DHS UAS conops (Coast Guard)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Coast Guard of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2015-CGAP-00014
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Appeal

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From: Shawn Musgrave

USCG FOIA Office:

According to Angela Washington of the DHS Privacy Office, the attached request was forwarded to your attention on September 10, 2013. Please confirm, and provide a tracking number.

Thank you,
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 Sept. 10, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Ackerson, Amanda C CIV

Good morning,

Which request are you referring to? No identifying information was provided in your email.

Thank you,

Amanda C. Ackerson
Management and Policy Analyst
U.S. Coast Guard (CG-611)
Office of Information Management
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7710
WASHINGTON DC 20593-7710
Phone: 202-475-3522
Fax: 202-475-3929

From: Shawn Musgrave

Please see my email from October 21:

From Shawn Musgrave to Coast Guard on Oct. 21, 2013:
USCG FOIA Office:

According to Angela Washington of the DHS Privacy Office, the attached request was forwarded to your attention on September 10, 2013. Please confirm, and provide a tracking number.

Thank you,
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 Sept. 10, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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. 10, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Ackerson, Amanda C CIV

Good morning,

Could you please send identifying information concerning your request? The subject of the request or a copy of the request that was originally sent to DHS? I'm having difficulty searching for it because this correspondence lacks information.

Thank you,

Amanda C. Ackerson
Management and Policy Analyst
U.S. Coast Guard (CG-611)
Office of Information Management
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7710
WASHINGTON DC 20593-7710
Phone: 202-475-3522
Fax: 202-475-3929

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Ackerson,

Respectfully, this will be the third time that I have sent your office the attached, and reiterated that Angela Washington (cc'd) of the DHS Privacy office indicated that it was forwarded to USCG on September 10, 2013 (see below for copied email).

Please confirm receipt immediately and provide the tracking number assigned by USCG, and advise as to this request's processing per my rights under FOIA.

Thank you.

Shawn Musgrave, MuckRock

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From Washington, Angela to Shawn Musgrave on Oct. 21, 2013:
This is in response to your October 6, 2013, follow-up request. The attached request was sent to CBP and USCG on September 10, 2013. Please contact those offices directly for the current status.

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. 10, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Brewer, Gaston CIV

Mr. Musgrave,

I have searched the database and electronic mail and located your request for "USCG CONOPS for a Cutter-Based UAS".

Your request has been assigned FOIA Control number 2014-1239 and is being forwarded to our Operations Directorate for processing.

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. 10, 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 #2014-1239.

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. 10, 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 #2014-1239.

Thank you for your help.

From: Brewer, Gaston CIV

Mr. Musgrave,

I have spoken with the office processing your request and they are actively working on it. I will check again later this week to obtain a status.

From: Flood, Thelma R CIV

Good morning All,

This request was forwarded to the Office of Aviation. Please contact CDR Thomas McDevitt at (202) 372-2202.

v/r

Thelma Flood
CG-DCO Directorate FOIA Coordinator
United States Coast Guard Headquarters
Tel: (202) 372-1284

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Please provide direct email contact information for CDR Thomas McDevitt or his staff for direct follow up.

Thank you!

From: Flood, Thelma R CIV

Good morning,

You may contact LCDR Jeffrey Vajda at 372-2214 or by email Jeffrey.M.Vajda@uscg.mil.

v/r

Thelma Flood
CG-DCO Directorate FOIA Coodinator
United States Coast Guard Headquarters
Tel: (202) 372-1284

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Per the below, this FOIA request has been forwarded to your attention. Please confirm.

Thank you.

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. 10, 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 #2014-1239.

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. 10, 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 #2014-1239.

Thank you for your help.

From: Brewer, Gaston CIV

LCDR,

Mr. Musgrave is seeking the status of this request. Do you have an anticipated release time?

From: Vajda, Jeffrey M LCDR

Sir,

I've been wondering the same thing. Per attached e-mail, our FOIA response has been with Legal since 23MAY, and I have not received any status update. As such, I can’t estimate when they'll be done with it.

V/R,

Jeff

LCDR Jeff Vajda
UAS Platform Manager
USCG Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711)
202-372-2214

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. 10, 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 #2014-1239.

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. 10, 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 #2014-1239.

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. 10, 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 #2014-1239.

Thank you for your help.

From: Coast Guard

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

I have not received any update on this request in months. I will be submitting an appeal for constructive denial if I do not receive an estimated completion date, as is your obligation to provide under the revised FOIA.

