Booz Allen Hamilton Contracts (USNORTHCOM)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the USNORTHCOM - US Northern Command of the United States of America.
Tracking # FY13-13MAR2013-NNC25
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of contracts with Booz Allen Hamilton over the past 5 years.
Any final reports generated and delivered by Booz Allen Hamilton to the agency over the past 5 years

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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,

Michael Morisy

From: USNORTHCOM FOIA Officer - OMB

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

13 March 2013

Mr. Morisy,

We have received your request regarding Booz Allen Hamilton contracts with USNORTHCOM. Your case has been assigned USNORTHCOM FOIA Case number: FY13-13MAR2013-NNC25.

In accordance with the Department of Defense Freedom of Information Act Program, DoD 5400.7-R and United States Code, Title 5, Section 552 (a)(4)(a)(vi), we are processing your request for a fee waiver for the subject request.

Please provide justification supporting your fee waiver request:

(a) How do the records concern the operations or activities of the government?

(b) Given the records concern the operations or activities of the government, how will disclosure likely contribute to public understanding of these operations and activities?

(c) If there is likely to be a contribution to public understanding, will release of the requested records contribute significantly to public understanding?

(d) Would disclosure be primarily in your commercial interest?

(e) Do you have the ability and intention to disseminate the information to the general public or a reasonably broad audience of persons interested in the subject?

(f) How and to whom do you intend to disseminate the information?

(g) How do you plan to use the information to contribute to public understanding of the Government's operations or activities?

If no response regarding our fee waiver questions is received by 18 March 2013, we will continue processing your request without a fee waiver.

Kris

KRISTINA L. ROTH, Civ, DAFC
Chief, FOIA and Privacy Act Requester Service Center
NORAD and USNORTHCOM Chief of Staff
250 Vandenberg St, Ste B016
Peterson AFB, CO 80914-3817
Coml (719) 554-7185 / DSN 692-7185

From: USNORTHCOM FOIA Officer - OMB

USNORTHCOM FOIA Officer - OMB would like to recall the message, "Freedom of Information Request: Booz Allen Hamilton Contracts (USNORTHCOM)".

From: Roth, Kristina L CIV USA NORAD USNORTHCOM HQs CS

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

13 March 2013

Mr. Morisy,

We have received your request regarding Booz Allen Hamilton contracts with USNORTHCOM. Your case has been assigned USNORTHCOM FOIA Case number: FY13-13MAR2013-NNC25.

In accordance with the Department of Defense Freedom of Information Act Program, DoD 5400.7-R and United States Code, Title 5, Section 552 (a)(4)(a)(vi), we are processing your request for a fee waiver for the subject request.

Please provide justification supporting your fee waiver request:

(a) How do the records concern the operations or activities of the government?

(b) Given the records concern the operations or activities of the government, how will disclosure likely contribute to public understanding of these operations and activities?

(c) If there is likely to be a contribution to public understanding, will release of the requested records contribute significantly to public understanding?

(d) Would disclosure be primarily in your commercial interest?

(e) Do you have the ability and intention to disseminate the information to the general public or a reasonably broad audience of persons interested in the subject?

(f) How and to whom do you intend to disseminate the information?

(g) How do you plan to use the information to contribute to public understanding of the Government's operations or activities?

If no response regarding our fee waiver questions is received by 18 March 2013, we will continue processing your request without a fee waiver.

Kris

From: USNORTHCOM FOIA Officer - OMB

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

14 March 2013

Mr. Morisy,

Attached is our letter of acknowledgment for you subject request with USNORTHCOM assigned case number: FY13-13MAR2013-NNC25.

Please acknowledge receipt and let me know if you have any problems opening the attachment.

Kris

KRISTINA L. ROTH, Civ, DAFC
Chief, FOIA and Privacy Act Requester Service Center
NORAD and USNORTHCOM Chief of Staff
250 Vandenberg St, Ste B016
Peterson AFB, CO 80914-3817
Coml (719) 554-7185 / DSN 692-7185

From: USNORTHCOM FOIA Officer - OMB

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

14 March 2013

Mr. Morisy,

Attached is our final response to the subject request, FY13-13MAR2013-NNC25.

