Email system documentation (Metropolitan Police Department)

Emma Best filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
Tracking #

2018-FOIA-05654

Multi Request Email system documentation
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Documentation describing the email system(s) used by your agency, including the procedures and methods for performing searches of the email system.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, 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 non-profits such as the Internet Archive and MuckRock, 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.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I 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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Metropolitan Police Department

Dear Emma Best,
Case Number 2018-FOIA-05654 has been assigned to the request you submitted. In all future correspondence regarding this request please reference case number 2018-FOIA-05654.
Regards,
DC Government

From: Metropolitan Police Department

Dear Emma Best,
The status for your request is below. Please log in  to https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. You can communicate directly with the FOIA officer processing your request by sending a message. To do so, click on the request ID and click Compose Message. Request status: Closed Description:

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Sincerely,
DC Government

From: Metropolitan Police Department

June 25, 2018

Ms. Emma Best
Dept. MR56285
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Re: FOIA Request No.: 2018-FOIA-05654

Documentation describing the email system(s) used by your agency, including the procedures
and methods for performing searches of the email system.

Please be advised, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) does not conduct searches of our e-mail systems, that function is performed by the Office of Chief Technology Officer (OCTO). OCTO conducts e-mail searches for all DC District Government agencies. We are responsible to provide OCTO the parameters of the search based on the information that is being sought.

In order to obtain the specific information as described in your request, you may submit your FOIA request to the Office of Chief Technology Officer online via the DC Government Public FOIA Portal at https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx. Alternatively, you may submit your FOIA request in writing to:

Niquelle Allen
200 I Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 478-5906

Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this e-mail to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain “Freedom of Information Act Appeal” or “FOIA Appeal” in the subject line of the letter, as well as, on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, an e-mail and/or U.S. mailing address at which you can be reached.

The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 407, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to the Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel at foia.appeals@dc.gov<mailto:foia.appeals@dc.gov>. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency, or to the agency head of that agency, if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there.

Failure to follow these administrative steps will result in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

Regards,

Lisa Archie-Mills

Lisa Archie-Mills
Supervisory FOIA Specialist
Metropolitan Police Department
300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Rm 4153
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-3721
lisa.archie-mills@dc.gov<mailto:lisa.archie-mills@dc.gov>

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