FOIA Fee Categorization Records for FOIA Group, Inc. and MuckRock (Bureau of Customs and Border Protection )

Michael Morisy filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
Tracking # CBP-OIT-2015-039221
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records, including emails, in your agency's FOIA office discussing which fee category is appropriate for requests submitted by MuckRock or the FOIA Group, Inc.

This includes both: a) requests submitted by one of these businesses on its own behalf; and b) requests submitted by third parties in their own names using one of these businesses as an intermediary. This does not include records found in the administrative processing files for individual requests.

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,

Michael Morisy

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Michael Morisy

Hello,

This request has not been acknowledged since it was submitted on Jan. 10, 2014. Diagnostic records show that it was sent to the correct fax number and arrived there.

Please advise as to the status of this request and when a response should be expected.

Respectfully yours,

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d28079ecad)
* Tracking Number: CBP-2015-039221
* Requester Name: Michael Morisy
* Date Submitted: 06/22/2015
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
All records, including emails, in your agency's FOIA office discussing which fee category is appropriate for requests submitted by MuckRock or the FOIA Group, Inc.
This includes both: a) requests submitted by one of these businesses on its own behalf; and b) requests submitted by third parties in their own names using one of these businesses as an intermediary. This does not include records found in the administrative processing files for individual requests.

From: CBP

Resubmitted via online form.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request CBP-2015-039221 has been
determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
06/22/2015
* Request Long Description:
All records, including emails, in your agency's FOIA office discussing which fee category is appropriate for requests submitted by MuckRock or the FOIA Group, Inc.
This includes both: a) requests submitted by one of these businesses on its own behalf; and b) requests submitted by third parties in their own names using one of these businesses as an intermediary. This does not include records found in the administrative processing files for individual requests.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CBP-2015-039221.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CBP-2015-039221.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

Michael Morisy
DEPT MR 9792 P.O. Box 55819 Boston MA 02205

Dear Michael Morisy:
This automated notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received on 06/22/2015 requesting classification on fee categories. Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-2015-039221 to track the status of your request.  If you have not already done so, you must create a FOIAonline account at https://foiaonline.regulations.gov.  This is the only method available to check the status of your pending FOIA request. Your FOIA request has been forwarded to the appropriate office within CBP for processing. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/)

Provisions of the Act allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request.  We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS FOIA regulations outlined on the DHS website, http://www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0579.shtm. By submitting your request, you have agreed to pay up to $25.00 in applicable processing fees, if any fees associated with your request exceed this amount, CBP shall contact you; however, the first 100 pages are free. (http://www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0579.shtm)

CBP’s FOIA Division is working hard to reduce the amount of time necessary to respond to FOIA requests.  Currently, the average time to process a FOIA request is a minimum of 12 months. We truly appreciate your continued patience.

For additional information please consult CBP FOIA website please click on FOIA Act Resources or visit (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia) http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia. (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia)


Thank you,

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2015-039221 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OIT-2015-039221. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number:
CBP-2015-039221
* New Tracking Number:
CBP-OIT-2015-039221
* Requester Name:
Michael Morisy
* Date Submitted:
06/22/2015
* Long Description:
All records, including emails, in your agency's FOIA office discussing which fee category is appropriate for requests submitted by MuckRock or the FOIA Group, Inc.
This includes both: a) requests submitted by one of these businesses on its own behalf; and b) requests submitted by third parties in their own names using one of these businesses as an intermediary. This does not include records found in the administrative processing files for individual requests.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2015-039221 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OIT-2015-039221. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number:
CBP-2015-039221
* New Tracking Number:
CBP-OIT-2015-039221
* Requester Name:
Michael Morisy
* Date Submitted:
06/22/2015
* Long Description:
All records, including emails, in your agency's FOIA office discussing which fee category is appropriate for requests submitted by MuckRock or the FOIA Group, Inc.
This includes both: a) requests submitted by one of these businesses on its own behalf; and b) requests submitted by third parties in their own names using one of these businesses as an intermediary. This does not include records found in the administrative processing files for individual requests.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2015-039221 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OIT-2015-039221. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number:
CBP-2015-039221
* New Tracking Number:
CBP-OIT-2015-039221
* Requester Name:
Michael Morisy
* Date Submitted:
06/22/2015
* Long Description:
All records, including emails, in your agency's FOIA office discussing which fee category is appropriate for requests submitted by MuckRock or the FOIA Group, Inc.
This includes both: a) requests submitted by one of these businesses on its own behalf; and b) requests submitted by third parties in their own names using one of these businesses as an intermediary. This does not include records found in the administrative processing files for individual requests.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-OIT-2015-039221 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2015-039221. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number:
CBP-OIT-2015-039221
* New Tracking Number:
CBP-2015-039221
* Requester Name:
Michael Morisy
* Date Submitted:
06/22/2015
* Long Description:
All records, including emails, in your agency's FOIA office discussing which fee category is appropriate for requests submitted by MuckRock or the FOIA Group, Inc.
This includes both: a) requests submitted by one of these businesses on its own behalf; and b) requests submitted by third parties in their own names using one of these businesses as an intermediary. This does not include records found in the administrative processing files for individual requests.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

A search of CBP databases produced records responsive to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request CBP-2015-039221. CBP has determined that the responsive records are partially releasable, pursuant to Title 5 U.S.C. § 552 and have applied the appropriate exemptions . We have also included a link below that is publicly available online via DHS Library: http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/priv-fee-waiver-or-claims-membership-in-a-preferential-fee-category-muckrock.pdf (http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/priv-fee-waiver-or-claims-membership-in-a-preferential-fee-category-muckrock.pdf) You have a right to appeal our withholding determination. Should you wish to do so, you must send your appeal and a copy of this letter, within 60 days of the date of this letter, to: FOIAAppeals, Policy and Litigation Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 90 K Street, NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229-1177 , following the procedures outlined in the DHS regulations at Title 6 C.F.R. § 5.9. Your envelope and letter should be marked " FOIA Appeal." Copies of the FOIA and DHS regulations are available at www.dhs.gov/foia Please notate file number CBP-2015-039221 on any future correspondence to CBP related to this request.



Given the nature of this request, some records are only being released to you as the requester. If you have an account in FOIAonline, you may access those records by logging into FOIAonline. Otherwise, those responsive records will be sent via the method agreed upon with the FOIA processor. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/home?objectId=090004d28079ecad)

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