Trump Inauguration Estimates & Communications (Secret Service)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the National Park Service of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Status
Completed

Communications

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of any crowd estimates created before, during, or after the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. Please provide any estimates generated not only for the Inauguration itself, but any estimates for large events monitored by this agency in the Washington, DC area that take place from January 15, 2017 to January 31, 2017.

Please provide estimates generated by this agency or provided by other entities, including other agencies, news organizations, and private contractors. Please also include any accompanying methodological documentation, as well as any presentations or reports generated to explain these numbers.

Please also provide any communications between this agency and any organizations or individuals representing the Inaugural Committee or the White House that discuss crowd estimates or attendance.

Please also include any communications that mention the use of magnetometers between the Secret Service and any White House officials as well as any communications between the Secret Service's press office and the media that mention the term "magnetometer." For reference when fulfilling this request, a Secret Service employee told a reporter that no magnetometers were used during Inaugural activities, as reported in the following news article:

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/secret-service-slaps-down-white-house-claim-that-magnetometers-shrank-inaugural-crowd-size/

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,

Michael Morisy

From: FOIA, NPS

Hi Brandon,

I am routing this second request from Mr. Morisy to you for processing It
is slightly different from his earlier request which he sent using the
e-mail address requests@muckrock.com. Let me know if it
turns out another office needs to search for responsive records.

As usual I've cc'd the requester so they know who will be handling their
request.

Thanks,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

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From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 9:13 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request: Trump Inauguration Estimates &
Communications (Secret Service)
To: npsfoia@nps.gov

January 21, 2017
National Park Service
FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of any crowd estimates created before, during, or after the
Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. Please provide any estimates
generated not only for the Inauguration itself, but any estimates for large
events monitored by this agency in the Washington, DC area that take place
from January 15, 2017 to January 31, 2017.

Please provide estimates generated by this agency or provided by other
entities, including other agencies, news organizations, and private
contractors. Please also include any accompanying methodological
documentation, as well as any presentations or reports generated to explain
these numbers.

Please also provide any communications between this agency and any
organizations or individuals representing the Inaugural Committee or the
White House that discuss crowd estimates or attendance.

Please also include any communications that mention the use of
magnetometers between the Secret Service and any White House officials as
well as any communications between the Secret Service's press office and
the media that mention the term "magnetometer." For reference when
fulfilling this request, a Secret Service employee told a reporter that no
magnetometers were used during Inaugural activities, as reported in the
following news article:

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/secret-service-slaps-down-wh
ite-house-claim-that-magnetometers-shrank-inaugural-crowd-size/

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,

Michael Morisy

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From: FOIA, NPS

Mr. Morisy,

Regarding the portion of your request seeking crowd estimates prepared
during the January 20, 2017, we have no responsive records. Due to the
difficulty in accurately assessing crowd estimates for large events, most
notably following 1995’s Million Man March, the National Park Service no
longer makes it a practice to provide crowd estimates for permitted events.
While we make internal estimates for staffing, security and emergency
response purposes, it is left to the discretion of event organizers to make
a determination of the event attendance.

Regarding the remainder of your request for any internal estimates that may
have been prepared and any records relating to the use of magnetometers,
has been routed to the US Park Police for processing. They will contact
you shortly to provide you with a tracking number and an estimated response
date. In the meantime you can contact their FOIA Officer at:

*Janeen Tyson, USPP FOIA Officer*
*National Park Service*
*1100 Ohio Drive, SW*
*Washington, DC 20242*
*202-610-8759*

*uspp_foia@nps.gov <uspp_foia@nps.gov>*

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

From: Bies, Brandon

Dear Mr. Morisy,

We are in receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated
January 21, 2017. Your request has been assigned control number NPS
2017-00453.

​Since January 21, the National Park Service has received a high volume of
requests related to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration and 1st Amendment
demonstrations, as well as ​to the communications with the new
Administration. As many of the requests we have received overlap in the
documents they are requesting, we are currently compiling batches of
documents responsive in full or in part to these requests. Once our
processing is complete, we will be posting these batches of documents on
the NPS FOIA Reading Room (https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/foia/foia-frd.htm).

