Huawei, NIAC/DHS

Caroline Haskins filed this request with the DHS, National Infrastructure Advisory Council of the United States of America.
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From: Caroline Haskins

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Media reports state that US officials have characterized Huawei undersea internet cables as a security risk. (

Therefore, I am requesting the following records related to Huawei:

- Electronic mail communications and electronic mail attachments that mention "Huawei," or are sent to a representative from Huawei. Please limit the search results from December 1, 2018 to present.
- National security reports, assessments, or internal research that mentions "Huawei" from January 1, 2018 to present.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. It will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE’s science and technology website (

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 there are fees, 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.


Caroline Haskins

From: DHS, National Infrastructure Advisory Council

Good Afternoon Ms. Haskins,

Thank you for your email. This is a duplicate of a request you submitted on May 9, 2019 (case # 2019-HQFO-00700). We responded to that request on May 10, 2019, informing you that we need more information to conduct a search for documents.

Please refer to the following language from our May 10, 2019 letter:

After careful review of your FOIA request, we determined that your request is too broad in scope
or did not specifically identify the records which you are seeking. Records must be described in
reasonably sufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with the subject
area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency. For this reason,
6 C.F.R. Part 5 §5.3(b) of the DHS FOIA regulations require that you describe the records you
are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search can locate them with a
reasonable amount of effort. Whenever possible, a request should include specific information
about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipients, and subject matter of
the records, if known, or the DHS component or office you believe created and/or controls the
record. The FOIA does not require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed by
requesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specific records.

We do not have a centralized database to conduct a broad search for all documents on a particular topic. Please identify the specific documents you are seeking, and if known, the DHS component you believe created or controls the records. For example, for item one of your request, you are looking for email communications sent by whom at DHS? For item two, “National security reports, assessments, or internal research that mentions Huawei from January 1, 2018 to present,” which component of DHS do you believe controls these records, and do you have dates or names of the assessments/research you are seeking?

Your case (2019-HQFO-00700) will remain on hold until 6/10/2019, at which point it will be administratively closed if we do not receive a perfected request. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

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