Website closures related to government shutdown (United States Secret Service)

Zack Sampson filed this request with the United States Secret Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # 20140022 ; 20140023 ; 20140024 ; 20140025
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From: Zack Sampson

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Documents related to the operations of federal websites during the government shutdown. Specifically:

1) Memos and shutdown plans addressing the operation of this agency's websites during a government shutdown
2) Any cost-benefit analyses related to the operation of this agency's website during a government shutdown
3) Any security analyses related to the operation of this agency's website during a government shutdown
4) Annual budget documents showing the costs of operating of this agency's website

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,

Zack Sampson

From: Requests Muckrock

October 1, 2013
United States Secret Service
United States Secret Service
Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Branch
245 Murray Drive, Building 410
Washington, D.C. 20223
FOIA Officer/Requester Service Center Contact: Latita Payne

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Documents related to the operations of federal websites during the
government shutdown. Specifically:

1) Memos and shutdown plans addressing the operation of this agency's
websites during a government shutdown
2) Any cost-benefit analyses related to the operation of this agency's
website during a government shutdown
3) Any security analyses related to the operation of this agency's website
during a government shutdown
4) Annual budget documents showing the costs of operating of this agency's
website

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,

Zack Sampson

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 6921
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

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 Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Good Afternoon,

Please see the attached letter regarding your recent FOIA/PA Request with the United States Secret Service. Please be advised, failure to response within 30 days will result in the administrative closure of your file.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

  • FOIA-PA Request 20140022 - 20140025 - Commercial Requester Letter

From: Zack Sampson

Hello,

I'd like to appeal your designation of me as a commercial requester. I should be placed in the media requester category, and you classified me as such little more than a month ago.

https://muckrock.s3.amazonaws.com/foia_files/FOIA-PA_Request_20131463_-_Acknowledgement_Letter.PDF

Nothing has changed since this last designation. I work primarily in the function of a news reporter at MuckRock, writing stories for the website every week. See some examples here:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/oct/28/what-records-request-looked-foia/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/oct/07/nsa-inundated-foia-requests-after-snowden-leaks/

Additionally, MuckRock staffers are routinely published in other media outlets. For example:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/10/25/mass-libraries-strikingly-free-censorship/GV3LPCJO4kdzCb3a9HE6HJ/story.html

I hope these links clarify my objection to the commercial designation. MuckRock does in fact have some users who request documents through our templates and are commercial requesters. Each person is different, however, and though I understand the confusion, I am also certain that I should be considered a media requester.

Thank you,
Zack Sampson

From: Zack Sampson

Hello,

I'm following up to check the status of my appeal regarding the commercial requester designation.

Thank you.

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 Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140022 ; 20140023 ; 20140024 ; 20140025.

Thank you for your help.

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 Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140022 ; 20140023 ; 20140024 ; 20140025.

Thank you for your help.

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 Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140022 ; 20140023 ; 20140024 ; 20140025.

Thank you for your help.

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 Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140022 ; 20140023 ; 20140024 ; 20140025.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Dear Requester,

This office is currently processing your request for information. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact this office at (202) 406-5838.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

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 Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140022 ; 20140023 ; 20140024 ; 20140025.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Please be advised, our office is processing your request for information. As we continuously work to reduce our backlog we have encountered a delay in completing the processing of your request. We appreciate your continued patience and apologize for any inconvenience caused by our delayed response. If you have any further questions you may contact this office at (202) 406-5838.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

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 Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140022 ; 20140023 ; 20140024 ; 20140025.

Thank you for your help.

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 Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140022 ; 20140023 ; 20140024 ; 20140025.

Thank you for your help.

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 Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140022 ; 20140023 ; 20140024 ; 20140025.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Please be advised, we are currently processing your request for information.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

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 Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140022 ; 20140023 ; 20140024 ; 20140025.

Thank you for your help.

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 Oct. 1, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20140022 ; 20140023 ; 20140024 ; 20140025.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA

Dear Requester,

Please see the attached letter regarding your FOIA requests. Please note, this is the final response to your request.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.

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