Journalist impersonation at federal law enforcement agencies (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Parker Higgins filed this request with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the United States of America.
Tracking #

2018-01035

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: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Dear Parker Higgins,

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Headquarters FOIA Office
received your FOIA request dated July 20, 2018. We have forwarded your
request to our Headquarters Law Enforcement office for processing. You
will receive a formal acknowledgement shortly.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your request; please
contact Michael Jenkins (michael_jenkins@fws.gov) or Kenneth Perry (
kenneth_perry@fws.gov) at 703-358-1949.

Respectfully,

United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Headquarters Freedom of Information Act Office
MS: IRTM
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

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Date: Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Freedom of Information Act Request: Journalist
impersonation at federal law enforcement agencies (U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service)
To: fwhq_foia@fws.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
FOIA Office
MS:IRTM
5275 Leesburg Pike
<https://maps.google.com/?q=5275+Leesburg+Pike+Falls+Church,+VA+22041&entry=gmail&source=g>
Falls Church, VA 22041
<https://maps.google.com/?q=5275+Leesburg+Pike+Falls+Church,+VA+22041&entry=gmail&source=g>

July 20, 2018

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

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Headquarters Freedom of Information Act Office
MS: IRTM
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement received your
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), dated July 20, 2018 and assigned it
control number FWS-2018-01035. Please cite this number in any future
communications with our office regarding your request.

Kenneth Perry
Management Analyst
USFWS, Office of Law Enforcement
703-358-2526
703-358-2192 FAX

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