National Security Special Events and Special Events list, 2008-2012

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A list of all events classified as National Security Special Events (NSSEs) or Special Events (SEs) for the years 2008-2012. For all SEs, please include the rating assigned to each (SEAR I, SEAR II, SEAR III, SEAR IV or SEAR V).

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.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Aldorfer, Susan CIV WHS-ESD

Dear Shawn Musgrave,

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, as stated below. Your request was received in this office and assigned FOIA case number 12-F-1289.

Your request was misdirected to this office for processing. There is no central FOIA processing point for the entire Federal Government, or for the Department of Defense (DoD). Within DoD, each of the Military Services and the various DoD components are responsible for processing their own FOIA requests. This office, for example, processes FOIA requests for records related to the Office of Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff (OSD/JS). You have not provided enough information to determine a connection between the records you seek and the OSD/JS. Thus, your request is not reasonably described to support processing.

It is the requester’s responsibility to reasonably describe the records sought. The FOIA does not require agencies to conduct research in order to respond to requests. Generally, a record is not reasonably described unless the description contains sufficient information to permit an organized nonrandom search based on filing arrangements and existing retrieval systems, or unless the request contains sufficient information to permit inference of the elements needed to conduct a search.

Nevertheless, an online search for "National Security Special Events" and "SEAR I, SEAR II, SEAR III, SEAR IV or SEAR V" was conducted. Search results indicate that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has its own FOIA Office, is the lead Federal Agency for National Security Special Events (NSSEs). You may request these records, if they exist, directly from the DHS FOIA Office. Contact information is located at:

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