Essential Travel COVID

William Fernandes filed this request with the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

21-00112-F

Due Dec. 30, 2020
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: William Fernandes


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Based on the Memoranda issued by the CDC to all HR.
Please provide any records of ' Approval for travel to any country outside the CONUS approved by the Chief of Mission for that country. This is usually the Ambassador or his/her designee. ' for any DEA employees from March 3, 2020 to July 4, 2020.

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,

William Fernandes

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good afternoon,

Please see the attached letter regarding your FOIA case number 21-00112-F.

If you have any additional question please contact our customer service hotline at 202-307-7596.

Sincerely,

Joyce Whitley

From: William Fernandes

Notice of Appeal:
FOIA case number 21-00112-F
Agency claims records not reasonably described.
Analyst error.
Records sought have been publicly posted in COVID pandemic guidance provided to agencies and HR staff in relation to proper procedures for applications of international travel.

https://chcoc.gov/content/preliminary-guidance-agencies-during-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

The analyst should search the travel requests and corresponding records submitted to the DOS staff for travel and provide the affirmations as requested for the time-frame specified.

From: William Fernandes

Hi Joyce:

Just so you could adjust yourself I wanted to send this to you directly.

Notice of Appeal:
FOIA case number 21-00112-F
Agency claims records not reasonably described.
Analyst error.
Records sought have been publicly posted in COVID pandemic guidance provided to agencies and HR staff in relation to proper procedures for applications of international travel.

https://chcoc.gov/content/preliminary-guidance-agencies-during-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

The analyst should search the travel requests and corresponding records submitted to the DOS staff for travel and provide the affirmations as requested for the time-frame specified.

Best,

From: William Fernandes

Notice of Appeal:
FOIA case number 21-00112-F
Agency claims records not reasonably described.
Analyst error.
Records sought have been publicly posted in COVID pandemic guidance provided to agencies and HR staff in relation to proper procedures for applications of international travel.

https://chcoc.gov/content/preliminary-guidance-agencies-during-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

The analyst should search the travel requests and corresponding records submitted to the DOS staff for travel and provide the affirmations as requested for the time-frame specified.

From: William Fernandes

Dear DEA:

To reformulate this request please produce the following:

*Any records of referral for request #21-00112-F sent to the Department of State in relation to records transmitted from the Drug Enforcement Administration to the DOS in relation to the request or in relation to any of the existing records subject to the request.

In addition,
For the following field offices:
New York City
San Francisco
Stuttgart, Germany -
Paris, France
Miami, FL
San Diego, CA
Brussels, Belgium

Please produce any records of travel approved into the following countries:
Mexico
Netherlands
Germany

Due to recent and not so recent news stories including the following:
'Tse Chi Lop: Alleged Asian drug lord arrested in Amsterdam'
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55784104

'Mexican reform reins in DEA partnership. Why now? '
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2020/1218/Mexican-reform-reins-in-DEA-partnership.-Why-now

'The True Story Behind Netflix’s ‘How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)’ Is Way Darker Than the Show'
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/a27887179/netflix-how-to-sell-drugs-online-fast-true-story/

'Germany named drug use capital following Europe-wide sewage study '
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-named-drug-use-capital-following-europe-wide-sewage-study/a-47968865

'More than 70,000 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2019, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids'
https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

'Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015'
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm655051e1.htm

An overwhelming public interest exists in the handling of diplomatic relations during the pandemic as well as 'legitimate' case work, travel, and the actual participation of the United States Federal Law Enforcement bodies in prevention of international crime including the flooding of its own borders.

Best,

From: William Fernandes

Dear DEA:

To reformulate this request please produce the following:

*Any records of referral for request #21-00112-F sent to the Department of State in relation to records transmitted from the Drug Enforcement Administration to the DOS in relation to the request or in relation to any of the existing records subject to the request.

