"threat of radicalization and extremism" regular reports 9/15/12-(OIA)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-HQFO-00318
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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of all regular reports between 9/15/2012 and the date this requested is processed made by the person responsible for the DHS priority "threat of radicalization and extremism."

Regular reports would be typical weekly, monthly, quarterly, or as needed updates on the status of the operation made by the director or head of the "threat of radicalization and extremism" DHS priority. The reports may be for their direct supervisor, a board, congress, committees, etc. I provide this additional information and examples to help define what "regular report" means.

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,

Jason Smathers

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 Sept. 16, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: I&AFOIA

This is a response, made on behalf of the Intelligence and Analysis Freedom of Information Act Officer, to your request for "[c]opies of all regular reports between 9/15/2012 and the date this requested [sic] is processed made by the person responsible for the DHS priority "threat of radicalization and extremism." Your request has been assigned number 13-OIA-00116.

Please be advised that we are unable to process your request as drafted. Although the primary mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to prevent terrorist attacks and, in the process, to address the threats of radicalization and extremism, among others, one person is not responsible for this effort and there are no identifiable "regular reports on the status of the operation" made by the "head" of this "priority." Without further clarification from you as to what you are seeking, therefore, we are unable to conduct a search for records.

If you construe this action to be a denial of access, you are entitled to submit an administrative appeal to: Associate General Counsel (General Law), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. 20528, following the procedures outlined in the DHS regulations at 6 C.F.R. § 5.9. Your envelope and letter should be marked “FOIA Appeal.” Copies of the FOIA and DHS regulations are available at www.dhs.gov/foia<http://www.dhs.gov/foia>.

Elizabeth Withnell

Associate Privacy Officer

Advanced Government Solutions (AGS), Inc.

in support of the Information Compliance Division

Office of Intelligence and Analysis

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

202-447-3328

From: Jason Smathers

You may limit the records to those created by, or in the possession of any of the following positions:
UNDER SECRETARY / CHIEF INTELLIGENCE OFFICER
CHIEF OF STAFF
PRINCIPAL DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY
DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF

You can further limit the records to those created while dealing in whole or part with the DHS priority "threat of radicalization and extremism."

Further, I affirm my initial timeline for these records, so you may limit the records to those created between 9/15/2012 and the date this request is processed.

Finally, to clarify the meaning of "regular reports" - it is commonplace for employees to be required to keep their superiors, boards, committees, congress, or other authorities abreast of their activities. These are the reports which I am seeking when I request "regular reports."

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 Sept. 16, 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 #13-OIA-00116.

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 Sept. 16, 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 #13-OIA-00116.

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 Sept. 16, 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 #13-OIA-00116.

Thank you for your help.

From: I&AFOIA

Good afternoon Mr. Smathers,

Your request was administratively closed in October 2013, with the attached email. Please either resubmit a perfected request or submit a formal appeal.

V/r,

FOIA Officer
Department of Homeland Security
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
UNCLASS: I&AFOIA@hq.dhs.gov
UNCLASS Phone: (202) 447-4883

From: Waters, Priscilla

Good afternoon Mr. Smathers,

Please accept my apology for mistakenly advising you that this file was closed administratively. We noted the narrowing of your request in an email dated October 22, 2013. You will subsequently receive an acknowledgment letter notifying you of further action taken on your revised request.

V/r,

FOIA Officer
Department of Homeland Security
Office of Intelligence and Analysis
UNCLASS: I&AFOIA@hq.dhs.gov
UNCLASS Phone: (202) 447-4883

From: I&AFOIA

Good afternoon Mr. Smathers,

Please find attached a final response to your revised 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. Smathers,

Please find attached a revised final response to I&A FOIA request 2013-IAFO-0116.

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: Schmidt, Lashawn

Good Morning, Attached is our final response to your 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 FOIA website

From: Jason Smathers

Re: Final Response to Request 2014-HQFO-00318

I believe this request was reasonably described. I narrowed the request to specific employees, a specific date and a specific topic.

If you are not going to process this request, please provide appeals details.

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 Sept. 16, 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-HQFO-00318.

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 Sept. 16, 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-HQFO-00318.

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 Sept. 16, 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-HQFO-00318.

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 Sept. 16, 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-HQFO-00318.

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 Sept. 16, 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-HQFO-00318.

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 Sept. 16, 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-HQFO-00318.

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 Sept. 16, 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-HQFO-00318.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Greetings,

Your case reference number (2014-HQFO-00318) has been reviewed and was closed as of February 26, 2014. For your awareness, a notice was previously sent to you regarding this on February 7, 2014; stating more information was required within 30 days. No response was recorded within the time limit thus the case has been administratively closed. The final response closure letter is attached, please review it. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office. I hope your question has been answered to your satisfaction.
Regards,

The Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
STOP-0655
Washington, D.C. 20528-0655
Phone: 202-343-1743 or 866-431-0486
Fax: 202-343-4011
E-mail: foia@hq.dhs.gov

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