HVSRM ledgers

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-00155-AP
Status
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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:

Copies of the most recent version -- at the time this request is processed -- of the High-Value Seized and Recovered Monies (HVSRM) ledgers for the New England, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston division offices.

I also request that all fees be waived as i am a member of the news media -- employed by MuckRock and the Boston Globe -- and intend to use any information I receive as a result of this report 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: Drug Enforcement Administration

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 April 1, 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 #14-00363-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

An interim response, 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 April 1, 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 #14-00363-F.

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 1, 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 #14-00363-F.

Thank you for your help.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Todd Feathers

To Whom in May Concern,

I would like to appeal a set of redactions made to copies of High Value Seized and Recovered Monies ledgers I received on July 30 from the Drug Enforcement Administration as a result of a FOI request. The DEA issued my request tracking number 14-00363-F.

The DEA cited FOIA exemption 7(e) in redacting a column of the ledgers entitled "DEA case number."

Exemption 7(e) states that an agency may withhold information if it "would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions if such disclosure could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law."

The redacted information does not meet that criteria.

The ledgers I received from the DEA list the date each particular asset was taken into custody and the value of that asset. The ledgers do not include any other information about the investigation that led to the seizure, the techniques DEA agents used in seizing the asset. or prosecutorial guidelines or techniques.

Providing me with the DEA case number would in no way hinder the DEA's ability to conduct investigations or prosecute criminals. It divulges nothing about the techniques the agency uses. At most, it might possibly reveal the methodology by which the DEA assigns alpha-numeric codes to particular cases.

The value of keeping secret the DEA's case-labeling methodology is far outweighed by the public benefit disclosing the case numbers would yield. Disclosing the case numbers would allow me, as a journalist, to better report and educate the public on the government's asset forfeiture practices.

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to receiving your acknowledgement of this appeal..

Sincerely,
Todd Feathers
MuckRock News

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

An interim response, 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 April 1, 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 #AP-2014-04252.

Thank you for your help.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

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