NSA contracts with Harris Corporation

Heather Akers-Healy filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 75744B
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From: Heather Akers-Healy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of contracts with Harris Corporation, dba Harris RF Communications, and any final reports generated and delivered by Harris Corporation to the agency over the past 5 years. If retrieving the contracts themselves is too burdensome please provide a list of contracts. The Harris Corporation office in question is located at 1680 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14610.

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,

Heather Akers-Healy

From: National Security Agency

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 Nov. 20, 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 #75744.

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 Nov. 20, 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 #75744.

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 Nov. 20, 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 #75744.

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 Nov. 20, 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 #75744.

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 Nov. 20, 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 #75744.

Thank you for your help.

From: National Security Agency

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: Heather Akers-Healy

This is in response to a letter from the NSA dated May 13, 2014 regarding my request number 75744A. The NSA has denied my fee waiver and seeks payment from me in order to provide the documents requested.

I ask that the NSA please provide the documents it found in my two free hours of search time. Additionally I am appealing the denial of the fee waiver request.

I am making this request in the public interest, and as a member of the news media. I have established a project at MuckRock looking into the activities of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. Despite the short time I have been making and publishing requests through MuckRock, this project has garnered international media attention and was written up in Forbes. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/runasandvik/2013/11/26/illuminating-the-united-states-billion-dollar-intelligence-budget-project-spylighter-documents-surveillance-technology-used-by-the-nsa/) The Forbes article was covered in several other media outlets, and even reported in Spanish. (http://www.desdeabajo.info/actualidad/internacional/item/23165-spylighter-documenta-la-compra-de-tecnolog%C3%ADa-de-vigilancia-masiva-por-parte-de-la-nsa.html)

I have an ongoing relationship with Runa Sandvik, a well-known journalist and technologist who wrote the article at Forbes. I have also written at other media outlets about documents received from previous FOIA requests (http://www.occupy.com/article/why-we-need-whistleblowers).

All documents released to MuckRock are published on the MuckRock website. The documents are not merely posted, but analyzed by journalists at MuckRock and media outlets around the world. MuckRock has over 1,000 active users and tens of thousands of readers. An incomplete list of outlets reporting news broken at MuckRock can be found here:
 https://pinboard.in/u:morisy/t:muckrock_press/

My first successful request to the NSA for contracts with Vupen was widely reported. There was significant interest in the fact that the NSA was purchasing exploits services from a foreign contractor. A few examples of press regarding that release are below:

Threatpost: http://threatpost.com/nsa-bought-exploit-service-from-vupen-contract-shows

Gawker: http://gawker.com/nsa-paid-french-hackers-for-software-exploits-1341604032

The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/17/nsa_vupen/

Information Week: http://www.informationweek.com/security/government/nsa-contracted-with-zero-day-vendor-vupe/240161389

Computing: http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2295155/nsa-bought-zero-day-vulnerabilities-from-security-company-vupen
Slate:http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/09/17/nsa_paid_french_hacker_company_vupen_for_software_exploits.html

RT: http://rt.com/usa/nsa-vupen-exploit-hack-978/
Mashable: http://mashable.com/2013/09/17/nsa-french-hacking-tools-vupen/

The Hacker News: http://thehackernews.com/2013/09/nsa-bought-hacking-tools-from-vupen.html
The Daily Dot: http://www.dailydot.com/politics/nsa-malware-vupen/

Spiegel: http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/nsa-kauft-infos-ueber-sicherheitsluecken-von-vupen-a-922765.html

The information sought does contribute to the public understanding and is in the public interest. With the publishing of the Snowden materials and the surrounding media coverage, the past few months have demonstrated a significant increase in the public’s interest in the activities of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. It benefits the public to have a greater understanding of the operations of agencies acting on their behalf and their relationship with their contractors.

Sincerely,

Heather Akers-Healy

From: National Security Agency

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 Nov. 20, 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 #75744.

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 Nov. 20, 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 #75744.

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 Nov. 20, 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 #75744.

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 Nov. 20, 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 #75744.

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 Nov. 20, 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 #75744.

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 Nov. 20, 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 #75744.

Thank you for your help.

From: foiarsc, foiarsc

Dear MuckRock Requester;

This email responds to the automated status check(s) submitted for Case 75744, 77687, 75996, 76291, and 78023. The case is still in our initial processing queue. Once the search for documents is initiated and/or complete, the responsive material is then compiled in our backlog for review. Please be advised that, since the records you request are related to contract or acquisition records, it is likely that we will have to consult externally prior to release which could cause additional delays. We cannot estimate the completion date at this time. However, we do not anticipate this case coming up for a search tasking, if applicable, for approximately 12 months.

We appreciate your patience thus far.
Regards,
Cindy B
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center
(301)688-6527

From: National Security Agency

The request has been rejected, with the agency stating that the information or document(s) requested are exempt from disclosure.

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