Slack teams/channels (Department of State)

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

F-2016-04743

Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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:

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

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 believe that IT staff would be aware of Slack and able to locate the appropriate records. There is no need to search historical records, I'm only interested in the current usage of Slack.

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: FOIA Request

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

From: U.S. Department of State

A fix is required to perfect the request. The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Rudenberg,

Thank you for inquiring on your FOIA request. To better serve you please provided the assigned case control number. The case control number starts with the letter F or P and followed by the case numbers for Example# F-2014-12345. I will be happy to assist you when you provide the case control number.
Regards,
Katrina
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Jonathan Rudenberg

From the form letter you sent it looks like you want a timeframe for this request. As stated in my original request, I'm only looking for currently active Slack teams. The most likely place where these records will exist is within the Slack system.

Thank you,

Jonathan Rudenberg

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Rudenberg,

I checked the status of this case and it was closed on 4-4-2016. You were informed of this in the letter that was sent to you on that date. If you wish to obtain records from the U.S. Department of State you will need to submit a new request. When you do a new case number will be generated. According to the letter you need to provide more detail about the records you are requesting.

Please reference the old case number in your new request in case the team reviewing the material needs to access information from the old case file. Before you submit a new request please read the instructions and pay particular attention to the "Checklist for Personal Records" and the "Certification of Identity".

http://www.state.gov/m/a/ips/

How to make a request for Personal Records:

http://foia.state.gov/Request/PersonalRecords.aspx

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8582 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov

U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

In accordance with Executive Order 13526, this message is UNCLASSIFIED

From: MuckRock

This is a new request. Please assign it a new tracking number and estimated completion date. As indicated by a previous request, this request is interested in currently active Slack channels; relevant materials may be found within the State Department's Slack system.

Thank you.
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To Whom It May Concern:

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

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

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 believe that IT staff would be aware of Slack and able to locate the appropriate records. There is no need to search historical records, I'm only interested in the current usage of Slack.

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: FOIA Request

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

From: Burks, Angela S

Mr. Rudenberg,

I checked the status of this case and it was closed on April 4, 2016. You were informed of this in the letter that was sent to you on that date. If you wish to obtain records from the U.S. Department of State you will need to submit a new request. When you do a new case number will be generated.

Please reference the old case number in your new request in case the team reviewing the material needs to access information from the old case file. Before you submit a new request please read the instructions and pay particular attention to the "Checklist for Personal Records" and the "Certification of Identity".

http://www.state.gov/m/a/ips/

How to make a request for Personal Records:

http://foia.state.gov/Request/PersonalRecords.aspx

I hope this information is helpful. If you have further concerns or any questions regarding any FOIA-related matter, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (FRSC) at (202) 261-8484, or fax us at (202) 261-8579 or send an e-mail to foiastatus@state.gov.

Angela Burks
U.S. Department of State
FOIA Requester Service Center
(202) 261-8484
foiastatus@state.gov

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

From: MuckRock

This is a new request. Please assign it a new tracking number and estimated completion date. As indicated by a previous request, this request is interested in currently active Slack channels; relevant materials may be found within the State Department's Slack system.

Thank you.
_________

To Whom It May Concern:

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

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

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 believe that IT staff would be aware of Slack and able to locate the appropriate records. There is no need to search historical records, I'm only interested in the current usage of Slack.

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: U.S. Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: U.S. Department of State

A fix is required to perfect the request.

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