Booz Allen Royal Saudi Land Forces contract

Tom Nash filed this request with the Army Contracting Command of the United States of America.
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From: Tom Nash

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of the contract between Booz Allen Hamilton and U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland regarding work for the Royal Saudi Land Forces. The contract was announced by the Department of Defense on Sept. 8, 2014 and is referenced here: http://militaryedge.org/articles/booz-allen-hamilton-awarded-43-million-support-saudi-abrams-tanks/.

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,

Tom Nash

From: USARMY Redstone Arsenal ACC Mailbox HQACCFOIA

This message acknowledges receipt of your FOIA Request. As soon as we determine the owner of the relevant information requested, you will be contacted concerning the status of your request.

Thank You

Respectfully,

ANTHONY L. JACKSON

HQ ACC FOIA Office

U.S. Army Contracting Command

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From: Knapp, Kelly D CIV USARMY RDECOM (US)

Good Morning Mr. Nash,

This email serves as notification of receipt of your FOIA request for a copy of W91CRB14C0048.

I have assigned your FOIA request RDECOM FOIA #FA-15-0052. Due to the nature of the document and its commercial value, your request for a fee waiver is denied. You will be categorized as a member of the media and not charged for search or review time. I will notify you of any processing fees as soon as they are calculated.

Your request involves records that were obtained from a non-government source (i.e. a contractor). The law requires the government to provide the contractor with the opportunity to present its argument on the legal and substantive issues involved prior to making an agency determination. Furthermore, 32 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 518.16(l) states,

When a request is received for a record that falls under [FOIA]
exemption 4, that was obtained from a non-U.S. Government sources,
or for a record containing information clearly identified as having
been provided by a non-U.S. Government source, the source of the
record or information [also known as "the submitter" for matters
pertaining to proprietary data under 5 U.S.C. 552, FOIA Exemption (b)(4)
and E.O. 12600], shall be notified promptly of that request and afforded
reasonable time (14 calendar days) to present any objections concerning
the release...

Due to EO 12600 which requires additional processing time than a simple FOIA request, as well as a high volume of FOIA requests received by this office, we will process your request on a first in, first out basis in accordance with 32 CFR Part 518.8(d)(1). I placed your request in the complex request track and anticipate sending a formal response by March 6, 2015. Please note, if submitter objections are made, additional processing is required and will push back this date 2-3 weeks. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the status of your FOIA request.

Thank you,

Kelly

Kelly Knapp
Paralegal / Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer
Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM)
Office of Chief Counsel
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
443-861-5262

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From: Knapp, Kelly D CIV USARMY RDECOM (US)

Mr. Nash,

Because estimated fees are below the $15 minimum, there will be no charge for this request.

V/R,

Kelly

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 Jan. 27, 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: Knapp, Kelly D CIV USARMY RDECOM (US)

Good Afternoon,

Your request is now pending Contracting Officer's review before it can then go to legal for review. If there are any objections to release, additional processing will be required. Because objections to release are common among FOIA requests for contracting documents, processing time averages 45 working days.

If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me.

V/R,

Kelly

Kelly Knapp
Paralegal / Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer
Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM)
Office of Chief Counsel
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
410.436.2289 (EA)
443.861.5262 (AA)

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 Jan. 27, 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: Knapp, Kelly D CIV USARMY RDECOM (US)

Good Afternoon,

Your request is still with contracting for review. There is no new status to report at this time. As soon as your request is reviewed by both contracting and legal, I will notify you of the status of your request. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

V/R,

Kelly

Kelly Knapp
RDECOM FOIA Officer
AMCLC-APG
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
kelly.d.knapp.civ@mail.mil
443.861.5262

This electronic transmission contains information which may be confidential or privileged. The information is intended to be for the use of the individual(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the contents of this information is prohibited. If you have received this electronic transmission in error, please notify me immediately by return email or calling 443-861-5262.

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 Jan. 27, 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: Knapp, Kelly D CIV USARMY RDECOM (US)

Good Afternoon MuckRock,

Your request, RDECOM FOIA FA-15-0052, is pending review at US Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) due to the nature of the contract (FMS). As soon as USASAC finishes their review, (likely by the end of this week) I'll be able to provide a response to you.

V/R,

Kelly

From: Knapp, Kelly D CIV USARMY RDECOM (US)

Good Afternoon MuckRock,

Please see attached letter and redacted responsive record which pertains to your FOIA request, RDECOM FOIA FA-15-0052.

Processing fees were not assessed. Your request is now closed. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the processing of this FOIA request, please feel free to contact me at your soonest.

V/R,

Kelly

Kelly Knapp
RDECOM FOIA Officer
AMCLC-APG
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
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