FOIA Request: SecureDrop (Department of Justice, National Security Division)

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead filed this request with the Department of Justice, National Security Division of the United States of America.
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From: Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All agency records, including briefings, meeting notes, emails, and memoranda containing the terms "Secure Drop" or "SecureDrop" from between 1 January 2016 and the date this request is processed. Please run both terms as separate searches.

SecureDrop is open source software that allows whistleblowers to submit information to the press, and is currently maintained by Freedom of the Press Foundation.
For context, SecureDrop is anonymous whistleblower submission software maintained by Freedom of the Press Foundation. https://securedrop.org/

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,

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

From: Department of Justice, National Security Division

Parker Higgins
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 52224
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Re: FOIA/PA #18-154

Dear Mr. Higgins:

This is to acknowledge your email dated April 8, 2018 pertaining "Secure Drop" or "SecureDrop". Our FOIA office received your Freedom of Information Act request on April 8, 2018.

Our policy is to process FOIA requests on a first-in, first-out basis. Consistent with this policy, every effort will be made to respond to your request as quickly as possible. The actual processing time will depend upon the complexity of the request, whether it involves sensitive or voluminous records, and whether consultations with other agencies or agency components are appropriate.

Sincerely,

Arnetta Mallory
Government Information Specialist

From: Department of Justice, National Security Division

Parker Higgins
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 52224
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Re: FOIA/PA #18-154

Dear Mr. Higgins:

This is in reference to your email dated April 8, 2018 pertaining "Secure Drop" or "SecureDrop". Our FOIA office received your Freedom of Information Act request on April 8, 2018.

For your information, Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. 552(c) (2006 & Supp.IV (2010). This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist.
This office conducted a file search of the National Security Division. We did not locate any responsive records subject to FOIA.

If you are not satisfied with my response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, Suite 11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001, or you may submit an appeal through OIP's FOIAonline portal by creating an account on the following web site: https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/home. Your appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days of the date of my response to your request. If you submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.

Sincerely,

Arnetta Mallory
Government Information Specialist

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