Palantir Technologies reports and documents (Metropolitan Police Department)

Mark Harris filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
Tracking # 2017-FOIA-00873
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From: Mark Harris

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act of 1974, D.C. Code Ann. § 2-531 et seq. ("D.C. Act"), I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all contracts with Palantir Technologies Inc, aka Palantir.
Any research paper, interviews, reports or analysis generated prior to Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department selecting Palantir as a vendor.
Any audits, progress statements, performance assessments, or internal or external reports concerning Palantir’s software, hardware or services for Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department.
Any summary documents detailing annual payments to Palantir.

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,

Mark Harris

From: Kaufman, Donald

Dear Mark Harris, This office is in receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Your FOIA Request Number is 2017-FOIA-00873. Your assigned FOIA Specialist is Robert Eckert.
Please note that, with respect to the portion of the request for copies of contracts, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) does not maintain such records.  The Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) procures goods, services, transportation and specialty equipment, as well as information technology. Additionally, OCP manages the Procurement Automated Support System (PASS) and provides contract administration and support services.  It has custody of and maintains contracts and related records.  You may submit a FOIA request to OCP online via the DC government Public FOIA Portal at https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx.  Alternatively, you may submit your FOIA request to: Nancy Hapeman 441 4th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001 nancy.hapeman@dc.gov ​Phone: (202) 727-0252
Similarly, please note that with respect to records regarding payments, the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) is responsible for the financial and budgetary functions of the District government.   It has custody of, and maintains, records of financial transactions for the District government and related records.  You may submit a FOIA request to:
LaVerne  Lee FOIA Officer Chief Financial Officer 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 200 Washington, D.C. 20004 ocfo.foia@dc.gov (202) 727-9528
​Pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 2-532, we have fifteen (15) business-days, subject to the possibility of a ten (10) business-day extension, to respond to the request as of the date of receipt.  More specifically, D.C. Official Code § 2-532(c) and (d) state:
(c) A public body, upon request reasonably describing any public record, shall within 15 days (except Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays) of the receipt of any such request either make the requested public record accessible or notify the person making such request of its determination not to make the requested public record or any part thereof accessible and the reasons therefor (d) In unusual circumstances, the time limit prescribed in subsection (c) of this section may be extended by written notice to the person making such request setting forth the reasons for extension and expected date for determination. Such extension shall not exceed 10 days (except Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays). For purposes of this subsection, and only to the extent necessary for processing of the particular request, "unusual circumstances" are limited to: (1) The need to search for, collect, and appropriately examine a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records which are demanded in a single request; or (2) The need for consultation, which shall be conducted with all practicable speed, with another public body having a substantial interest in the determination of the request or among 2 or more components of a public body having substantial subject-matter interest therein. If you have any questions regarding your request, please contact the assigned FOIA Specialist at (202) 727-3721.  For ease of reference, we ask that you have your FOIA Request Number available when you contact our office. Donald Kaufman MPD FOIA Officer

From: Eckert, Robert (MPD)

Don,

Please see below draft FOIA response to Mr. Mark Harris (via: Muckrock). prior to EOCOP review, for certain records concerning MPD use of Palantir Technologies, Inc., as a vendor.

Thanks,
Bob
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Helllo Liz,

Below is a draft response, for EOCOP review, to Mr. Harris (via Muckrock), FOIA request, No. 2017-FOIA-00873 (attached). The request is for records concerning MPD use of Palantir Technologies, Inc., as a vendor. Barry Gersten, IT, reported a "no records" response.

The Policy and Standards Division reported a "no records" search result; and, Lt. Carlos Mejia, SOD, located the one page document, attached, responsive to the request.

Please inform me upon completion of review, or if there are any questions concerning the tentative FOIA response.

Thank you,
Bob Eckert
FOIA Specialist
MPD FOIA Office
202-727-3721
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Mr. Mark Harris
Via: Muckrock
Department MR 30306
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144-2516
FOIA Request No. 2017-FOIA-00873

Dear Mr. Harris:

This is in response to your November 29, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records concerning the Metropolitan Police Department's use of "Palantir Technologies, Inc.", as a vendor.

A search was performed, which located no records responsive to your request.

Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-5 37 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter 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 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 Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to The Mayor's Correspondence Unit at foia.mayor@dc.gov<mailto:foia.mayor@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 delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

There are no charges for FOIA services, in this instance.

Sincerely,
Robert Eckert
FOIA Specialist
Freedom of Information Act Office

From: Eckert, Robert (MPD)

Mr. Mark Harris
Via: Muckrock
Department MR 30306
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144-2516
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
FOIA Request No. 2017-FOIA-00873

Dear Mr. Harris:

This is in response to your November 29, 2017, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records concerning MPD use of the products of Palantir Technologies, Inc.

Please note that, with respect to the portion of the request for copies of contracts, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) does not maintain such records. The Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP) procures goods, services, transportation and specialty equipment, as well as information technology. Additionally, OCP manages the Procurement Automated Support System (PASS) and provides contract administration and support services. It has custody of and maintains contracts and related records. You may submit a FOIA request to OCP online via the DC government Public FOIA Portal at https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx. <https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx.%C2%A0> Alternatively, you may submit your FOIA request to: Nancy Hapeman 441 4th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001 nancy.hapeman@dc.gov<mailto:nancy.hapeman@dc.gov> ​Phone: (202) 727-0252.

A search of MPD records was performed, which located no records responsive to your request.

Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-5 37 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter 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 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 Correspondence Unit, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 316, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to The Mayor’s Correspondence Unit at foia.mayor@dc.gov<mailto:foia.mayor@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 delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

There are no charges for FOIA services, in this instance.

Sincerely,
Robert Eckert
FOIA Specialist
Freedom of Information Act Office

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