Talking points memos for staff (Department of Homeland Security, Under Secretary Office of Intelligence & Analysis )

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-IAFO-00030
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:

Any memo, email or similar document containing talking points issued to staff for discussions about working at the agency.

Please include all documents from January 1, 2012 to the day this request is processed.

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: I&AFOIA

In the absence of the Intelligence and Analysis Freedom of Information Act Officer, I am responding to your request, below. As phrased, your request is too general/broad to allow us to conduct a search.

I&A provides on-board training to new employees. Are you looking for records pertaining to this training? If not, could you please clarify what "discussions about working at the agency" entails? Nearly everything we do involves "working at the agency."

Elizabeth Withnell for Priscilla Waters
I&A FOIA Office

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Thank you for your quick response. Yes, please process this request with regard to onboarding training.

Best,
Shawn

From: I&AFOIA

Good afternoon Mr. Musgrave,

Please find attached an acknowledgement to a FOIA request to DHS I&A.

V/r,

Priscilla Waters, J.D.
FOIA Officer
Department of Homeland Security
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
UNCLASS: Priscilla.Waters@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:Priscilla.Waters@hq.dhs.gov>
UNCLAS Phone: (202) 447-4883

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Thank you for the acknowledgement letter.

I once again assert that I am not a commercial requester, but a journalist. I confirm that I have no commercial interest in this request as defined under applicable definitions as they apply to FOIA, but will publish responsive documents in full online and use them in original analysis based on editorial skill.

Your presumption of commercial status is a blatant misapplication of the DHS Privacy Office's memo regarding MuckRock requests. That memo did not apply a blanket commercial status for all requests submitted via MuckRock, but even admitted that requests submitted via MuckRock may qualify for media status. I am just such a requester.

Please confirm that I have been placed in the media requester category or immediately grant me appeal rights so that I may bring your error to a supervisor's attention.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: I&AFOIA

Good morning Mr. Musgrave,

Please find attached a letter notifying you of additional action taken on your FOIA request to DHS I&A.

Priscilla Waters, J.D.
FOIA Officer
Department of Homeland Security
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
UNCLASS: Priscilla.Waters@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:Priscilla.Waters@hq.dhs.gov>
UNCLAS Phone: (202) 447-4883

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Waters,

Thank you for your acknowledgement that I am not a commercial requester. In support of my assertion that I ought, in fact, to be assessed fees as a member of the media, I offer a selection of recent stories:

Boston Globe:

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

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

VICE/Motherboard:

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

motherboard.vice.com/blog/fbi-drone-program-documents

motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-feds-have-no-idea-whos-flying-drones

Please confirm whether this satisfies your requirements.

Best,
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 Dec. 4, 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-IAFO-00030.

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 Dec. 4, 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-IAFO-00030.

Thank you for your help.

From: I&AFOIA

Good afternoon Mr. Musgrave,

Please find attached further correspondence concerning your FOIA request to DHS I&A.

V/r,

Priscilla Waters, J.D.
FOIA Officer
Department of Homeland Security
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
UNCLASS: Priscilla.Waters@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:Priscilla.Waters@hq.dhs.gov>
UNCLAS Phone: (202) 447-4883

From: I&AFOIA

Good afternoon Mr. Musgrave,

Please find attached a final response to your DHS I&A FOIA request.

V/r,

FOIA Officer
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
Unclass: (202) 447-4883
Unclass: I&AFOIA@hq.dhs.gov

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