FAA-FBI communications re: drone COA via Notification

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 15-005198
Est. Completion None
Status
Fix Required

Communications

From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All communications between FAA officials and the FBI regarding the COA via Notification system.

A Justice Department inspector general report published on March 25 noted: "[W]e found that the FBI and FAA were drafting rules that would expand the locations and times that the FBI could operate UAS without requesting an emergency COA. Under this “COA via Notification” framework, the FBI anticipates it will be able to deploy and operate UAS over less densely populated domestic airspace, referred to as Class G airspace, by notifying the FAA where FBI will be operating UAS."

Given that this FOIA is submitted in my capacity as a journalist who has covered drones and the FBI extensively, I request that I be categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees. Here is a selection of my published articles on drones:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/12/how-843-lbs-seized-pot-lead-customs-and-border-pro/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/mar/03/us-marshals-service-conceal-key-details-millions-s/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/12/fbi-and-justice-department-cant-find-drone-privacy/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/22/air-force-knows-how-many-mq-9-drones-it-wants-cant/

I have also been published in a number of national media outlets on topics including drones and other matters pertaining to national security and technologies:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-us-spent-360-million-on-border-drones-thanks-to-this-flimsy-report

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-air-force-says-it-needs-precisely-52-new-reaper-drones-cant-explain-why

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

www.betaboston.com/news/2014/03/05/a-vast-hidden-surveillance-network-runs-across-america-powered-by-the-repo-industry/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/05/nypd-social-media-policy-allows-catfishing-with-the-proper-paperwork.html

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2014/12/03/the-pentagon-finally-details-its-weapons-for-cops-giveaway

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://news.vice.com/article/fbi-agent-who-killed-boston-bombing-suspects-friend-was-twice-accused-of-police-brutality

As the requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com and pertains to a matter of considerable public interest, I further request a full waiver of all fees.
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. 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: Federal Aviation Administration

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

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

Respectfully,

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

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Please confirm that I have been categorized as a journalist for the purpose of fees for this FOIA request.

Thank you,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Federal Aviation Administration

You have a fee category of Media

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 March 26, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-005198.

Thank you for your help.

From: Federal Aviation Administration

Good Afternoon Mr. Musgrave:
This message is in reference to your FOIA Request 2015-005198 received on March 26, 2015 requesting "All communications between FAA officials and the FBI regarding the COA via Notification system."

Your case has been assigned to our office for processing. We sincerely apologize for the delay; we are in the process of compiling the documentation that you are requesting. Due to the nature of your inquiry and to make sure that we provide you with all the information that you are requesting, we need to negotiate with you an extension of 10 days (weekday) from May 21, 2015. If you agree to the extension, the new due date for your case will be June 04, 2015. We will need this additional time to complete the processing of your request.

Please send me an email with your agreement to this extension.

If you have any questions regarding your case, please contact Lizett Culley, FOIA Coordinator at (202-267-8098) or lizett.Culley@faa.gov<mailto:lizett.Culley@faa.gov>.

Thank you.
Georgina Goldberg
Office of UAS Integration

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 March 26, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-005198.

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 March 26, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-005198.

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 March 26, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-005198.

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 March 26, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #15-005198.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From:

Mr. Musgrave,

This is a follow-up to your August 23, 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, 2012-007500, which sought records regarding the application and issuance of certificates of authorization (COA) for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps. Your request was originally assigned to the FAA's Flight Standards Service, however, it was reassigned to the Air Traffic Organization approximately six weeks ago. The responsive records, which existed at the time of your request, are publically available on the FAA's Web site at:

http://www.faa.gov/uas/public_operations/foia_responses/

Dean Torgerson
Manager, FOIA Program
Air Traffic Organzation

From:

Mr. Musgrave,

This is a follow-up to your October 23, 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, 2013-000534, which sought records regarding the application and issuance of certificates of authorization (COA) for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Your request was originally assigned to the FAA's Flight Standards Service, however, it was reassigned to the Air Traffic Organization approximately six weeks ago. The responsive records, which existed at the time of your request, are publically available on the FAA's Web site at:

http://www.faa.gov/uas/public_operations/foia_responses/

Dean Torgerson
Manager, FOIA Program
Air Traffic Organization

From:

Torgerson, Dean (FAA) would like to recall the message, "Follow-up to FOIA 2012-007500".

From:

Mr. Musgrave,

This is a follow-up to your August 23, 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, 2012-007500, which sought records regarding the application and issuance of certificates of authorization (COA) for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps. Your request was originally assigned to the FAA's Flight Standards Service, however, it was reassigned to the Air Traffic Organization approximately six weeks ago. The responsive records, which existed at the time of your request, are publically available on the FAA's Web site at:

http://www.faa.gov/uas/public_operations/foia_responses/

Dean Torgerson
Manager, FOIA Program
Air Traffic Organization

From:

Mr. Musgrave,

This is a follow-up to your October 16, 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, 2013-000368, which sought records regarding the application and issuance of certificates of authorization (COA) for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory, Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of the Interior's Aviation Management Directorate, Virginia Commonwealth University, Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office, and Alameda County Sheriff's Department. Your request was originally assigned to the FAA's Flight Standards Service, however, it was reassigned to the Air Traffic Organization approximately six weeks ago. The responsive records, which existed at the time of your request, are publically available on the FAA's Web site at:

http://www.faa.gov/uas/public_operations/foia_responses/

Dean Torgerson
Manager, FOIA Program
Air Traffic Organization

From:

Good Morning Mr. Musgrave:

This message is regarding your April 20, 2015 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for: "All communications between FAA officials and the FBI regarding the COA via Notification system."

In light of the length of time that has elapsed and given the fact that we have no record of any recent correspondence with you concerning this case, we believe it is possible you are no longer interested in pursuing this issue. Please contact me via telephone at 202-267-8098 or by e-mail at lizett.culley@yahoo.com<mailto:lizett.culley@yahoo.com> by no later than June 24, 2016, if you remain interested in continuing with this request. In order to assist you with your decision, please note that all Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COA) applications granted after September 2012 are currently being processed for public release. Once completed, they will be posted to the UAS website located at http://www.faa.gov/uas/public_operations/foia_responses/.

If we have not heard from you by the date listed above, this request will be considered closed.

Thank you.

Lizett G. Culley
FOIA Coordinator, AJV-115
Emerging Technologies Team
Ph. (202) 267-8098
e-mail: lizett.culley@faa.gov<mailto:lizett.culley@faa.gov>

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hi Lizett -

I am still interested in FOIA 2015-005198.

Thank you,
Shawn

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