USMS communications with local and state law enforcement re: Stingrays

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Justice, United States Marshals of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014USMS25904
Est. Completion None
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No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All memos, bulletins, emails or any other correspondence sent to federally deputized state and local law enforcement regarding records requests related to cell site simulators, Stingrays and other cell phone surveillance technologies. Please include such correspondence from March 1, 2014 to the date this request is processed.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Robinson, Nancy (USMS)

[USMS seal blue294 1in]

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Marshals Service

Office of General Counsel

2604 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22301

June 5, 2014

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 11938
PO Box 5589
Boston, MA 02205-5819

RE: Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request No. 2014USMS25904

Dear Requester:

The United States Marshals Service is in receipt of your Freedom of Information/Privacy Act request for records maintained by this Bureau. We have commenced a search for documents responsive to your request and will contact you when our processing is complete.

Although we are unable to determine at this time the amount of fees to be charged to you, if any, the filing of your request constitutes your agreement to pay all applicable fees that may be charged under 28 C.F.R. § 16.11 or § 16.49, up to $25.00. You will be notified as soon as practicable if the estimated or actual fee for satisfying your request exceeds $25.00.

If you should have any questions, please contact us at (202) 307-9054.

Sincerely,

William E. Bordley
Associate General Counsel/FOIPA Officer
Office of General Counsel

From: Robinson, Nancy (USMS)

[USMS seal blue294 1in]

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Marshals Service

Office of General Counsel

2604 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22301

June 18, 2014

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 11938
PO Box 5589
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Re: Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request No. 2014USMS25904
Subject of Request: Email Correspondence Between Marshals Service and
Sarasota, FL, Police Department

Dear Requester:

This is in response to your request for “all memos, bulletins, emails or any other correspondence sent to federally deputized state and local law enforcement regarding records requests related to cell site simulators, Stingrays and other cell phone surveillance technologies. Please include such correspondence from March 1, 2014 to the date this request is processed.”

Pursuant to your request, the USMS conducted a search of the Florida Regional Task Force, but located no records responsive to your request.

If you are dissatisfied with my action on this request, you may appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy, United States Department of Justice, Suite 11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20530-0001. Your appeal must be received within 60 days of the date of this letter. Both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information/ Privacy Act Appeal.” In the event you are dissatisfied with the results of any such appeal, judicial review will thereafter be available to you in the United States District Court for the judicial district in which you reside or have your principal place of business, or in the District of Columbia.

For your information, Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(c ) (2006), & Supp. IV (2010). This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist.

Sincerely,

William E. Bordley
Associate General
Counsel/FOIPA Officer
Office of General Counsel

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Please clarify why this request was restricted solely to the Florida Regional Task Force. This request, unlike 2014USMS26066, covers all communications between USMS and law enforcement partners around the country.

Thank you,
Shawn

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 June 4, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014USMS25904.

Thank you for your help.

From: Robinson, Nancy (USMS)

Requests should be directed to USMS.FOIA@usdoj.gov

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Thank you for clarifying the proper contact information. However, this is not a new FOIA request, but a request for clarification on an inadequate response. See below for the request for clarification, which is now several weeks overdue.

Respectfully, kindly read the entirety of this communication before sending a reply.

Best,
Shawn

From: Robinson, Nancy (USMS)

Should be directed to the address we gave you in the response if this is indeed questioning the adequacy of search.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Please advise -- I have received no response whatsoever to my request for clarification. If necessary, please advise me if I need to submit a formal appeal in order to ascertain basic information regarding scope of the search for documents.

-Shawn

From: USMS FOIA

[USMS seal blue294 1in]

U.S. Department of Justice
United States Marshals Service

Office of General Counsel

2604 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Alexandria, VA 22301

July 21, 2014

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 11938
PO Box 5589
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Re: Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Request No. 2014USMS25904
Subject of Request: Stingray Documents

Dear Requester:

This is in response to your request for “all memos, bulletins, emails or any other correspondence sent to federally deputized state and local law enforcement regarding records requests related to cell site simulators, Stingrays and other cell phone surveillance technologies. Please include such correspondence from March 1, 2014 to the date this request is processed.”

Pursuant to your request, the USMS conducted a search of the Headquarter Investigative Operations Divison, but located no records responsive to your request.

If you are dissatisfied with my action on this request, you may appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy, United States Department of Justice, Suite 11050, 1425 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20530-0001. Your appeal must be received within 60 days of the date of this letter. Both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Appeal.” In the event you are dissatisfied with the results of any such appeal, judicial review will thereafter be available to you in the United States District Court for the judicial district in which you reside or have your principal place of business, or in the District of Columbia.

For your information, Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(c ) (2006), & Supp. IV (2010). This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist.

Sincerely,

William E. Bordley
Associate General
Counsel/FOIPA Officer
Office of General Counsel

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