FOIA Fee Categorization Records for FOIA Group, Inc. and MuckRock (Department of Homeland Security)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-HQFO-00230 ; 2014-HQAP-00021
Est. Completion None
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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: FOIA

Good afternoon,

Attached is our acknowledgment to 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.
Regards,

DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane, SW
Washington, DC 20528
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743

From: Michael Morisy

Thanks for your help processing this request.

I agree to pay reasonable fees up to $30.

I appeal my classification as a Commercial Requester. I am a full-time reporter, and this request is part of my editorial process. Also, it appears that this request letter was missing part. You said you believed that it was coordinated with another one of my requests, but failed to include what that other request is.

I would be happy to clarify or answer any questions as needed.

Best,

Michael

From: Lasko, Linda

Mr. Morisy,

Attached, please find an acknowledgment of your appeal to the Department of Homeland Security related to FOIA # 2014-HQFO-00230.

Sincerely,

Linda Lasko
FOIA Program Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

202-343-1743 (Main FOIA Number)
202-343-4011 (Fax)

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From: FOIA

Good Morning Mr. Morisey,

Please find attached your amended Acknowledgement Letter. The piece from the first letter which mentions a coordination with another one of your requests was an administrative error, we do apologize for this error. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.

Thank you.
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<mailto:foia@hq.dhs.gov>

From: FOIA

Good Morning Mr. Morisey,

In response to your follow-up emails, please see the attached acknowledgement letter. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.
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<mailto:foia@hq.dhs.gov>

From: Meus, Lauren M CIV

Mr. Morisy:

Please find attached the FOIA Appeal decision issued in the above matter.

Thank you,

Lauren Meus
Hearing Docket Clerk
U.S. Coast Guard

From: FOIA

Good afternoon,

Attached is our fee estimate to 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.
Regards,

DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane, SW
Washington, DC 20528
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743

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