PROMIS contracts DOJ

Emma Best filed this request with the Executive Office for United States Attorneys of the United States of America.
Tracking # EOUSA-2017-000066
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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Lists of any and all SKUs, Contracts, Invoices, Receipts, Billing Numbers, Agreements, PO Numbers, Billable Hours, Consulting Relationships, and interagency transfers for any services or goods associated with the Promis software from 1974 to the present. Where lists of this information does not exist, please provide a list of documents describing the information so that I may select specific documents for subsequent FOIA requests.

The software may also known as or referenced under the names and abbreviations: PROMIS, PROMIS II, Enhanced PROMIS, Prosecutor's Management Information System, Prosecution Management Information System, Promis '82, Promis 32-bit, Promis 16-bit, Promis Prime, Promis VAX, LIONS, FOIMS, Field Office Information Management System, and the ACS (Automated Case Support) system.

Companies that are likely to be associated with the software include Inslaw Inc., (AKA Inslaw AKA the Institute for Law and Social Research), Software AG, and Promis Systems. One of the Management Division of the Department of Justice's primary contract agents involved with PROMIS was Peter Videnieks.

It may be useful to consult House Report 102-857 Inslaw: Investigative Report and the transcript of the oral decision for INSLAW Inc. v. United States, Ch 11. Case No. 85 00070, Adv. No. 86-00069 for additional details on the software as well as companies that may have bought, sold, transported, installed, supported, or otherwise interacted with PROMIS and the Department of Justice.

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 there are fees, 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 Best

From: JMDFoia (JMD)

Mr. Best:

We have done a search for records related to the information you have requested and identified the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys to be the most likely to have those records. Therefore we have forwarded your request to that office as a misdirected request to the Justice Management Division. Please contact that office for any future communication regarding your request. Their contact information is listed below:

Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys

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FOIA Public Liaison: Donna Preston, (202) 252-6020

Karen McFadden
FOIA Contact
Justice Management Division

From: MuckRock

Per below, this request has been redirected to your office - please confirm receipt. Thank you.

From: EOUSA-NoReply@usdoj.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=090004d281144076)
* Tracking Number: EOUSA-2017-000066
* Requester Name: Michael Best
* Date Submitted: 02/02/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Lists of any and all SKUs, Contracts, Invoices, Receipts, Billing Numbers, Agreements, PO Numbers, Billable Hours, Consulting Relationships, and interagency transfers for any services or goods associated with the Promis software from 1974 to the present. Where lists of this information does not exist, please provide a list of documents describing the information so that I may select specific documents for subsequent FOIA requests

From: EOUSA-NoReply@usdoj.gov

02/06/2017
Michael Best
requests@muckrock.com
MuckRock
DEPT MR 23825 411 A Highland Ave Somerville MA 02144-2516
EOUSA-2017-000066
Lists of any and all SKUs, Contracts, Invoices, Receipts, Billing Numbers, Agreements, PO Numbers, Billable Hours, Consulting Relationships, and interagency transfers for any services or goods associated with the Promis software from 1974 to the present. Where lists of this information does not exist, please provide a list of documents describing the information so that I may select specific documents for subsequent FOIA requests
02/02/2017

Dear Michael Best,
This letter acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act (FOIA) request received in the Executive Office For United States Attorneys on 02/02/2017.
Your request has been assigned Tracking Number:  EOUSA-2017-000066.
Your request seeks records from one or more field offices, and involves many voluminous records and/or requires consultation with another agency/component with a substantial interest in the subject-matter and therefore falls within “unusual circumstances” as set forth in the state. See 5 U.S.C.S § 552(a)(6)(B)(i)-(iii).  Accordingly, we are extending the time limit to respond to our request for ten additional days. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B))(i).  In addition, this Office assigns incoming requests to one of three tracks: simple, complex, or expedited.  Each request is then handled on a first-in, first-out basis in relation to other requests in the same track.  Simple requests usually receive a response in approximately 30 business days, whereas complex requests necessarily take longer.  At this time, your request has been assigned to the complextrack.
Under FOIA and Department of Justice regulations you may be required to pay certain costs associated with processing your request, including, searching for, reviewing, and duplicating requested records.  Consequently, you may potentially incur those costs, unless you have requested and been granted a waiver or reduction in fees.  In most instances, the first 100 pages to duplicate and the first two hours to search for records responsive to your request, will be provided to you free of charge.  If after making those allowances, we determine that the cost to process your request will amount to more than $25.00, we will notify you in writing at a later date. 1     Requests that are specific, concrete and of limited scope (in time and/or subject matter) generally enable us to respond to you more quickly and possibly assess less fees.  To avoid delay and reduce ay potential fees, we respectfully request that you modify and narrow the scope of your request (See attachment).
You may contact our FOIA Public Liaison at the telephone number listed above for any further assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation service they offer.  The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 96012 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001; email at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769. (mailto:ogis@nara.gov)
Sincerely,
Kevin Krebs
Assistant Director
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1           Search and review fees by professional personnel are charged at $40 per hour and duplication fees are assessed at five cents per page




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____I wish to modify my request in an attempt to obtain a quicker response and/or reduce fees as follows:
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____ I understand that I am entitled to the first 100 pages and two hours of search time for free.  Please do not search beyond two hours, nor duplicate beyond 100 pages.
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From: Michael Best

As a member of the news media, I am exempt from search fees. I apologize for not providing you with the status information earlier.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross-section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived. Per DOJ FOIA guidance, "a requester should be granted a fee waiver if the requested information (1) sheds light on the activities and operations of the government; (2) is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of those operations and activities; and (3) is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester." As this FOIA meets all of those requirements (see above), a fee waiver is warranted.

From: EOUSA-NoReply@usdoj.gov

03/09/2017 04:19 PM FOIA Request: EOUSA-2017-000066-Disposition Response Letter

From: EOUSA-NoReply@usdoj.gov

EOUSA-2017-000066 has been processed with the following final disposition: No records.

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