SAEC Bureau of Indian Affairs

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the United States of America.
Due Aug. 7, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all statistics, data, reports, audits, policies, and procedures pertaining to the following items regarding sexual assault evidence collection (SAEC) kits (also known as "rape kits") and processing:

• all standard operating procedures regarding the SAEC process

• any written policies or procedures regarding department practices on the acquisition of or handling of rape kit evidence on tribal lands, including protocols for its collection, testing, and delegation and transfer to all other possibly relevant locations, laboratories, or agencies

• the number of kits collected and booked into evidence from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

• the number of kits that have been processed by a public or private crime or forensic laboratory or equivalent processing location from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

• the number of unprocessed kits in any storage facilities currently under the department’s jurisdiction and control, including those held by medical personnel or at external laboratory locations

• any materials regarding the status or ultimate disposition of cases in which a kit was collected. Please include all available segregable data.

• all audits involving this agency regarding the collection or backlog of SAEC kits

• all proposed alterations or yet-to-be-implemented changes to the policies and procedures regarding the collection, testing, and use of SAEC kits

If there any questions about this request, please feel free to call us at the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.

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,

Vanessa Nason

From: FOIA, BIA

Thank you for your inquiry. The FOIA requires that requests describe the
records sought with sufficient detail to allow an agency employee familiar
with the subject area of the request to locate the records with a
reasonable amount of effort. Your request does not adequately describe the
records sought; therefore, we are unable to process it at this time.

If you wish to submit a FOIA request, please provide a description of the
specific documents sought. Please include as much detail as possible about
the specific records or types of records that you are seeking. If
possible, include the date, title or name, author, recipient, and subject
of any particular records you seek; the office that created the records you
seek; the time frame for which you are seeking records; and any other
information that will assist in locating the records. It is not necessary
to provide all of this information, albeit providing as much as you can
will help personnel to locate records that are responsive to your request.

From: Vanessa Nason

Hi,

I am requesting

1. all standard operating procedures regarding sexual assault evidence collection. These may include written department policies.

2. the amount of sexual assault evidence (SAEC) kits that have been collected from January 1, 2000 to the date this request is processed, which may be available as a list or spreadsheet.

3. the number of kits that have been processed by a public or private crime or forensic laboratory or equivalent processing location from the period of January 1, 2000 through the date this request is processed

4. the number of unprocessed kits in any storage facilities currently under the department’s jurisdiction and control, including those held by medical personnel or at external laboratory locations

5. all proposed alterations or yet-to-be-implemented changes to the policies and procedures regarding the collection, testing, and use of SAEC kits

This information may be held by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Police.

From: FOIA, BIA

Thank you for your email. Your request has been assigned to BIA OJS for a
direct response. For information regarding your request feel free to
contact BIA OJS FOIA Coordinators; Barry Cossey & Kelly Maytubby for status
updates. Thank you.

BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
OFFICE OF JUSTICE SERVICES
5924 NW 2nd Street, Suite 650
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
fax: 405.603.1570
phone: 405.603.1567
Barry.Cossey@bia.gov
kelly.maytubby@bia.gov

From: FOIA, BIA

Dear Ms. Nason,

Thank you for your follow up email to your request dated July 12, 2017. I
have reached out to the FOIA coordinators Barry Cossey and Kelly Maytubby,
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services for the status of your
request. They will be getting in contact with you. Thank you.

Allison Neblett

Acting, Government Information Assistant

From: FOIA, BIA

Thank you for your email. Your request has been routed and assigned to the
Office of Justice Services (OJS) for response. For questions or status
updates regarding this request you may contact the OJS FOIA Coordinator,
Mr.Barry Cossey. He can be contacted at:

BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

OFFICE OF JUSTICE SERVICES

5924 NW 2nd Street, Suite 650

Oklahoma City, OK 73127

fax: 405.603.1570

phone: 405.603.1567

Barry.Cossey@bia.gov

kelly.maytubby@bia.gov

In addition, I have looped in Mr. Barry Cossey into this email to provide
you with a status update directly. Thank you.

From: Bureau of Indian Affairs

Dear Ms. Nason,

Thank you for your *follow up email.* Your request has been routed
and assigned to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services
for a response on November 14, 2017. For questions or status updates
regarding this request you may contact the BIA-OJS FOIA Coordinator, Ms.
Cynthia Elia. She can be contacted at:

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Office of Justice Services
2001 Killebrew Drive, Ste 121
<https://maps.google.com/?q=2001+Killebrew+Drive,+Ste+121+Bloomington,+MN+%C2%A055425+952&entry=gmail&source=g>
Bloomington, MN 55425
<https://maps.google.com/?q=2001+Killebrew+Drive,+Ste+121+Bloomington,+MN+%C2%A055425+952&entry=gmail&source=g>
Email: ojs-foia@bia.gov
Phone: 952-851-5431
Fax: 952-851-5435

In addition, I have looped in Ms. Cynthia Elia into this email to provide
you with a status update directly. Thank you.

Allison Neblett

Acting, Government Information Specialist

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