Respectfully,

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Vajda, Jeffrey M CDR

Sir,

After an extensive legal and administrative review, our response was mailed to you two days ago. You should be receiving it shortly, but please advise if you have any further questions. Thanks again for your interest.
Regards,

CDR Jeff Vajda
USCG Liaison to USN UAS Program Offices
USCG Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711)

From: Shawn Musgrave

COMMANDANT (CG-611)
US COAST GUARD
ATTN: FOIA/PA OFFICER
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE
STOP 7710
WASHINGTON DC 20593-7710

October 30, 2014

To Whom It May Concern:

This is an appeal of the rejection in its entirety of FOIA 14-1239, in which I requested a number the following CONOPS documents:

-Joint OAM-USCG Maritime UAS CONOPS
-CONOPS for OAM P-3 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) and Long Range Tracking Aircraft
-USCG CONOPS for a Land-Based UAS
-USCG CONOPS for a Cutter-Based UAS
-National CONOPS for MDA
-Broad Area Maritime surveillance UAS CONOPS
- DOD Joint CONOPS for UASs
-DOD Joint Integrated Product Team Unmanned Aircraft System Airspace Integration CONOPS
-Joint Planning and Development Office CONOPS for the Next Generation Air
Transportation System (NextGen)

Foremost, the USCG FOIA staff failed to respond to my request in its entirety. The attached response letter dated October 21, 2014 — a year to the day since the request passed into CBP's possession from DHS headquarters FOIA staff — refers only to the CONOPS for a Land-Based UAS and the CONOPS for a Cutter-Based UAS. The rejection letter makes no mention of the remaining requested documents. Notably, the first document listed above refers specifically to the USCG. Please remand this request back to USCG FOIA staff for a good faith search for all requested documents, particularly in light of the considerable delay in USCG's processing of this request.

Next, the USCG rejection letter dubiously claims a pre-decisional exemption for a program that has been in operation for several years. Furthermore, the rejection letter fails to address the possibility for partial release of portions of identified documents, as well as the current CONOPS under which USCG UAS currently operate.

In light of the above as well as any other reasons identified by the appeals officer, I ask that this request be remanded back to USCG FOIA staff for good faith search and release of all responsive documents.

Respectfully,

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Shawn Musgrave

COMMANDANT (CG-611)
US COAST GUARD
ATTN: FOIA/PA OFFICER
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE
STOP 7710
WASHINGTON DC 20593-7710

January 7, 2015

To Whom It May Concern:

The appeal below for the rejection of FOIA 14-1239 has yet to be received despite being mailed on October 30, 2014. Please confirm receipt immediately and provide an appeal number.

Respectfully,

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

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COMMANDANT (CG-611)
US COAST GUARD
ATTN: FOIA/PA OFFICER
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE
STOP 7710
WASHINGTON DC 20593-7710

October 30, 2014

To Whom It May Concern:

This is an appeal of the rejection in its entirety of FOIA 14-1239, in which I requested a number the following CONOPS documents:

-Joint OAM-USCG Maritime UAS CONOPS
-CONOPS for OAM P-3 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) and Long Range Tracking Aircraft
-USCG CONOPS for a Land-Based UAS
-USCG CONOPS for a Cutter-Based UAS
-National CONOPS for MDA
-Broad Area Maritime surveillance UAS CONOPS
- DOD Joint CONOPS for UASs
-DOD Joint Integrated Product Team Unmanned Aircraft System Airspace Integration CONOPS
-Joint Planning and Development Office CONOPS for the Next Generation Air
Transportation System (NextGen)

Foremost, the USCG FOIA staff failed to respond to my request in its entirety. The attached response letter dated October 21, 2014 — a year to the day since the request passed into CBP's possession from DHS headquarters FOIA staff — refers only to the CONOPS for a Land-Based UAS and the CONOPS for a Cutter-Based UAS. The rejection letter makes no mention of the remaining requested documents. Notably, the first document listed above refers specifically to the USCG. Please remand this request back to USCG FOIA staff for a good faith search for all requested documents, particularly in light of the considerable delay in USCG's processing of this request.

Next, the USCG rejection letter dubiously claims a pre-decisional exemption for a program that has been in operation for several years. Furthermore, the rejection letter fails to address the possibility for partial release of portions of identified documents, as well as the current CONOPS under which USCG UAS currently operate.

In light of the above as well as any other reasons identified by the appeals officer, I ask that this request be remanded back to USCG FOIA staff for good faith search and release of all responsive documents.

Respectfully,

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Per the attached letter from the CBP FOIA appeals authority, my appeal to USCG for FOIA 2014-1239 was apparently received as submitted in October. Once again, I have yet to receive either an acknowledgement or a decision regarding my appeal.

Please advise immediately as to the status of my appeal.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Brewer, Gaston CIV

Mike,

Mr. Musgrave is looking the status of his appeal.

From: Brewer, Gaston CIV

Mike,

Mike additional information.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Please advise as to the status on this FOIA and appeal.

Thank you.

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. 10, 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 #14-1239.

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. 10, 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 #14-1239.

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. 10, 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 #14-1239.

Thank you for your help.

From: Maher, Michael V CIV

Good afternoon, Mr. Musgrave

I wanted to acknowledge that I do have your FOIA appeal regarding the email string below; and, it is presently within our working queue.

Your FOIA Appeal number is 2015-CGAP-00014.

I currently have 9 appeals in the queue that are older than yours. We typically prefer to work them up in the order they are received, whenever possible/practical.

Since most appeals require a legal review before final signature and mailing, there is no way to predict a completion date; however, I can assure you we are working hard to facilitate all FOIA requests and FOIA appeals.

I am the point of contact for all appeals, please feel free to reach out to me, if you have questions.

Michael Maher
Coast Guard FOIA Appeals Coordinator
Coast Guard Headquarters (CG-611)
202 475 3519

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