FOIA - DHS - OPSEC@ emails

J Ader filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2021-FEFO-00762

2021-HQFO-00060

CBP-2021-081487

2021-HQFO-00060

Status
Completed

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From: J Ader


To Whom It May Concern:

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

All emails sent to/from OPSEC@hq.dhs.gov from October 1st, 2020 to October 14th, 2020.

Emails should include attachments (in their entirety) as well, when applicable.

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,

J Ader

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Morning,
Attached is our acknowledgment of your DHS FOIA request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486 or at foia@hq.dhs.gov. (mailto:foia@hq.dhs.gov)
Regards,
DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our FOIA website (http://www.dhs.gov/foia)

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Afternoon,

Thank you for your message. We appreciate your frustration with the delay in our ability to respond to your request, and apologize that we are not able to give you a more precise estimate of when you can expect to receive our response. At this time, our general expectation is that, we will be able to send you a final response in the next three to four  months.

Please understand that our office handles a very large volume of requests – in one month we respond to more requests on average than most Departments receive in a year. In addition to handling a large volume of requests, we are also responsible for processing a variety of particularly sensitive types of records. We have a responsibility to ensure that we carefully review all of the records we process to ensure that we provide maximum transparency while withholding any exempt material that could foreseeably cause harm to a protected interest. This is a labor intensive task that involves working with offices to ensure that any potentially responsive materials are provided to us and then conducting a page-by-page and line-by-line review of all responsive records.

OCIO has provided us with potentially responsive records and your request has been added to our processing queue. It is very difficult to provide an accurate estimated date of completion until our FOIA analyst reviews these records for responsiveness and we have a better sense of the number of pages and the sensitivity of the material. The Privacy Office is also coordinating the Department’s response to requests related to COVID-19; many of these requesters asked and qualified for expedited processing, meaning that they are required to be placed at the front of the queue. Again, our general expectation is that we will be able to send you a final response within three to four months. Please know that this estimate may change dramatically based on the volume of work associated with our expedited COVID-19 requests and on the types of records that OCIO has provided us for your request. Regardless of the specificity of your request, we cannot accurately estimate the amount of time it will take to process the record until we understand both the volume and sensitivity of the record.

While we make every effort to be responsive to requesters and hope to be able to respond to you sooner, there may be additional delays.

I hope that this response provides additional insight into why we are not able to give you a more precise estimated date of completion, and why we expect it will take three to four months for us to respond to your request. Please let us know if you have any other questions about our processes.

Respectfully,

DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure and FOIA Program
STOP 0655
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2707 Martin Luther King Jr. AVE SE
Washington, DC 20032
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax: 202-343-4011
foia@hq.dhs.gov
Visit our FOIA website

From: Department of Homeland Security

J Ader
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02144

From: Department of Homeland Security

The FOIA referral CBP-2021-081487 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-IA-2021-081487. This is normally due to the referral being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this referral are as follows:

* Old Tracking Number:
CBP-2021-081487
* New Tracking Number:
CBP-IA-2021-081487
* Requester Name:
J Ader
* Date Submitted:
07/07/2021
* Long Description:
DHS HQ Referral: 2021-HQFO-00060 (Please see referred 2 pg. doc for review).

All emails sent to/from OPSEC@hq.dhs.gov from October 1st, 2020 to October 14th, 2020. Emails should include attachments (in their entirety) as well, when applicable.

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Morning, Attached is our final response to your request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486. Regards, DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our FOIA website

From: Department of Homeland Security

July 09, 2021 SENT VIA E-MAIL TO: requests@muckrock.com
Re: FOIARequest Number 2021-FEFO-00762 Acknowledgment Dear J Ader: This correspondence acknowledges receipt of your Freedom ofInformation Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) dated October 14, 2020,and referred to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on July 07, 2021. Youare seeking all emails sent to/from OPSEC@hq.dhs.gov from October 1, 2020 to October 14, 2020. Yourrequest has been assigned the following tracking number 2021-FEFO-00762. Due to current working conditions in response to theCOVID-19 outbreak, please expect a delay in our response. Please be assured that we continue ourcommitment to provide timely FOIA responses and are processing your FOIArequest as soon as possible. If you have any questions or would like to discuss thismatter, please contact me the assigned FOIA specialist directly at, juan.vegasandoval@fema.dhs.gov. (mailto:juan.vegasandoval@fema.dhs.gov) If you require additional support, you may alsocontact FEMA’s Public Liaison at . If you need to contact FEMA’s FOIA Public Liaison, then please referencethe FOIA request number and address your email to “Attn: FEMA’s PublicLiaison” and summarize your concerns. FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)referred to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) six (6) pages. They will be reviewed fordetermination of releasability. We will contact you again once our review iscompleted and/or the search is completed. Interim responses will be provided as appropriate. We appreciate your patience as we proceedwith your request If you have any questions or would like to discuss this matter, p lease contact the assigned FOIA specialist directly at, juan.vegasandoval@fema.dhs.gov (mailto:juan.vegasandoval@fema.dhs.gov) and reference the request number 2021-FEFO-00762 . Again, If you require additional support, you may alsocontact FEMA’s Public Liaison at . If you need to contact FEMA’s FOIA Public Liaison, then please referencethe FOIA request number and address your email to “Attn: FEMA’s PublicLiaison” and summarize your concerns. FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov You may also contact FEMA at (202) 646-3323, or you may contact FEMA’s Public Liaison in the same manner.  Please reference FOIA request number 2021-FEFO-00762. For a faster response please communicate by email. Thank you for your interest in FEMA. Sincerely, Disclosure Branch Information Management Division Office of the Chief Administrative Officer Federal Emergency Management Agency U.S. Department of HomelandSecurity

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good morning,

We are still currently working on your FOIA request. We estimate that you will receive a response to this request on or near August 31, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience with us. We will notify you if this date should change. Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

Juan Vega
Government Information Specialist | Information Management Division | Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
Office: (202) 646-3323 | Work Mobile: (202) 674-2989
juan.vegasandoval@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:juan.vegasandoval@fema.dhs.gov>

Federal Emergency Management Agency
fema.gov<http://www.fema.gov/>

From: Department of Homeland Security

Dear  J Ader:
Attached is our final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request numbered 2021-FEFO-00762.  If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please email me directly and reference your FOIA tracking number 2021-FEFO-00762. You may also send an e-mail to FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov, or call (202) 646-3323, and you maycontact our FOIA Public Liaison in the same manner. (mailto:FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov) For a faster response please contact me directly by email.
Regards,
Disclosure Branch
Information Management Division
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Telephone: (202) 646-3323
FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov

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