Bee Informed budget documents (NIFA)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service 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:

Documents reflecting the budgetary contribution of NIFA to the Bee Informed Partnership from FY2010 thru FY2015.

Per the Bee Informed Partnership website (http://beeinformed.org/about/), this initiative is sponsored in part by the NIFA.

Given that this FOIA is submitted in my capacity as a journalist, 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:

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 May 14, 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: Hutchison, Stasia

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock News

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated May 14, 2015, for information reflecting the budgetary contributions of NIFA to the Bee Informed Partnership. Your request was received in this office on May 15 and assigned FOIA No. 2015-REE-03564-F.

Specifically, you requested:

Documents reflecting the budgetary contribution of NIFA to the Bee Informed Partnership from FY2010 thru FY2015.

Per the Bee Informed Partnership website (http://beeinformed.org/about/), this initiative is sponsored in part by the NIFA.
The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) is a single Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grant funded on a five year continuation basis through the FY 2010 Food Security challenge area program. The grant title is, BIP A NETWORK FOR MONITORING AND MAINTENANCE BEE HEALTH AND POLLINATION SERVICES. The following provides the budgetary contribution by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to BIP:

FY2010 - $1,020,000
FY2011 - $1,170,000
FY2012 - $1,170,000
FY2013 - $1,170,000
FY2014 - $1,170,000

Total – $5.7M

If you have any questions concerning your request, please contact this office at 301-504-1655 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia Hutchison

Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Office, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 Telephone; 301-504-1647 Fax
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From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Stasia -

Thank you for this information. Could you please provide documentation for the grant and yearly documentation of funding allotments? This is the documentation I was interested in seeing.

Best,
Shawn

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Good morning Shawn,

Can you please call me at 301-504-1655 so that we can go over your request.

Thank you,

Stasia

From: Shawn Musgrave

Stasia -

When would be a good time to call?

Best,
Shawn

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Now would be good.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Stasia -

Thanks for speaking with me just now. As we discussed, the budget pages from the grant proposal would fulfill this request.

Best,
Shawn

From: Hutchison, Stasia

It was nice speaking with you. Thank you for providing the clarification.

From: Hutchison, Stasia

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock News

This is in further response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated May 14, 2015, for information reflecting the budgetary contributions of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP). Your request was received in this office on May 15 and assigned FOIA No. 2015-REE-03564-F.
Per your June 16, 2015, email, you are requesting the budget pages from Grant No. 2011-67007-20017, BIP, a Network for Monitoring and Maintaining Bee Health and Pollination Services, University of Maryland.

As requested, attached are the budget pages from Grant No. 2011-67007-20017. A total of 10 pages are being released to you in full; 6 pages have been redacted. The salary and fringe benefit information has been redacted from the enclosed documents and is exempt from disclosure pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6), which protects information about individuals in personnel and medical files and similar files when the disclosure of such information would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. This information is also exempt from disclosure pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4), which protects trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person that is privileged and confidential.

You have a right to appeal our determination by writing to the Director, NIFA, USDA, Room 305-A, Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 14th & Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250. The appeal must be received by that office within 45 days of the date of this letter. The phrase “FOIA Appeal” should be placed in capital letters on the front of the envelope containing the appeal.

If you have any questions concerning your request, please contact this office at 301-504-1655 or stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>.

Sincerely,

Stasia Hutchison
Stasia Hutchison
FOIA/PA Office, REE, USDA
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
GWCC, Room 1-2248, Mail Stop 5128
Beltsville, MD 20705-5128
stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov<mailto:stasia.hutchison@ars.usda.gov>
301-504-1655 Telephone; 301-504-1647 Fax
www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398<http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=1398>
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