MuckRock Request Processing Instructions (Department of Homeland Security, Under Secretary Office of Intelligence & Analysis )

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis of the United States of America.
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of any and all files, memos, or instructions sent to or generated by this agency's FOIA office in regards to processing requests, assigning fee categories of, or otherwise mentioning or related to requests filed by the website

Please be sure to sure for instructions sent between this agency's FOIA office and any internal or external legal counsel regarding the above-mentioned files, and include any and all aforementioned responsive documents.

Please also include any and all files, memos, or instructions sent to or
from this agency's FOIA office relating to the following:

Government Attic
FOIA Machine
FOIA Filing Portals

Please note that I am reporter and that my request should be classified as a media request for fee purposes. I intend to use the results of this request for original reporting, and I believe that this request will be of wide public interest.

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, 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.


Michael Morisy


Dear Mr. Morisy,

I am writing to clarify your Freedom of Information Act request, below. When the I&A FOIA Office processes requests from MuckRock or any other requester, we generate an internal search request to our component offices relating to the specific information requested. If there are questions about the releasability of any responsive records, we may have documents from our legal counsel. Are these the kinds of records you are seeking?

We will hold your request in abeyance until this matter is clarified. If you construe this action to be a denial of access, you may appeal it, within 60 days of the date of this email, to: Associate General Counsel (General Law), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. 20528, following the procedures outlined in the DHS regulations at 6 C.F.R. ยง 5.9. Your envelope and letter should be marked "FOIA Appeal." Copies of the FOIA and DHS regulations are available at Please refer to FOIA Request No. 14-IAFO-0004 in future correspondence.

Incidentally, this clarification was delayed because the FOIA Office was closed during the government shutdown.

Elizabeth Withnell
Associate Privacy Officer
Advanced Government Solutions (AGS), Inc.
in support of the Information Compliance Division
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

From: Michael Morisy


No, just any special instructions or guidance regarding MuckRock requests or requests submitted by or through the aforementioned organizations. If no such guidance exists, we don't need anything further.

Thanks, and hope that clarifies.

- Michael


Thanks; this helps.

Elizabeth Withnell for Priscilla Waters
FOIA Office
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
U.S. Department of Homeland Security


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 7, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.


Good afternoon Mr. Morisy,

Please find attached a final response to your FOIA request to DHS I&A.


Priscilla Waters, J.D.
FOIA Officer
Department of Homeland Security
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
UNCLAS Phone: (202) 447-4883