National Guard Bureau Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA of the United States of America.
Tracking # J-13-0054
Est. Completion None
Status
Withdrawn

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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, research of and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on institutional 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 institution's use of and/or research 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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: National Guard Bureau

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Musgrave,

I am wanting to touch basis with you on your FOIA request to help clarify your request as it is very broad in nature, (I myself am interested in the responsive records that will be released.) The office responsible for collecting the requested records returned a very generic response that is all public data and I do not feel it is the information you are looking for. In effect you would most likely appeal the response and the request would transfer and sit at National Guard Bureau. Would you be able to clarify and resubmit your request? Some of the questions as an example that I would suggest clarification on are:

1. Any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase, research of and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs and UASs (hereinafter "drones")
to: Use of Oregon Army National Guard drones by other agencies through either contract, agreements, request or research purposes during the time frame of

2. Any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instruction on institutional use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order) if any, before operating a drone.
to: Local policies, guidelines or manuals required before the operation and or flight of a drone.

3. Any departmental records concerning this institution's use of an/or research of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:
To: Flight log data over a (specific time frame) in the operation or flight of a drone in Oregon.

Please do call or e-mail me at your convenience. I am regularly in the office between 0800-1630 PST.

SSG Nicolas Marks
NGOR-IMS-ISB
Administrative Services
COM: 503-584-3460
FAX: 503-584-3010
nicolas.a.marks2.mil@mail.mil

From: Drone Watch

Hello,

Please process this request with respect to documents that originated in the NGB national office/headquarters. That is, I seek documents related to the National Guard Bureau's acquisition, deployment and/or regulation of drones, as outlined in my original request.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

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 Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: National Guard Bureau/JA-FOIA

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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 Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #J-13-0054.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #J-13-0054.

Thank you for your help.

From: Drone Watch

Hello,

I have seen confirmation from the DoD Freedom of Information Policy Office that this request has been "CLOSED" with regard to Departmental Level Interest.

The spreadsheet released by DFOIPO is here: https://pressfreedomfoundation.org/blog/2013/07/revealed-95-foia-requests-flagged-pentagon-approval

Please provide an updated date of delivery, as it is my interpretation that this indicates responsive documents have been approved for release.

Thank you,
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 Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #J-13-0054.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock

I have received no communication related to J-13-0054 for several weeks. Please advise of status.

Thank you.

Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

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 Jan. 14, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #J-13-0054.

Thank you for your help.

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