In addition,
For the following field offices:
New York City
San Francisco
Stuttgart, Germany -
Paris, France
Miami, FL
San Diego, CA
Brussels, Belgium

Please produce any records of travel approved into the following countries:
Mexico
Netherlands
Germany
for the dates 3/3/2020- 01/24/2021 for any DEA employees’ approved by the Chief of Mission for that Country pursuant to the guidance as provided:
https://chcoc.gov/content/preliminary-guidance-agencies-during-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Due to recent and not so recent news stories including the following:
'Tse Chi Lop: Alleged Asian drug lord arrested in Amsterdam'
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55784104

'Mexican reform reins in DEA partnership. Why now? '
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2020/1218/Mexican-reform-reins-in-DEA-partnership.-Why-now

'The True Story Behind Netflix’s ‘How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)’ Is Way Darker Than the Show'
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/a27887179/netflix-how-to-sell-drugs-online-fast-true-story/

'Germany named drug use capital following Europe-wide sewage study '
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-named-drug-use-capital-following-europe-wide-sewage-study/a-47968865

'More than 70,000 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2019, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids'
https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

'Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015'
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm655051e1.htm

An overwhelming public interest exists in the handling of diplomatic relations during the pandemic as well as 'legitimate' case work, travel, and the actual participation of the United States Federal Law Enforcement bodies in prevention of international crime including the flooding of its own borders.

Vaugh index requested for any cited record exemptions.

Prior correspondence attached as a point of reference for subject matter and prior request.

Best,

From: William Fernandes

Hi there:
This was sent to Yvette Davis via email a few weeks ago. No reply.

Sending again as a courtesy.

Dear DEA:

To reformulate this request please produce the following:

*Any records of referral for request #21-00112-F sent to the Department of State in relation to records transmitted from the Drug Enforcement Administration to the DOS in relation to the request or in relation to any of the existing records subject to the request.

In addition,
For the following field offices:
New York City
San Francisco
Stuttgart, Germany -
Paris, France
Miami, FL
San Diego, CA
Brussels, Belgium

Please produce any records of travel approved into the following countries:
Mexico
Netherlands
Germany
for the dates 3/3/2020- 01/24/2021 for any DEA employees’ approved by the Chief of Mission for that Country pursuant to the guidance as provided:
https://chcoc.gov/content/preliminary-guidance-agencies-during-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Due to recent and not so recent news stories including the following:
'Tse Chi Lop: Alleged Asian drug lord arrested in Amsterdam'
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55784104

'Mexican reform reins in DEA partnership. Why now? '
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2020/1218/Mexican-reform-reins-in-DEA-partnership.-Why-now

'The True Story Behind Netflix’s ‘How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)’ Is Way Darker Than the Show'
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/a27887179/netflix-how-to-sell-drugs-online-fast-true-story/

'Germany named drug use capital following Europe-wide sewage study '
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-named-drug-use-capital-following-europe-wide-sewage-study/a-47968865

'More than 70,000 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2019, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids'
https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

'Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015'
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm655051e1.htm

An overwhelming public interest exists in the handling of diplomatic relations during the pandemic as well as 'legitimate' case work, travel, and the actual participation of the United States Federal Law Enforcement bodies in prevention of international crime including the flooding of its own borders.

Vaugh index requested for any cited record exemptions.

Prior correspondence attached as a point of reference for subject matter and prior request.

Best,

From: William Fernandes

Hi there:
This was sent to Yvette Davis via email a few weeks ago. No reply.

Sending again as a courtesy.

Dear DEA:

To reformulate this request please produce the following:

*Any records of referral for request #21-00112-F sent to the Department of State in relation to records transmitted from the Drug Enforcement Administration to the DOS in relation to the request or in relation to any of the existing records subject to the request.

In addition,
For the following field offices:
New York City
San Francisco
Stuttgart, Germany -
Paris, France
Miami, FL
San Diego, CA
Brussels, Belgium

Please produce any records of travel approved into the following countries:
Mexico
Netherlands
Germany
for the dates 3/3/2020- 01/24/2021 for any DEA employees’ approved by the Chief of Mission for that Country pursuant to the guidance as provided:
https://chcoc.gov/content/preliminary-guidance-agencies-during-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Due to recent and not so recent news stories including the following:
'Tse Chi Lop: Alleged Asian drug lord arrested in Amsterdam'
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55784104

'Mexican reform reins in DEA partnership. Why now? '
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2020/1218/Mexican-reform-reins-in-DEA-partnership.-Why-now

'The True Story Behind Netflix’s ‘How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)’ Is Way Darker Than the Show'
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/a27887179/netflix-how-to-sell-drugs-online-fast-true-story/

'Germany named drug use capital following Europe-wide sewage study '
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-named-drug-use-capital-following-europe-wide-sewage-study/a-47968865

'More than 70,000 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2019, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids'
https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

'Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015'
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm655051e1.htm

An overwhelming public interest exists in the handling of diplomatic relations during the pandemic as well as 'legitimate' case work, travel, and the actual participation of the United States Federal Law Enforcement bodies in prevention of international crime including the flooding of its own borders.