We will notify you as we make uploads of documents over the coming weeks.
Please note that later this month, I will be transitioning out of my role
as FOIA Officer and Christopher Watts will become the FOIA Officer for the
National Capital Region of the National Park Service. Christopher is cc'd
on this correspondence.

Sincerely,

Brandon Bies
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Brandon S. Bies
Legislative Coordinator and FOIA Officer
National Capital Region
202-619-7097

From: Bies, Brandon

Dear Mr. Morisy,

We are in receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated
January 21, 2017. Your request has been assigned control number NPS
2017-00453.

​Since January 21, the National Park Service has received a high volume of
requests related to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration and 1st Amendment
demonstrations, as well as ​to the communications with the new
Administration. As many of the requests we have received overlap in the
documents they are requesting, we are currently compiling batches of
documents responsive in full or in part to these requests. Once our
processing is complete, we will be posting these batches of documents on
the NPS FOIA Reading Room (https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/foia/foia-frd.htm).

We will notify you as we make uploads of documents over the coming weeks.
Please note that later this month, I will be transitioning out of my role
as FOIA Officer and Christopher Watts will become the FOIA Officer for the
National Capital Region of the National Park Service. Christopher is cc'd
on this correspondence.

Sincerely,

Brandon Bies
-----------------------------------------------
Brandon S. Bies
Legislative Coordinator and FOIA Officer
National Capital Region
202-619-7097

From: Watts, Christopher

Mr. Morisy:

All records relating to this topic have been uploaded to the National Park
Service FOIA Library page <https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/foia/foia-frd.htm>.
Please review this email thread for the link.

In addition, any information related to "magnometers" may be held with the
United States Park Police, also referenced in this email thread.
You may contact them at:

*Janeen Tyson, USPP FOIA Officer*

*National Park Service*
*1100 Ohio Drive, SW*
*Washington, DC 20242*
*202-610-8759*

uspp_foia@nps.gov

Thank you for your interest in the National Park Service.

Christopher Watts
(Acting) Staff Assistant
​ for

Lands and Planning
Freedom of Information Act Officer
National Park Service

National Capital Region
1100 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20242
202-619-7485 (d)

*I am a participant of the 2017 GOAL Leadership Academy
<https://vimeo.com/71339920>.*

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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
http://www.nps.gov/faqs.htm

From: FOIA, NPS

Mr. Morisy,

As noted in our initial response to your request, we have no records
relating to internal estimates. The remainder of your request, relating to
requests for communications with the Secret Service relating to the use of
magnetometers, has been referred to the US Park Police (USPP) for
processing and has been assigned tracking number NPS-2017-000438.
Referencing this tracking number in all future communications relating to
this request will help us respond to your inquiry in a more timely matter.

In accordance with 43 CFR 2.15, we are required to process requests on a
first-in, first-out basis within several processing tracks. Your request
was placed in the normal processing track. There are currently 1 expedited
and 34 normal requests ahead of yours in the USPP's FOIA processing queue.

Please note, because we were not able to fully process your request within
the required twenty workday period you have the right to appeal. You may
file an appeal by writing to:

Freedom of Information Act Appeals Officer
Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
MS-6556-MIB,
Washington, D.C. 20240
foia.appeals@sol.doi.gov

Your failure-to-timely-respond appeal may be filed anytime between now and
the date we issue our final response. The appeal should be marked, both on
the envelope and the face of the appeal letter, with the legend "FREEDOM OF
INFORMATION APPEAL." Your appeal should be accompanied by a copy of your
original request and copies of all correspondence between yourself and the
National Park Service related to this request, along with any information
you have which leads you to believe our response to be in error. Note, any
appeal received after 5 p.m. EST will be considered to have been received
on the next business day.

Sincerely,

C.

____________________

Ms. Charis Wilson, PhD, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA
npsfoia@nps.gov <charis_wilson@nps.gov>

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