FOIA Request for Proposal Submission Documents related to Award 1241838

Micah Altman filed this request with the National Science Foundation of the United States of America.
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From: Micah Altman

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The request is for all components of the grant proposal (including, but not limited to the proposal narrative, reference, budget, and other supporting materials) by Chaitanya Baru, University of California Sandiego, for the project now entitled " WBDB2012: Workshop on Big Data Benchmarking 2012" that resulted in award #1241838.

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, 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.


Micah Altman

From: Beglin, Julie A.

Dear Micah Altman:

Your FOIA request has been received and logged as 13-146F. We do not expect there will be any fees associated with this request.

The estimated response date to your request is 04/12/13. However, please understand that there may be a delay in processing your request due to the FOIA Officer position is currently vacant and in the process of being filled.

If your request is for copies of funded grant proposals you may wish to contact the Principal Investigator (PI) directly as we find that most PIs are happy to share their work – though they are not required to do so.

Please be aware that if you are requesting copies of NSF funded grant proposals, under Executive Order 12,600 we are required to notify the submitter (Principal Investigator) of the request for records to allow for their review of any confidential/proprietary business information that may be contained in the funded grant. There is no secrecy afforded to FOIA requesters and your name and affiliation is provided to the submitter/Principal Investigators. We are permitted to allow a reasonable amount of time for the submitters’ review. Your request is also forwarded to the submitter (any personal identifiers such as home addresses/home email addresses will be removed).

To speed the processing of your request we will only review and process for release to you the following grant documents: cover page, summary, project description, and references. If you require the entire proposal please provide this guidance directly to me by return email.

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From: National Science Foundation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Evans, Sandra

Dear Micah Altman:

Enclosed is our response to your request dated March 17, 2013. I apologize for the delay in our response. If you have any questions, you may contact me at the number listed below.