FOIA March Madness 2018 - Agency Talking Points (November 8, 2016 - March 13, 2018) (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA of the United States of America.
Tracking #

18-F-0658

Multi Request FOIA March Madness 2018 - Agency Talking Points (November 8, 2016 - March 13, 2018)
Due May 4, 2018
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response
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Communications

From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

For the 16-month, 5-day period from Tuesday, November 8, 2016 through Tuesday, March 13, 2018:

(SUMMARY)

Any and all talking points and similar memorandums, emails, and transcripts providing advice or direction on how to handle the media, media interviews, and statements.

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(SPECIFICALLY)

Please include in your responsive materials any documents, emails, or communications with the following phrases in the title or subject line:

TALKING POINTS
STMT
STATEMENT
PRESS STRATEGY
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It would be greatly appreciated if materials could be provided on a rolling basis.

1. In the Office of Public Affairs or equivalent division

Please provide first all such materials produced in this agency’s Office of Public Affairs or equivalent division, and any representative thereof.

Please also provide all such materials received by this agency’s Office of Public Affairs or equivalent division, and any representative thereof.

2. Related to all agency employees

Please also include all employee email communications containing the following phrases:

TALKING POINTS
STMT
STATEMENT
PRESS STRATEGY

Alternative Response to 2:

If processing of this portion of this request would require its distribution to another or multiple other offices, it would be greatly appreciated if a response to this request would contain a description of the necessary offices to be tasked, the process by which the search will be conducted, and an estimate of the time and fees to be incurred. Such a description will allow us to better understand the parameters of this FOIA office’s ability to respond to this request as worded and will better enable us to reorganize and limit it as appropriate.

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Additional clarification:

This request is not intended for materials regarding one particular subject or event during this period.

If a different search procedure will be required dependent on segment of time covered, it would be greatly appreciated if a response could contain a description of the necessary difference in approach by time period (for example, if file keeping procedures have changed at some point in the last year and a half or if particular materials have been moved to another location).
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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.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

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Dear Beryl Lipton,
Case Number 18-F-0658 has been assigned to the request you submitted. In all future correspondence regarding this request please reference case number 18-F-0658.
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From: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Good morning Ms. Lipton,

We have received the attached FOIA request and assigned it case number 18-F-0658. However, as currently constructed your request is not reasonably described for further processing.

You request all records from the Office of Public Affairs related to the handling of media statements. You specifically look for documents with certain keywords in the subject line. Unfortunately, all of the key words (Talking points, STMT, Statement, and Press Strategy) are used so frequently in the day-to-day basis of Public Affairs work that an organized search is not feasible.

I would like to suggest two options to narrow your request.

1. Request formal guidance such as directives and signed memos that advise or direct press handling for DoD.

2. Tie your keywords to a specific action. For example "All guidance on how to handle the press relating to event X, with "Talking points, STMT, Statement, and Press Strategy" in the subject line.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,
Brandon J. Gaylord
Senior Advisor
OSD/JS FOIA
(571) 372-0413

Let us know how we are doing: https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&sp=125562&s=110

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Gaylord,

Thank you so much for your letter. To begin with, would it be possible to limit this request to just those materials related to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)?

Thank you so much for your help and patience.

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Good morning Beryl,

Limiting the information to DARPA may help. Are you still looking at this from the Public Affairs perspective or do you want DAPRA's documents related to press handling?
Thanks,
Brandon

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Brandon,

I'm interested in both DARPA Public Affairs materials and responsive materials from DARPA overall. I know that's likely a voluminous ask, but if it would be possible to get an estimate, I'd appreciate it very much.

Thanks so much for your help!

Best,
Beryl

From: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Hi Beryl,

I forwarded your request for an estimated date of completion to your action officer, Megan Farrell. You should be hearing from her soon.
Thanks,
Brandon

From: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA

Good morning Ms. Lipton,

I reached out to the component office for a status update/estimated completion date, but I have not heard back yet. I will let you know as soon as I do. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information at this time.

Thank you,
Megan

From: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA

Good morning,

I just reached out to the component office that is currently working on your request for an update. I'll let you know as soon as I hear back. Should you have any questions or need any additional information in the meantime, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Thank you,
Megan

Megan Farrell
OSD/JS FOIA Analyst
(571) 372- 0409

From: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA

Good afternoon,

I no longer work with the OSD FOIA office, however, I have forwarded your email to my former Team Lead. He will be able to assist you further.

Thank you,
Megan

From: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

Good morning Beryl,

I reached out to the component for an estimated date of completion and will relay their response as soon as they provide it to me.
Thanks,
Brandon

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