Faithful Readiness emergency preparedness and security conference FEMA

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-HQFO-00271
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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

On January 19-20, 2011, FEMA hosted a Faithful Readiness emergency preparedness and security conference in partnership with state and local emergency management agencies, law enforcement, the tribal community, and faith-based and community groups in Tucson, AZ to address challenges from the intersection between emergency management and border security initiatives. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin delivered keynote remarks at the conference. The Homeland Security Advisory Committee also hosted a meeting with local faith-based organizations on ways to conduct and improve information-sharing with faith-based communities, focusing on the “If You See Something, Say Something” and Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiatives.

Regarding the above, I hereby request the following under the Freedom of Information Act:
1) A list of all persons present or invited to attend.
2) A video recording of the conference and meeting. If a video recording was not made, an audio recording. Please include all sessions where video or audio is available.
3) All slides or other audio/visual materials used in making presenations at this conference and meeting.
4) All materials provided to participants such as handouts.
5) All notes, manuscripts or other aids used by any presenter to prepare or deliver any speech, remarks or other adress to the participants.

I am sending this request to DHS HQ. Please forward to all agencies which may have records including FEMA, CBP, The Homeland Security Advisory Committee, and any other part of DHS which would hold records on this event.

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.

Sincerely,

Jason Smathers

From: Department of Homeland Security

From: FEMA-FOIA <FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov>

Dear Mr. Smathers:

The attached acknowledges receipt of your October 21, 2011, Freedom of Information Act Request. If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call (202) 646-3323 or electronically at FEMA-FOIA@dhs.gov<mailto:FEMA-FOIA@dhs.gov> and refer to FEMA 12-055.

Thank you,
The FEMA Disclosure Branch

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: FEMA-FOIA <FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov>

Good Morning Mr. Smathers,

This email is in regards to your inquiry concerning your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, FEMA 12-055. We received the responsive documents from the component and the first phase of processing has been completed. We anticipate finalizing your request within the next week or two due to the multi-tiered FOIA review process and the volume of responsive documents for you request. We certainly understand the importance of your request and are working diligently to provide the information you have requested. Thank you for your continued patience.
Should you have any further questions regarding your request, please reference your request number in an e-mail to FEMA-FOIA@dhs.gov<mailto:FEMA-FOIA@dhs.gov>, or you may call this office at (202) 646-3323.

Thank you,

The FEMA Disclosure Branch

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: "Booker-Kasper, Monique" <Monique.Booker-Kasper@fema.dhs.gov>

Good Afternoon Mr. Smathers,

The FOIA analyst assigned to your request is currently out of the office; however, will return on Monday. I will follow-up with her and provide an update at that time. Thank you for your continued patience.

From: "Booker-Kasper, Monique" <Monique.Booker-Kasper@fema.dhs.gov>

Good Morning Mr Smathers,

Two of your FOIA requests FEMA 11-509 and 12-055 are currently being reviewed by our legal staff; we'll provide a status update by the end of the week.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock

Please provide an update on FEMA 12-055.

Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: FEMA-FOIA

Mr. Smathers,
Please see the original September 7, 2012, correspondence provided to you.

Thank you and best regards,

From: MuckRock

Hello,

According to the attached letter, this request was forwarded from FEMA FOIA to DHS FOIA in September 2012, but no further correspondence was received from DHS. Please advise.

Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 21, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #FEMA 12-055.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Good morning,

Since you are requesting records that FEMA contains, please see their contact information below and submit your request to their office:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FOIA Officer
500 C Street, S.W., Room 840
Washington, D.C. 20472
FOIA Officer/Public Liaison: Terry Cochran
Phone: 202-646-3323
Fax: 202-646-3347
E-mail: fema-foia@dhs.gov
Regards,

The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
STOP-0655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov

This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: MuckRock

Hello,

This request was forwarded from FEMA to DHS Privacy Office in 2012. Please coordinate with each other to resolve this miscommunication and provide an answer per your obligations under FOIA. This request has been shuffled around several times.

Thank you.

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good afternoon,

Since you are requesting records that FEMA may hold, please see there contact information below and resubmit your request accordingly.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FOIA Officer
500 C Street, S.W., Room 840
Washington, D.C. 20472
FOIA Officer/Public Liaison: Terry Cochran
Phone: 202-646-3323
Fax: 202-646-3347
E-mail: fema-foia@dhs.gov
Regards,

The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
STOP-0655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov


This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you.

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Please pass this FOIA to a supervisor who is able to coordinate a response between FEMA and the DHS Privacy Office. As summarized in the attached letter from September 2012, this request has been forwarded back and forth between FEMA and the DHS Privacy Office numerous times. One (or possibly both) of your offices has the requested records, and it is your obligation to determine which is the appropriate custodian.

Given the incredible delay experienced in this request, we respectfully ask that this coordination occur at your earliest convenience.

Thank you.

From: Department of Homeland Security

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Department of Homeland Security

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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