HIE vulnerability to hacks

Douglas Lucas filed this request with the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States of America.
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From: Douglas Lucas

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all records referring to health information exchanges (HIEs) being vulnerable to hacking.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am a journalist whose work has been published by Salon.com, Vice, The Daily Dot, and other news organizations. I am gathering the requested documents in the service of news-gathering and in the hopes of writing an article about them. Therefore I believe this request to be in the public interest and ask for fees to be waived.

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.


Douglas Lucas

From: Department of Health and Human Services

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Folsom, Kia

RE: FOIA Request # 2016-00083-FOIA-OS
April 06, 2016
Dear Mr. Douglas Lucas,
In reference to the FOIA request mentioned above, the program office has determined that the request description is too broad.  Therefore, they are asking that you narrow you scope so that they can search for the documents, that you requested, more efficiently.  Please read the below remarks from the program office:
ONC has determined that the parameters of the search, "all records",  are too broad.  ONC requests that the requestor provide a more specific date range and specific individuals' they would like us to search.
If you could please email me back with the specifics, we can then move forward in fulfilling this request.  Thank you!
Kia Folsom


Good afternoon,
I am reaching out to you in regards to FOIA request 2016-00083.  The program office has informed us that this request is simply too broad and they asked that the scope be narrowed.  You requested the following:
"All records referring to health information exchanges (HIEs) being vulnerable to hacking."
Please respond to this email within the next 5 business days.  If we do not hear from you we will close this case.  Thank you!
Kia Folsom


RE: 2016-00083-FOIA-OS
December 13, 2016
Mr. Douglas Lucas MuckRock
Dept. MR 22162 P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Mr. Lucas:
Please see the attached letter.  This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, dated: November 04, 2015, concerning “Requesting all records referring to Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) being vulnerable to hacking.”.  We received your request on November 04, 2015 .  Within your request you did not reasonably describe or provide any information as to what information you are seeking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Therefore, we are closing our file on this request. If you continue to have reason to believe that this agency retains records in which you are interested, we request that you provide additional information pertinent to the subject matter, organizational component, and physical location of the records you seek which would be of help in locating any responsive records.  If so, you may submit this information with a new FOIA request and we will use this information to search for the records you seek.  If needed, you may wish to utilize the Department’s FOIA web page, to direct a request to an appropriate HHS FOIA Requester Service Center, if you believe that a particular HHS organizational component has responsive records.
Kia Folsom FOIA Specialist
Main Office Line:  202-690-7453