HSI investigation manual

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2015-ICFO-02322 ; 2014FOIA16059
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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:

The most recent investigation manual -- detailing proper investigation procedures and scope of powers -- for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents.

I also request that all fees be waived as I am a journalist -- employed by MuckRock and the Boston Globe -- and intend to use any pertinent information I receive as a result of this request to educate the public.

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: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been rejected.

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

I am writing to appeal your decision to classify me as a commercial requester for the purpose of FOIA request 2014FOIA16059.

You write in your April 28 letter denying my request for a fee waiver that I have not presented convincing arguments to warrant a blanket fee waiver for MuckRock News.

It is becoming exceedingly frustrating that every time I file a FOIA request with your agency I must correct your errors.

As I have stated in previous letters, I am not requesting a blanket flee waiver for MuckRock. I made it very clear in my original request that I was asking only that I, as an individual journalist, receive a fee waiver.

I have provided your agency with evidence of my work as a journalist a dozen times, but once again, here are links to some of my recent articles:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/02/12/former-executive-red-light-camera-company-says-bribed-officials-win-contracts/X0qN0Z6dEs8mPxcrEqhS2M/story.html

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2014/apr/22/operation-cornerstone-training-slides/

I have no commercial interest in obtaining HSI's investigation manuals. In fact, I'm not sure how anyone could profit from such documents.

There is, however, a large public interest in learning how the federal agents who enforce the nation's laws are trained and what their purposes are.

Please reclassify me as a media requester for this and all future requests.

Todd.

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 April 22, 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 #2014FOIA16059.

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 April 22, 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 #2014FOIA16059.

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 April 22, 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 #2014FOIA16059.

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 April 22, 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 #2014FOIA16059.

Thank you for your help.

From: ICE-FOIA

This request is pending tasking response from the program office. As soon as the program office provides us with a response, we process the request and provide a response to the requestor.

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 April 22, 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 #2014FOIA16059.

Thank you for your help.

From: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

Our records indicate that the program office is still conducting a search for this request.

Sincerely,

ICE FOIA

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 April 22, 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 #2014FOIA16059.

Thank you for your help.

From: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

Our office is still conducting a search for this request. We currently have no time estimate for the search.

Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

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 April 22, 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 #2014FOIA16059.

Thank you for your help.

From: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

Please be advised that you can now check the status of your FOIA requests online at: http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status. Ensure that you input the entire case number (2015-ICFO-XXXXX).

Sincerely,
ICE/FOIA

From: ICE

March 25, 2015 Todd Feathers Muckrock News DEPT MR 11384, P.O. Box 55819 Boston, MA 02205-5819 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2015-ICFO-02322This e-mail is in regards to your April 25, 2014 ICE FOIA request for
the most recent investigation manual detailing proper investigation procedures and scope of powers for HSI special agents.
In conducting a search for responsive records, the ICE FOIA office has determined that further clarification is needed regarding your request. Please provide the specific information you are seeking regarding special agents, such as search and seizures, arrests, or other guidance as the scope of your request is broad in nature. Please provide the ICE FOIA office with a response as soon as possible to avoid any further delay in the processing of your request. If a response is not received within 10 business days, your request will be administratively closed.
Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

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