ATF drone acquisition docs (NRT)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 2015-0740
Due April 27, 2015
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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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 documents regarding acquisition of unmanned aerial systems or unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly known as "drones") by the ATF's National Response Team.

The OIG report published on March 25 noted: "Less than a week after ATF’s Special Operations Division suspended its UAS program, ATF’s National Response Team (NRT) purchased five small, commercially available UAS at a total cost of about $15,000. The NRT acquired these UAS, which each weigh approximately three pounds, to help document fire and explosion crime scenes. NRT officials told us they used one of these units to conduct one brief UAS flight in July 2014 to document the aftermath of a Louisiana apartment fire that resulted in the deaths of three residents. However, NRT officials stated that after this use, they became aware that they were required to obtain an FAA COA before operating UAS. These officials told us they then contacted TOB regarding UAS requirements and subsequently grounded their UAS until they obtained further clarification and guidance on deployment requirements."

This is a request for all contracts, invoices, correspondence, memorandum, affidavit or other documentation provided by the ATF to OIG inspectors in support of the above finding, as well as all other acquisition documents pertaining to UAVs purchased by the NRT.

Given that this FOIA is submitted in my capacity as a journalist who has covered drones 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 drones:

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 national media outlets on topics including drones and other matters pertaining to national security and technologies:

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 March 30, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From:

Your case file number is 2015-0740. A Disclosure Specialist will give you a call back within the next 2 business days regarding your FOIA request. What is the best telephone number for the Disclosure Specialist to contact you back?

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

I can give the Disclosure Specialist a call. What number is best?

Thank you.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Email is the easiest way for me to respond — please forward on to the Disclosure Specialist.

Best,
Shawn

From:

I forwarded your message.

From:

Can you please provide your contact information so I can forward this follow-up request to the specialist? If not, I will send without telephone number and the specialist will email you on your follow-up.

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 March 30, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-0740.

Thank you for your help.

From:

I sent your message to the specialist. You should hear something back in two business days.

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 March 30, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-0740.

Thank you for your help.

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 March 30, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-0740.

Thank you for your help.

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 March 30, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-0740.

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

From:

I forwarded your email message to the Front end manager.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Thank you for the update. Please provide an estimated date of completion for this request.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From:

Good Morning Mr. Shawn Musgrave,

Please find the attached status update regarding your FOIA request. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Rice
Paralegal/Legal Assistant IV
Contractor, Forfeiture Support Associates
Disclosure Division
Office of Public & Governmental Affairs
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
U.S. Department of Justice
99 New York Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20226
T: (202) 648-7375
Elizabeth.Rice@atf.gov<mailto:elizabeth.rice@atf.gov>| www.ATF.gov<http://www.atf.gov/>| ATF Pressroom<http://www.atf.gov/content/contact-us/pressroom>

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From: Muckrock Staff

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I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
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