FOIA March Madness 2018 - Agency Talking Points (November 8, 2016 - March 13, 2018) (Department of Defense, Biometrics Identity Management Agency)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Defense, Biometrics Identity Management Agency of the United States of America.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

For the 16-month, 5-day period from Tuesday, November 8, 2016 through Tuesday, March 13, 2018:

(SUMMARY)

Any and all talking points and similar memorandums, emails, and transcripts providing advice or direction on how to handle the media, media interviews, and statements.

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(SPECIFICALLY)

Please include in your responsive materials any documents, emails, or communications with the following phrases in the title or subject line:

TALKING POINTS
STMT
STATEMENT
PRESS STRATEGY
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It would be greatly appreciated if materials could be provided on a rolling basis.

1. In the Office of Public Affairs or equivalent division

Please provide first all such materials produced in this agency’s Office of Public Affairs or equivalent division, and any representative thereof.

Please also provide all such materials received by this agency’s Office of Public Affairs or equivalent division, and any representative thereof.

2. Related to all agency employees

Please also include all employee email communications containing the following phrases:

TALKING POINTS
STMT
STATEMENT
PRESS STRATEGY

Alternative Response to 2:

If processing of this portion of this request would require its distribution to another or multiple other offices, it would be greatly appreciated if a response to this request would contain a description of the necessary offices to be tasked, the process by which the search will be conducted, and an estimate of the time and fees to be incurred. Such a description will allow us to better understand the parameters of this FOIA office’s ability to respond to this request as worded and will better enable us to reorganize and limit it as appropriate.

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Additional clarification:

This request is not intended for materials regarding one particular subject or event during this period.

If a different search procedure will be required dependent on segment of time covered, it would be greatly appreciated if a response could contain a description of the necessary difference in approach by time period (for example, if file keeping procedures have changed at some point in the last year and a half or if particular materials have been moved to another location).
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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,

Beryl Lipton

From: Department of Defense, Biometrics Identity Management Agency

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Ms. Lipton,

I have received your request for media handling by the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency. We were previously titled the Biometrics Identity Management Agency, but this was changed in October 2012 as forensics was added to our responsibilities. We are a small Field Operating Agency under the Office of the Provost Marshal. We don't normally deal with media inquiries and it took me some effort who to refer that portion of your request. So, I've forwarded your request to the US Army Chief of Public Affairs.

I have initiated a search request for the emails for the senior members of our agency looking for any guidance on this information. This request is being processed by DISA, and they provide no estimate on the completion. I will get that to you as soon I receive it.

Your request has been entered into our FACTS database and assigned the case number of FP-18-01478.

v/r
David M. Lohman
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| Executive Officer -- Security Manager & FDO
| Defense Forensics & Biometrics Agency
| US Army Office of the Provost Marshal General
| DAPM-FBX, Voice: (304) 326-3002
| SIPR: david.m.lohman.civ@mail.smil.mil
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CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

From: Department of Defense, Biometrics Identity Management Agency

Ms. Lipton,
The response is currently in coordination with the legal office. Once they concur, or provide recommended edits (usually with the text on how to appeal), I plan to provide you the response via email attachment of a PDF and a hard copy letter. If you don't want or need the hard copy letter please let me know and I'll limit the response to the electronic version.

v/r
Dave
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DFBA Executive Officer
(304) 326-3002
| HQDA | OPMG | DFBA |

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Dave,

Thanks so much for this update. I'm happy to accept the electronic copy; an additional hard copy version won't be necessary.

Thanks for your help and time.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Department of Defense, Biometrics Identity Management Agency

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Ms. Lipton,
Attached is our response. As I said, we're a small office. Your request was passed on the Office of the Chief, Public Affairs for a response from them.

v/r
Dave

David M. Lohman, Executive Officer
(304) 326-3002
HQDA | OPMG | DFBA

From: Department of Defense, Biometrics Identity Management Agency

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Beryl,
A personal request since you are a MuckRock employee. As I said in our emails about your March Madness event, BIMA no longer exists. Our FOIA office is in the US Army, Office of the Provost Marshal General. I submitted the update below in the MuckRock website with my user account (Davidpens). I believe in the freedom of information and I want to make sure that it works as smoothly as possible. Would you mind following up to help ensure that the update is made.
Many thanks!!

--submitted on MuckRock site--
This agency no longer exists, the Biometrics Identity Management Agency (BIMA) was replaced by the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency (DFBA) under Headquarters, US Army, Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG). OPMG is the POC and Initial Denial Authority (IDA) for FOIA requests for DFBA. Submissions to BIMA may be delayed while they get routed properly within the OPMG office. As MuckRock is many people's first stop in filing these requests, this update will assist both the requesters and the agency. Thanks.

v/r
David M. Lohman
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| Executive Officer -- Security Manager & FDO
| Defense Forensics & Biometrics Agency
| US Army Office of the Provost Marshal General
| DAPM-FBX, Voice: (304) 326-3002
| SIPR: david.m.lohman.civ@mail.smil.mil
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CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

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