FOIA processing records for HQS2010000119 (DHS)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking #

DHS/OS/PRIV 11-0765

Est. Completion None
No Responsive Documents


From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records concerning the processing of the FOIA request which was assigned the tracking number HQS2010000119. Including, but not limited to:
1) All internal and external communication concerning this request
2) All reports of significant FOIA activity which mention this request. Please search the records created due to requirements for each DHS component FOIA office to report such activity by the 2/9/2005 Chief Privacy Officer memo.
3) All DHS cabinet reports to the white house which mention this request
4) Any other record created in processing FOIA request HQS2010000119 (USCIS).

This request was ssent to both USCIS and DHS HQ as both are expected to have responsive records. If any other DHS component has responsive records, please forward my request to them.

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, 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.


Jason Smathers

From: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Good morning Mr. Smathers:

Your request for records concerning FOIA request HQS2010000119 (USCIS) has been assigned to my attention.

Our office needs to clarify your request in order to perfect the same, so we can forward the same to the proper component(s).

In your request, you advised that this request was forwarded to both USCIS and DHS, and asked for 4 numbered items.
Records for items 1 and 4 would be located at USCIS. Records for items 2 and 3 may be located at HQ.

In order to avoid duplication of efforts with our USCIS component, please confirm if you would be satisfied if our office searched
for items 2 and 3 of your request, ie for those reports.

Thank you,

Maura Busch, J.D.
FOIA Program Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Phone: 703-235-0161
Fax: 703-235-0433
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From: Jason Smathers

May 10, 2011

Yes, I agree with your suggestion and confirm. Please search as you indicated.

Jason Smathers

From: Department of Homeland Security

From: MuckRock


Please provide an update for DHS/OS/PRIV 11-0765. The last communication for this request in our records is from May 11 2011.

Thank you.

From: FOIA

Good Afternoon,

Please see the attached response letter that was send on July 13, 2011.

The Privacy Office

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

245 Murray Lane SW


Washington, D.C. 20528-0655

Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486

Fax: 202-343-4011