Proposed records schedules (DHS)

Doug Cox filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Due June 23, 2014
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Doug Cox

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All proposed records schedules (SF-115) submitted to NARA by your agency within the last five years.

Regarding my fee status, I am affiliated with an educational or noncommercial scientific institution, and this request is made for a scholarly purpose and not for commercial use. Specifically, I am a tenure-track Associate Law Library Professor at the City University of New York School of Law and I am requesting these records a part of ongoing research related to the Federal Records Act and other federal records laws, including specifically issues concerning agency records control schedules. See generally Douglas Cox, Burn After Viewing: The CIA’s Destruction of the Abu Zubaydah Tapes & The Law of Federal Records, 5 J. Nat’l Sec. L. & Pol’y 131 (2011) (discussing federal records laws and agency records control schedules obtained via FOIA); see also Douglas Cox, The Lost Archives of Noriega: The Law of Armed Conflict & The Fate of Panamanian Human Rights Documents in U.S. Custody, 32 B.U. Int’l L.J. 55, 70, 79-82 (2014) (discussing federal records laws and agency records control schedules); Douglas Cox, In the Trenches: Archival Ethics, Law & The Case of the Destroyed CIA Tapes, 22 J. Info. Ethics, Fall 2013, at 90-101, 95-98 (discussing federal records laws and agency records control schedules); Douglas Cox, National Archives and International Conflicts, 74 Am. Archivist 451, 465-66 (2011) (discussing records control schedules of multiple federal agencies).

I request that electronic records be sent to me, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Because I am an educational fee requester, I do not expect that you will assess any search or review fees. Because I have requested electronic records, I do not expect that you will assess any duplication fees. For that reason, it is not necessary for me to formally request a public interest fee waiver. I do wish to state for the record, though, my unwillingness to pay any fees for this request.

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.


Douglas Cox

From: DHS

Good Afternoon,
Attached is our acknowledgment of your DHS FOIA request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486.
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  • Department of Homeland Security FOIA 2014-HQFO-00526 Acknowledgment

From: Doug Cox

Re: 2014-HQFO-00526

I am willing to limit this request to just those proposed SF-115 forms for DHS components which lack their own FOIA offices. As in, if a DHS component has its own FOIA office (like ICE, FEMA, Secret Service, etc.), you need not look for SF-115 forms for records maintained by that component. That only leaves proposed SF-115 forms for records maintained by DHS proper.

From: Doug Cox

Re: 2014-HQFO-00526

Your request tracker shows this request as closed on 5/29/14, despite the fact that I responded to your letter on 6/1/14. Please tell me what happened here.

From: FOIA


Our records do not indicate that we received any correspondence from you that provided additional information.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
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From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find attached a copy of the raw email record for the communication sent on June 1, 2014 providing further communication regarding this request. Confirmation of receipt and continuation of processing would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much.