State and Urban Area strategies for FY2010, FY2011, FY2012 and FY2013

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-FEFO-00334
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of all final state and urban area homeland security strategies for FY2010, FY2011, FY2012 and FY2013.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Day, Mia

Good Morning,
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.
Regards,
DHS Privacy Office Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our
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From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Per the attached letter, this request has been transferred to FEMA. Please confirm receipt and provide a tracking number.

Thank you.

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Morning Mr. Musgrave,

Please find enclosed within the attachment above a letter concerning your Freedom of Information Act request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (2014-FEFO-00334). Please review and heed any necessary stipulations.

Thank You,

Christopher R. Hawkins, Management Analyst
Records Management Division, Disclosure Branch
DHS/FEMA/MS/OCAO
Email: Christopher.hawkins@dhs.fema.gov<mailto:Christopher.hawkins@dhs.fema.gov>
Office: (202)-646-3250
BB: (202) 802-2458

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Thank you for your response and conditional grant of fee waiver. I must admit confusion that you would review my FOIA and provisionally determine that it is not in my commercial interest and thus qualify for a fee waiver, then concurrently indicate that, should my fee waiver end up being denied, I will be placed in the commercial fee category.

I am a journalist, and have written extensively on national security and the relationship between federal funding and local homeland security strategy. Your fee waiver review was correct to determine that this request is not in my commercial interest: I hereby certify that this request is submitted for journalistic purposes only, and that I have no commercial interest in submitting it or in obtaining responsive documents.

Please be consistent and classify me as a media requester without regard to the fee waiver.

Thank you,
Shawn

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

Thank you for your help.

From: Shawn Musgrave

I previously sent you an email on (date) objecting to being considered a commercial requester. In order to avoid any confusion, I want to make sure that you processed that email as a formal appeal of the commercial fee determination.

Please supplement your record with the following information about my media credentials:

I am the editor of the MuckRock (MuckRock.com) website, which publishes original news content on a daily basis. All of MuckRock's content focuses either on FOIA itself or reports off of documents received via public records requests. Below are a number of the dozens of articles I have written for MuckRock:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/nov/06/mr-de-blasio-open-nypd/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/oct/25/librarian-rebukes-nun-over-comic-books/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/oct/03/foia-shutdown-which-agencies-have-put-their-public/

In addition to my capacity as editor of MuckRock, I am also a freelance journalist whose work has been published in such online and print outlets as the Boston Globe, VICE/Motherboard, The Phoenix, The Progressive and Dig Boston. Here are clips of previous articles that I have written for some of these publications:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/10/25/mass-libraries-strikingly-free-censorship/GV3LPCJO4kdzCb3a9HE6HJ/story.html

https://www.motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-nypd-is-foia-proof

http://www.thephoenix.com/boston/news/153301-fung-wahtf/

http://www.digboston.com/boston-news-opinions/2013/10/news-to-us-cambridge-blocks-big-brother/

My coverage of topics from national security and drones to bike politics and bus inspections has been cited by a host of other news outlets at the international, national and local levels. I have received two grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalists, both for projects that revolve around public records investigations.

In short, it could not be clearer that I am, in fact, a journalist.

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Afternoon Mr. Musgrave,

Please be advised that your FOIA request has been tasked to appropriate FEMA component. We are currently awaiting responsive documents at this time. Please note: The component was contacted again today concerning your request.

Thank you for your anticipated patience in this matter.

Christopher R. Hawkins, Management Analyst
Records Management Division, Disclosure Branch
DHS/FEMA/MS/OCAO
Email: Christopher.hawkins@dhs.fema.gov<mailto:Christopher.hawkins@dhs.fema.gov>
Office: (202)-646-3250
BB: (202) 802-2458

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Morning Mr. Musgrave,

Your request was tasked to the necessary FEMA component on 1/16/2014. It was due back in our office on 1/24/2014. Thus far, they haven't returned responsive documents. I have contacted them again this morning expressing the need to have these documents sent as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that once we have received the responsive documents, they must undergo a legally mandated review process for redaction. We respectfully ask your patience as we continue to work to fulfill your request.

Thank You,

Christopher R. Hawkins, Management Analyst
Records Management Division, Disclosure Branch
DHS/FEMA/MS/OCAO
Email: Christopher.hawkins@dhs.fema.gov
Office: (202)-646-3250

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Morning Mr. Musgrave,

This is to confirm that your request for a status update on request 2014-FEFO-00334 has been received. The FEMA component tasked with this case has been again contacted this morning. We in the Disclosure Branch now await their response. We thank you for patience in this matter.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

Thank you for your help.

From: Disclosure-Unit-TeamB

Good Morning Mr. Musgrave,

Please be advised that your Freedom of Information Act request (2014-FEFO-00334) has been tasked to the appropriate FEMA component. We are currently awaiting a response from that component. This same component has been advised of the overdue status of this case today (6/23/2014).
You have shown patience in regard to this case. Your patience is greatly appreciated. Should you need further assistance you may contact the Chief FOIA Officer at (202) 212-2308. Thank you for affording us the opportunity to assist you.

Christopher Hawkins 6/23/2014

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

Thank you for your help.

From: Disclosure-Unit-TeamB

The status of your request is as follows:

We have tasked the program office that may have responsive documents to your request. Please be advised that due to a high volume of disaster information requests, we are experiencing delays with retrieval of the responsive documents from the responsible program office. Once we receive the documents, we will process them on a first-in/first-out basis.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Morning Mr. Musgrave,

FOIA 2014-FEFO-00334 has already been tasked to the agency component responsible for providing the responsive documents. So far, they haven’t returned these documents. Rest assured your request hasn’t been forgotten. I will in fact, contact the component again today. Should you have any further concerns, you may contact me at the telephone number provided below. Thank you for your continued patience.

