FBI drone PIA and supporting documentation (FBI)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1288412-000 ; AP-2014-04481

Est. Completion None
No Responsive Documents


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 privacy impact assessments submitted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding its use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or "drones"
-All materials submitted by the FBI as part of the Initial Privacy Assessment process regarding its use of UAV/UAS, as well as the OPCL determination regarding the need for a PIA
-All supporting documentation submitted along with the above PIA(s), particularly the separate application(s) for proposed redactions required to be submitted under the 2012 OPCL PIA guidance.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

A no responsive documents response.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP)
US. Department of Justice
1425 New York Ave., NW, Suite 11050
Washington, DC. 20530-0001

July 18, 2014

To Whom It May Concern:

This is an appeal of adequacy of search for FOIA 1288412-000.

In the attached letter, FBI FOIA staff indicate that they were unable to locate documents pertaining the Bureau's privacy impact assessment (PIA) process around the agency's unmanned aerial systems. Documents released as part of FOIA request 1243153-0 clearly refer to the PIA process for UAS. Therefore, it is incredibly unlikely that no documents can be found.

I request that you remand this FOIA back to the FBI for good faith search and release of documents.


Shawn Musgrave

From: OIP-NoReply

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