William Green filed this request with the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 2016-004377
Due April 5, 2016
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: William Green

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all Internal documents and correspondences with the United States Marshals Service mentioning or pertaining to surveillance flights being conducted over U.S. cities.


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.


William Green

From: FAA

Good Afternoon,

Your FOIA request has been processed and assigned. Please see attached letter which includes your request number and FAA contact information should you want to check the status of your request. Thank you.

Elena Richardson | 202-267-8574 (direct)
FOIA Management Specialist
FOIA Program Management Branch, AFN-140
Email: elena.richardson@faa.gov<mailto:elena.richardson@faa.gov>

From: Federal Aviation Administration

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

From: William Green

Assistant Administrator for Finance and Management,

I am formally appealing the determination of the FAA in regards to my request 2016-004377.

I challenge the assertion of exemption (b)(7)(e) on the grounds that the details of the U.S. Marshals surveillance flights are already a matter of public record.
See: http://www.wsj.com/articles/americans-cellphones-targeted-in-secret-u-s-spy-program-1415917533
No previously unknown law enforcement techniques or practices of the U.S. Marshals will be revealed by disclosing the FAA's role in the already publicized flights.

Thank you,
William Green

From: William Green


What is the status of my FOIA request 2016-004377? I submitted an appeal on April 28.

Thank you,
William Green


Dear Mr. Green,
This email acknowledges receipt of your April 28, 2016 FOIA appeal regarding 2016-004377. 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.


Alan Billings
FOIA Business Analyst
Federal Aviation Administration AFN-140
CPS Professional Services


Mr. Green:

I just wanted to let you know that we have your appeal and we are waiting on the action office that processed your request. Please note that we process appeals in the order received and appreciate your patience. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Laurie L. Karnay
FOIA Management Analyst
Federal Aviation Administration
AFN-140 (Appeals)
Washington DC
Tel: (202) 267-0299