Drone Documents (Michigan State Police)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Michigan State Police of Michigan.
Tracking # CR-98847-14
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), I hereby request the following records:

All documents created from January 2005 to the date this request is processed related to the agency's use of aerial drones, remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs), unmanned aerials (UAs), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and/or unmanned aerial systems (UASs)(hereinafter “drones”).

Please search specifically for the below document categories, and respond to each of the categories and items:

1) Acquisition documents:

i) requests for proposals (RFPs), proposals/quotes submitted by vendors, contracts, leases, budget requests, project/equipment budgets, cost allocations or reimbursements for the purchase of drone equipment;

ii) Grant applications and award letters for drone equipment purchases;

iii) Insurance contracts for all drone equipment;

iv) Communications (including electronic communications) between the agency head or agency quartermaster (or individual responsible for equipment purchases and maintenance) and drone vendors, manufacturers or retailers;

v) Communications (including electronic communications) between the agency head and agency quartermaster (or individual responsible for equipment purchases and maintenance) regarding acquisition, lease or use of drone equipment;

vi) Communications (including electronic communications) between the agency head and the governor, mayor and city/town manager regarding the acquisition of drones;

vii) Applications (including all components and support documentation) for Certificates of Waiver/Authorization (COA) from the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as COA grant notifications and final agreement;

viii) Contracts for services related to drones, such as data storage, data analysis, image storage, image analysis, video storage, video analysis, operation, maintenance;

2) Equipment logs:

i) Inventories/logs/lists/databases of all drones owned, leased or operated by or for the agency;

ii) Maintenance logs for all drones owned, leased or otherwise operated by or for the agency;

3) Policy documents:

i) Policies, guidelines, protocols, manuals and/or instructions on the use/operation of drones and usage of data, images and video obtained from drone flights;

ii) Communications from the agency head, quartermaster (or individual responsible for overseeing equipment purchases and maintenance) on approved uses for drones;

iii) Memorandums of understanding (MOUs), memorandums of agreement (MOAs) or any other agreements or contracts with other government agencies, private corporations, organizations or individuals to share drone equipment, data, images or video or to operate drones on behalf of the agency;

4) Training documents:

i) Curriculum used to train drone operators and observers;

ii) Training log for all drone operators and observers;

iii) Certifications of training completion for all drone operators and observers;

iv) Contracts, purchase orders, budget requests or reimbursement orders for training sessions for all drone operators and observers;

5) Usage documents:

i) Flight logs for all drone flights, including training flights;

ii) Flight logs transmitted to the Federal Aviation Administration pursuant to Certificate of Waiver/Authorization (COA) requirements;

iii) Reprimands relating to drones, including misuse of equipment and failure to properly maintain equipment.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Michigan State Police

An interim response, stating the request has been delayed

From: Michigan State Police

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

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. 15, 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: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

In light of the revelation that Michigan State Police has received two waivers for unmanned aerial vehicles from the Federal Aviation Administration, I'd like to request a reconsideration of the considerable FOIA fee estimate provided by MSP last October in response to the below request (see attached) — Ms. Fox estimated that it would cost more than $2,000 to provide documents, where dozens of other police departments across the country have provided them free of cost or at a fraction of this number.

Please advise as to whether this request can be resumed without the considerable fees quoted last October.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: MSP-FOI

The Michigan State Police, Freedom of information unit, has received your email.

Please be sure that a mailing address was provided. We will respond to your request within 5 business days.

If you have questions, you may call (517) 241-1934.

Thank you!

From: Shawn Musgrave

Checking on this once again.

Best,
Shawn

From: MSP-FOI

The Michigan State Police, Freedom of information unit, has received your email.

Please be sure that a mailing address was provided. We will respond to your request within 5 business days.

If you have questions, you may call (517) 241-1934.

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. 15, 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 #CR-78408-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: MSP-FOI

The Michigan State Police, Freedom of information unit, has received your email.

Please be sure that a mailing address was provided. We will respond to your request within 5 business days.

If you have questions, you may call (517) 241-1934.

Thank you!

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

I have received the automatic response email below twice but no substantive response to my followup. Please advise.

-Shawn

From: MSP-FOI

The Michigan State Police, Freedom of information unit, has received your email.

Please be sure that a mailing address was provided. We will respond to your request within 5 business days.

If you have questions, you may call (517) 241-1934.

Thank you!

From: Michigan State Police

An interim response, stating the request has been delayed

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. 15, 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 #CR-98847-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: MSP-FOI

The Michigan State Police, Freedom of information unit, has received your email.

Please be sure that a mailing address was provided. We will respond to your request within 5 business days.

If you have questions, you may call (517) 241-1934.

Thank you!

From: Michigan State Police

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Per the attached extension notice letter dated October 29, 2014, I was to receive a written notice on or before 11/14/2014. I have received no such notice or substantive update save automated responses.

Please advise immediately as to the status of this request.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: MSP-FOI

The Michigan State Police, Freedom of information unit, has received your email.

Please be sure that a mailing address was provided. We will respond to your request within 5 business days.

If you have questions, you may call (517) 241-1934.

Thank you!

From: MuckRock

Hello,

The appropriate email address for this specific request is:

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 8120
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205

Thank you for your help!

From: MSP-FOI

The Michigan State Police, Freedom of information unit, has received your email.

Please be sure that a mailing address was provided. We will respond to your request within 5 business days.

If you have questions, you may call (517) 241-1934.

Thank you!

From: Fox, Joseph (MDOT)

You have Emailed the wrong person. I work for the Michigan Department of transportation.

Joseph fox
Sent from my iPad

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. 15, 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 #CR-98847-14.

Thank you for your help.

From: MSP-FOI

The Michigan State Police, Freedom of information unit, has received your email.

Please be sure that a mailing address was provided. We will respond to your request within 5 business days.

If you have questions, you may call (517) 241-1934.

Thank you!

From: Fox, Judy (MSP)

A response to your request for a reconsideration of fees was mailed to you on November 13, 2014. Attached is a copy of the letter that was sent out.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you.

Judy Fox
Asst. Freedom of Information Coordinator
Freedom Of Information Unit
Criminal Justice Information Center
Michigan State Police
P.O. Box 30634
Lansing, MI 48909
517-335-4616 - telephone
517-241-1935 - fax

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. 15, 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 #CR-98847-14.

Thank you for your help.

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