Nelson Mandela (United States Secret Service)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the United States Secret Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # 20140197
Est. Completion None
Status
Withdrawn

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All documents on, about or concerning Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born 18 July 1918 in Mvezo, Umtatu, South Africa and died December 5, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa).

Mandela's death has been reported by the Associate Press (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/south-african-president-says-nelson-mandela-has-died-age-95): "JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95."

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: FOIA

Dear Requester,

Please see the attached letter regarding your recent FOIA/PA Request submitted to the United States Secret Service. Please be advised, failure to respond within 30 days of this email will result in the 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: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

I do not agree to pay commercial requester fees, because I am not a commercial requester. I am a journalist.

Having personally read the memo from Mr. Holzer regarding the classification of requests submitted via MuckRock, I am aware that you may have been advised to scrutinize the fee category claims of MuckRock staff and users. That memo did not, however, indicate that all MuckRock requesters are to be considered as commercial requests, as the USSS and several other DHS component offices have seen fit to do. Rather, FOIA officers are to ascertain the fee category based on individual requester characteristics.

Here are a selection of my published articles to support my claim of news media requester category (some published via the MuckRock website for public viewing without a paywall, others on other media outlet websites and in print):

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/dec/15/boston-police-close-alpr-program/

www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/12/14/boston-police-suspend-use-high-tech-licence-plate-readers-amid-privacy-concerns/B2hy9UIzC7KzebnGyQ0JNM/story.html

www/bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/syracuse-home-to-an-air-force-drone-squadron-banned-drones

These are just articles written in the past week. I'd be willing to send scans of clips or any other proof of journalistic bona fides you may require, including successful grant applications to the Fund for Investigative Journalism, clips of talks I've given at journalistic conferences or any number of other substantiating documents to confirm my chosen profession.

Furthermore, the USSS FOIA office has categorized MuckRock's intern as a media requester just in the past several weeks (see attached).

Per all of the above, I clearly fall within the definition of a media requester, and respectfully insist that your office revise its acknowledgement letter accordingly.

All the best,
Shawn

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

Thank you for your help.

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: 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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

Thank you for your help.

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: 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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Please be advised, we are currently reviewing your request for information.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

At this time, we are continuously processing your request for information. We are working diligently to provide a response to your request in the near future.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Dear Requester:

Reference is made to your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Acts (FOIA/PA) request which was originally submitted to the United States Secret Service (USSS) on December 5, 2013, for information pertaining to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Your request is currently being held in abeyance pending the quantification of your fee category according to the requested items. After your fee category has been determine for your request, you will be contacted.

We solicit your cooperation and assure you that quanticiation of your fee category is being conducted as expeditiously as possible. To check the status of your FOIA request, please contact this office at (202) 406-6370.

Please use the file number indicated above in all future correspondence with this office.

Sincerely,

FOIA/PA Program

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Please explain what you mean by "quantification of your fee category according to the requested items."

Thank you,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

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 Dec. 5, 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 #20140197.

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

From: FOIA

Dear Requester:

Reference is made to your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) request, which was originally submitted to the United States Secret Service (Secret Service) on December 5, 2013, for information pertaining to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

In our acknowledgement letter to you, we advised you that due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we could encounter some delay in processing your request. However, we want to let you know that we have been making every effort to reduce the backlog of cases, and your file is scheduled to be reviewed in the near future.

For your information, documents responsive to your request have been located, forwarded to this office for review and are in processing. Upon completion of the processing, all documents that can be released will be made available to you at the earliest possible date.
Regards,

Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Acts Branch
United States Secret Service
245 Murray lane, SW, Building T-5
Washington, DC 20223
Phone: 202-406-6370
Fax: 202-406-5586
Email: Foia@usss.dhs.gov<mailto:Foia@usss.dhs.gov>

From: FOIA

MuckRock
Shawn Musgrave
DEPT MR 9454
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

File Number: 20140197

Dear Requester:

Reference is made to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was originally submitted to the United States Secret Service (Secret Service) on December 5, 2013, for information pertaining to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

In our acknowledgement letter to you, dated December 19. 2013, we advised you that due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we could encounter some delay in processing your request. However, we want to let you know that we have been making every effort to reduce the backlog of cases, and your file is scheduled to be reviewed in the near future.

For your information, documents responsive to your request have been located, forwarded to this office for review and are in processing. Upon completion of the processing, all documents that can be released will be made available to you at the earliest possible date.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this matter, please contact this office at
(202) 406-6370. Please use the file number indicated above in all future correspondence with this office.

Thank You,

Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program
United States Secret Service
245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5
Washington, DC 20223
Phone: (202) 406-6370
Fax: (202) 406-5586
Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV<mailto:Foia@usss.dhs.gov>

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: FOIA

Dear Requester,

Please be advised, a letter was mailed to you on March 27, 2017 indicating a response was needed to continue processing the request. However, a response was never received including the updated information needed. Therefore, this file number was previously closed.

Thank You,

Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program
United States Secret Service
245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5
Washington, DC 20223
Phone: (202) 406-6370
Fax: (202) 406-5586
Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV<mailto:Foia@usss.dhs.gov>

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

I have no such "still interested" letter among my records — as such I ask that you continue to process this FOIA request.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: FOIA

Dear Requester,

Please be advised, a letter was mailed to you on March 27, 2017 indicating that your request was too broad. A response was needed to continue processing the request. However, a response was never received including the updated information needed. Therefore, this file number was previously closed. Please re-submit your request narrowing the scope of the requested information.

Thank You,

Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program
United States Secret Service
245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5
Washington, DC 20223
Phone: (202) 406-6370
Fax: (202) 406-5586

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