Foreign Service Security

John Dyer filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
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From: Victor Michel

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I request any and all reports, cables, analysis or documents on threats issued against the US Embassy and Consulates in Mexico during FY 2000 to 2012. Please include any documents that might clarify the number of threats received by year, the type of threat, location of the threat, and measures taken to confront it.

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,

Victor Michel

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 15, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Request

This is being forwarded to the FOIA Status mailbox for reply.

From: Department of State

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 15, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Request

I have forwarded this email to the correct inbox for reply.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 15, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 15, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Victor Michel,

This is in reference to your e-mail dated February 14, 2013, inquiring about the status of your request. Your request has been assigned case number F-2012-33820 in our system. At this time the Office of Information Programs and Services (IPS) is experiencing a backlog and a delay in responding to FOIA requests. Please accept an apology for any inconvenience that this may have caused you. A copy of your e-mail has been forwarded to the appropriate office for reply. Information will be provided as it becomes available.

We appreciate your continued patience.

If you have questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) on 202-261-8484. Please refer to your case control number.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 15, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Michel,

I checked the electronic case notes. Your request has been assigned to the appropriate compliance research branch for action. Currently we are determining if we have sufficient information to process your search. You will be receiving a formal acknowledgement letter shortly. A timeframe cannot be provided until the assigned team has had an opportunity to fully review the request.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 15, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Michel,

I checked the electronic notes on this case. The case is still open. The case has been assigned to an analyst and a search has returned. The documents are currently under review. The other searches are still pending. The search and review time varies. Each case is different and the search time depends on the complexity of information requested and the time it takes to review the material. Please be advised the estimated completion date for this case (ECD) is July 2014.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or have any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov<mailto:foiastatus@state.gov>

From: Optican, Mitchell E

Dear Mr. Michel,

I have been assigned your case regarding "Foreign Service Security."

As your request was very broad and covered a period of 12 years, we have located a large number of possibly relevant documents. In order to more efficiently process your request, I am asking you to permit me to redact material that is not responsive to your request.

An example as to why this would be a desirable strategy is that many of the possibly responsive documents might be quite long -- documenting meetings attended by many agencies and that covered many topics. The responsive portion of these documents may be only one or two sentences. However, in order to obtain clearances to release the un-exempted portions of the entire document, I would have to obtain clearances from several external agencies and many offices within the Department of State. This would be required despite the fact that the material being reviewed by the external agencies might be completely non-responsive to your request and be of no interest to you. Multiply those clearances by the number of documents involved and you can see how the process could become exceedingly drawn out.

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