CBP Aviation Support Requests (ASRs) for UAS missions

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the United States Customs and Border Protection 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:

The database of all Aviation Support Requests (ASRs) received by the Office of Air & Marine for unmanned aerial system (UAS) missions.

Per OAM PROCEDURE NO. 2014-07, "Unmanned Aircraft Systems Mission Prioritization for National Air Security Operations Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Aviation Support" (see https://muckrock.s3.amazonaws.com/foia_files/NASO_ASR_20140731_Redacted.pdf): "The National Command Duty Officer (N-CDO) is responsible for reviewing, routing to OAM leadership, initiating of a TOMIS record, communicating OAM leadership’s approval / disapproval and archiving of all ASRs. [....] The N-CDO will maintain an electronic archive of all ASRs."

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 for MuckRock:






I have also been published in a number of other national media outlets on topics including drones and other matters pertaining to national security and technologies:










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 also 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.


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. 11, 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

To Whom It May Concern:

This is an appeal for constructive denial of the below FOIA request. Out of politeness and deference to CBP's caseload, I have submitted numerous requests for CBP to confirm receipt of my request. Having received no reply, I hereby request that you remand this FOIA to CBP for good faith search and provision of responsive documents, in keeping with the agency's obligations under the FOIA.

Shawn Musgrave


Dear Mr. Musgrave,

I cannot locate this initial request in CBP’s system (no case number was included with your appeal). It appears your request was not received by CBP. Please submit your initial request to CBP.
Information on how to file an initial request can be found at:
FOIA Division’s phone number is: (202) 325-0150

I cannot open an appeal without there being an initial request received by CBP and opened in the system.

My office handles appeals – not initial requests. I seem to recall you telling me previously that you do not want to file using CBP’s FOIAOnline System. You should contact FOIA Division about whether there are other ways that you can submit your initial request. Again, I only handle appeals.

I am sorry that I cannot be of further assistance.
Shari Suzuki, Chief
FOIA Appeals, Policy & Litigation Branch
Regulations and Disclosure Law Division
Office of International Trade
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
90 K Street NE
Washington DC 20229-1177
Direct Dial 202.325.0121
Fax 202.325.0153

From: Shawn Musgrave

FOIA Appeals, Policy and Litigation Branch
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
90 K Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20229

To Whom It May Concern:

This is an appeal for constructive denial of the below request. Despite having submitted it a number of times via the appropriate channels, I have not received any response. Please remand this request to the CBP FOIA office good faith search and provision of responsive documents, in keeping with the agency's obligations under the FOIA.

Shawn Musgrave


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