Christopher Hawkins
202-646-3323
FEMA FOIA Disclosure Branch
500 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20472

From: FEMA-FOIA
Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2015 1:00 PM
To: Hawkins, Christopher
Subject: FW: Freedom of Information Request #2014-FEFO-00334

Requester would like a status check.

Tonya Blackwell
Disclosure Branch (FOIA)
Mission Support Bureau
Records Management Division
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Direct: 202-212-3771
Mobile:202-802-2645

From: Shawn Musgrave

Mr. Hawkins -

Thank you for this update as to the request's status. I never received confirmation as to whether my fee status had been corrected to reflect that I am a journalist. Please advise.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Morning Mr. Musgrave,

This responds to your inquiry on the status of your Freedom of Information Act request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, case 2014-FEFO-00334.

Please be advised that your request has been acknowledged and assigned to the appropriate FEMA component to initiate a search for responsive documents.

As of today's date, March 11, 2015, that component has not provided the FEMA FOIA Disclosure Branch with responsive records.

We've made contact with this component again today. Should you have any further questions, my contact information is below. We appreciate your patience.

Respectfully,

Christopher Hawkins
202-646-3250
FEMA FOIA Disclosure Branch
500 C Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20472

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Afternoon Mr. Musgrave,

Please be advised that FOIA 2014-FEFO-00334 has been assigned to the appropriate FEMA component to initiate a search for responsive documents. Thus far, that component has not returned responsive documents.
They have been notified again today. Thank you for your patience.

Christopher Hawkins
202-646-3250
FEMA FOIA Disclosure Branch
500 C Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20472

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

Thank you for your help.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Please also advise as to my fee category for this request. More than a year ago I provided additional information to make clear that I am a journalist and intend to use the requested information in that capacity. I have yet to hear back on this matter.

I look forward to your reply.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
Investigative reporter, MuckRock

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Afternoon Mr. Musgrave,

We continue to await for responsive documents from the assigned component. They’ve already been notified of your request. Your patience is appreciated.

Respectfully,

Christopher Hawkins
(202) 646-3323
FEMA FOIA Disclosure Branch
500 C Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20472

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

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 Jan. 10, 2014. 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-FEFO-00334.

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

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Morning Mr. Musgrave,

Currently, FOIA 2014-FEFO-00334 is in our Pending Queue. This mean that responsive documents have been located. They must now undergo a legally mandated review and redaction process. Upon completion you will be sent the documents with a final response letter. Please be advised that we’ve undergone even further staff reduction. I am unable to promise an exact date of completion. Please know that your request has not been forgotten. Your continued patience is much appreciated.

Respectfully

Christopher Hawkins
Management Analyst
FEMA FOIA Disclosure Branch
HQ/OCAO/MS/RMD/DB
US Department of Homeland Security
Christopher.Hawkins@fema.dhs.gov
Office: (202) 646-3250
FOIA Help Desk: (202) 646-3323

From: Presley, Paula

Good Morning Mr. Musgrave,

This responds to your inquiry made on the status of your Freedom of Information Act request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as numbered 2014-FEFO-00334.

The component assigned with your case has returned potential responsive documents that are voluminous in content, the review teams are continuing to process records related to your request.

I do apologize for the delay in processing your request, and we are making every effort to fulfill your request.

If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call (202) 646-3323 or electronically at FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov.

Thank you for your continued patience, and have a pleasant day.

Paula Presley
Program Specialist
Disclosure Branch (FOIA Office)
Records Management Division
Federal Emergency Management Agency
US Department of Homeland Security
Office - 202-212-5877
Mobile - 202-320-0187
Paula.presley@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:Paula.presley@fema.dhs.gov>

From: Presley, Paula

Good Afternoon Mr. Musgrave,

This responds to your inquiry made on the status of your Freedom of Information Act request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as numbered 2014-FEFO-00334.

I have reached out to our review team, and have been advised that the your case is in our review queue and due to the voluminous amount of records that need to be reviewed, the anticipated expected completion date is estimated for mid-August, 2016.

If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call (202) 646-3323 or electronically at FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov<https://eaaspiv.dhs.gov/owa/redir.aspx?REF=YHw2QSv5__To6oXiy-9QIvG_Ltj6vq8RNQd241lb9idOx9sWUHTTCAFtYWlsdG86RkVNQS1GT0lBQGZlbWEuZGhzLmdvdg..>.

Thank you for your continued patience, and have a pleasant day.

Paula Presley
Program Specialist
Disclosure Branch (FOIA Office)
Records Management Division
Federal Emergency Management Agency
US Department of Homeland Security
Office – 202-212-5877
Mobile - 202-320-0187
Paula.presley@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:Paula.presley@fema.dhs.gov>

From: Presley, Paula

Good Morning Mr. Musgrave,

This email is in response to your status inquiry of FEMA FOIA 2014-FEFO-00334. I have been advised that your case is under quality assurance (QA) review. I was not provided a time frame for completion, but have made my management team aware of your case.

If you need to contact our office concerning this request, please call (202) 646-3323 or electronically at FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:FEMA-FOIA@fema.dhs.gov>. and reference FEMA FOIA – 2014-FEFO-00334.

Thank you for your continued patience. Have a pleasant day.

Paula Presley
Program Specialist
Disclosure Branch (FOIA Office)
Records Management Division
Federal Emergency Management Agency
US Department of Homeland Security
Office – 202-212-5877
Mobile - 202-320-0187
Paula.presley@fema.dhs.gov<mailto:Paula.presley@fema.dhs.gov>

From: Federal Emergency Management Agency

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Federal Emergency Management Agency

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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