MuckRock Request Processing Instructions (United States Secret Service)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the United States Secret Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # 20140062
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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 MuckRock.com.

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:

MuckRock
Government Attic
FOIA Machine
ProPublica
WeNeedGlimpse
https://weneedglimpse.com/
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 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,

Michael Morisy

From: Requests Muckrock

October 7, 2013
United States Secret Service
United States Secret Service
Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Branch
245 Murray Drive, Building 410
Washington, D.C. 20223
FOIA Officer/Requester Service Center Contact: Latita Payne

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 MuckRock.com.

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:

MuckRock
Government Attic
FOIA Machine
ProPublica
WeNeedGlimpse
https://weneedglimpse.com/
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 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,

Michael Morisy

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 7009
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

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 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.

From: FOIA

Please be advised, we are in receipt of your request. You will receive a letter acknowledging your request soon. For your information, your request has been assigned file number 20140062.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

From: FOIA

Dear Requester:

Please see the attached letter regarding your recent FOIA/PA Request submitted to the United States Secret Service. Failure to respond within 30 days will result in the administrative closure of your file.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service

FOIA/PA Program

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: Michael Morisy

Hello,

This is not a commercial request. I am a journalist and MuckRock is a media outlet. Please update the fee category accordingly.

Thank you.

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 Oct. 7, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140062.

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 Oct. 7, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140062.

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 Oct. 7, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140062.

Thank you for your help.

From: Michael Morisy

I previously sent you an email on (date) objecting to being considered a commercial requester. In order to avoid any confusion, I want to make sure that you processed that email as a formal appeal of the commercial fee determination.

Please supplement your record with the following information about my media credentials:

I am the founder and editor of the MuckRock (MuckRock.com) website, which publishes original news content on a daily basis. All of MuckRock's content focuses either on FOIA itself or reports off of documents received via public records requests. Below are a number of the dozens of articles I have written for MuckRock:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/nov/06/mr-de-blasio-open-nypd/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/oct/25/librarian-rebukes-nun-over-comic-books/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/oct/03/foia-shutdown-which-agencies-have-put-their-public/

In addition to my capacity as fouder and editor of MuckRock, I am also a full-time journalist whose work has been published in such online and print outlets as the Boston Globe, Commonwealth Magazine, and the New York Daily News.

My professional biography and some recent articles for the Boston Globe:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/staff/morisy

My coverage of topics from national cybersecurity to privacy to government waste has been cited by a host of other news outlets at the international, national and local levels.

In short, it could not be clearer that I am, in fact, a journalist.

From: FOIA

Please be advised, our office is in receipt of your FOIA request. At this time we do not have an estimated time of completion.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

From: FOIA

Please be advised, our office is in receipt of your formal appeal.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

From: Michael Morisy

I apologize, I just realized that I included incorrect links in my 2/16/14 letter. MuckRock’s other editor, Shawn Musgrave, obviously wrote the three MuckRock articles I listed. I did not mean to take credit for Mr. Musgrave’s reporting, and I apologize for any confusion this has caused.

Here are the correct links to articles I have written on MuckRock:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/oct/21/there-bump-your-bill-heres-how-dea-tested-money-co/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2011/dec/12/fbi-carrier-iq-files-used-law-enforcement-purposes/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/nov/15/interview-john-young-founder-cryptome/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/dec/12/open-government-open-source-licensing/

Again, my apologies for any confusion or inconvenience, and thank you for your help processing this appeal.

From: FOIA

Please be advised, we are still reviewing your request for information. If you have any further questions regarding this matter please contact this office at (202) 406-5838.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

From: United States Secret Service

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: United States Secret Service

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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