Homeland Security cyberattack response scenarios

Andrew Couts filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2015-NPFO-00431
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From: Patrick Howell O'Neill

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records (including communications and documents) from the DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (including all of its divisions) discussing response scenarios for cyberattacks from Iran, China, North Korea, and/or Russia. Date range: between November 1, 2014, and the date of the search for records.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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,

Patrick Howell O'Neill

From: FOIA, NPPD

Re: 2015-NPFO-00431

Dear Mr. O'Neill:

This acknowledges receipt of your August 18, 2015, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for all records (including communications and documents) from the DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (including all of its divisions) discussing response scenarios for cyberattacks from Iran, China, North Korea, and/or Russia. Date range: between November 1, 2014, and the date of the search for records. Because your request was not specifically addressed to this office, your letter was initially sent to HQ Privacy for routing and was received by this office on August 20, 2015.

Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Per Section 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, the Department processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although DHS' goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, the FOIA does permit a 10-day extension of this time period. As your request seeks numerous documents that will necessitate a thorough and wide-ranging search, DHS will invoke a 10-day extension for your request, as allowed by Title 5 U.S.C. ยง 552(a)(6)(B). If you care to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office. We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner.

Provisions of the Act allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request. We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS Interim FOIA regulations as they apply to non-commercial requestors. As a non-commercial requestor you will be charged 10-cents a page for duplication, although the first 100 pages are free, as are the first two hours of search time, after which you will pay the per quarter-hour rate ($4.00, $7.00, $10.25) of the searcher. We will construe the submission of your request as an agreement to pay up to $25.00. You will be contacted before any further fees are accrued.

We have queried the appropriate component of DHS for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the processors in our office will respond to your request as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.

Your request has been assigned reference number 2015-NPFO-00431. To check the status of this request, you may use the online check status capability at http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status. Simply enter your request number and click the "Check Status" button.

Please refer to the assigned reference number in any future correspondence. You may contact this office at NPPD.FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV<mailto:NPPD.FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV> or 703-235-2211.

Sincerely,

Gayle Worthy
Deputy Chief, FOIA Operations
Desk: 703-235-2142
BB: 202-306-4104
Fax: 703-235-2052
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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. 18, 2015. 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-NPFO-00431 .

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

From: Schnepfe, Charles

Dear Mr. O'Neill:

This is the electronic final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), dated August 18, 2015, and received by this office on August 26, 2015. You were seeking records (including communications and documents) from the DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (including all of its divisions) discussing response scenarios for cyberattacks from Iran, China, North Korea, and/or Russia. Date range: between November 1, 2014, and the date of the search for records.

Please find the release letter and records attached to this message.

V/r

Charles Schnepfe
Program Specialist/FOIA Coordinator
Dept of Homeland Security
Office of the Assistant Secretary, CS&C
703-235-5279 Office
202-823-3753 Mobile
charles.schnepfe@hq.dhs.gov

Warning: This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information such as found under 49 CFR 1520 or the Privacy Act of 1974. It should not be communicated to any person, or agency, unless disclosure is in performance of official DHS duties and there exists a valid need to know. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message.

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