Senator Bill Nelson communication (DHS)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection of the United States of America.
Tracking #

CBP-2014-040227 ; CBP-OFO-2014-040227 ; CBP-OCA-2014-040227 ; 2014-HQFO-00056

Due June 18, 2014
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

WF #983854 and #984287, received 6/17/2013 and 6/20/2013 respectively from Senator Bill Nelson concerning the transfer of his constituents to the Port of Key West, Florida.

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,

Jason Smathers

From: Neuschaefer, Eric

Good afternoon,
Attached is our acknowledgment to 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.

From: Jason Smathers

I have absolutely no commercial interests in making this request. Will you be able to handle that correction to the acknowledgment letter?

From: FOIA

Good afternoon,

Attached is our final response to your 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.
Regards,

DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane, SW
Arlington, VA 20598-0655
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax: 202-343-4011
Visit our FOIA website

From: Jason Smathers

Hello,

Per the attached letter, this request was forwarded to CBP FOIA office, attention of Sabrina Burroughs. Please confirm receipt.

Thank you.

From: Jason Smathers

Hello,

Per the attached letter, this request was forwarded to CBP FOIA office, attention of Sabrina Burroughs. Please confirm receipt.

Thank you.

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 Nov. 12, 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 #2014-HQFO-00056.

Thank you for your help.

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 12, 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 #2014-HQFO-00056.

Thank you for your help.

From: Jason Smathers

Hello,

This request has not been acknowledged since it was forwarded to your office on Nov. 12, 2013. Diagnostic records show that follow up messages were sent to the correct fax number and arrived there.

Please advise as to the status of this request and when a response should be expected.

Thank you.

From: MuckRock.com

Fax failed.

From: MuckRock

Ms. Burroughs,

This request has not been acknowledged since being transferred to your attention in January (see attached). Please confirm receipt immediately.

Thank you.

From: PEGUES, TIMIKIA

Mr. Smathers,

Please check the status of your request via FOIA online. You should be able to view the status of your request by entering the FOIA number that was provided to you.

Please note:****FOIA online is able to provide status update during the processing of your case.
Thanks

Timikia R. Pegues
Government & Information Specialist
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Customs & Border Protection
Office of the Commissioner
Privacy & Diversity Office
Direct: (202) 325-0283
Fax: (202) 325-0230
Emial: Timikia.R.Pegues@cbp.dhs.gov

From: Jason Smathers

Ms. Pegues -

It is impossible for me to check the status of this request via FOIAOnline, as CBP has not yet provided a tracking number following its referral.

Please confirm whether this request is being processed by CBP, and provide a tracking number per your obligations under FOIA.

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 Nov. 12, 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 #2014-HQFO-00056.

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 Nov. 12, 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 #2014-HQFO-00056.

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 Nov. 12, 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 #2014-HQFO-00056.

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 Nov. 12, 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 #2014-HQFO-00056.

Thank you for your help.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.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=090004d28031c0bb)
* Tracking Number: CBP-2014-040227
* Requester Name: Jason Smathers
* Date Submitted: 08/08/2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
WF #983854 and #984287, received 6/17/2013 and 6/20/2013 respectively from Senator Bill Nelson concerning the transfer of his constituents to the Port of Key West, Florida.
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,
Jason Smathers
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 8628
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: PEGUES, TIMIKIA

Good Morning Mr. Smathers,

This acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request referred from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Per Section 5.5(a) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, the Department processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt.

CBP has created an online portal to provide the public access to submit requests online, check the status of the requests, and download responsive records from the agency to a secure account.
Please visit https://foia.cbp.gov to create an account.

Your request has been assigned reference number 2014-037909. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence.
Thanks

Timikia Pegues
CBP FOIA Division

From: MuckRock

Please advise as to which is the appropriate tracking number:

2014-037909

or

CBP-2014-040227

Two separate messages were received within the past hour with two different tracking numbers.

Thank you.

From: PEGUES, TIMIKIA

Mr. Smathers,

You have a duplicate request in our FOIA online system. I will close request # 2014-037909 and you should refer to request # 2014-040227, when inquiring about the status of your request. Please note: since I have provided you with the tracking number please visit our online site to check the status of the requests. Please visit https://foia.cbp.gov to create an account.

Thanks

Timikia R. Pegues
Government & Information Specialist
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Customs & Border Protection
Office of the Commissioner
Privacy & Diversity Office
Direct: (202) 325-0283
Fax: (202) 325-0230
Emial: Timikia.R.Pegues@cbp.dhs.gov

“We Delight in the beauty of a butterfly, but rarely admit the change it has gone through to achieve it’s beauty.” Maya Angelou

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2014-040227 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OCA-2014-040227. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number:
CBP-2014-040227
* New Tracking Number:
CBP-OCA-2014-040227
* Requester Name:
Jason Smathers
* Date Submitted:
08/08/2014
* Long Description:
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
WF #983854 and #984287, received 6/17/2013 and 6/20/2013 respectively from Senator Bill Nelson concerning the transfer of his constituents to the Port of Key West, Florida.
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,
Jason Smathers
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 8628
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-OCA-2014-040227 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2014-040227. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number:
CBP-OCA-2014-040227
* New Tracking Number:
CBP-2014-040227
* Requester Name:
Jason Smathers
* Date Submitted:
08/08/2014
* Long Description:
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
WF #983854 and #984287, received 6/17/2013 and 6/20/2013 respectively from Senator Bill Nelson concerning the transfer of his constituents to the Port of Key West, Florida.
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,
Jason Smathers
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 8628
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-2014-040227 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OFO-2014-040227. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number:
CBP-2014-040227
* New Tracking Number:
CBP-OFO-2014-040227
* Requester Name:
Jason Smathers
* Date Submitted:
08/08/2014
* Long Description:
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
WF #983854 and #984287, received 6/17/2013 and 6/20/2013 respectively from Senator Bill Nelson concerning the transfer of his constituents to the Port of Key West, Florida.
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,
Jason Smathers
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 8628
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov

The FOIA request CBP-OFO-2014-040227 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2014-040227. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number:
CBP-OFO-2014-040227
* New Tracking Number:
CBP-2014-040227
* Requester Name:
Jason Smathers
* Date Submitted:
08/08/2014
* Long Description:
To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
WF #983854 and #984287, received 6/17/2013 and 6/20/2013 respectively from Senator Bill Nelson concerning the transfer of his constituents to the Port of Key West, Florida.
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,
Jason Smathers
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 8628
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: Jason Smathers

Please provide me with the status of this request. Thank you.

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 Nov. 12, 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 # CBP-2014-040227 ; CBP-OFO-2014-040227 ; CBP-OCA-2014-040227 ; 2014-HQFO-00056.

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 Nov. 12, 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 # CBP-2014-040227 ; CBP-OFO-2014-040227 ; CBP-OCA-2014-040227 ; 2014-HQFO-00056.

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 Nov. 12, 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 # CBP-2014-040227 ; CBP-OFO-2014-040227 ; CBP-OCA-2014-040227 ; 2014-HQFO-00056.

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 Nov. 12, 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 # CBP-2014-040227 ; CBP-OFO-2014-040227 ; CBP-OCA-2014-040227 ; 2014-HQFO-00056.

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 Nov. 12, 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 # CBP-2014-040227 ; CBP-OFO-2014-040227 ; CBP-OCA-2014-040227 ; 2014-HQFO-00056.

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 Nov. 12, 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 # CBP-2014-040227 ; CBP-OFO-2014-040227 ; CBP-OCA-2014-040227 ; 2014-HQFO-00056.

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

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