ICE contracts/MOUs re: BI Incorporated

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 2015-ICFO-90401
Status
Completed

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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

• All contracts (and their amendments) and memorandums of understanding (active or inactive) entered into with BI Incorporated for any equipment or services. Please include:

- original Invitation to Negotiate, Request for Proposal, or equivalent
- all proposals and responses to the initial Request for Proposal (or equivalent)
- all evaluation materials--including, but not limited to, evaluations, reports, charts, comparisons--used in the determination process
- all materials provided by the winning bidder
- all associated exhibits
- all amendments

This request is being made as part of a journalistic inquiry. 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,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

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August 05, 2015 BERYL LIPTON MUCKROCK DEPT MR 20166 PO BOX 55819 BOSTON, MA 02205-5819 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2015-ICFO-90401 Dear Ms. LIPTON: This acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), dated August 04, 2015, and to your request for a waiver of all assessable FOIA fees. Your request was received in this office on August 04, 2015. Specifically, you requested All contracts (and their amendments) and memorandums of understanding (active or inactive) entered into with BI Incorporated for any equipment or services. Please include: - original Invitation to Negotiate, Request for Proposal, or equivalent - all proposals and responses to the initial Request for Proposal (or equivalent) - all evaluation materials—including, but not limited to, evaluations, reports, charts, comparisons—used in the determination process - all materials provided by the winning bidder - all associated exhibits - all amendments. 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, ICE processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although ICE’s 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, ICE will invoke a 10-day extension for your request, as allowed by Title 5 U.S.C. § 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. After thoroughly reviewing your letter and request for fee waiver, I have determined that you have not presented a convincing argument that MUCKROCK is entitled to a blanket waiver of applicable fees. The DHS FOIA Regulations at 6 CFR § 5.11(k)(2) set forth six factors to examine in determining whether the applicable legal standard for a fee waiver has been met.  We will consider these factors in our evaluation of your request for a fee waiver: (1) Whether the subject of the requested records concerns “the operations or activities of the government”; (2) Whether the disclosure is “likely to contribute” to an understanding of government operations or activities; (3) Whether disclosure of the requested information will contribute to the understanding of the public at large, as opposed to the individual understanding of the requestor or a narrow segment of interested persons; (4) Whether the contribution to public understanding of government operations or activities will be "significant"; (5) Whether the requester has a commercial interest that would be furthered by the requested disclosure; and (6) Whether the magnitude of any identified commercial interest to the requestor is sufficiently large in comparison with the public interest in disclosure, that disclosure is primarily in the commercial interest of the requestor. As a requester, you bear the burden under FOIA of showing that the fee waiver requirements have been met.  Based on my review of your August 04, 2015 letter and for the reasons stated herein, I have determined that your fee waiver request is deficient because your request did not satisfy factors 4, 5, and 6.  Since your request for a fee waiver has failed to satisfy each of the required factors, I am denying your fee waiver request. Provisions of the FOIA 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 requesters.  As a non-commercial requester, you will be charged 10 cents per page for duplication; 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 for clerical personnel, $7.00 for professional personnel, $10.25 for managerial personnel) 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. You have the right to appeal the determination to deny your fee waiver request. Should you wish to do so, please send your appeal following the procedures outlined in the DHS regulations at 6 Code of Federal Regulations § 5.9 and a copy of this letter to: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Principal Legal Advisor U.S. Department of Homeland Security Freedom of Information Act Office 500 12th Street, S.W., Stop 5009 Washington, D.C. 20536-5009 Your appeal must be received within 60 days of the date of this letter.  Your envelope and letter should be marked “FOIA Appeal.”  Copies of the FOIA and DHS regulations are available at www.dhs.gov/foia . ICE has queried the appropriate program offices within ICE 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-ICFO-90401. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. To check the status of an ICE FOIA/PA request, please visit . Please note that to check the status of a request, you must enter the 2014-ICFO-XXXXX or 2015-ICFO-XXXXX tracking number. You may contact this office at (866) 633-1182. Our mailing address is 500 12th Street, S.W., Stop 5009, Washington, D.C. 20536-5009. (http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status) http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status
Regards,
ICE FOIA Office
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office
500 12th Street, S.W., Stop 5009
Washington, D.C. 20536-5009
Telephone: 1-866-633-1182
Visit our FOIA website at
www.ice.gov/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 Aug. 4, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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

From:

September 4, 2015
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Office
800 North Capitol Street, NW, Room 585
Washington, DC 20536-5009

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 4, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.
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From: ICE-FOIA

Hello Ms. Lipton,

This case has the tracking number 2015-ICFO-90401 and it is with one of our supervisors presently.

Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

From: ICE-FOIA

Your case is about to be assigned to our analysis team for the final stage(s) of processing and delivery.

We will processing your request as expeditiously as possible. Upon completion of the processing, all documents that can be released will be made available to you at the earliest possible date. We apologize for the delay you are experiencing and appreciate your continued patience. Your request has been assigned reference number 2015-ICFO-90401. Please continue to utilize this identifier in any future correspondence.

Regards,

ICE FOIA Office
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office
500 12th Street, S.W., Stop 5009
Washington, D.C. 20536-5009
Telephone: 1-866-633-1182v
Visit our FOIA website at www.ice.gov/foia<http://www.ice.gov/foia>

From: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

Your request is in the queue for an analyst review.

Sincerely,
ICE/FOIA

From: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

Your request is currently being processed by an analyst.

Sincerely,
ICE/FOIA

From: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

Your request is currently being processed by an analyst.

Sincerely,
ICE/FOIA

From: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

Your request is currently being processed by an analyst.

Sincerely,
ICE/FOIA

From: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

Your request is currently being processed by an analyst.

Sincerely,
ICE/FOIA

From: ICE-FOIA

Ms. Lipton,

Final correspondence was drafted today for your request. It appears, though, that there will be a final review at the supervisory level before your documents are sent to you.

Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi there!

Thanks so much for the update. I really appreciate your office's help on this and all of my requests.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,
Beryl

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