOPmails (Transportation Security Administration)

Emma Best filed this request with the Transportation Security Administration of the United States of America.
Due March 7, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

a copy of all emails from the domain EOP.gov to senior managers encompassed within the required agency system for retaining emails of senior officials. Frequently this records management policy/system is described by the name Capstone.

If the agency has not yet established NARA-compliant email retention procedures, then I instead request an electronic search of the mailboxes of agency senior managers for all emails that include the EOP.gov phrase in the FROM address.

I limit this request to the time period January 20, 2017 to the present.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross-section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived.

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.


Michael Best

From: Green, Herman (CTR)


I am Herman Green from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Freedom of Information Act Branch (FOIA). Your FOIA request has been assigned to me for processing. First let me provide you with your tracking number: TSA FOIA Case 2017-TSFO-00142. As we process your case, you can track the progress by logging on the DHS FOIA tracking database at https://www.dhs.gov/foia-status

How the TSA process its cases is as follows. We will request the documents from program offices, review them, and if required, request that a Sensitive Security Information (SSI) review take place. Sensitive Security Information is information that could compromise the security of transportation systems if released to the public. The TSA process cases on a first-in, first-out basis. If you have any questions please contact the TSA FOIA Office: phone number 571-227-2300 or 1-866-364-2872 or by email FOIA@tsa.dhs.gov<mailto:FOIA@tsa.dhs.gov>

Thank you and have a great day.
Herman Green FOIA Analyst,
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

From: Michael Best

Thanks for the update. Could you give an idea of what the queue/backlog is at the moment, or how long it's expected until my case will come to the top of the pile?

From: Green, Herman (CTR)

Good morning,

All status inquires may be answered by visiting the following website (http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status) and entering your case number. That is all the information we can provide to you at this time.

Thank you and have a great day.
FOIA Analyst,
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

From: Green, Herman (CTR)

Good afternoon,

Currently, your request is in review with a FOIA analyst. For status inquiries please visit, http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status and use your request number to check your status. The website might state the request status as ‘Request for Docs sent’ however, that is just a webpage oversight and I can assure you that any responsive documents are being reviewed by an analyst. That is all the information I can give you at this time.

Have a great day!
Herman Green FOIA Analyst,
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

From: Harrid, April


My name is April Harrid and I will be the TSA FOIA Analyst responsible for processing your request. The previous analyst assigned to this request is no longer with TSA. Please be advised, the TSA processes requests on a first-in, first-out basis. I currently have 29 requests in my queue ahead of yours and am working to process them as well as yours.

Please don't hesitate to contact me at april.harrid@tsa.dhs.gov should you have any questions regarding the processing of your request.


April Harrid

601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598-6020
FOIA Main Line: (571) 227-2300
Fax: (571) 227-1406