|Submitted||March 17, 2018|
|Due||April 16, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Copies of emails, findings, and final reports relating to the following MIFRs:
I request a fee waiver because as part of a journalistic investigation, the requested documents will be made available to the general public. 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.
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.
DHS Privacy Office Disclosure & FOIA Program
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
FOIA website (http://www.dhs.gov/foia)
March 21, 2018 SENT VIA EMAIL TO:email@example.com Nicholas Kjeldgaard 411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144-2516 RE: NPPD Case Number 2018-NPFO-00333 DHS Case Number 2018-HQFO-00770 Dear Mr. Kjeldgaard: This acknowledges receipt of yourMarch 17, 2018, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Departmentof Homeland Security (DHS), National Protection and Programs Directorate(NPPD), for copies of emails, findings, and final reports related to the following MIFRs: MIFR-10127623; MIFR:10128327; MIFR-10128830; MIFR-10128336; MIFR-10128883; MIFR-10135300. Your requestwas received in this office on March 21, 2018. Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received bythis office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. PerSection 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5 , NPPD processes FOIA requests according to their order ofreceipt. Although NPPD’s goal is to respond within 20 business days of receiptof 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 andwide-ranging search, NPPD will invoke a 10-day extension for your request, asallowed by Title 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B). If you care to narrow the scope ofyour request, please contact our office. We will make every effort to complywith your request in a timely manner. NPPD evaluates fee waiver requests under the legalstandard set forth above and the fee waiver policy guidance issued by theDepartment of Justice on April 2, 1987, as incorporated into the Department ofHomeland Security’s Freedom of Information Act regulations These regulations set forth six factors toexamine in determining whether the applicable legal standard for fee waiver hasbeen met. I have considered thefollowing factors in my evaluation of your request for a fee waiver: (1) Whetherthe subject of the requested records concerns “the operations or activities ofthe government”; (2) Whetherthe disclosure is “likely to contribute” to an understanding of governmentoperations or activities; (3) Whetherdisclosure of the requested information will contribute to the understanding ofthe public at large, as opposed to the individual understanding of therequestor or a narrow segment of interested persons; (4) Whetherthe contribution to public understanding of government operations or activitieswill be "significant"; (5) Whetherthe requester has a commercial interest that would be furthered by therequested disclosure; and (6) Whether the magnitude of any identified commercialinterest to the requestor is sufficiently large in comparison with the publicinterest in disclosure, that disclosure is primarily in the commercial interestof the requestor. Upon review of your request and a careful consideration ofthe factors listed above, I have determined to grant your request for a feewaiver. NPPD has queried the appropriate program offices within NPPDfor responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will bereviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of theprocessors in our office will respond to your request as expeditiously aspossible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request. If you have any questions or wish to discussreformulation or an alternative time frame for the processing of your request,please contact FOIA office. You may sendan e-mail to NPPD.FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV ,call free 703-235-2211 , or you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison inthe same manner. Additionally, you havea right to seek dispute resolution services from the Office of GovernmentInformation Services (OGIS) which mediates disputes between FOIA requesters andFederal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation. If you are requesting access to your own records(which is considered a Privacy Act request), you should know that OGIS does nothave the authority to handle requests made under the Privacy Act of 1974. You may contact OGIS as follows: Office of Government Information Services,National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, CollegePark, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone at 202-741-5770;toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769. Your request has been assigned reference number 2018-NPFO-00333. Please refer to thisidentifier in any future correspondence. Tocheck the status of an NPPD FOIA/PA request, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status . Please note that to check the status of a request, you must enter the2018-NPFO-XXXXX tracking number. Sincerely, NPPD FOIA
Please find the attached correspondence related to your Freedom of Information Act 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.
National Protection and Programs Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Phone: 703-235-2211
Thank you for the prompt response on my case: 2018-NPFO-00333
I am interested in additional information on the cases mentioned in those whitepapers, especially anything focusing on the regions or companies/organizations that were targeted.
As my initial FOIA request mentioned, that could be:
"Copies of emails [electronic communications], findings, and final reports relating to the following MIFRs:
Thank you again and I await your response.
After further consideration NPPD FOIA will reopen your request and conduct a search for the additional information requested that was not provided in our initial response.