Copies of NSA contracts with ManTech

Heather Akers-Healy filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 74972
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From: Heather Akers-Healy

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 ManTech and related services over the past 5 years. If retrieving the contracts themselves is too burdensome please provide a list of contracts.

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,

Heather Akers-Healy

From: National Security Agency

A fix is required to perfect the request. The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: Heather Akers-Healy

This letter is in response to your letter dated September 27, 2013, requesting that I clarify my request number 74972.

Per your instructions, I would like to clarify that for this request I am seeking contracts between the NSA and ManTech Cyber Solutions, located at 3604 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95864. Please search for contracts making reference to this location. I may request contracts with other locations in subsequent, separate requests.

I would further like to respond to your determination that I am an "all other requestor" for the purposes of fees. I request that you please re-classify me as a media requester.

To address the standards outlined by this office more fully:

1) Requester must be a person or entity that gathers information of
potential interest (news) to a segment of the public. The FOIA defines
'news' as information that is about current events or that would be of
current interest to the public.

Both MuckRock as an organization and I as an individual, gather and
report news of great interest to the general public.

MuckRock requests and editorial pieces are regularly
re-reported by local, national, and international news organizations, and
have sparked congressional questioning, administrative reforms, and
broader understanding.

For example, a MuckRock request and reporting on the TOR network:

https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/silk-road-anonymous-marketplace-doj-801/
https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2012/jun/08/hunting-child-porn-fbi-stymied-tor-undernet/

Which in turn has been cited in numerous other reports:
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/06/fbi-halted-one-child-porn-inquiry-because-tor-got-in-the-way/
http://freebeacon.com/anonymous-jihad/

The Boston Phoenix provided an in-depth profile of our editorial
operations:

http://thephoenix.com/boston/news/111660-muckrock-city/

While noted media commentator Dan Kennedy said MuckRock was a "first
amendment hero in the making":

http://dankennedy.net/2010/11/18/a-first-amendment-hero-in-the-making/

An incomplete list of other outlets re-reporting news broken by MuckRock
can be found here:

https://pinboard.in/u:morisy/t:muckrock_press/

My own individual requests are part of this editorial process, and
already released documents have been analyzed and reported on at various media outlets:

Muckrock: https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/sep/17/nsas-contract-vupen-darth-vader-cybersecurity/

Gawker: http://gawker.com/nsa-paid-french-hackers-for-software-exploits-1341604032
The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/17/nsa_vupen/

Information Week: http://www.informationweek.com/security/government/nsa-contracted-with-zero-day-vendor-vupe/240161389

Computing: http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2295155/nsa-bought-zero-day-vulnerabilities-from-security-company-vupen

2) Requester must use its editorial skills to turn the raw materials
into a distinct work.

Unlike some FOIA repository sites, MuckRock also publishes a large
amount of original editorial material based on the documents requested
by its community. This editorial analysis and commentary is primarily
published on its own site:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/

But occasionally syndicated or appearing in other publications under
agreement, such as this investigative front-page story in the Boston
Globe:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

The editorial capacity includes, but is not limited to, original
analysis, original interviews, synthesis of materials, and added context
around the documents. MuckRock's team consists of journalists with
experience at a number of other more traditional news outlets
including the Boston Phoenix, the Weekly Dig, the New York Daily News,
the Boston Globe, and numerous other local, regional, and national
publications, and they bring this experience and expertise to bear in
analyzing and reporting on requested documents.

3) Requester must distribute that work to an audience.

MuckRock has over 1,000 active members and tens of thousands of readers,
constituting a large and, as cited above, obviously influential audience
of educated news consumers, so that news reported on the site spreads
far beyond its direct readership. For further reference, I again point
this office to:

https://pinboard.in/u:morisy/t:muckrock_press/

Thank you for your consideration and prompt response to this request,
and please do not hesitate to follow up with any further clarifications
or questions.

Sincerely,

Heather Akers-Healy

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 Sept. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #74972.

Thank you for your help.

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 Sept. 19, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #74972.

Thank you for your help.

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Ms. Akers-Healy,

We are in receipt of your FOIA request, dated 19 Sep 2013, which you clarified on 15 Oct 2013 for "copies of contracts between the NSA and ManTech Cyber Solutions located at 3604 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Sacramento, CA".

As you are aware, your FOIA request has been assigned Case Number 74972. Due to a significant increase in the number of requests being received by this Agency, as well as the government shutdown, we are experiencing delays in processing. Once we have consulted with the appropriate internal organizations, we will provide you a more substantive response over the next several weeks.

I encourage you to submit future status checks via email using the FOIA Requester Service Center (RSC) address: foiarsc@nsa.gov<mailto:foiarsc@nsa.gov>. This will ensure that I receive your inquiry in a more timely manner. Additionally, status checks sent via MuckRock's fax format are often very difficult to read, which could cause delays in responding to your inquiry. I will be better able to decipher the specific email address that MuckRock has provided should you choose to utilize the NSA FOIA RSC.

Thank you for your patience,

Cindy Blacker
NSA/CSS FOIA Officer
(301)688-6527

Cindy Blacker
NSA/CSS FOIA Officer. POC
(301)688-6527

From: National Security Agency

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