Talking Points on Shutdown

Paul Gottinger filed this request with the Transportation Security Administration of the United States of America.
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From: Paul Gottinger


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all records containing "talking points" for use by Transportation Security Administration personnel when communicating with the public or members of the media on the topic of the government shutdown.

I am a career journalist with work that has appeared at The Daily Beast among other publications. I am willing to pay any reasonable expenses associated with this request, however, as the purpose of the requested disclosure is in full conformity with the statutory requirements for a waiver of fees, I formally request such a waiver.

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,

Paul Gottinger

From: Transportation Security Administration

Good Day,
After careful review, we determined that your FOIA request is too broad in scope or did not specifically identify the records which you are seeking. Records must be described in reasonably sufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with the subject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency. For this reason, §5.3(b) of the DHS regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, require that you describe the records you are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search can locate them with a reasonable amount of effort. Whenever possible, a request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipients, and subject matter of the records, if known, or the DHS component or office you believe created and/or controls the record. The FOIA does not require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed by requesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specific records. Please provide the timeframe/ dates for the records you are seeking. For example are you only seeking records between December 22, 2018 and January 25, 2019? If not, please provide the timeframe for the search.

If we do not receive a response clarifying the above questions within from the date of this notice, we will assume you are no longer interested in this FOIA request, and the case will be administratively closed. Please be advised that this action is not a denial of your request and will not preclude you from filing other requests in the future. 30 days

Your request has been assigned Please reference this number in any future communications with this office. 2019-TSFO-00136.
Sincerely,
TSA FOIA Branch

From: Transportation Security Administration

Good day, Due to the lapse in appropriations leading to the Federal Government shutdown, the TSA FOIA Office was closed from December 22, 2018 to January 25, 2019. This office received your request on January 10, 2019. We apologize for the delay in acknowledging your request. The shutdown has impacted the time it will take to respond to your request. However, we will work on your case as quickly as possible. Please respond to any prior requests for additional information/ clarification. Sincerely, TSA FOIA Branch

From: Transportation Security Administration

Hello,
We are still waiting for you to provide a timeframe for the records so that we may conduct a search.
After careful review, we determined that your FOIA request is too broad in scope or did not specifically identify the records which you are seeking. Records must be described in reasonably sufficient detail to enable government employees who are familiar with the subject area to locate records without placing an unreasonable burden upon the agency. For this reason, §5.3(b) of the DHS regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, require that you describe the records you are seeking with as much information as possible to ensure that our search can locate them with a reasonable amount of effort. Whenever possible, a request should include specific information about each record sought, such as the date, title or name, author, recipients, and subject matter of the records, if known, or the DHS component or office you believe created and/or controls the record. The FOIA does not require an agency to create new records, answer questions posed by requesters, or attempt to interpret a request that does not identify specific records.
Please provide the timeframe/ dates for the records you are seeking. For example are you only seeking records between December 22, 2018 and January 25, 2019? If not, please provide the timeframe for the search.

If we do not receive a response clarifying the above questions within 30 days from the date of this notice, we will assume you are no longer interested in this FOIA request, and the case will be administratively closed. Please be advised that this action is not a denial of your request and will not preclude you from filing other requests in the future.

Your request has been assigned 2019-TSFO-00136. Please reference this number in any future communications with this office.

Sincerely,

TSA FOIA Branch

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