Information on SAFER Hiring Program grant applicants 2005-2014

Erik Peterson filed this request with the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Erik Peterson

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A list of each organization that applied for a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grant Awards) grant each year for fiscal years 2005-2014. I would also like to know the grant category the organization applied for, the amount of funding requested, and the scores assigned to each application at the initial and (if applicable) the peer review stages of the application process.

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.

Sincerely,

Erik Peterson
PhD Candidate
Department of Political Science
Stanford University

From: FEMA-FOIA

Good Afternoon,

Your case has been task out to a program office who may have document on what you request. Once we receive the document your case will go in queue to be process. We certainly understand the importance of your request and are working diligently to provide the information you have requested. Thank you for your continued patience.

Tonya Blackwell
Disclosure Branch (FOIA)
Mission Support Bureau
Records Management Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Direct: 202-212-3771
Mobile:202-802-2645

From: FEMA-FOIA

Dear Mr. Peterson:

This acknowledges receipt of your April 27, 2016 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Your request was received in this office on April 27, 2015. You are copy of each organization that applied for a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grant Awards) grant each year for fiscal years 2005-2014. You would also like to know the grant category the organization applied for, the amount of funding requested, and the scores assigned to each application at the initial and (if applicable) the peer review stages of the application process.

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 FEMA'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, DHS/FEMA 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; however, there are currently 1621 open requests ahead of yours.
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 media requestors. As a media requestor you will be charged 10-cents a page for duplication, although the first 100 pages are free. 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 program offices of FEMA for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the FOIA Specialist in our office will respond to your request expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.

To check the status of your FOIA requests 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. More information concerning the FOIA and implementing DHS regulations is available on-line at: www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0318.shtm<http://www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0318.shtm>.

Your request has been assigned reference number FEMA 2016-FEFO-01744. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call (202) 646-3323 or electronically at FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov>.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Disclosure Branch
Records Management Division
Mission Support Bureau

From: FEMA-FOIA

Good Morning Mr. Peterson,

This responds to your inquiry on the status update on your Freedom of Information Act request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (2016-FEFO-01774):

I am pleased to inform you that we have received notification from the FEMA component in regards to the responsive documents for your request. Your request is currently in our Pending Queue and awaiting processing. What this means is that your case is among others now awaiting a review and redaction process.

I am unable to provide an exact date of return. We certainly understand the importance of your request and are working diligently to provide the information you have requested. Your request has been assigned reference number FEMA 2016-FEFO-01774. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. If you need to contact out office concerning this request, please call (202) 646-3323 or electronically at FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov>

Thank you for your continued patience. Have a pleasant day.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Disclosure Branch
Records Management Division
Mission Support Bureau

From: Blackwell, Tonya

Good Morning,

Your FOIA case 2016-FEFO-01774 is being review by analyst David McCoy. I will forward your email to Mr. McCoy so he can response to your status check.

FEMA-FOIA

From: Blackwell, Tonya

Good Morning,

Your case is being review by any analyst. I will forward your email so he can response to your status check.

Tonya Blackwell
Disclosure Branch (FOIA)
Mission Support Bureau
Records Management Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Direct: 202-212-3771
Mobile:202-802-2645

From: McCoy, David

Good morning Mr. Peterson, we are responding to your inquiry into your request.
You requested a copy of each organization that applied for a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grant Awards) grant each year for fiscal years 2005-2014. You would also like to know the grant category the organization applied for, the amount of funding requested.

We were able to create a list of all the applicants through a system report which is ready for release.

You also requested the SAFER applications electronic evaluation scores and panel review scores.

We are not able to create a list of all the evaluation scores without a creating a heavy burden on staff. Our reports do not include the evaluation scores, so a member of the staff would need to enter each score onto the spreadsheet individually. If you still request the scores, they will be redacted under exemption B5 and will need further processing time. Please advise us of your decision.

Your request has been assigned reference number FEMA 2016-FEFO-01774. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. If you need to contact out office concerning this request, please call (202) 646-3323 or electronically at FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov>

Thank you for your continued patience. Have a great day.

David D. McCoy
Management and Program Analyst (FOIA), Disclosure Unit
Mission Support, OCAO
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Office: 202-212-5061
Mobile: 202-716-6907
Email: david.mccoy@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:david.mccoy@fema.dhs.gov>

From: Erik Peterson

Hi David,

Thanks for your response. If you could send along the completed system report that would be very helpful.

I would also still like to receive the SAFER applications electronic evaluation scores and panel review scores.

I understand this will require extra time, but I am requesting this information as part of an academic research project and those scores will be necessary for part of it.

Thanks for your help,

Erik Peterson
PhD Candidate
Department of Political Science
Stanford University

From: US DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency FOIA Office

Goodafternoon Mr. Peterson, Pleasefind FEMA’s 2016-FEFO-01774 final response.  Please reply to this email toconfirm receipt.  If you need to contact our office concerning thismatter, please call (202) 646-3323 or electronically at FEMA-FOIA@dhs.gov and refer to 2016-FEFO-01774. Thankyou, TheFEMA Disclosure Branch DavidD. McCoy GovernmentInformation Specialist –Disclosure Branch InformationManagement Division Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Desk phone: 202-212-5061
Mobilephone: 202-716-6907 E-mail address: david.mccoy@fema.dhs.gov

From: Erik Peterson

Confirming receipt of this, thank you for sending!

Is there any information about what year these applications were for? Right now I can't see a way to distinguish this from the attached spreadsheet.

Thanks,

Erik

From: McCoy, David

Good morning Mr. Peterson, the search was for Information on SAFER Hiring Program grant applicants is for 2005-2014. This information is located in the file Name ( 2005-2014). Thanks.

David D. McCoy
Government Information Specialist –Disclosure Branch
Information Management Division
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Desk phone: 202-212-5061
Mobile phone: 202-716-6907
E-mail address: david.mccoy@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:david.mccoy@fema.dhs.gov>

From: Erik Peterson

Thanks for your reply. Sorry my last message was unclear. Is there a way to distinguish which year a particular application was for inside the file? For example, the first row lists an application from the "Horneytown Volunteer Fire Department". Is that a grant application for 2014, 2005 or some year in between?

Thanks!

Erik

From: McCoy, David

Good morning Mr. Peterson, we are checking on your request. Thanks.

David D. McCoy
Government Information Specialist –Disclosure Branch
Information Management Division
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Desk phone: 202-212-5061
Mobile phone: 202-716-6907
E-mail address: david.mccoy@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:david.mccoy@fema.dhs.gov>

From: Erik Peterson

Hello,

Just following up on my previous email. Is there a way to distinguish which year a particular SAFER application was applied for in the file I received? For example, the first row lists an application from the "Horneytown Volunteer Fire Department". Is that a grant application for 2014, 2005 or some year in between?

Thanks!

Erik

From: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Freedom of Information Act Request: Information on SAFER Hiring Program grant applicants 2005-2014 (FEMA 2017 FEAP-0177)

Good morning Erik Peterson PhD,

Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately, your appeal (FEMA 2017 FEAP-01774) has been closed since Feb. 27, 2017. However, you can make another request for the information you seek. Recommend you send a copy of the spreadsheet you were provided with your request. Please note how you would like the information displayed and in what format. You may reference your old request number FEMA 2017 FEAP-0177. Thanks again.
October 19, 2018
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 Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 27, 2016. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
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