Deleted Area 51 tweet

Martin Pfeiffer filed this request with the Department of Defense, Freedom of Information Policy Office of the United States of America.
Tracking #

20-F-0035

Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Martin Pfeiffer

To Whom It May Concern:

THIS IS A FOIA REQUEST
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request copies of the following records:

-Media policy, strategies, and guidance issued relevant to the operation of the official Defense Visual Information Distribution Service Twitter account (@DVIDSHUB) and any other associated social media accounts.
-Emails, memos, records of conversation, minutes, directives, and other communications or records related to the decision first to post, and then delete and make a public statement about, a tweet about Area 51 referenced in the following news story: https://taskandpurpose.com/dod-deletes-are51-tweet
-standard operating procedures for the operation of this social media account including the processes through which decisions of what content to post and delete are made.

As the FOIA requires, please release all reasonably segregable nonexempt portions of documents. If you withhold information or records or portions of records then please identify the exemption through which you do so and advise me of my options for appeal under the law. If you are not the appropriate entity to send this request to then I ask that you forward it to the proper agency and inform me that you have done so.

FEES AND FEE STATUS
I am a PhD student at the University of New Mexico and the information requested is for academic and public education purposes, including my PhD dissertation project, and not primarily for profit or commercial use. Furthermore, I will make responsive records—and my edited analysis and commentary--available to the public via my academic publications and presentations; on social media (I have over 14,000 Twitter followers); and through the News Site MuckRock.com.

Please note that you can access my UNM student profile page at the following url: https://anthropology.unm.edu/people/grad-students/profile/martin-pfeiffer.html. In addition, and as per Sack v. DOD (2016), please see the attached letter from my academic advisor regarding my request of these records.

Therefore, as per Sack v. DOD (2016) I qualify for educational institution fee status and ask that you process my request accordingly. In your response please confirm that you will be processing my request under the educational institution fee status.

If fees are assessed then I agree to pay fees up to $30 without additional notice. In the event that there are fees exceeding $30 then please inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

RECORDS AND COMMUNICATIONS
I hereby request that all records generated by this request be delivered in electronic format via email or, if that is not possible, on CD-ROM if available. I further request that, if not already stored in digital format, any responsive records be converted into high resolution (archival quality) scans rather than photocopied.

Please do not hesitate to contact me (preferably via email) with any questions or information. You may, and I request that you do, engage in rolling release of responsive documents.

CONCLUSION
I look forward to receiving your response within the twenty day statutory period. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and time in this matter.

Regards,
-marty-
Martin Pfeiffer

From: Department of Defense, Freedom of Information Policy Office

Good evening Mr. Pfeifer,

Please see the attached Interim Response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 20-F-0035.

Laura Pintar
Information Management Analyst
For Stephen Fisher, on behalf of
Stephanie L. Carr
Chief, Office of Freedom of Information
OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

laura.a.pintar.ctr@mail.mil
Let us know how we are doing: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=125562

From: Department of Defense, Freedom of Information Policy Office

Good afternoon Mr. Pfeiffer,

Please note that your request 20-F-0035 was tasked to a component for search. The component has given me an estimated completion date of November 25, 2019. Please know that is only an estimate and can be subject to change in either direction.

Should anything come up in the interim, I will be sure to give you an update.

Please feel free to reach out as often as necessary for updates. Thank you for your continued patience and I apologize for any delays associated with the processing of your request

Thank you.

Laura Pintar

Information Management Analyst

For Stephen Fisher, on behalf of

Stephanie L. Carr

Chief, Office of Freedom of Information

OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center

laura.a.pintar.ctr@mail.mil

Let us know how we are doing: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=125562

From: Department of Defense, Freedom of Information Policy Office

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