Please acknowledge receipt and let me know if you have any problems opening the attachment.

Kris

KRISTINA L. ROTH, Civ, DAFC
Chief, FOIA and Privacy Act Requester Service Center
NORAD and USNORTHCOM Chief of Staff
250 Vandenberg St, Ste B016
Peterson AFB, CO 80914-3817
Coml (719) 554-7185 / DSN 692-7185

From: Babe, Steven O Civ USAF ACC 55 CS/SCXKR

Mr. Morisy,

We are contacting you concerning your FOIA request. The request is vague: what contract(s) are you looking for? Your request states all BAH contracts over the past five years. Please specify. Also, any reports are owned by BAH and not the government. You will need to contact the company directly for copies.

We have reviewed your request and determine that fees cannot be waived. Any documents that have been requested in the past by any agency will be delivered free of charge. We cannot determine the charge until we know exactly what you are looking for: basic contract, delivery orders, amendments, etc.

To clarify your last statement, with a contract request we are allowed 30 business days as opposed to 20 business days.

Please respond with the requested information by Thursday, 21 March, so we can commence processing your request. If no response is received by that date, the case will be closed with no further communication.

V/R,

From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

Thanks for your help.

I'm looking for the original contracts only, as well as the final work products (final reports, recommendations, etc) of produced reports as a result of those contracts.

Since I don't know what contracts with BAH exist, I don't know how to specify beyond stating "all". If it's possible to pull an index, or to list BAH contracts by some categorization, let me know and I will try and narrow it that way.

If the final products of those contracts remain the property of BAH, as you indicate, please provide the exemption for this denial.

Thanks for letting me know about the 20 days vs. 30 days. What permits the extra 10 days of processing time for contracts?

Hope this is helpful.

- Michael

From: Babe, Steven O Civ USAF ACC 55 CS/SCXKR

Mr. Morisy,

I think our wires are crossed. It sounds like you want all contracts ever awarded to BAH by the government. Of course, that would be a monumental task and could potentially cost your client thousands of dollars. The FOIA Chief from USNORTHCOM suggested you may be looking for contract number SPO700-03-D-1380. Please let us know if this is or is not the case. We cannot task our contracting office to search through all their contracts to find those that may or may not satisfy your request. You did mention in your initial request that you wanted "Copies of contracts with Booz Allen Hamilton over the past 5 years. Any final reports generated and delivered by Booz Allen Hamilton to the agency over the past 5 years." What agency are you referring to? Please clarify all this information so we can commence processing your request. Thank you.

From: James, Monique

Dear Michael Morisy,
This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, transferred to our office by USNORTHCOM HQ NORAD USNORTHCOM/CS FOIA Officer, for the following records: Copies of contracts with Booz Allen Hamilton over the past 5 years. Any final reports generated and delivered by Booz Allen Hamilton to the agency over the past 5 years.
Your request does not sufficiently describe the desired records.  The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applies to existing Air Force records; without more specific information from you, we cannot identify what documents might be responsive to your request.  Please give us whatever additonal details you may have on the Air Force records you want.  Can you tell us when the records were created, and what Air Force element may have created the records?  If this request involves an Air Force contract, do you know the contract number and dates it convered?  Based on the original request you sent us we are unable to respond.
We are asking that you provide the above requested information to our office no later than close of business on 20 Apr 2013.  If your response is not received within the required time, your case will be administratively closed.  Please note, if your case is administratively closed you have the option to resubmit your request at a later date. If you have any questions concerning your request, you may contact me at 719-554-1188.  Please reference your assigned case number when making inquiries. Sincerely, //SIGNED//
MONIQUE M. JAMES
FOIA Program Manager FOIA Case No:  2013-03378-F

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