Journalist impersonation at federal law enforcement agencies (United States Secret Service)

Parker Higgins filed this request with the United States Secret Service of the United States of America.
Tracking #

20181208

Multi Request Journalist impersonation at federal law enforcement agencies
Due Aug. 14, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Parker Higgins


To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records such as policies, manuals, guidelines, and directives, including but not limited to electronic records, concerning undercover operations or activities in which a person may act as a member of the news media or infiltrate media organizations. This request includes, but is not limited to, the guidelines and policies related to criminal and national security operations review committees, and records relating to agency undercover impersonation applications and approval processes, including assessment of the need for an undercover operation. This request includes but is not limited to undercover operations involving impersonation of journalists or members of the news media, or such records relating to agency infiltration of media organizations. This request includes such records relating to any sensitive circumstances of undercover operations, including those that may require additional review (and records relating to those review processes).

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,

Parker Higgins

From: United States Secret Service

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 58401
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Attn: Parker Higgins
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

File Number: 20181208
Dear Requester:

This letter is intended to acknowledge the receipt of your recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received by the United States Secret Service (Secret Service) on July 20, 2018, for information pertaining to policies, manuals, guidelines, and directives, including but not limited to electronic records, concerning undercover operations or activities in which a person may act as a member of the news media or infiltrate media organizations.

Please be advised, provisions of the Act allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request. We shall charge you for the records in accordance with Interim FOIA regulations as they apply to "media" requesters. The first 100 pages of duplication are free of charge. As a "media" requester, you will be charged .10 cents a page for the duplication of each additional page.

Furthermore, the submission of your request is considered a firm commitment, by you, to pay all applicable duplication and search time costs charged, under 6 C.F.R., Chapter I, Part 5 ยง 5.11, up to $25.00. A search for files responsive to your request is being conducted. The appropriate components of the Secret Service are being queried for responsive documents. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for a disclosure determination. You will be contacted before any additional fees are accrued.

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 FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R, Part 5, the Secret Service processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt.

Your request has been assigned FOIA File No. 20181208. We solicit your cooperation and assure you that the search will be conducted as expeditiously as possible.

To check the status of your FOIA request, please contact this office at (202) 406-6370. Please use the file number indicated above in all future correspondence with this office.

Thank you,

Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program
United States Secret Service
245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5
Washington, DC 20223
Phone: (202) 406-6370
Fax: (202) 406-5586
Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV<mailto:Foia@usss.dhs.gov>

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.

From: United States Secret Service

Dear Requester,

Please see the attached letter regarding the status of your FOIA/PA request. If you have any questions in regard to this matter, please contact this office at (202) 406-6370.

Thank you,

Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program
United States Secret Service
245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5
Washington, DC 20223
Phone: (202) 406-6370
Fax: (2020 406-5586
Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.

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