Contracts for "Iron Man" prototype suit

Todd Feathers filed this request with the U.S. Special Operations Command - USSOCOM of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-116
Est. Completion None
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all contracts with companies working on the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suits -- or "Iron Man" suits.

The existence of this program has been widely reported:
http://www.stripes.com/news/special-ops-chief-mcraven-expects-iron-man-suit-by-2018-1.266995

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,

Todd Feathers

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 1, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: USASOC FOIA

Mr. Feathers,

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) FOIA Office apologizes for the delay in communication. After conducting a preliminary search on your request, our office decided it was necessary to refer your FOIA request to the U.S. Special Operations Command FOIA Office. Their office will respond to your request.

If you need to contact their office, they can be reached at the following address:

HQ USSOCOM
ATTN: SOCS-SJS-I/FOIA Request Service Center
7701 Tampa Point Blvd.
MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5323

Email: foia@socom.mil
Phone: (813) 826-3212

If any other information is needed, please see their FOIA website at the following web address: http://www.socom.mil/FOIA/Pages/default.aspx

Respectfully,

Ronald Corrado Jr.
FOIA/PA – Information Specialist
Support Division, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6
U.S. Army Special Operations Command
Comm: (910) 432-2437/DSN: 239-2437
Email: ronald.r.corrado@ahqb.soc.mil

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From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

I wanted to confirm that your office has received the below request, forwarded to you on April 2 from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Thank your.

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Mr. Todd Feathers, MuckRock News

Mr. Feathers,

We have received your Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) for "any and all contracts with companies working on the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suits -- or 'Iron Man' suits" which was referred to us by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) FOIA Office. We have assigned it U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Control Number 2014-116. Please refer to this number should you have any questions concerning your request.

It is being processed in accordance with procedural requirements promulgated in DoD Regulation 5400.7-R, which available on the internet at http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/foi/. The actual processing time will depend upon its complexity, whether it involves sensitive records, voluminous records, extensive searches, consultation among DoD components or other agencies, and our administrative workload.

We have placed you in the "News Media" category for fee purposes. This means you are obligated to pay all duplication costs after the first 100 pages; however, depending on the size of the documents, we may provide final release on CD and no charges will be assessed.

The USSOCOM FOIA Office has a substantial number of pending FOIA cases and, therefore, we process requests in a multi-track processing system based on the date of receipt and the amount of work and time involved in processing each request. We estimate the time for completion to be approximately 6-9 months; it could be more or less. It is possible that narrowing the scope of your request may result in a shorter processing time.

If you wish to discuss this or have any other questions or concerns, please contact this office at FOIA@socom.mil.
Regards,

USSOCOM FOIA Team

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 1, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-116.

Thank you for your help.

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Mr. Feathers,

Please note in your status requests that FOIA cases are processed in a first-in, first-out basis and are also processed based on complexity. Your request was logged into our queue placing it with approximately 290 cases ahead of yours.

We estimate a 9 to 12 month completion date.

Thank you very much for your consideration...

v/r

Connie

Connie H. Rupp
USSOCOM FOIA/PA/CL Officer
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Phone: 813 826-4030
DSN: 299-4030
Red: 299-5990
JWICS: rc06973@socom.ic.gov

From: Rupp, Connie H CIV USSOCOM HQ

Hello Mr. Feathers,

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office is currently auditing our FOIA request backlog due to recent personnel changes and have found an outstanding request regarding information pertaining to contract documents you requested from this Command, USSOCOM FOIA 2014-116.

We are committed to reducing these outstanding requests and satisfying those for which the requesters are still interested by continuing to work our backlog and close requests one by one.

Please respond by close of business on Thursday, March 30, 2017; if we do not hear from you, we will assume you no longer require the information and will close this FOIA request with no further action from this office.

We appreciate your time and consideration regarding this matter and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that our delay may have caused.

Thank you and have a good day!

Kind Regards,

Connie

Connie H. Rupp
USSOCOM Acquisition FOIA Officer
7701 Tampa Point Blvd.
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Phone: 813 826-4030/SSO 826-4228
DSN: 299-4030
SVOIP: 299-5990/SSO 299-3553
NSTS: 471-4027
JWICS: rc06973@socom.ic.gov
JIANT: ruppch@soc.smil.mil

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