National Response Scenarios

Sam Biddle filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2016-FEFO-00071
Status
Rejected

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From: Sam Biddle

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The full documentation and executive summaries of all National Response Scenarios.

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 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,

Sam Biddle

From: Blackwell, Tonya

Good Morning,

We task your request out to program office who may have information they would like for you to clarify or define your request. Fema don't have National Response Scenarios but however we have National Planning Scenarios. Is this the information you are seeking or can you clarify your request.

Tonya Blackwell
Disclosure Branch (FOIA)
Mission Support Bureau
Records Management Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Direct: 202-212-3771
Mobile:202-802-2645

From: Sam Biddle

I would like to modify my request for the National Planning Scenarios instead, thank you.

From: Blackwell, Tonya

Dear Mr. Biddle

This acknowledges receipt and received of your October 14, 2015 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), received in our office on October 19, 2015. You are seeking copy of all documentation and executive summaries of all National Response Scenarios.

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, the Department processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although FEMA'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, DHS/FEMA 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; however, there are currently 913 open requests ahead of yours.

You have requested a fee waiver. The DHS FOIA Regulations at 6 CFR § 5.11(k)(2), set forth six factors FEMA is required to evaluate in determining whether the applicable legal standard for a fee waiver has been met: (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.
In the event that your fee waiver is denied, and you determine that you still want the records, we shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS Interim FOIA regulations as they apply to media requestors. As a media requestor you will be charged 10-cents a page for duplication, although the first 100 pages are free. You 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.
We have queried the appropriate program offices of FEMA for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the FOIA Specialist in our office will respond to your request expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.

To check the status of your FOIA requests you may use the online check status capability at http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status. Simply enter your request number and click the "Check Status" button. More information concerning the FOIA and implementing DHS regulations is available on-line at: www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0318.shtm<http://www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0318.shtm>.
More information concerning the FOIA and implementing DHS regulations is available on-line at: www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0318.shtm<http://www.dhs.gov/xfoia/editorial_0318.shtm>.

Your request has been assigned reference number FEMA 2016-FEFO-00071. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call (202) 646-3323 or electronically at FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov>.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Disclosure Branch
Records Management Division
Mission Support Bureau

From: Blackwell, Tonya

Good Morning,

This email is in regard to your inquiry concerning your Freedom of Information Act request, FEMA 2016-FEFO-00071. We received the responsive documents from the component and the first phase of processing has been completed. We certainly understand the importance of your request and are working diligently to provide the information you hve requested.
Thank you for your continued patience.

Tonya Blackwell
Disclosure Branch (FOIA)
Mission Support Bureau
Records Management Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Direct: 202-212-3771
Mobile:202-802-2645

From: Blackwell, Tonya

Good Morning,

This email is in regard to your inquiry concerning your Freedom of Information Act request, FEMA 2016-FEFO-00071. As previous state your case has been sent to the pending queue for processing, once your case is process you will receive an email or letter from the analyst. We certainly understand the importance of your request and are working diligently to provide the information you have requested.

Thank you for your continued patience.
Tonya Blackwell
Disclosure Branch (FOIA)
Mission Support Bureau
Records Management Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Direct: 202-212-3771
Mobile:202-802-2645

From: Blackwell, Tonya

Good Morning,

Your case is in pending queue to be process. Once your case is process you will receive an email or letter from the analyst I will forward your emails to lead analyst. We certainly understand the importance of your request and are working diligently to provide the information you have requested.

Tonya Blackwell
Disclosure Branch (FOIA)
Mission Support Bureau
Records Management Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Direct: 202-212-3771
Mobile:202-802-2645

From: FEMA-FOIA

Dear Mr. Biddle:

Attached is the final response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request. If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call (202) 646-3323 or electronically at FEMA-FOIA@dhs.gov<mailto:FEMA-FOIA@dhs.gov> and refer to FEMA 2016-FEFO-00071.

Thank you,
The FEMA Disclosure Branch

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