TAO Emails Sent or Received by Admiral Rogers

Philip Halin filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 80438
Due April 14, 2015
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Philip Halin

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communications—including, but not limited to, all reports, letters, notes, memos, emails—sent or received by Admiral Michael S. Rogers concerning or mentioning TAO (the Office of Tailored Access Operations).

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made 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,

Philip Halin

From: National Security Agency

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Good Afternoon Mr. Halin,

I am writing in response to your FOIA request for "all communications-including, but not limited to, all reports, letters, notes, memos, emails-sent or received by Admiral Michael S. Rogers concerning or mentioning TAO." Before we can begin processing this request, we will need some additional information. As it is currently worded, the search for responsive material constitutes an overly broad and burdensome search such that it would impede the daily operations and missions of the respective NSA Organization(s). Department of Defense (DoD) Regulation 5400.7-R states that the requester must provide a description of the desired record(s) so that the Government is able to locate the record(s) with a reasonable amount of effort. As noted in the U.S. Courts, the FOIA is not intended to reduce government agencies to full-time investigators for each requester. You have not stated your request in such a manner that we could reasonably determine the appropriate files to search. We ask that you redefine the scope (time) and topic (context) of your request as noted below.

* Regarding the time (scope): We are unsure of the timeframe of records you seek. Before we can begin a reasonable search, we ask that you define the scope of your request by date, month and year. Please bear in mind that an overly broad and burdensome timeframe, particularly for a keyword search, would likely have to be negotiated further. For your information, keyword searches are often manual searches that would require several individuals to conduct searches to determine if the document is responsive to the request . A manual search would equate to viewing each and every record to locate the keyword. We ask that you limit the scope of your request to specific and reasonable time frame.

* Regarding the topic of your request: The 1974 FOIA amendments indicate that the requester must provide a description of the records sought so that agency employees familiar with the subject area are able to conduct a reasonable search. However, we are unsure of the context of the "communication" records you seek. As noted above, a keyword search still represents a manual search, so we ask that you provide as much detail regarding the context of the "communications" from or to our Director about "TAO."

In accordance with DoD regulation, processing of your request is being held in abeyance pending a response from you within 30 days of this email. If we have not heard from you within 30 days, we will assume you are no longer interested in pursuing this request, and your request will be administratively closed.
Regards,
Cindy Blacker
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

From: Philip Halin

To whom it may concern--

I would like to amend my request, sent 02/18/2015, for "All communications—including, but not limited to, all reports, letters, notes, memos, emails—sent or received by Admiral Michael S. Rogers concerning or mentioning TAO (the Office of Tailored Access Operations)."

The edited request I would like to submit is for all responsive documents for a keyword search of communications sent or received by Admiral Michael S. Rogers between January 1st 2015 and March 1st 2015 that contain, in subject, sender, or body, the keywords "TAO", "Tailored Access Operations", or "Kaspersky". In this context, "communications" refers to any searchable--that is, digital or archived--messages or missives to be sent to or from the office of Admiral Rogers that have as a primary or otherwise-relevant focus the above keywords.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made 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.

Sincerely,
Philip Halin

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 Feb. 18, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #80438.

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 Feb. 18, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #80438.

Thank you for your help.

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Mr. Halin,

Your FOIA Case 80438 are still in one of our initial processing queues pending the completion of search for responsive material. Once the search for documents is complete, the responsive material is then compiled in our backlog for review. Due to the significant increase in FOIA requests, it is difficult estimate the completion date at this time. We will provide an interim response once the search is complete and advise you of the next step. We anticipate that this interim letter will be sent within the next 60 days.

We appreciate your patience thus far.
Regards,
Cindy B
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

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 Feb. 18, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #80438.

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 Feb. 18, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #80438.

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

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 Feb. 18, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #80438.

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

From: Philip Halin

To whom it may concern--

I wish to follow up on my Freedom of Information request submitted 02/18/15. A response was due from your agency within 60 days of 06/23/2015. This response has not been received. Therefore, I would like to check in on the status of the FOIA request with the reference number #80438. Is there a timeframe in which I can expect a response? Does the request require clarification?

Any and all help you can provide would be appreciated.

Regards,
Philip

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Dear Mr. Halin,

This responds to your recent request for a status update for cases 80440 and 80438. As you recall both cases are being processed in an aggregated fashion. Your cases are still in one of our initial processing queues the completion of search for responsive material. Due to the significant increase in FOIA requests, it is often difficult estimate the processing timeline. Estimating an actual completion date for your case is also difficult, as it is entirely dependent on whether or not document are located, how many documents are found, and the complexity of any document located. The average completion date for those cases is 3-4 years. Please be advised that this estimate is subject to change.

Thank you for your patience,

Cindy B
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

Thank you for your patience,

Cindy B
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.

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

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