Vaugh index requested for any cited record exemptions.

Prior correspondence attached as a point of reference for subject matter and prior request.

Best,

From: William Fernandes

NO response from the DEA on this reformulated request. Copy was delivered to Yvette Davis and DEA.FOIA email address.

Hi there:
This was sent to Yvette Davis via email a few weeks ago. No reply.

Sending again as a courtesy.

Dear DEA:

To reformulate this request please produce the following:

*Any records of referral for request #21-00112-F sent to the Department of State in relation to records transmitted from the Drug Enforcement Administration to the DOS in relation to the request or in relation to any of the existing records subject to the request.

In addition,
For the following field offices:
New York City
San Francisco
Stuttgart, Germany -
Paris, France
Miami, FL
San Diego, CA
Brussels, Belgium

Please produce any records of travel approved into the following countries:
Mexico
Netherlands
Germany
for the dates 3/3/2020- 01/24/2021 for any DEA employees’ approved by the Chief of Mission for that Country pursuant to the guidance as provided:
https://chcoc.gov/content/preliminary-guidance-agencies-during-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Due to recent and not so recent news stories including the following:
'Tse Chi Lop: Alleged Asian drug lord arrested in Amsterdam'
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55784104

'Mexican reform reins in DEA partnership. Why now? '
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2020/1218/Mexican-reform-reins-in-DEA-partnership.-Why-now

'The True Story Behind Netflix’s ‘How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)’ Is Way Darker Than the Show'
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/tv/a27887179/netflix-how-to-sell-drugs-online-fast-true-story/

'Germany named drug use capital following Europe-wide sewage study '
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-named-drug-use-capital-following-europe-wide-sewage-study/a-47968865

'More than 70,000 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2019, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids'
https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

'Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015'
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm655051e1.htm

An overwhelming public interest exists in the handling of diplomatic relations during the pandemic as well as 'legitimate' case work, travel, and the actual participation of the United States Federal Law Enforcement bodies in prevention of international crime including the flooding of its own borders.

Vaugh index requested for any cited record exemptions.

Prior correspondence attached as a point of reference for subject matter and prior request.

Best,

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

The Department of Justice Office of Information Policy has received your email inquiry. Please note that the principal purpose of this email inbox, OIP.ComplianceInquiry@usdoj.gov<mailto:OIP.ComplianceInquiry@usdoj.gov>, is for receiving inquiries from members of the public regarding agencies' compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Please be advised that this is not a valid place to submit a FOIA request or administrative appeal. If you are seeking a status update for a request, you should instead contact the office to which you submitted your request for information. FOIA.gov<http://www.foia.gov/> contains contact information for all agency FOIA offices. To request a status update from the Office of Information Policy, please contact our FOIA Requester Service Center at 202-514-3642.

From: William Fernandes

Thanks for your response. Request was reformulated at the request of the entity and submitted 02/02/2021 , no further response to date.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good afternoon, Mr. Fernandez:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) request reformulation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, FOIA/PA Section. This response is a courtesy reply. It does not replace the acknowledgement letter that will be sent to you once your request has been reviewed by our Intake Unit. Please note, requests are handled in the order they are received. We will advise you if any additional information is required.

Please be advised, due to necessary operational changes as a result of the national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there may be some delay in the processing of your request.

You may wish to visit DEA’s public facing website at www.dea.gov or the FOIA Library available at https://www.dea.gov/divisions/dea-foia-library to determine if the information you seek is already available to the public.

You may contact our FOIA Public Liaison at (571) 776-2300 for any further assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Room 2510, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001; e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at (202) 741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at (202) 741-5769.

If you have any questions regarding this email, you may contact our FOIA Requester Service Center at (571) 776-2300. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete the processing of your request.

Respectfully,
Jennifer Chavez
IBSS Corp. Paralegall III Contractor
Intake Unit
DEA Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Section (FSR)
U.S. Department of Justice
Drug Enforcement Administration
Attn: FOIA and Privacy Act Section (FSR)
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, Virginia 22152
Direct: 571-776-3261
Email: Jennifer.M.CoreasChavez@usdoj.gov<mailto:CoreasChavez@usdoj.gov>

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