FOIA outliers: queues, high volume procedures, FIFO exceptions + unusual circumstances (United States Customs and Border Protection)

Emma Best filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
Tracking #

CBP-2019-058037, CBP-AP-2020-023239

CBP-2019-058037

Multi Request FOIA outliers: queues, high volume procedures, FIFO exceptions + unusual circumstances
Due July 2, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Emma Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

* Documents describing or generated as part of the establishment of any different processing queues for FOIA requests

* Documents describing the rules and procedures governing any different processing FOIA queues

* Documents, produced in the previous 15 years, containing reports or statistics describing the FOIA processing queues

* Documents describing procedures for the handling or coordination of requests from high volume FOIA requesters

* Documents describing procedures, rules and prerequisites for any exceptions to processing requests in a "first in, first out" process

* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of especially complex or delicate FOIA requests

* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of 'high visibility' FOIA requests, such as those which are likely to elicit reactions from the media or the public

* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of FOIA requests from members of Congress and federal government agencies

* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of FOIA requests from non-federal law enforcement agencies

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,

Emma Best

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=CBP-2019-058037&type=request)
* Tracking Number: CBP-2019-058037
* Requester Name: Emma Best
* Date Submitted: 06/06/2019
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: To Whom It May Concern:

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

* Documents describing or generated as part of the establishment of any different processing queues for FOIA requests

* Documents describing the rules and procedures governing any different processing FOIA queues

* Documents, produced in the previous 15 years, containing reports or statistics describing the FOIA processing queues

* Documents describing procedures for the handling or coordination of requests from high volume FOIA requesters

* Documents describing procedures, rules and prerequisites for any exceptions to processing requests in a "first in, first out" process

* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of especially complex or delicate FOIA requests

* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of 'high visibility' FOIA requests, such as those which are likely to elicit reactions from the media or the public

* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of FOIA requests from members of Congress and federal government agencies

* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of FOIA requests from non-federal law enforcement agencies

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,

Emma Best

Attachments:

https://cdn.muckrock.com/outbound_composer_attachments/TheEmmaBest/71110/Fee20category20and20search20parameters_q49nDE6.pdf

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

The FOIA request - CBP-2019-058037 description has been modified. Additional details for this item are as follows:
* Tracking Number: CBP-2019-058037
* Requester: Emma Best
* Submitted Date: 06/06/2019
* Description: To Whom It May Concern:

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

* Documents describing or generated as part of the establishment of any different processing queues for FOIA requests

* Documents describing the rules and procedures governing any different processing FOIA queues

* Documents, produced in the previous 15 years, containing reports or statistics describing the FOIA processing queues

* Documents describing procedures for the handling or coordination of requests from high volume FOIA requesters

* Documents describing procedures, rules and prerequisites for any exceptions to processing requests in a "first in, first out" process

* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of especially complex or delicate FOIA requests

* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of 'high visibility' FOIA requests, such as those which are likely to elicit reactions from the media or the public

* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of FOIA requests from members of Congress and federal government agencies

* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of FOIA requests from non-federal law enforcement agencies

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,

Emma Best

Attachments:

https://cdn.muckrock.com/outbound_composer_attachments/TheEmmaBest/71110/Fee20category20and20search20parameters_q49nDE6.pdf

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

Emma Best
MuckRock News, DEPT MR 74789
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02144
06/10/2019
CBP-2019-058037
Dear Emma Best:
This notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received on 06/06/2019 requesting the following:
* Documents describing or generated as part of the establishment of any different processing queues for FOIA requests
* Documents describing the rules and procedures governing any different processing FOIA queues
* Documents, produced in the previous 15 years, containing reports or statistics describing the FOIA processing queues
* Documents describing procedures for the handling or coordination of requests from high volume FOIA requesters
* Documents describing procedures, rules and prerequisites for any exceptions to processing requests in a "first in, first out" process
* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of especially complex or delicate FOIA requests
* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of 'high visibility' FOIA requests, such as those which are likely to elicit reactions from the media or the public
* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of FOIA requests from members of Congress and federal government agencies
* Documents describing procedures and rules for the processing of FOIA requests from non-federal law enforcement agencies
Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-2019-058037 to track the status of your request.  If you have not already done so, you must create a FOIAonline account at https://foiaonline.gov.  This is the only method available to check the status of your pending FOIA request. (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, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/22/2016-28095/freedom-of-information-act-regulations. 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. (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/22/2016-28095/freedom-of-information-act-regulations)
Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request.  Consistent with 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, CBP processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt.  Although CBP’s goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, FOIA does permit a 10-day extension of this time period in certain circumstances pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c).
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)
Sincerely,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request CBP-2019-058037 has been denied.

* Fee Waiver Original Justification:
As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by
reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees
be waived.
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason:
Does not meet criteria per DHS regulations. You have not sufficiently proven your status as a preferred requester in order to qualify for a waiver of fees.

From: Emma Best

I am appealing the denial of my fee waiver request, as my status as a "preferred requester" is amply demonstrated in my request and my history as a journalist, activist and researcher.

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

The FOIA
appeal
- CBP-AP-2020-023239 has been supplemented with additional supporting files. Additional details for this item are as follows:

* Tracking Number: CBP-AP-2020-023239
* Requester: Emma Best
* Submitted Date: 01/03/2020
* Description:
appeals lack of response by FD.

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

The FOIA
appeal
- CBP-AP-2020-023239 description has been modified. Additional details for this item are as follows:

* Tracking Number: CBP-AP-2020-023239
* Requester: Emma Best
* Submitted Date: 01/03/2020
* Description:
appeals lack of response by FD.

From: United States Customs and Border Protection

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