Government Employment of Criminals (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014FOIA2496
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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 your agency's employment of persons whom you know to have committed criminal offenses and your agency's policies on such employment.

Many people have heard stories of the computer hacker who becomes a government agent. The purpose of this request is to shed light on this practice within your agency. The types of records which I would expect to exist include:
1) Written policies and procedures concerning the hiring of employees, contractors or agents where the potential recruit either has been convicted of a criminal offense, been arrested in suspension of a criminal offense, or has revealed that they engaged in behavior in violation of the law without getting caught.

2) Requests or other documentation in consideration of making an exemption to any such policy described in #1.

3) Reports detailing the hiring of any person such as is described in #1.

You may limit your search to records created between 1/20/2009 and the date this request is processed.

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,

Jason Smathers

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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. 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

No Responsive Documents

From: Escobar, Yanil K

Mr. Smathers,
Good afternoon Sir, in response to an email you sent to our ICE FOIA inbox seeking the status of your case. On December 16, 2013 this office mailed a response to the address you provided in your initial request. You should receive our response letter anytime via mail. If you have any question or concerns please feel free to contact us at 866-633-1182 or at ICE-FOIA@dhs.gov<mailto:ICE-FOIA@dhs.gov>. Thank you.

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 8879
P.O. BOX 55819
Boston, MA 0205-5819.

V/r,

Yanil Escobar
FOIA Paralegal Specialist
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office

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. 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Escobar, Yanil K

Mr. Smathers,
Good morning, can you please be provide the specify case number you are seeking the status of your request. Case number 2014FOIA2496 was mailed to the address you provided in your request on December 16, 2014. See my email response below of December 18, 2014. Thank you.

V/r,

Yanil Escobar
FOIA Paralegal Specialist
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office

From: MuckRock

Hello,

To date this request has not received a tracking number or formal acknowledgement. Please see below for request content and advise as to status and appropriate tracking number.

Thank you.

From: Escobar, Yanil K

Sir,
Is there a number you can be reach at, so I can further assist you and explain what we have on file. Thank you.

V/r,

Yanil Escobar
FOIA Paralegal Specialist
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office

From: Escobar, Yanil K

Mr. Smathers,
Good afternoon, I call you on two occasion (8:12am, 4:52pm) today at the number you provided below. Please contact our office 866-633-1182 to further assist you.

V/r,

Yanil Escobar
FOIA Paralegal Specialist
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office

From: Jason Smathers

Sorry, I was in meetings at those times. Can you please tell me through email?

From: Escobar, Yanil K

Sir,
Please call our office at 866-633-1182 when time permits for you to explain in detail. What are the case numbers you wish to check the status of your request?

V/r,

Yanil Escobar
FOIA Paralegal Specialist
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office

From: Jason Smathers

I submitted the following request. In response to a previous request for a status update, I was told that you sent a response by postal mail. However, I did not receive that response. I never obtained a tracking number for it. Can you please email me the letter that was mailed?

At this time, I would also like to provide some clarification to my request. I am interested in cases and policy where a person with a criminal background is hired because of a specific unique skill they posses where the person would have been precluded from employment based on their criminal history if they did not posses this particular skill.

The initial request that was sent on 11/6/13 is below:

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records concerning your agency's employment of persons whom you know to have committed criminal offenses and your agency's policies on such employment.

Many people have heard stories of the computer hacker who becomes a government agent. The purpose of this request is to shed light on this practice within your agency. The types of records which I would expect to exist include:
1) Written policies and procedures concerning the hiring of employees, contractors or agents where the potential recruit either has been convicted of a criminal offense, been arrested in suspension of a criminal offense, or has revealed that they engaged in behavior in violation of the law without getting caught.

2) Requests or other documentation in consideration of making an exemption to any such policy described in #1.

3) Reports detailing the hiring of any person such as is described in #1.

You may limit your search to records created between 1/20/2009 and the date this request is processed.

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,

Jason Smathers

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. 6, 2013. 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 Nov. 6, 2013. 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 Nov. 6, 2013. 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 Nov. 6, 2013. 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 Nov. 6, 2013. 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 Nov. 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Escobar, Yanil K

Mr. Jason Smathers,
Good morning, I'm no longer the analyst handling your case or any other muckrock.com FOIA request. Per my out of office reply I was away on military duty and stated to contact our office via email, fax or calling to check the status of your request. Again, our information is listed below for you to contact us during our normal business hours.

ICE FOIA/PA Headquarters Office
Main Number: (866) 633-1182
Fax Number: (202) 732-4265
Email: ICE-FOIA@ice.dhs.gov

http://www.ice.gov/foia/

V/r,

Yanil Escobar
FOIA Paralegal Specialist
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office

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. 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: ICE-FOIA

Good morning,

Your request 2014-FOIA-02496 was originally closed on December 4, 2013. Attached is the final response that was sent to you. For your convenience, a hard copy will be mailed to the address of:
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 8879
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
Regards,

ICE FOIA

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A no responsive documents response.

From: ICE-FOIA

This case (2014-FOIA-02496) was closed on December 16, 2013 but we will resend the final response to the address provided on this FOIA request.

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