Unredacted Obama Sr A-File

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking # 12·0105
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All records on, about, mentioning or conerning the request for Obama Sr.'s A-File to be provided to Delores Barber in unredacted format after being released to a requester under the FOIA. Please include, but do not limit the responsive records to those that show how the unredacted copy was used and why it was requested to be sent to the DHS Office of Privacy in or around April of 2011.

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: Department of Homeland Security

From: FOIA <FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV>

Mr. Smathers,

Attached is our acknowledgment to your DHS FOIA 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 Lane, SW

Arlington, VA 20598-0655

Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 703-235-0790

Fax: 703-235-0443

Visit our FOIA website <http://www.dhs.gov/foia>

From: Department of Homeland Security

From: FOIA <FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV>

Mr. Smathers,

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.

Please note a copy of this response has also been sent to you via
regular USPS mail.

Regards,

DHS Privacy Office

Disclosure & FOIA Program

STOP 0655

Department of Homeland Security

245 Murray Lane, SW

Arlington, VA 20598-0655

Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 703-235-0790

Fax: 703-235-0443

Visit our FOIA website <http://www.dhs.gov/foia>

From: Department of Homeland Security

From: Jason Smathers

I appeal.

I have seen emails which instruct the DHS Privacy Office to provide Delores Barber with an unredacted copy of Obama Sr.'s A-File. At a minimum, these emails are responsive. However, it is reasonable to expect further records concerning Delores Barber's use of the unredacted copy of the A-file.

Please find and provide the responsive records.

Regards,
Jason Smathers

From: Department of Homeland Security

From: FOIA <FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV>

Good Afternoon Mr. Smathers,

I am the FOIA analyst that processed your request. Since you insist that there are responsive records, I am trying to gather more information to aid in another search before we send this over to appeal.

Is there any other information that you can provide to help further the search? For example, the names of the people who sent or received the emails in the correspondence that you have seen? Or maybe if you could clarify the time the frame of your request?

Regards,

Jimmy Wolfrey, CIPP/G
FOIA Program Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Main: 703.235.0790/1.866-431.0486
Fax: 703.235.0443

From: Jason Smathers

Please use the following four email excerpts to help locate records.

Thank you for your help!

Regards,
Jason Smathers

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From: Cynthia L Holy
Monday, 5/2/11
To: Ring, Donna R
CC: Andoh, Roger D
Subject FW: Obama, Sr. Request (Smathers)

Donnna,

I sent a message to OA to request a copy of the records with redactions showing through. Jill would like me to corrdinate with you.

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Jill A eggleston on 4/3011 says "Please coordinate with donna ring. She was working on this request when I left Firday."

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Sabrina Burroughs, on 4/28/11 says: "Jill/Cynthia Please forward Delores a clean copy of the Smathers request on Obama Se. The redacted copy was uploaded into SharePoint by Cynthis on April 8, 2011. Please let me know if you have any questions."

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Sabrina Burroughs, on 5/5/11 says "Good Morning Cindy, Yes I've received the Obama, Sr. CD on Tuesday. At this time, we don't need anything else from your office."

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From: Jason Smathers

Please use the following four email excerpts to help locate records.

Thank you for your help!

Regards,
Jason Smathers

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From: Cynthia L Holy
Monday, 5/2/11
To: Ring, Donna R
CC: Andoh, Roger D
Subject FW: Obama, Sr. Request (Smathers)

Donnna,

I sent a message to OA to request a copy of the records with redactions showing through. Jill would like me to corrdinate with you.

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Jill A eggleston on 4/3011 says "Please coordinate with donna ring. She was working on this request when I left Firday."

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Sabrina Burroughs, on 4/28/11 says: "Jill/Cynthia Please forward Delores a clean copy of the Smathers request on Obama Se. The redacted copy was uploaded into SharePoint by Cynthis on April 8, 2011. Please let me know if you have any questions."

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Sabrina Burroughs, on 5/5/11 says "Good Morning Cindy, Yes I've received the Obama, Sr. CD on Tuesday. At this time, we don't need anything else from your office."

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From: "Wolfrey, Jimmy" <Jimmy.Wolfrey@hq.dhs.gov>

Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for your email. Based on the additional information that you have submitted below, I will conduct another search which will hopefully provide responsive records. Also, can you verify the time frame for your request so that I can use that when performing the searches?

With that said, I would like to request that you withdraw your appeal related to our original no records response so that we can open this case back up for processing? You can simply reply to this email stating you would like to withdraw your appeal.

Thank You,

Jimmy Wolfrey, CIPP/G
FOIA Program Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Main: 703.235.0790/1.866-431.0486
Fax: 703.235.0443

From: Jason Smathers

I agree to withdrawal of this appeal. You can limit the search to calendar year 2011. I expect the responsive records to be mostly from April and May 2011.

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 Nov. 29, 2011. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #12·0105.

Thank you for your help.

From: "Wolfrey, Jimmy" <Jimmy.Wolfrey@hq.dhs.gov>

Good Morning,

I expect a response for this FOIA to be issued no later than March 5th, 2012, but hopefully sent by this Thursday.

Thanks,

Jimmy Wolfrey, CIPP/G
FOIA Program Specialist
Privacy Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Main: 703.235.0790/1.866-431.0486
Fax: 703.235.0443

From: Department of Homeland Security

From: Department of Homeland Security

From: FOIA <FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV>

Mr. Smathers,

Attached is our final response to your FOIA 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 Lane, SW
Arlington, VA 20598-0655
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 703-235-0790
Fax: 703-235-0443
Visit our FOIA website

From: FOIA <FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV>

Mr. Smathers,

Attached is our final response to your FOIA 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 Lane, SW
Arlington, VA 20598-0655
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 703-235-0790
Fax: 703-235-0443
Visit our FOIA website

From: FOIA <FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV>

Mr. Smathers,

Attached is our final response to your FOIA 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 Lane, SW
Arlington, VA 20598-0655
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 703-235-0790
Fax: 703-235-0443
Visit our FOIA website

From: FOIA <FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV>

Mr. Smathers,

Attached is our final response to your FOIA 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 Lane, SW
Arlington, VA 20598-0655
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 703-235-0790
Fax: 703-235-0443
Visit our FOIA website

From: FOIA <FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV>

Mr. Smathers,

Attached is our final response to your FOIA 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 Lane, SW
Arlington, VA 20598-0655
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 703-235-0790
Fax: 703-235-0443
Visit our FOIA website

From: FOIA <FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV>

Mr. Smathers,

Attached is our final response to your FOIA 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 Lane, SW
Arlington, VA 20598-0655
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 703-235-0790
Fax: 703-235-0443
Visit our FOIA website

From: FOIA <FOIA@HQ.DHS.GOV>

Mr. Smathers,

Attached is our final response to your FOIA 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 Lane, SW
Arlington, VA 20598-0655
Telephone: 1-866-431-0486 or 703-235-0790
Fax: 703-235-0443
Visit our FOIA website

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