University of Texas, Austin Drone Documents

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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on department use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;

3. any departmental records concerning this department’s use of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:

a. the types of investigations or instances in which this department is using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;

b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through use of drones, including retention times;

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;

d. drones’ ability to carry weapons.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brandon Wieber

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 July 18, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lopez, Annela M

Dear Mr. Wieber:

The Media Relations Office forwarded your Open Records Request to this office. Please be advised that any Open Records Request seeking access to UT Austin records should be directed to the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Custodian of Records as follows:

VIA E-MAIL
cfo@www.utexas.edu<mailto:cfo@www.utexas.edu>
Mr. Kevin P. Hegarty
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin

VIA TELEFACSIMILE
(512) 471-7742
Mr. Kevin P. Hegarty
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin
PO Box 8179
Austin, Texas 78713-8179

VIA US MAIL
Mr. Kevin P. Hegarty
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin
PO Box 8179
Austin, Texas 78713-8179

State law provides that the University can designate a person that is authorized to receive e-mail or faxed requests for open records. If the University makes such a designation, the Open Records Act is only activated if the request is directed to the assigned individual. Pursuant to Section 552.301(c), Government Code, the Custodian of Records has been designated to receive all electronic mail requests for public information. The University is not responsible for responding to electronic mail and fax requests sent to any electronic mail address other than the e-mail address for the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Custodian of Records cited above. Any Open Records Requests submitted should be directed to this office via fax at (512) 471-7742 or via e-mail to cfo@www.utexas.edu<mailto:cfo@www.utexas.edu>.

Please feel free to contact me directly at (512) 471-8300 if you have any questions regarding the Open Records process.

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 July 18, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lopez, Annela M

Dear Mr. Wieber:

Please be advised that at The University of Texas at Austin has no official record of receiving an Open Records Request from you. We are aware of the existence of your request submitted via e-mail to Mr. Gary J. Susswein, Director of University Media Relations. However, on August 15, 2012 this office instructed you to redirect your Open Records Request to the e-mail address designated to receive such requests. The University is not responsible for responding to electronic mail and fax requests sent to any electronic mail address other than those for the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Custodian of Records cited below.

Any Open Records Request seeking access to University records should be directed to the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Custodian of Records as follows:

VIA E-MAIL
cfo@www.utexas.edu<mailto:cfo@www.utexas.edu>
Mr. Kevin P. Hegarty
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

VIA TELEFACSIMILE
(512) 471-7742
Mr. Kevin P. Hegarty
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin
PO Box 8179
Austin, Texas 78713-8179

VIA US MAIL
Mr. Kevin P. Hegarty
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin
PO Box 8179
Austin, Texas 78713-8179

State law provides that the University can designate a person that is authorized to receive e-mail or faxed requests for open records. If the University makes such a designation, the Open Records Act is only activated if the request is directed to the assigned individual. Pursuant to Section 552.301(c), Government Code, the Custodian of Records has been designated to receive all electronic mail requests for public information. The University is not responsible for responding to electronic mail and fax requests sent to any electronic mail address other than the email address for the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Custodian of Records cited above. Any Open Records Requests submitted should be directed to this office via fax at (512) 471-7742 or via e-mail to cfo@www.utexas.edu<mailto:cfo@www.utexas.edu>.

Please feel free to contact me directly at (512) 471-8300 if you have any questions regarding the Open Records process.

Thank you.

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on department use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;

3. any departmental records concerning this department’s use of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:

a. the types of investigations or instances in which this department is using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;

b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through use of drones, including retention times;

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;

d. drones’ ability to carry weapons.

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 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

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 July 18, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: University of Texas, Austin

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

The attached letter, documents and information are provided in final response to your Open Records Request received via e-mail on November 13, 2012. You requested that the University provide you with three categories of documents pertaining to aerial drones.

Please feel free to contact me directly at (512) 471-8300 to discuss the remainder of your request in further detail.

http://radionavlab.ae.utexas.edu/publications/evaluation-of-smart-grid-and-civilian-uav-vulnerability-to-gps-spoofing-attacks

____________________________________

Annela M. Lopez
Open Records Coordinator
Office of the VP & Chief Financial Officer
The University of Texas at Austin
(512) 471-8300 (phone)
(512) 471-7742 (fax)
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