Mission proposals for "Operation Torrent Divide"

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2016-ICFO-36017; CBP-OBP-2015-005965
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 mission proposals for "Operation Torrent Divide." Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson referred to this Operation in his July 10, 2014 statement before the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2804134ae)
* Tracking Number: CBP-2015-005965
* Requester Name: Beryl Lipton
* Date Submitted: 11/14/2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
All mission proposals for "Operation Torrent Divide mentioned by Jeh Johnson in his July 10, 2014 statement before the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

Beryl Lipton Po Box 55819 Dept MR 14197 Boston MA 02205 Dear Beryl Lipton: This automated notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received in the mail from you on 11/14/2014. Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-2015-005965 to track the status of your request.
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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 Nov. 13, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CBP-2015-005965 .

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 13, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CBP-2015-005965 .

Thank you for your help.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2015-005965 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OBP-2015-005965. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number:
CBP-2015-005965
* New Tracking Number:
CBP-OBP-2015-005965
* Requester Name:
Beryl Lipton
* Date Submitted:
11/14/2014
* Long Description:
All mission proposals for "Operation Torrent Divide mentioned by Jeh Johnson in his July 10, 2014 statement before the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

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 Nov. 13, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CBP-OBP-2015-005965.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 13, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CBP-OBP-2015-005965.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 13, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CBP-OBP-2015-005965.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 13, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CBP-OBP-2015-005965.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 13, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CBP-OBP-2015-005965.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 13, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CBP-OBP-2015-005965.

Thank you for your help.

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 Nov. 13, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #CBP-OBP-2015-005965.

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

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-OBP-2015-005965 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2015-005965. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: CBP-OBP-2015-005965
* New Tracking Number: CBP-2015-005965
* Requester Name: Beryl Lipton
* Date Submitted: 11/14/2014
* Long Description: All mission proposals for "Operation Torrent Divide mentioned by Jeh Johnson in his July 10, 2014 statement before the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

90 K Street NE MS 1181
Washington, DC 20229

Beryl Lipton MuckRock News
Po Box 55819
Dept MR 14197
Boston, MA 02205

February 23, 2016
Dear Beryl Lipton,
This is a final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) requesting all mission proposals for "Operation Torrent Divide mentioned by Jeh Johnson in his July 10, 2014 statement before the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Since the information that you are seeking is under the purview of the ICE, another DHS component, we are referring your request to the FOIA Officer for processing and direct response to you.  You may contact that office in writing at:  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 800 North Capital Street NW Room 585, Washington, DC20536.
If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please refer to 2015-005965.  This office can be reached at 202-325-0150.
Sincerely,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

From: Beryl Lipton

Please confirm receipt of CBP-OBP-2015-005965, which according to the communication below, has been forwarded to your department.

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Dept MR 14197
Boston, MA 02205
February 23, 2016
Dear Beryl Lipton,
This is a final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) requesting all mission proposals for "Operation Torrent Divide mentioned by Jeh Johnson in his July 10, 2014 statement before the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Since the information that you are seeking is under the purview of the ICE, another DHS component, we are referring your request to the FOIA Officer for processing and direct response to you. You may contact that office in writing at: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 800 North Capital Street NW Room 585, Washington, DC20536.
If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please refer to 2015-005965. This office can be reached at 202-325-0150.
Sincerely,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

From: ICE-FOIA

Good Afternoon,

In researching your FOIA request (CBP-OBP-2015-005965), we have determined that we have not received the request from USCIS as of today. As soon as your case is input, you will receive an email from this office assigning your request a new tracking number (2016-ICFO-XXXXX). Please be advised that we are working on a first in first out basis and your place in the queue depends on how many requests we have received prior to yours.

Sincerely,
ICE/FOIA

From: ICE-FOIA

Good Afternoon,

In researching your FOIA request (CBP-OBP-2015-005965), we have determined that we have not received the request from USCIS as of today. As soon as your case is input, you will receive an email from this office assigning your request a new tracking number (2016-ICFO-XXXXX). Please be advised that we are working on a first in first out basis and your place in the queue depends on how many requests we have received prior to yours.

Sincerely,
ICE/FOIA

Dave Stadnicki
FOIA Specialist
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
Department of Homeland Security
Washington DC
W- 202-732-4194
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From: ICE-FOIA

Hello Ms. Lipton,

I see that our office responded to you previously but the nature of the responses looks like they may have been standard responses used by the analyst for USCIS referrals. Did CBP tell you they were forwarding documents to us or is there something I’m missing?

Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi there,

Thanks so much for checking in on this request. An email I received from CBP on February 23 stated, "Since the information that you are seeking is under the purview of the ICE, another DHS component, we are referring your request to the FOIA Officer for processing and direct response to you." Their letter gave me the impression that documents exist in your office. Could you please clarify?

Thanks so much,
Beryl

__________

February 23, 2016
Dear Beryl Lipton,
This is a final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) requesting all mission proposals for "Operation Torrent Divide mentioned by Jeh Johnson in his July 10, 2014 statement before the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
Since the information that you are seeking is under the purview of the ICE, another DHS component, we are referring your request to the FOIA Officer for processing and direct response to you. You may contact that office in writing at: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 800 North Capital Street NW Room 585, Washington, DC20536.
If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please refer to 2015-005965. This office can be reached at 202-325-0150.
Sincerely,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

From: ICE

May 31, 2016 BERYL LIPTON MUCKROCK DEPT MR 14197 411A HIGHLAND AVE SOMERVILLE, MA 02144 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2016-ICFO-36017 Dear Ms. LIPTON: This acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), dated November 13, 2014, and to your request for a waiver of all assessable FOIA fees. Your request was received in this office on May 26, 2016. Specifically, you requested all mission proposals for "Operation Torrent Divide.". 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 November 13, 2014 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 5900 Washington, D.C. 20536-5900 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 2016-ICFO-36017. 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 2016-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: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

We are still awaiting for a response from the tasked agencies for any potentially responsive documents.

Sincerely,
ICE/FOIA

From: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

We are still awaiting the final program office to respond with any potentially responsive documents.

Sincerely,

ICE FOIA

From: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

We are still awaiting the final program office to respond with any potentially responsive documents.

Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

From: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

We are still awaiting the final program office to respond with any potentially responsive documents.

Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

From: ICE-FOIA

Good afternoon,

We are still awaiting the final program office to respond with any potentially responsive documents.

Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

From: FOIA

Greetings,

Thank you for contacting the DHS Privacy Office, you can check the status of your request by contacting the United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). The contact information is below.

United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)<https://www.dhs.gov/foia-contact-information>
Freedom of Information Act Office
500 12th Street, SW, Stop 5009
Washington, D.C. 20536-5009
FOIA Officer: Catrina Pavlik-Keenan
FOIA Requester Service Center Contact: Fernando Pineiro
Phone: 866-633-1182
Fax: 202-732-4265
E-mail: ice-foia@dhs.gov<mailto:ice-foia@dhs.gov>
ICE Website<http://www.ice.gov/foia/index.htm>

Regards,

The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
STOP-0655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:foia@hq.dhs.gov>

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From: FOIA

Greetings,

Thank you for contacting the DHS Privacy Office, you will have to contact the U. S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)<https://www.dhs.gov/foia-contact-information> for the status of your case. The contact information is below.

U. S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)<https://www.dhs.gov/foia-contact-information>
FOIA Officer
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 3.3D
Washington, D.C. 20229
FOIA Officer/Public Liaison: Sabrina Burroughs
Phone: 202-344-1610
CBP Website<http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia>

Regards,

The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
STOP-0655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:foia@hq.dhs.gov>

This communication, along with any attachments, is covered by federal and state law governing electronic communications and may contain confidential and legally privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, use or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this in error, please reply immediately to the sender and delete this message. Thank you

From: MuckRock

ice-foia@dhs.gov

Hi there,

Could you please provide a status for this request?

Thanks so much,
Beryl

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Afternoon,

The case number provided, 2016-ICFO-36017 is associated with Immigration & Customs Enforcement. It has nothing to do with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Please only refer cases pertinent to FEMA.

Christopher Hawkins
Management Analyst
FEMA FOIA Disclosure Branch
HQ/OCAO/MS/RMD/DB
US Department of Homeland Security
Christopher.Hawkins@fema.dhs.gov
Office: (202) 646-3250
Mobile: (202) 716-8977

From:

Ms. LIPTON,
ICE's final response to your FOIA request, 2016-ICFO-36017, for all mission proposals for "Operation Torrent Divide." is attached.
Please note that the attachment may be password protected. If you are prompted to enter a password when opening the attachment and you did not receive a password it may be in your junk/spam folder.
Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

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