Texas State University Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the Texas State University of Texas.
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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”), as well as research services or other services related to drones;

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

3. any records concerning this organization's use of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:

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


Brandon Wieber

From: Graham, Jennifer J

Mr. Wieber,

We received your request for information dated August 16, 2012 pertaining to drone documentation. The person who would be responsible for maintaining this information has been unavailable until this week. As a result, I was unable to provide the attached estimate of charges until today. Texas Government Code §552.2615 requires that you respond in writing to this invoice by informing me within 10 business days after today that:

a. you will accept the estimated charges;

b. you are modifying your request in response to the itemized statement, or;

c. you have sent the Attorney General a complaint alleging that you have been overcharged for being provided the requested information.

There is no less costly alternative method available to provide this information.

You may respond to the invoices by delivering your written response to me by mail, in person, by facsimile transmission (245-9633) or by electronic mail at jg30@txstate.edu. If you decide to accept the charges, we will work to provide the information to you as soon as possible. If we don’t hear from you within the time stated, we will consider your request withdrawn.

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 Aug. 16, 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: Graham, Jennifer J

Mr. Wieber,

No further clarification was needed but I was waiting for you to respond
to me (see email below) whether you agree to accept the charges on the
invoice I sent you. I've attached it again. If you agree to the charges,
and as soon as we receive your payment, we will get the information to you
as soon as possible.