Twitter DMs (Coast Guard)

Emma Best filed this request with the Coast Guard of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2017-CGFO-02960
Due March 23, 2017
Est. Completion Dec. 27, 2017
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of all Twitter Direct Messages sent to or from any Agency Twitter accounts.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities for AND Magazine, MuckRock and Glomar Disclosure and have an open arrangement with each. My articles have been widely read, with some reaching over 100,000 readers. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through the non-profit Internet Archive, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance. Additionally, case law states that “proof of the ability to disseminate the released information to a broad cross-section of the public is not required.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Dep’t of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108, 1126 (D.C. Cir. 2004); see Carney v. U.S. Dep’t of Justice, 19 F.3d 807, 814-15 (2d Cir. 1994). Further, courts have held that "qualified because it also had “firm” plans to “publish a number of . . . ‘document sets’” concerning United States foreign and national security policy." Under this criteria, as well, I qualify as a member of the news media. Additionally, courts have held that the news media status "focuses on the nature of the requester, not its request. The provision requires that the request be “made by” a representative of the news media. Id. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II). A newspaper reporter, for example, is a representative of the news media regardless of how much interest there is in the story for which he or she is requesting information." As such, the details of the request itself are moot for the purposes of determining the appropriate fee category. As such, my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available and I therefore request that fees be waived.

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 Best

From: HQS-SMB-FOIA

Good afternoon,

After initial review by the Coast Guard's Public Affairs office, additional information is needed to process your request.

Could you please specify from which Twitter account(s) you would like the direct messages? The Twitter accounts are not managed by a single office.

Please respond within 30 days of the date of this correspondence. If we do not hear back from you by that time we will assume you are no longer interested in the Coast Guard conducting a search for records and your request will be administratively closed.

Sincerely,

Amanda C. Ackerson
Management and Policy Analyst
U.S. Coast Guard (CG-611)
Office of Information Management
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7710 WASHINGTON DC 20593-7710
Phone: 202-475-3522
Fax: 202-372-8413

From: Michael Best

I apologize for the oversight, somehow I forgot that the Coast Guard would have more than one account and didn't think to specify which ones I'm interested in. Please provide DMs to or from the following accounts:

USCG
uscoastguard
uscgacademy

My understanding is that all of the above accounts are official USCG Twitter accounts, although they are not all "Verified." If any of them are official accounts, then please disregard that portion of the request.

Thanks for all of your help!

From: HQS-SMB-FOIA

Good afternoon,

Your request is still being processed. It was assigned FOIA number 2017-CGFO-02960. Please use this identifier in any future correspondence.

Sincerely,

Amanda C. Ackerson
Management and Policy Analyst
U.S. Coast Guard (CG-611)
Office of Information Management
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7710 WASHINGTON DC 20593-7710
Phone: 202-475-3522
Fax: 202-372-8413

From: Coast Guard

This request, 2017-CGFO-02960, has an estimated delivery date of 12/27/2017. If you have any further questions please contact Deborah Claiborne in the office of USCG-CG-0922 (Public Affairs & Historian), her number is 202-372-4620.

Jonathan Griffie
202-475-3550

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