Army UAS Office reports 2000 to July 2015

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the U.S Army Program Executive Office, Aviation of the United States of America.
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All annual, semi-annual, quarterly, monthly, and/or weekly reports completed by the Army Unmanned Aerial Systems office from January 2000 through July 2015.

Given that this FOIA is submitted in my capacity as a journalist who has covered the federal government extensively, I request that I be categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees. Here is a selection of my published articles on MuckRock:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/12/how-843-lbs-seized-pot-lead-customs-and-border-pro/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/mar/03/us-marshals-service-conceal-key-details-millions-s/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/12/fbi-and-justice-department-cant-find-drone-privacy/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/22/air-force-knows-how-many-mq-9-drones-it-wants-cant/

I have also been published in a number of other national media outlets on topics pertaining to national security, law enforcement and technology:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-us-spent-360-million-on-border-drones-thanks-to-this-flimsy-report

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-air-force-says-it-needs-precisely-52-new-reaper-drones-cant-explain-why

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

www.betaboston.com/news/2014/03/05/a-vast-hidden-surveillance-network-runs-across-america-powered-by-the-repo-industry/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/05/nypd-social-media-policy-allows-catfishing-with-the-proper-paperwork.html

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2014/12/03/the-pentagon-finally-details-its-weapons-for-cops-giveaway

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://news.vice.com/article/fbi-agent-who-killed-boston-bombing-suspects-friend-was-twice-accused-of-police-brutality

As the requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com and pertains to a matter of considerable public interest, I further request a full waiver of all fees.

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 20 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 Aug. 17, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

I have not received any acknowledgement of this FOIA request, which I previously addressed to usarmy.belvoir.hqda-oaaahs.mbx.rmda-foia-public-liaison@mail.mil. Please confirm receipt, as well as the appropriate FOIA contact information for the Army Sustainment Command.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: Howell, Charmaine T CIV USARMY USAG (US)

Charmaine Howell
Lead FOIA/PA Specialist
Records Management
Government Information Specialist
charmaine.howell@us.army.mil
256-876-6360
RSA/DHR - Administrative Services Division

"Let Us know how we are doing, put it on ICE"
https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=513

From: Howell, Charmaine T CIV USARMY USAG (US)

Mr. Musgrave:

Please be more specific in what type of reports etc you are requesting.

Thank you,

Charmaine Howell
Lead FOIA/PA Specialist
Records Management
Government Information Specialist
charmaine.howell@us.army.mil
256-876-6360
RSA/DHR - Administrative Services Division

"Let Us know how we are doing, put it on ICE"
https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=513

Charmaine - they didn't state any records. They are asking for all reports
the PM did for 15 years. They have to be more specific. This is an
open-ended request.

This is the request:
All annual, semi-annual, quarterly, monthly, and/or weekly reports completed
by the Army Unmanned Aerial Systems office from January 2000 through July
2015.

We need something more specific, i.e., what kind of reports and exactly what
type of information is the reporter looking for especially when it covers 15
years' worth. Also depending on what type of reports, the current owning
organization of those reports should be the ones to disclose it. Most of our
reports are in response to a tasker or query from a higher organization;
therefore, I think that whoever is the recipient of those reports (the
current owning organization) are the ones who has to approve release of
them.

There's no way to approach this unless we know what specific information
they are looking for.

From: USARMY RIA ASC List FOIA

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

Your below request does not fall under the purview of this office. Your request has been referred to the Redstone Arsenal Garrison FOIA Office for their direct response to you. Below is their contact information:

FOIA/PA Office
US Army Garrison (IMSE-RED-HR)
3465 Zeus Road
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000

Commercial – 256-876-6360
Email - usarmy.redstone.imcom.mbx.foia-request@mail.mil

v/r,

Angie

Angela R. Keel-Welsh
Paralegal Specialist/FOIA Officer
HQ, Army Sustainment Command
ATTN: AMSAS-GC
1 Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island, IL 61299-6500
Phone: (309) 782-8442
FOIA Email: usarmy.ria.asc.list.foia@mail.mil
E-mail: angela.r.keel-welsh.civ@mail.mil

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

This is a request for all monthly, semi-annual, and/or annual reports produced by the Army UAS office. Please advise if you require additional information.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

This is a request for all monthly, semi-annual, and/or annual reports produced by the Army UAS office. Please advise if you require additional information.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: Howell, Charmaine T CIV USARMY USAG (US)

Charmaine Howell
Lead FOIA/PA Specialist
Records Management
Government Information Specialist
charmaine.howell@us.army.mil
256-876-6360
RSA/DHR - Administrative Services Division

"Let Us know how we are doing, put it on ICE"
https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=513

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Howell -

I believe that you sent me a template response, rather than a response specific to my request. It includes a range of different responses, including that all responsive documents are FOUO, that my request is insufficiently specific, that the requested documentation is excessive in cost, and that there are no costs.

Please advise as to the status of this request.

Best,
Shawn

From: Howell, Charmaine T CIV USARMY USAG (US)

Shawn:

This is not a generic response, the Action Office is requesting specific details on exactly what reports you are asking for so they it can be more cost effective. Also, they need to know the level of fees you are willing to pay. They are trying to find exactly what you need.

Charmaine Howell
Lead FOIA/PA Specialist
Records Management
Government Information Specialist
charmaine.howell@us.army.mil
256-876-6360
RSA/DHR - Administrative Services Division

"Let Us know how we are doing, put it on ICE"
https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=513

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Charmaine -

Apologies, I must have misread your response.

I'll narrow this FOIA to the annual report compiled by the Army UAS office.

Best,
Shawn

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