NSA invoices from SAIC

Heather Akers-Healy filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 75404A
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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 invoices over the last ten years from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), headquartered at 1710 SAIC Drive, McLean, VA 22102. Invoices are submitted electronically at http://www.nsa.gov/business/programs/electronic_invoicing.shtml and should be available to search by the corporate name "Science Applications International Corporation" or abbreviation SAIC. If providing copies of the invoices is burdensome please simply provide a list of the invoices.

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

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From: Heather Akers-Healy

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on October 28, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.
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To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of invoices over the last ten years from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), headquartered at 1710 SAIC Drive, McLean, VA 22102. Invoices are submitted electronically at http://www.nsa.gov/business/programs/electronic_invoicing.shtml and should be available to search by the corporate name "Science Applications International Corporation" or abbreviation SAIC. If providing copies of the invoices is burdensome please simply provide a list of the invoices.

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: MuckRock

Please see below for guidance on narrowing this request. A copy of the fee waiver appeal has been mailed to the NSA Appeal Authority.

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To Whom it May Concern:

This is in response to the NSA’s letter dated November 27, 2013 regarding FOIA case number 75404. I would like to narrow my request and appeal your determination that I am an “all other” requester for fee purposes.

Firstly, I ask that you please narrow my request to invoices from the past 3 years. Hopefully that will substantially cut down on the search time and copying required for this request. As a reminder, I have asked that a list of invoices be provided if retrieving the invoices themselves is too burdensome. Since you state that invoices are logged by contract number, I also ask that you list the associated contract number should you decide to provide a list instead of copies of the original invoices.

Secondly, I am appealing your determination that I do not qualify for a fee waiver. In response to your points:

My Personal Qualifications and the Nature of My Research-
I am a trained paralegal with a background in legal research. Additionally I have experience in interpreting contracts and invoices, and experience in technology applications. 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 impressive media attention and was recently 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)

This Information Will be Widely Disseminated and Analyzed-
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

This Information Does Contribute to the Public Understanding-
With the release 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. The release of details regarding the NSA’s “black budget” has been one of the biggest stories to break this year. It is in the public interest to understand how that money is being spent, and the relationship of the NSA with its private contractors. As SAIC appears to be one of the largest contractors for the NSA, releasing these invoices will contribute greatly to this understanding.

Thank you for your time and consideration of this appeal.

Sincerely,
Heather Akers-Healy

From: National Security Agency

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

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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