Alterations to Little Boy casings (Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration)

Martin Pfeiffer filed this request with the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration of the United States of America.
Multi Request Alterations to Little Boy casings
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From: Martin Pfeiffer

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request copies of the following records:

Reports, analyses, contracts, planning documents, policy directives or guidance, memos, and other relevant records to documenting the decision to alter historical Little Boy nuclear weapon casings; the alterations made; and the disposition of both altered and unaltered casings. Please also include correspondence and other records documenting the response of agencies and institutions whose casings were to be altered. You may limit your search for records to the time period between and including January 1, 2001 and the conclusion of any program or effort to alter historical Little Boy nuclear weapon casings.

As the FOIA requires, please release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of documents. If you withhold information or records then please identify the exemption through which you do so and advise me of my options for appeal under the law.

I am a PhD student at the University of New Mexico and the information requested is for academic and public education purposes, including my PhD dissertation project, and not primarily for commercial use. Furthermore, I will make responsive records available to the public via my academic publications and presentations; on social media (I have over 13,000 Twitter followers); and through the News Site Please note that you can access my UNM student profile page at the following url:

Therefore, as per Sack v. DOD (2016) I qualify for educational institution fee status and ask that you process my request accordingly. In your response please confirm that you will be processing my request under the educational institution fee status.

If fees are assessed then I agree to pay fees up to $30 without additional notice. In the event that there are fees exceeding $30 then please inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

I hereby request that all records generated by this request be delivered in electronic format via email or, if that is not possible, on CD-ROM if available.
Please do not hesitate to contact me (preferably via email) with any questions or information. You may, and I request that you do so if convenient, engage in rolling release of responsive documents.

I look forward to receiving your response within the twenty day statutory period. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and time in this matter.

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

Dear Requester,

In order to accept this as a valid Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, one of the elements required, is your contact information, such as your name and address.
This request does not have your name. Please resubmit, or confirm with a reply to this email with your name.

Thank you,

FOIA Services

From: Martin Pfeiffer

Dear FOIA Services,

Thank you for your message.

I believe you are mistaken and my request as submitted is a complete request including required information such as my name as well as contact information. For reference see the attached PDF copy of the raw email of my request as submitted and find that elements of a FOIA required--as I understand them--and as described by you in your missive.

Please note that my name (Martin Pfeiffer) is at the end of the request as I submitted it as part of the signature line as well as referenced in the link to my student profile at UNM provided in my original request.

In addition, the original request as filed through automatically include a footer that provides email information (our email seems to be working fine) as well as provisions for uploading documents directly or sending them by mail.

Please confirm receipt, acceptance, and perfection of my FOIA request.

Thank you for your help with this matter.

Martin Pfeiffer

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From: Martin Pfeiffer

Dear FOIA Services:

My apologies, you are correct. My request accidentally cut off my signature line. I apologize for the error although it appears my name was present in other requests I received this message for.

Thank you for your patience.

Martin Pfeiffer

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

A no responsive documents response.