Irwin OIG Report

Andrew Free filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General of the United States of America.
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Due Feb. 4, 2022
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From: Andrew Free

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. Working papers for the DHS-OIG Report released January 6, 2021, captioned OIG-22-14.
2. All communications sent or received by DHS-OIG pertaining to the investigation(s) producing this report.
3. All communications sent or received by DHS-OIG regarding the conclusions or findings in this report.
4. Any record demonstrating the amount of federal funds DHS-OIG expended on the contract teams who contributed to this report.
5. Copies of all agreements, contracts, performance work statements, or any other similar records reflecting the DHS-OIG’s scope of work for the reviewers who contributed to this report but were not employed by DHS-OIG.
6. Any DHS-OIG record containing the terms “Cuccinelli” and “Irwin”.

I hereby request expedited processing of this request pursuant to 6 CFR 5.5(e). The allegations that prompted this abuse, and records revealed to date, demonstrate extensive government lawbreaking acknowledged by the Secretary of Homeland Security in cancelling LaSalle’s contract with the Irwin County Detention Center, and in the extensive media coverage and Congressional action — including a visit by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the passage of a Resolution by the House of Representatives condemning the abuses. I certify pursuant to 28 USC 1746 that the the foregoing is true and accurate.

I make this request on behalf of Al Otro Lado’s #DetentionKills Transparency Initiative.

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.


Andrew Free

From: Andrew Free

I hereby appeal the agency’s failure to acknowledge this request and provide an individualized tracking number within 10 working days. Please remand with instructions to process this request in a timely manner.

From: Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General

Andrew Free,

Our FOIA Tracking System indicates your FOIA request (please see attachments) was never received on January 6, 2022. However, since this information has now been received, we will proceed and treat this as an initial FOIA request. Your submitted request has been assigned FOIA Tracking No. 2022-IGFO-00205.



From: Andrew Free

Thank you very much for this communication. We will await the agency’s responsive documents.

Best regards,

Andrew Free

From: Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General

Good afternoon:

Please find attached the acknowledgement of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), and response to your request for expedited processing.

Thank you.


  • FOIA 2022-IGFO-00205_Aknowledgement and Expedited Request Response Letter