FAA contracts and reports: Pathfinder Program

Jason Koebler filed this request with the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2016-0336
Status
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From: Jason Koebler

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of any and all internal reports that reference or mention the UAS Pathfinder Program (https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=83927). A copy of contracts, budgets, and correspondence between the FAA and CACI International, Inc. for the program. Any and all emails sent between John Mengucci of CACI International, Inc. and FAA officials.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. The documents will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE's science and technology news website. We have written regularly about drones and drone regulations (motherboard.vice.com/tag/drone+regulations).

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, and I ask that it be processed in the "media" category. 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,

Jason Koebler

From: Federal Aviation Administration

Your request has been assigned within the FAA . Attached you will find an Acknowledgement letter with the contact information for the office(s) responding.

From: Federal Aviation Administration

Good Afternoon Mr. Koebler:
This message is in reference to your FOIA Request 2016-000336 received on October 8, 2015, concerning "A copy of any and all internal reports that reference or mention the UAS Pathfinder Program (https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=83927). A copy of contracts, budgets, and correspondence between the FAA and CACI International, Inc. for the program. Any and all emails sent between John Mengucci of CACI International, Inc. and FAA officials."

Your case has been assigned to our office for processing. We are dealing with an extensive backlog of FOIA cases, competing priorities and limited staff. I need to negotiate 30 additional days (weekdays) from October 21, 2015 to be able to complete your case. Your new due date will be December 3, 2015.

Thank you for your patience.

Please send me an email if you agree to this additional time.

If you have any questions regarding your case, please contact Shari Harvey, FOIA Coordinator at (202-267-9073) or shari.l.harvey@faa.gov<mailto:shari.l.harvey@faa.gov>

Thank you.
Georgina Goldberg
Office of UAS Integration

From: Federal Aviation Administration

Dear Mr. Koebler,
You request was additionally assigned to a second office. Attached you will find the contact information for the new office.

Respectfully,

Alan Billings
FOIA Business Analyst
Federal Aviation Administration AFN-140
CPS Professional Services
Desk:202-267-9166

From: Federal Aviation Administration

Hello Mr. Koebler,

My name is Dianne Speed, FOIA Coordinator for the Office of NextGen. Your FOIA request has been assigned to this office, you are requesting for "copy of any and all internal reports that reference or mention the UAS Pathfinder Program, as well as a copy of contracts, budgets and correspondence between FAA and CACI International for program, and any and all emails sent between John Mengucci of CACI International, Inc. and FAA officials."

We are humbly requesting for a two week extension due to the unique and amount of extension research for this request. I am requesting the due date of November 23.

It would be most appreciative if you would respond via email.

Sincerely,

L. Dianne Speed
Federal Aviation Administration
NextGen Office, ANG-1
Direct: 202-267-3445
Email: diane.speed@faa.gov<mailto:diane.speed@faa.gov>

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From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. Speed,

A two-week extension is fine.

Thank you for your message.

From: Federal Aviation Administration

Good afternoon Mr. Koebler,

This message is in regarding your FOIA request 2016-000336, your case is in the last stage of the FOIA process.

I will like to ask you for 10 additional days (weekdays) from December 3, 2015, your new due date will be December 16, 2015.

Thank you for your patience.

Please send me an email if you agree to this additional time.

If you have any questions regarding your case, please contact Shari Harvey, FOIA Coordinator at (202-267-9073) or shari.l.harvey@faa.gov<mailto:shari.l.harvey@faa.gov>

Thank you.
Georgina Goldberg
Office of UAS Integration

From: Federal Aviation Administration

Good afternoon Mr. Koebler,

This message is in regarding your FOIA request 2016-000336, your case is in the last stage of the FOIA process.

I will like to ask you for 12 additional days (weekdays) from December 16, 2015, your new due date will be January 3, 2016.

Thank you for your patience.

Please send me an email if you agree to this additional time.

If you have any questions regarding your case, please contact Shari Harvey, FOIA Coordinator at (202-267-9073) or shari.l.harvey@faa.gov<mailto:shari.l.harvey@faa.gov>

Thank you.
Georgina Goldberg
Office of UAS Integration

From: FAA

Dear Mr. Koebler,

This message is in reference to your FOIA Request 2016-000336 received on October 8, 2015.

We are dealing with an extensive backlog of FOIA cases, competing priorities and limited staff. I need to negotiate 15 additional days (weekdays) from January 3, 2016 to be able to complete your case. Your new due date will be January 25, 2016.

Thank you for your patience.

Please send me an email if you agree to this additional time.

If you have any questions regarding your case, please contact Shari Harvey, FOIA Coordinator at (202-267-9073) or shari.l.harvey@faa.gov<mailto:shari.l.harvey@faa.gov>

Thank you.
Georgina Goldberg
Office of UAS Integration

From: Shari Harvey

Mr. Koebler,

Wanted to update you on the status of your request 2016-000336. The large amount of records are currently being reviewed to determine whether they are responsive to your request. We will need to request an additional 30 days to process this information since much of this information is technical and must be reviewed by a subject matter expert. You new estimated completion date will be February 25, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (202-267-9073) or via email, Shari.L.Harvey@faa.gov

Shari Harvey
AFS-80 FOIA Coordinator
202-267-9073

From: Shari Harvey

Mr. Koebler,

Wanted to update you on the status of your request 2016-000336. A large amount of records are currently being reviewed to determine whether they are responsive to your request. We will need to request an additional 30 days to process this information since much of this information is technical and must be reviewed by a subject matter expert. Your new estimated completion date will be February 25, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (202-267-9073) or via email, Shari.L.Harvey@faa.gov<mailto:Shari.L.Harvey@faa.gov>

Shari Harvey
AFS-80 FOIA Coordinator
202-267-9073

From: Federal Aviation Administration

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Federal Aviation Administration

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Jason Koebler

Hi,

I'd like to appeal the redaction on page 20, no exemption is cited. I'd also like to appeal the pages that were withheld—please go through and see if anything in here could be released in part.

Thanks,
Jason

From:

Dear Mr. Koebler,

This email acknowledges receipt of your April 01, 2016 FOIA appeal regarding 2016-000336. We apologize for the delay in sending this acknowledgement, but we are currently shorthanded and working through a backlog of appeals. Additionally, we must work appeals in the order they were received and there are several being worked that were received before this one. Rest assured that your appeal will be worked in the order it was received as expeditiously as possible.

Respectfully,

Alan Billings
FOIA Business Analyst
Federal Aviation Administration AFN-140
CPS Professional Services
Desk:202-267-9166

From:

Jason,

Working on closing out my last four FOIA request, and one just happens to be one of yours. I've attached a copy for your review. You mentioned that you needed the information for a story. Are you still interested in receiving this information?

Shari Harvey
FOIA Coordinator
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office
Business & Planning Division
Business Administration, AUS-110
202-267-9073

From:

Good Morning Jason. Working your request now. Should have an answer for you within the next 10 days. Shari

Shari Harvey
FOIA Coordinator
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office
Business & Planning Division
Business Administration, AUS-110
202-267-9073

From:

Hi Jason. Unfortunately, it is taking longer than I anticipated to get to this response. My co-worker, Sammie Jones, copied on this reply is assisting me with closing out this request. You will receive an update soon. Shari

From: Federal Aviation Administration

Hi Jason, we sent you this response on 11/20/17. We have closed this request. Shari

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