Arecibo Observatory Damage

AJ Vicens filed this request with the National Science Foundation of the United States of America .
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From: AJ Vicens


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any reports (preliminary or otherwise), memos, emails, logs, text messages, photographs, video, or any other materials related to the damage sustained at the Arecibo Observatory on Aug. 10, 2020. Please include any materials dated between Aug. 10, 2020 and Sept. 15, 2020.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

AJ Vicens

From: National Science Foundation

Good Afternoon AJ Vicens,

Pursuant to the NSF FOIA regulations, you must state in your request a willingness to pay fees in order for us to begin processing your requests. Please see language below from our regulations:

A request which otherwise meets the requirements of 45 C.F. R. § 612.3 is perfected when you have reasonably described the records sought under § 612.3(d), and agreed to pay fees under § 612.3(e), or otherwise met the fee waiver requirements under § 612.10.

Most requestors agree to pay $25.00. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Regards,
Kathryn Williams
Administrative Assistant
Office of the General Counsel
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 292- 5096

From: AJ Vicens

Hello Kathryn,

My apologies. I'm willing to pay $25 for the records I seek.

Thank you for helping me clarify.

All the best,
AJ Vicens

From: National Science Foundation

Dear AJ Vicens:

Your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has been received and logged as FOIA 2020- 217F. Please reference this number in all communications regarding this request.

Effective September 30, 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) instituted a multi-track system (Simple, Normal and Complex) for processing of FOIA requests. Your request has been placed in the Simple Track based on the amount of work and/or time needed to process the request.

The estimated response date to your request is October 16, 2020.

Information pertaining to the FOIA and the NSF’s policies concerning records requests is available on the NSF web site https://www.nsf.gov/policies/foia.jsp.

If you have any additional questions about your request, please contact Sandra Evans at 703-292-5065 or by email at sevans@nsf.gov<mailto:sevans@nsf.gov>, or Justin Guz at 703-292-2289 or by email at jguz@nsf.gov<mailto:jguz@nsf.gov>.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Williams
Administrative Assistant
Office of the General Counsel
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 292- 5096

From: National Science Foundation

Dear Mr. Vicens,

Are you available any time this week to discuss your request?

Sincerely,

Sandra Evans
FOIA/Privacy Act Officer
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 292-5065

From: AJ Vicens

Hello,

I am available later this week to discuss the request. I'm Wednesday at 4 ET works, or all day Thursday, if that works for you all?

Thank you,
AJ Vicens

From: National Science Foundation

Hi Mr. Vincens,

Wednesday at 4pm is perfect. You may call me at 703-292-5065.

Thank you,

Sandra Evans
FOIA/Privacy Act Officer
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 292-5065

From: AJ Vicens

Hello,

Thank you for helping me figure out the best way to get this done in a reasonable way for all parties. Per our phone conversation on Sept. 23, 2020, I'm happy to figure out the best way to make this a rolling request that produces materials as they become available. We discussed perhaps starting with the forensic reports and photos, and perhaps video if that isn't too onerous, and working our way through the list from there. Perhaps after initial materials are made available, a more targeted search of emails, memos, or other materials associated with this incident would be possible.

Thank you again for your help, and please don't hesitate to reach out if we need to clarify any additional items.

Best regards,
AJ Vicens
Staff Reporter, Mother Jones
412.997.8575
avicens@motherjones.com

From: National Science Foundation

It was a pleasure speaking with you and we appreciate your understanding.

Sandra Evans
FOIA/Privacy Act Officer
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 292-5065

From: National Science Foundation

Dear Mr. Vincens,

We are awaiting a response to the submitter notice we sent regarding the Response Plan prepared by WJE. Once we receive it we will conduct our review and then prepare a response. With my schedule, I estimate two weeks. I will keep you posted if that should change.

Sandra Evans
FOIA/Privacy Act Officer
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 292-5065

From: AJ Vicens

Thank you so much!

AJ Vicens
Staff Reporter, Mother Jones
412.997.8575
avicens@motherjones.com

From: National Science Foundation

Dear Mr. Vicens,

This is the second time I have tried to send this message to you today. I have been having issues with Outlook today. Enclosed is a partial response to your request. If you have some time next week, I would like to discuss the remaining items of your request?

Sincerely,

Sandra Evans
FOIA/Privacy Act Officer
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 292-5065

From: National Science Foundation

Evans, Sandra would like to recall the message, "[EXTERNAL] - RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Arecibo Observatory Damage - 2020-217F - Partial Response".

From: National Science Foundation

Evans, Sandra would like to recall the message, "[EXTERNAL] - RE: Freedom of Information Act Request: Arecibo Observatory Damage - 2020-217F - Partial Response".

From: National Science Foundation

Dear Mr. Vicens:

Enclosed is a partial response to your request. If you have some time next week, I would like to discuss the remaining items of your request?

Sincerely,

Sandra Evans
FOIA/Privacy Act Officer
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 292-5065

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