Minneapolis Aerial Surveillance

Sam Richards filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
Tracking #

CBP-2021-074976

Due June 4, 2021
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Sam Richards


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All emails, memos, documents, and information pertaining to DHS aviation activity in and around Minneapolis, Minnesota from 6/2020 -- 5/2021, including flight logs and references to the 'Emergency Operations Training Facility' / EOTF at 25 - 37th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, I request any documents referencing ASTAR helicopters, Cessna aircraft and the call signs "Omaha49" "Troy49" "Troy127" and "Troy236".

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,

Sam Richards

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Morning, Attached is our final response to your request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486. Regards, DHS Privacy Office
Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our FOIA website

  • Final - Transferred to Component - (1) Letter to Requester

From: Department of Homeland Security

Sam Richards
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02144
06/17/2021
CBP-2021-074976
Dear Sam Richards:
This notice acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received on 06/17/2021 in which you are seeking for documents regarding all emails, memos, documents, and information pertaining to DHS aviation activity in and around Minneapolis, Minnesota from 6/2020 -- 5/2021, including flight logs and references to the 'Emergency Operations Training Facility' / EOTF at 25 - 37th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, you request any documents referencing ASTAR helicopters, Cessna aircraft and the call signs "Omaha49" "Troy49" "Troy127" and "Troy236".     Please use the following unique FOIA tracking number CBP-2021-074976 to track the status of your request.  If you have not already done so, you must create a FOIAonline account at https://foiaonline.gov.  This is the only method available to check the status of your pending FOIA request. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov/)
Provisions of the Act allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request.  We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS FOIA regulations outlined on the DHS website, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/22/2016-28095/freedom-of-information-act-regulations. By submitting your request, you have agreed to pay up to $25.00 in applicable processing fees, if any fees associated with your request exceed this amount, CBP shall contact you; however, the first 100 pages are free. (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/22/2016-28095/freedom-of-information-act-regulations)
Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request.  Consistent with 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, CBP processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt.  Although CBP’s goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, FOIA does permit a 10-day extension of this time period in certain circumstances pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c).  [As your request seeks documents that will require a thorough and wide-ranging search, CBP will invoke a 10-day extension for your request pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c). If you would like to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office.  We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner.] OR [As your request seeks a voluminous amount of separate and distinct records, CBP will invoke a 10-day extension for your request pursuant to  6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c).  If you would like to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office.  We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner.] OR [As the subject matter of your request is of substantial interest to two or more components of CBP or of substantial interest to another agency, we will need to consult with those entities before we issue a final response.  Due to these unusual circumstances, CBP will invoke a 10-day extension for your request pursuant to 6 C.F.R. Part 5 § 5.5(c). If you would like to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office.  We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner.]
CBP’s FOIA Division is working hard to reduce the amount of time necessary to respond to FOIA requests.  We truly appreciate your continued patience.
For additional information please consult CBP FOIA website please click on FOIA Act Resources or visit (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia) http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia. (http://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia)
Sincerely,
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

From: Department of Homeland Security

The FOIA referral CBP-2021-074976 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-OAM-2021-074976. This is normally due to the referral being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this referral are as follows:

* Old Tracking Number:
CBP-2021-074976
* New Tracking Number:
CBP-OAM-2021-074976
* Requester Name:
Sam Richards
* Date Submitted:
06/17/2021
* Long Description:
2021-HQFO-01054

The requester is seeking records regarding all emails, memos, documents, and information pertaining to DHS aviation activity in and around Minneapolis, Minnesota from 6/2020 -- 5/2021, including flight logs and references to the 'Emergency Operations Training Facility' / EOTF at 25 - 37th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, they request any documents referencing ASTAR helicopters, Cessna aircraft and the call signs "Omaha49" "Troy49" "Troy127" and "Troy236".

From: Department of Homeland Security

The FOIA referral CBP-OAM-2021-074976 has had its Tracking Number changed to CBP-2021-074976. This is normally due to the referral being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this referral are as follows:

* Old Tracking Number:
CBP-OAM-2021-074976
* New Tracking Number:
CBP-2021-074976
* Requester Name:
Sam Richards
* Date Submitted:
06/17/2021
* Long Description:
2021-HQFO-01054

The requester is seeking records regarding all emails, memos, documents, and information pertaining to DHS aviation activity in and around Minneapolis, Minnesota from 6/2020 -- 5/2021, including flight logs and references to the 'Emergency Operations Training Facility' / EOTF at 25 - 37th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, they request any documents referencing ASTAR helicopters, Cessna aircraft and the call signs "Omaha49" "Troy49" "Troy127" and "Troy236".

From: Sam Richards

Can I get an update to request CBP-2021-074976 / 2021-HQFO-01054 ? It has been over a year since the last communication when it was assigned new tracking numbers.

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