DoD IG : Military Information Support Operations for Operation Inherent Resolve

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General of the United States of America.
Tracking # DODOIG-APPEAL-2017-000736
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of report DODIG-2016-111, :DoD Effectively Synchronized Military Information Support Operations for Operation Inherent Resolve but Needs to Develop Formal Processes and Procedures for Web-Based Operations (Project No. D2016-D000CN-0098.000)"

I submit this request in my capacity as a reporter who has covered the DOD extensively. The requested documents will be made available to the general public.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: foiarequests@dodig.mil

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280eb2343)
* Tracking Number: DODOIG-2017-000003
* Requester Name: Shawn Musgrave
* Date Submitted: 10/03/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: A copy of report DODIG-2016-111, DoD Effectively Synchronized Military Information Support Operations for Operation Inherent Resolve but needs to Develop Formal Processes and Procedures for Web-based Operations (Project No. D2016-D000CN-0098-000)

From: foiarequests

Mr. Musgrave,

We are currently still processing your FOIA Request in regards to Military Information Support Operations for Operation Inherent Resolve . At this time we do not have an estimated date for completion of your request. You can contact this office back at any time for a follow-up on the status of this request.

If you have something then disregard this email.

V/r,

Department of Defense
Office of Inspector General
FOIA Office
703-604-9775

From: foiarequests

Hello,

We are currently still processing your FOIA Request Number FOIA-2017-000003. At this time we do not have an estimated date for completion of your request. You can contact this office back at any time for a follow-up on the status of this request.

If you have something then disregard this email.
Regards,

DoD IG FOIA Team

From: foiarequests

Hello,

We are currently still processing your FOIA Request Number FOIA-2017-000003. At this time we do not have an estimated date for completion of your request. You can contact this office back at any time for a follow-up on the status of this request.

If you have something then disregard this email.
Regards,

DoD IG FOIA Team

From: foiarequests

Hello,

We are currently still processing your FOIA Request Number FOIA-2017-000003. At this time we do not have an estimated date for completion of your request. You can contact this office back at any time for a follow-up on the status of this request.

If you have something then disregard this email.
Regards,

DoD IG FOIA Team

From: foiarequests

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

Attached please find our Final Response to your October 3, 2016, FOIA request.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General FOIA Requester Service Center at 703-604-9775 or via email at foiarequests@dodig.mil.

Sincerely,

FOIA Requester Service Center
Office of Inspector General
Department of Defense

P. 703-604-9775
F. 571-372-7498
E. foiarequests@dodig.mil

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

I hereby appeal the withholding of portions of documents responsive to my request, which DoD IG FOIA assigned tracking number DODOIG-2017-000003.

I ask that the DoD IG FOIA Appellate Authority review the justifications for and application of the invoked exemptions, as I assert that they were inappropriately applied in circumstances that are neither classified nor could even remotely be deemed "military plans."

As just one example — and I emphasize again that I hereby challenge ALL applications of the invoked exemptions — I point the Appellate Authority to the invocation of b(1), the classification exemption, to a paragraph in the "Background" section about Operation Inherent Resolve (see p1 of the responsive document). Operation Inherent Resolve has its own website: http://www.inherentresolve.mil/. It is a ludicrous stretch to assert the classification exemption to the entirety of a paragraph that, presumedly, provides background information about a military operation that has been publicly announced, including in the unclassified title of the responsive document itself.

This is but one clear example that leads me to question whether other redacted portions of the responsive document have been withheld without the narrow and specific justification required under the FOIA. As such, I ask that you remand this request to DoD IG FOIA for a good faith review and provision of the requested document to the extent required by statute.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave

From: Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Please confirm the FOIA request to which DODOIG-APPEAL-2017-000736 corresponds.

The dates indicated in the appeal acknowledgement letter suggest that it is in response to my appeal for FOIA assigned tracking number FOIA-2017-000003, which pertains to the DODIG report DODIG-2016-111, "DoD Effectively Synchronized Military Information Support Operations for Operation Inherent Resolve but Needs to Develop Formal Processes and Procedures for Web-Based Operations (Project No. D2016-D000CN-0098.000)."

However, the appeal acknowledgement letter dated July 9, 2017 and postmarked July 28, 2017 indicates that this appeal is in response to a FOIA assigned tracking number FOIA-2016-00382, which pertains to another DODIG report. I have separately appealed the DODIG's response to that FOIA request, but I did not do so until July 31, 2017.

As such, I believe the appeals may have been inappropriately consolidated or the tracking numbers for their respective appeals confused at some point during processing by the DODIG FOIA appellate authority.

Thank you for your clarification.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: foiarequests

Mr. Musgrave,

DODOIG-APPEAL-2017-000736 corresponds to your initial FOIA request FOIA-2016-00382, for a copy of report DODIG-2016-055, U.S. and Coalition Efforts to Train, Advise, Assist, and Equip Iraqi Sunni Popular Mobilization Forces.

Your letter appealing the adverse decision was dated July 3, 2017 and received by our office on July 6, 2017.

Additionally, a second appeal was received the same day.

DODOIG-Appeal-2017-000735 corresponds to your initial FOIA request DODOIG-2017-000003, for a copy of report DODIG-2016-111, DoD Effectively Synchronized Military Information Support Operations for Operation Inherent Resolve but Needs to Develop Formal Processes and Procedures for Web-Based Operations (Project No. D2016-D000CN-0098.000).

Your letter appealing the adverse decision was dated July 3, 2017 and received by our office on July 6, 2017.

Please see the attached letters dated July 3, 2017, for additional reference.

I hope this clarifies any confusion concerning these appeals. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.

V/r

TIMOTHY E. JOHNSTON
Government Information Specialist
FOIA, Privacy and Civil Liberties Office
Office of Inspector General
Department of Defense
703-604-9775

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