Naval Sea Systems Command Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the Naval Sea Systems Command of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2013-F-040030
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Indiana Access to Public Records 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 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brandon Wieber

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 Sept. 28, 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: 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 Sept. 28, 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: 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 Sept. 28, 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: Naval Sea Systems Command

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 Sept. 28, 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: Naval Sea Systems Command

A fix is required to perfect the request. The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: Naval Sea Systems Command

A fix is required to perfect the request. The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: Naval Sea Systems Command

A fix is required to perfect the request. The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: Drone Watch

Hello:

MuckRock has received your response. Please find clarification of the FOIA request, originally submitted September 28, 2012, below:

MuckRock is requesting documents related to NAVSEA's acquisition and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned aerial systems (UASs), aka "drones."

We are therefore seeking two types of documents:

(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 NAVSEA.

Please let me know if I can further clarify this 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 Sept. 28, 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: 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 Sept. 28, 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: 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 Sept. 28, 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: 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 Sept. 28, 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: 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 Sept. 28, 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: 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 Sept. 28, 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: 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 Sept. 28, 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: 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 Sept. 28, 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: 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 Sept. 28, 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: Naval Surface Warfare Center

Mr. Musgrave - Your September 28, 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request concerning UAV/UAS documents has been partially transferred to this command from the Naval Sea Systems Command. Before we can begin to process your request, we will need a response concerning the following items:

1. In order to help to determine your status to assess fees, please advise which of the following categories you represent:

a. affiliated with a corporation or a state, local, or foreign government that is seeking information for a COMMERCIAL profit or trade use, or an individual seeking information for a personal use that furthers your commercial or business interest.
b. an individual, including an affiliate of a corporation or a state, local, or foreign government, seeking access to TECHNICAL DATA for any purpose, such as news gathering efforts, scholarly or scientific research, personal use, or a commercial profit or trade use.
c. an INDIVIDUAL seeking information for personal use or affiliated with a non-profit, public interest group seeking information in furtherance of the group's interest and not for a commercial profit or trade use.
d. affiliated with _____________________ an EDUCATIONAL or NONCOMMERCIAL SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION, AND THIS REQUEST IS MADE FOR A SCHOLARLY OR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSE and NOT for commercial use.
e. a representative of the NEWS MEDIA affiliated with ________________ and this request is made as part of a news gathering effort and not for commercial use.

2. Are you willing to accept CLEARLY RELEASABLE portions of responsive documents? Are definition of clearly releasable is attached.

3. Are you willing and able to pay fees associated with this request? Right now (until you advise what fee status you believe you fall within), our fees within the "Commercial Fee Category" are $44.00 per hour to search for responsive documents; and $44.00 per hour to review and redact the documents prior to being released; and $0.15 per page to copy released/responsive documents. If yes, please advise of the maximum fees authorized to process this request.

4. The FOIA is a record retrieval statute. NSWC Crane Division is not equipped to conduct a text search for terms such as "unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned aerial systems, or drones." Do you have a specific CONTRACT NUMBER/REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL/INVOICE? If yes, please provide, otherwise I am unsure (at this point) as to how we might search for responsive records (i.e.: contracts, requests for proposals and invoices).

A response to the above questions is needed no later than Thursday, 21 June 2013 in order for this Command to keep this request active. If I do not receive a response to the above questions by that date, I will be required to close out this request with no action taken due to the fee issue and you will be required to resubmit your request at a later date.

Vickie J. Long
Naval Surface Warfare Center
Crane Division
FOIA Office
Crane, IN 47522
(812) 854-5614

FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY - Privacy Sensitive. The information contained in this email and any accompanying attachment may contain Privacy Act and/or Personally Identifiable Information. This transmission should be viewed only by personnel having an official "need-to-know." If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying distribution or use of the content of this information is prohibited. If you received this email in error, please notify me immediately by return email and delete the material from your computer.

From: Drone Watch

Ms. Long,

Please find answers to your questions below:

1. I am a journalist, and thus fall into (e) -- a NEWS MEDIA requester. I have written about drones for a number of different national, state and local publications.

2. No, I do not want this request limited to clearly releasable documents. Please process all responsive documents for releasability.

