Guidance for financial institutions on terrorist activity (HSI)

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking # 20140753; 20140752
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records maintained by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI):

-Any and all guidance material provided by your agency since January 1, 2013 to financial institutions meant to supplement or replace partially or entirely the FATF's non-binding "Guidance for Financial Institutions in Detecting Terrorist Financing" or meant to otherwise help financial institutions identify potential transactions or other activity by terrorist groups. This should include any presentations your agency has given to employees of financial institutions, such as those given by Operation Cornerstone agents.

-Blank copies of any forms – be they physical or electronic – that financial institutions are required or asked to submit to your agency when they identify potential financial activity by suspicious or terrorist groups. If financial institutions submit information on potential financial activity through an online form or series of forms please provide screenshots of every page of the submission process.

-Any and all lists maintained by your agency – other than that provided in Executive Order 13224 -- of individuals or groups designated for special attention or increased scrutiny by financial institutions. I understand that the names of some individuals may have to be redacted from such lists.

I request that I be classified as a member of the news media for fee purposes as I am a journalist employed and published by the Boston Globe. An internet search of my name will provide ample evidence of my continuing work for The Globe. Furthermore, I intend to use the requested documents to educate the public on the workings of the government -- specifically how government agencies partner with private entities to combat terrorism.

I would like to make it clear that I am requesting classification as a member of the news media and the subsequent fee category for myself as an individual journalist and not a blanket fee waiver of any kind.

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,

Todd Feathers

From: Department of Homeland Security

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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 June 18, 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 #20140752.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Good Day,

Which component did you submit your request to?
Regards,

The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
STOP-0655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

I submitted the request to Homeland Security Investigations, however the acknowledgement letter I received (attached) was from the Secret Service. I doubt the Secret Service is in possession of the documents I requested, so I would like to ensure the request is transferred to HSI. If necessary, I can resubmit the request.

Thank you.

From: FOIA

Good Day,

You will need to follow-up with Secret Service since that is where you submitted your request.
Regards,

The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
STOP-0655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov

From: Department of Homeland Security

A no responsive documents response.

From: FOIA

Dear Requester,

Please see the attached final response regarding your recent FOIA/PA request. If you have any questions in regard to this matter, please contact this office at 202-406-5838.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Acts Branch
United States Secret Service
245 Murray lane, SW, Building T-5
Washington, DC 20223
Phone: 202-406-6370
Fax: 202-406-5586
Email: Foia@usss.dhs.gov<mailto:Foia@usss.dhs.gov>

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.

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