Slack teams/channels (Department of State)

Jonathan Rudenberg filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

F-2016-00579

Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Jonathan Rudenberg

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A listing of all the Slack team domains, channels names, and channel descriptions that are in use within the Department of State.

A Slack team can be accessed through the URL pattern of "[team-name].slack.com", and I would like a listing of all these domains. For example, "state.slack.com" could be a possible domain in use.

Channels are where messages are posted and have a name starting with '#' and a description of the topic of the channel. I would like a list of all of the channels and their descriptions from each Slack team in use.

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,

Jonathan Rudenberg

From: Department of State

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: FOIA Request

Your query has been forwarded to the FOIA Requester Status mailbox for reply.

From: FOIA Status

Dear Mr. Rudenberg,

This is a follow-up to you case control numbers F-2016-00579. Our response letter dated to you on February 18, 2016 provided an checklist of things that are missing to process your case. The checklist indication said that you have not reasonably described the records you seek in a way that someone familiar with Department records and programs could locate them and on our second sheet we provide the information on what Department of State records are maintain for a search. Please note: use the assigned case control number for all future references.

I hope this information was helpful.
Regards,

Katrina

FOIA Requester Service Center

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Rudenberg,

Thank you for inquiring on your case control number F-2016-00579. According to our case comments our response letter was mailed to you on February 18, 2016. The check list indicated that you have not reasonably describe the records you seek in a way that someone familiar with Department records and programs could locate them.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Jonathan Rudenberg

According to this article, some components of the Department of State use Slack: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/users/2015/04/slack_and_the_office_chat_several_people_are_typing_who_s_working.html

Slack is a group chat tool used for office collaboration.

I would like records reflecting the usage of Slack by the Department of State:

- Records reflecting each Slack team in use that show the team domain name. This could be satisfied by screenshots of the Admin area of each Slack team or invoices that include the [teamname].slack.com identifier.

https://get.slack.help/hc/en-us/categories/200122103-Team-Administration

- Records reflecting the channel names and descriptions in each Slack team. This could be satisfied with screenshots of the entire list in the channel browser in each team: https://get.slack.help/hc/en-us/articles/205239967-Browsing-and-joining-channels

I believe that IT staff would be aware of Slack and able to locate the appropriate records.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Rudenberg,

This is a follow-up to your case control number F-2016-00579. Accorded to our “Freedoms Data Base System” the case has been closed since 2/18/2016 and our Statutory Compliance and Research Division provided a detailed response on 2/18/2016.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

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