3. We are willing to pay fees up to $25. If fees are expected to exceed $25, please let us know before processing the request.

4. I do not know a contract or invoice number. I believe I have adequately described the circumstances that have resulted in the creation of this contract. If not, please point me to a listing of contracts so I can look that up.

Best,
Shawn

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 Sept. 28, 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: Long, Vickie CIV NSWC Crane

I have left for the day and will not return until Monday, 8 July. If you have a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) question, please contact Rita Baldwin Priddy at (812) 854-6901. If you have a question concerning the Awards program, please contact Susan Eckerke at (812) 854-6538. Thank you, Vickie

From: Naval Sea Systems Command

The request has been forwarded from one agency to another agency or department for further review or follow up.

From: Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren

Please see attached FOIA acknowledgement.

Laurie A. Muir
Paralegal Specialist
Office of Counsel, Code C7
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren
17632 Dahlgren Road, Suite 158
Dahlgren, VA 22448-5110
(540) 653-7578
(540) 653-8879 (fax)

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 Sept. 28, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #NSWCDL 2013F040036.

Thank you for your help.

From: Long, Vickie CIV NSWC Crane

Mr. Musgrave - based on the information you furnished below, placing this request into the "news media" category is not appropriate, as per instruction the news media refers to any person actively gathering news for an entity that is "organized" and "operated to publish or broadcast news to the public". This same instruction states that in order to be considered a "publisher" -- news must be disseminated and a product is available for purchase or subscription by the general public. In the case of "freelance" journalists, you must demonstrate a solid basis for expecting publication through an organization even though not actually employed by it. If you have a "publication contract" this would be the clearest proof to place you in this fee category.

I'll await your response before proceeding further. Thank you.

From: Drone Watch

Ms. Long,

Respectfully, you have quoted the FOIA statute very selectively when it comes to determining media status.

First, if you are to consider me a freelancer, the revised 2007 statute allows FOIA officers to consider past publication record of the requester in making a determination of media status. As I indicated in my previous email, my writing (on drones as well as other topics) has appeared in a number of traditional media outlets. These include The Boston Globe, The Phoenix magazine and The Progressive magazine. Additionally, I have written for online publication for several years, notably for DigBoston, Motherboard and the TODAY show website.

Additionally, MuckRock itself undoubtably qualifies as a media outlet under FOIA as revised in 2007. Specifically, FOIA provides that free distribution qualifies as a valid dissemination method for a media outlet, and not only purchase and subscription as you imply. Further, the statute explicitly provides that "as methods of news delivery evolve (for example, the adoption of the electronic dissemination of newspapers through telecommunications services), such alternative media shall be considered to be news-media entities."

MuckRock meets these requirements quite clearly through the articles posted on our site, which are free to access for the general public. By definition and through developing these articles, MuckRock "gathers information of potential interest to a segment of the public, uses its editorial skills to turn the raw materials into a distinct work, and distributes that work to an audience." Our articles have not only enjoyed significant traffic on our own site, but have been featured and cited by other media outlets at the local, national and international levels.

In light of the above, I request consideration as a media requester under FOIA, with all fees to be applied accordingly. As the information I request is of significant interest to the public, I also reassert my request for a waiver of all fees.

Thank you,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Long, Vickie CIV NSWC Crane

I have left for the day and will be on furlough on Friday due to ongoing sequestration budgetary matters. I will return to work on Monday, 29 July. Thank you, Vickie

From: Long, Vickie CIV NSWC Crane

Mr. Musgrave - the attached is forwarded for your information. Please be advised that we will not be sending the attached to you via U.S. postal service, unless you request same. Thank you.

From: Naval Sea Systems Command

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Naval Sea Systems Command

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Hunter, Carol J CIV NSWC Crane, Customer Advocacy & Strategy (QXP)

Mr. Wieber,

This email is in regard to the FOIA request you submitted to the Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA). NAVSEA transferred a portion of this request to this command. As the new FOIA Coordinator, I am trying to clear up old cases. I would like to discuss this case with you at your convenience. My contact information is below. I normally work Monday - Friday, 7am to 3:30 pm EST.

