NASA Drone Documents

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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on department use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;

3. any departmental records concerning this department’s use of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:

a. the types of investigations or instances in which this department is using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;

b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through use of drones, including retention times;

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;

d. drones’ ability to carry weapons

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.

Sincerely,

Drone Watch

From: Shirazi, Lubna M. (ARC-VP)

Dear MuckRock News,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated July 20, 2012. Your FOIA request was originally sent to NASA HQ then received in our office on August 03, 2012 and assigned Case File Number 12-ARC-F-00773. Please note that theNASA Ames Research Center FOIA Office will be processing your request and responding on behalf of the Agency.

Based on the information provided in your letter, we are unable to process your request at this time. Please see the attached letter for more information.

In accordance with 14 CFR § 1206.702, we will not proceed further with your request until we receive additional clarification from you and you have stated a willingness to pay all associated processingfees or provide sufficient justification to warrant a fee waiver (or partial fee waiver). If we do not hear from you within 20 workdays of the date of this letter, we will assume you are no longer interested in this matter and will close the file on your request.

Please contact me at Lubna.M.Shirazi@nasa.gov<mailto:Lubna.M.Shirazi@nasa.gov> or at 650-604-1138 if you require further assistance.

Cordially,

From: Drone Watch

Thank you for your update to the status of my request. I agree to pay fees of up to $25 for processing of my request. If fees exceed $25, please let me know in advance.

Best,

Michael Morisy

From: Shirazi, Lubna M. (ARC-VP)

Dear Michael Morisy,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated July
20, 2012 and received in our office on August 03, 2012. Your FOIA request,
assigned Case File Number 12-ARC-F-00773, was for:

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts,
budgets or cost allocations for the purchase and/or use of aerial drones,
UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter ³drones²);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on department use
of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or
court order), if any, before operating a drone;

3. any departmental records concerning this department¹s use of drones now
or plans to use drones in the future including:

a. the types of investigations or instances in which this department is
using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or
oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;

b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage
requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through use
of drones, including retention times;

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;

d. drones¹ ability to carry weapons

The ARC FOIA Office is currently processing the FOIA backlog. All requests
are processed in chronological order based upon the date of receipt. NASA
processes all FOIA requests in a multi-track processing system, based upon
the date of receipt and the amount of work and time involved in processing
the request. Due to the nature of your request, we are placing your
request in the COMPLEX queue. Alternatively, you may wish to limit the
scope of your request to allow us to place your request in the SIMPLE
processing queue. Issues concerning fees, fee waiver requests, fee status,
clarification of request, etc., will be address under separate letter when
your request comes up in the queue. You will be notified in writing when
we begin to process your request. We appreciate your patience and will
make every effort to process your request in a timely manner.

Should you wish to know the status of your request, please feel free to
contact me at Lubna.M.Shirazi@nasa.gov or at 650-604-1138.

Sincerely,

From: Shirazi, Lubna M. (ARC-VP)

Dear Michael Morisy,

Request # 12-ARC-F-00773 has come up in our queue, however, we we are
unable to process your request at this time. Please see the attached
letter, originally sent to you on August 15, 2012. In that letter we asked
you to clarify the scope of your request and to address fees. On August
19, 2012, we received your willingness to pay fees of up to $25.00.
However, this does not clarify the request enough to be processed under
$25.00. Please address all items contained in the attached letter dated
August 15, 2012.

In accordance with 14 CFR § 1206.702, we will not proceed further with
your request until we receive additional clarification from you.
If we do not hear from you within 20 workdays of the date of this email,
we will assume you are no longer interested in this matter and will close
the file on your request.

Please contact me at Lubna.M.Shirazi@nasa.gov or at 650-604-1138 if you
require further assistance.

Sincerely,

From: Shirazi, Lubna M. (ARC-VP)

Dear Michael Morisy,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated July
20, 2012. Your FOIA request was originally sent to NASA HQ then received
in our office on August 03, 2012, and assigned Case File Number
12-ARC-F-00773.

Our records indicate that you have not responded to our letter dated
September 05, 2012, below. To date, we have not received additional
clarification from you in response to our letter.

We are therefore closing the file on your request. Please see the attached
Closeout Letter for more information.

You may submit a FOIA request for the same information, however, please be
advised that you must provide the information we have requested.

If you have any questions regarding your request, please contact me at
650-604-1138, or email at Lubna.M.Shirazi@nasa.gov.

Sincerely,

From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records with respect to aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”):

(i) contracts, requests for proposals (RFPs), and invoices for UAV/drone equipment
(ii) policy memos or other written guidelines outlining use of UAV/drone units by NASA.

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.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 20, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Shirazi, Lubna M. (HQ-NG000)

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

We are in receipt of your FOIA request and will provide you with more
information shortly.

From: Shirazi, Lubna M. (HQ-NG000)

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

Please see the attached letter regarding your Freedom of Information Act request.

From: HQ-FOIA

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

Please see the attached letter regarding your Freedom of Information Act request.

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