Twitter DMs (Department of Commerce)

Emma Best filed this request with the Department of Commerce of the United States of America.
Tracking # DOC-OS-2017-000656
Due March 21, 2017
Est. Completion None
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: efoia@doc.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d281185daf)
* Tracking Number: DOC-OS-2017-000656
* Requester Name: Michael Best
* Date Submitted: 02/21/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Copies of all Twitter Direct Messages sent to or from any Agency Twitter accounts.

From: efoia@doc.gov

02/22/2017 11:52 AM FOIA Request: DOC-OS-2017-000656

Dear Mr. Best:
The Department of Commerce acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)request seeking “Copies of all Twitter Direct Messages sent to or from any Agency Twitter accounts.”
Please respond within 30 calendar days to clarify yourrequest. The Department will close your request if you do not respond in 30 days.
At a minimum, please address the following topics in your clarification:
1. Please provide a time frame for the information you are seeking. 2. In your response, please list the bureaus that you would like to perform a search for the requested records.
The Department is comprised of the Office of the Secretary (OS) and 13 decentralized bureaus (aka sub-agencies, see list bottom of email).
Sincerely,
Harriette Boyd
Freedom of Information Act Specialist
DOC/OS/OPOG/FOIA
hboyd1@doc.gov (mailto:hboyd1@doc.govDepartmentof)
Department of Commerce Bureaus (sub-agencies) Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
Immediate Office of the Secretary (IOS)
Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA)
Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
U.S. Census Bureau (Census)
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
International Trade Administration (ITA)
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Office of Inspector General (OIG)

From: Michael Best

I am interested in all Direct Messages to all Twitter accounts since their creation, for the following bureaus/sub-agencies:

Department of Commerce Bureaus (sub-agencies) Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
Immediate Office of the Secretary (IOS)
Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA)
Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)
U.S. Census Bureau (Census)
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
International Trade Administration (ITA)
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Office of Inspector General (OIG)

From: FOIA, Electronic

Thank you Mr. Best.

Harriette Boyd
Freedom of Information Act Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Privacy and Open Government
Office: (202) 482-1485
Email: hboyd1@doc.gov

From: Boyd, Harriette (Federal)

Dear Mr. Best, we are still in the process of search and review, with a few of the Bureaus still pending. I can tentatively say that you should receive an interim response by Friday April 21, 2017. Harriette

Harriette Boyd
Freedom of Information Act Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office of Privacy and Open Government
Office: (202) 482-1485
Email: hboyd1@doc.gov

From: Department of Commerce

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DOC-OS-2017-000656 has been fully granted. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 02/21/2017
* Fee Waiver Disposition Reason: N/A
* Request Long Description: Copies of all Twitter Direct Messages sent to or from any Agency Twitter accounts.

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