Thanks,

Carol Hunter
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
300 Highway 361, Bldg. 2, Office of Counsel (OOL)
FOIA Office
Crane, IN 47522
Phone: 812-854-4235
Cell Phone: 812-381-5295
Fax: 812-854-5170
Email: carol.hunter@navy.mil
http://www.navsea.navy.mil/nswc/crane/Lists/customerfeedback/NewForm.aspx

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"FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY - Privacy Sensitive - any misuse or unauthorized disclosure can result in both civil and criminal penalties. This transmission should be viewed only by personnel having an official "need-to-know". If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the content of this information is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by email and delete the original message."

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Brandon Wieber is no longer an intern at MuckRock, but I have taken over drone FOIA requests as the project supervisor. What can I clarify?

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Hunter, Carol J CIV NSWC Crane, Customer Advocacy & Strategy (QXP)

I have recently been appointed as the Freedom of Information Act Coordinator for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division. We have an old case file (Naval Sea System Command Headquarters FOIA Case Number 2014F020107) in which MuckRock News marked as completed. We may have responsive documents. Do you wish to close out your request with this command as complete or do you still want the documents?

Carol Hunter
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
300 Highway 361, Bldg. 2, Office of Counsel (OOL)
FOIA Office
Crane, IN 47522
Phone: 812-854-4235
Cell Phone: 812-381-5295
Fax: 812-854-5170
Email: carol.hunter@navy.mil
http://www.navsea.navy.mil/nswc/crane/Lists/customerfeedback/NewForm.aspx

Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

"FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY - Privacy Sensitive - any misuse or unauthorized disclosure can result in both civil and criminal penalties. This transmission should be viewed only by personnel having an official "need-to-know". If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the content of this information is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by email and delete the original message."

From: Drone Watch

Ms. Hunter -

Thank you for checking in. No, please continue processing this request if your component may have responsive documents. Please let me know if I can provide additional clarification at all.

Best,
Shawn

From: Drone Watch

Ms. Hunter -

Checking in on this — do you have any update on estimated completion date for this request?

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Hunter, Carol J CIV NSWC Crane, Customer Advocacy & Strategy (QXP)

It is being reviewed by our attorney's now. Hopefully, sometime next week.

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 Sept. 28, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-F-040030.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hunter, Carol J CIV NSWC Crane, Office of Counsel

The final response to your request is awaiting the Commanding Officer for signature. You should expect a response in two weeks.

Happy Holidays,

Carol Hunter
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
300 Highway 361, Bldg. 2, Office of Counsel (00L)
FOIA Office
Crane, IN 47522
Phone: 812-854-4235
Cell Phone: 812-381-5295
Fax: 812-854-5170
Email: carol.hunter@navy.mil
http://www.navsea.navy.mil/nswc/crane/Lists/customerfeedback/NewForm.aspx

Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

"FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY - Privacy Sensitive - any misuse or unauthorized disclosure can result in both civil and criminal penalties. This transmission should be viewed only by personnel having an official "need-to-know". If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the content of this information is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by email and delete the original message."

From: Hunter, Carol J CIV NSWC Crane, Office of Counsel

Please find attached our final response to your FOIA request. This will not be sent by U.S. Mail Service. Because there are multiple documents, this will be broken into several emails.

From: Hunter, Carol J CIV NSWC Crane, Office of Counsel

Invoices for N00164-04-D-6642

From: Cran_foia

Invoices for N00164-04-D-6642

From: Hunter, Carol J CIV NSWC Crane, Office of Counsel

Remaining invoices for N00164-04-D-6642

From: Hunter, Carol J CIV NSWC Crane, Office of Counsel

Invoices for N00164-09-D-JS35

From: Hunter, Carol J CIV NSWC Crane, Office of Counsel

Remaining invoices for N00164-09-D-JS35.

From: Hunter, Carol J CIV NSWC Crane, Office of Counsel

Invoices for N00164-09-D-JS35.

From: carol.hunter@navy.mil

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DON-NAVY-2013-000399 has been
fully granted.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
06/18/2013
* Request Long Description:
Aerial drones, UAss, UAVs, and UASs information

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