DOD Comic-Con 2016

Dave Maass filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
Tracking # 16-F-1749
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From: Dave Maass

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

On July 21, 2016, the following panel occurred at San Diego Comic-Con:

"Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security in the Entertainment Industry

"Phil Strub (DoD Entertainment Media director), Dave Evans (DoD Unscripted director), Lt. Col. Glen Roberts (U.S. Air Force Entertainment Liaison director), Lt. Col. Tim Hyde (U.S. Army Public Affairs-West deputy director), Cmdr. John Pruitt (U.S. Coast Guard MOPIC director), and Capt. Russell Coons (U.S. Navy Info-West director) discuss the requirements to procure DoD and DHS support in the entertainment realm and what assets and services can be provided. A Q&A session will be moderated by Decker Watson (executive producer, Deadliest Catch)."

I hereby request the following records:

All agency records, communications, emails, presentations, and materials for distribution regarding the "Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security in the Entertainment Industry" panel on July 21, 2016 at San Diego Comic-Con, including but limited to records associated with planning, execution, and aftermath of the panel

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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,

Dave Maass

From: Ting, Brandon K CTR (US)

Mr. Maass,

We received your follow up fax concerning the request you submitted through MuckRock back on August 23, 2016. Unfortunately, your original request was never received by this office. Using the information contained in your follow up message, we have created your request and, for tracking purposes, assigned it case #16-F-1749. An Action Officer will be in touch with you soon. Thank you for your patience.
Regards,
Brandon Ting

From: Parker, Patrice E CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Dave Maass
MuckRock
DEPT MR 27293
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Sent via email to: requests@muckrock.com

Dear Mr. Maass:

This is an interim response to your September 21, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for "records. . .[concerning] the 'Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security in the Entertainment Industry' panel on July 21, 2016 at San Diego Comic-Con. . . ", which is attached for your convenience. We received your request on September 21, 2016, and assigned it case number 16-F-1749. We ask that you use this number when referring to your request.

Although we have already begun processing your request, we will not be able to respond within the FOIA's 20-day statutory time period as there are unusual circumstances which impact our ability to quickly process your request. The FOIA defines unusual circumstances as (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. At least one, if not more of these scenarios applies or would likely apply to your request. While this office handles FOIA requests for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Staff (JS) and other component offices, we do not actually hold their records and our office is not geographically located with these organizations. As we do not hold the records, un
til the required records searches are complete, we are unable to estimate the potential volume of records or the number of consultations that will be required to make a release determination.

Your request has been placed in our complex processing queue and is being worked based on the order in which the request was received. Our current administrative workload is approximately 1,924 open requests.

In some instances, we have found that requesters who narrow the scope of their requests experience a reduction in the time needed to process their requests. If you have any questions or wish to discuss the reformulation of your request or an alternative time frame for the processing of your request, you may contact me, the Action Officer assigned to case number 16-F-1749, at patrice.e.parker.civ@mail.mil or 571-372-0468.

The OSD/JS FOIA Public Liaison, Jim Hogan, is available at 571-372-0462 or by email at OSD.FOIALiaison@mail.mil to answer any concerns about the foregoing.

Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows:

Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS
College Park, MD 20740
E-mail: ogis@nara.gov
Telephone: 202-741-5770
Fax: 202-741-5769
Toll-free: 1-877-684-6448

We regret the anticipated delay in responding to your request and appreciate your patience.

Thank you,

Ms. Patrice E. Parker
Government Information Specialist
for Adrienne M. Santos on behalf of
Stephanie L. Carr, Chief,
Freedom of Information Act Division
OSD/JS FOIA Office
patrice.e.parker.civ@mail.mil

From: Parker, Patrice E CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Dave Maass
MuckRock
DEPT MR 27293
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Sent via email to: requests@muckrock.com

Dear Mr. Maass:

This is the final response to your September 21, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for "records. . .[concerning] the 'Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security in the Entertainment Industry' panel on July 21, 2016 at San Diego Comic-Con. . . ", which is attached for your convenience. We received your request on September 21, 2016, and assigned it case number 16-F-1749. We ask that you use this number when referring to your request.

Please be aware that this FOIA office only processes requests for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the Joint Staff (JS). There is no central FOIA processing point for the entire Department of Defense (DoD) records management; instead, processing is decentralized and delegated to those officials of the military Services and various DoD components who generate and/or maintain the records being sought or reviewed. You may find links to the non-OSD/JS DoD FOIA requester services on our website: http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/.

The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (OASD (PA)), a component of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), conducted a search of their records systems based on the information provided in your request. After thorough searches of the electronic records and files of OASD (PA), no documents of the kind you described could be identified. We believe that these search methods were appropriate and could reasonably be expected to produce the requested records if they existed. OASD (PA) further advised that the Director of Entertainment Media was unable to attend the event as scheduled.

This action closes your request in this office and there are no assessable fees for this response in this instance.

If you are not satisfied with this response, you may contact our OSD FOIA Public Liaison, Jim Hogan, at 571-372-0462 or by email at OSD.FOIALiaison@mail.mil. Also, please note that the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) offers services to requesters who have disputes with Federal agencies. If you have concerns about the processing of your request, please contact OGIS at:

Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS
College Park, MD 20740
E-mail: ogis@nara.gov
Telephone: 202-741-5770
Fax: 202-741-5769
Toll-free: 1-877-684-6448

You have the right to appeal to the appellate authority, Ms. Joo Chung, Director of Oversight and Compliance, Office of the Secretary of Defense, by writing directly to ODCMO Directorate for Oversight and Compliance, 4800 Mark Center Drive, ATTN: DPCLTD, FOIA Appeals, Mailbox# 24, Alexandria, VA 22350-1700. Your appeal must be postmarked within 90 calendar days of the date of this response. Alternatively, you may use the OSD FOIA request portal at http://pal.whs.mil/palMain.aspx or email your appeal to OSD.FOIALiaison@mail.mil. If you use email, please include the words "FOIA Appeal" in the subject of the email. Please also reference case number 16-F-1749 in any appeal correspondence.

If you have any questions about the foregoing, please do hesitate to contact me, the Action Officer assigned to your request, at patrice.e.parker.civ@mail.mil or (571) 372-0468.

Thank you,

Ms. Patrice E. Parker
Government Information Specialist
for Adrienne M. Santos on behalf of
Stephanie L. Carr, Chief,
Freedom of Information Act Division
OSD/JS FOIA Office
patrice.e.parker.civ@mail.mil

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