Fusion Center Performance Program (FCPP) assessments, 2010 to 2014

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2015-IAFO-00032
Status
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

-Individual assessment reports for all fusion centers assessed by the Fusion Center Performance Program (FCPP) for FY2010, FY2011, FY2012 and FY2013

-The database(s) of assessment results compiled from the above fusion center assessment reports for the indicated fiscal years.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: I&A FOIA Officer

Good afternoon Mr. Musgrave,
Please find attached an acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), dated November 10, 2014.
V/R, I&A FOIA Officer Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
I&A FOIA@hq.dhs.gov
(202) 447-4883

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

I apologize for failing to provide information in my original FOIA request to substantiate my claim that I ought to be properly classified as a member of the news media. Please see below.

The requested documents will be synthesized into a distinct journalistic work that will be disseminated to the public. My basis for this claim is not only that the requested documents will be posted in full online for the general public on MuckRock (although such posting is relevant as it relates to widespread dissemination in the public interest). My history of publication in a number of outlets — including via MuckRock's news coverage, as well as a range of print and online publications such as the Boston Globe, VICE News and The Progressive magazine — substantiates my claim sufficiently to justify my categorization as a journalist for this request. This is particularly true for matters related to DHS, for which I have amassed a considerable body of work drawing from a range of sources, including documents obtained via FOIA as well as via other means of research and investigation.

In keeping with the 2007 FOIA amendments and procedures for determining fee status as a journalist, here is a sampling of recent articles as proof of publication history:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2014/feb/18/dhs-vancouver-olympics-social-media/

http://www.betaboston.com/news/2014/03/05/a-vast-hidden-surveillance-network-runs-across-america-powered-by-the-repo-industry/

www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/12/14/boston-police-suspend-use-high-tech-licence-plate-readers-amid-privacy-concerns/B2hy9UIzC7KzebnGyQ0JNM/story.html

www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/syracuse-home-to-an-air-force-drone-squadron-banned-drones

The above is more than sufficient basis for amending my fee categorization from commercial to representative of the news media. In light of the above, please let me know whether I&A will amend my fee categorization without the need for a formal appeal, which would be a considerable waste of DHS FOIA resources as well as clearly unnecessary in the present case.

Respectfully,

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Please confirm that the below clarification is ample to justify my request for classification as a media requester for the purpose of FOIA fees.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: I&AFOIA

Good afternoon Mr. Musgrave, per the I&A FOIA Officer you have been granted media status.

R,

Lewis M. Quick
Records Management/FOIA Specialist
Advanced Government Solutions (AGS), Inc.
in support of the Information Compliance Division
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Unclass: lewis.quick@associates.hq.dhs.gov<mailto:lewis.quick@associates.hq.dhs.gov>
Office: 202-447-4417
Fax: 202-447-4014

Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.
~ Arthur Ashe

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 Nov. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-IAFO-00032.

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 Nov. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-IAFO-00032.

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 Nov. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-IAFO-00032.

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 Nov. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-IAFO-00032.

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 Nov. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-IAFO-00032.

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 Nov. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-IAFO-00032.

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 Nov. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-IAFO-00032.

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 Nov. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-IAFO-00032.

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 Nov. 10, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-IAFO-00032.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: I&AFOIA

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

Intelligence & Analysis (I&A), Department of Homeland Security, has recently released the 2011 through 2014 annual fusion center assessment reports, in full. I am enclosing the link to the documents, in light of your previous interest/FOIA request concerning the reports. Please let me know if you have any questions.

https://www.dhs.gov/intelligence-and-analysis-foia-library

Brendan Henry
FOIA Officer
Intelligence & Analysis
Department of Homeland Security
(202) 447-3783 (U)
Brendan.henry@hq.dhs.gov

From: Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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