Privacy impact assessment (PIA) re: RAPS and RAMPS

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate 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:

-Any updated privacy impact assessment for the Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) project
-Any PIA for the Robotic Aircraft for Marine Public Safety (RAMPS) project

Per the PIA for RAPS dated November 2012 (available online here:, "If operational tests are conducted with CBP, DHS will update this PIA, and if applicable, any SORNs, to address privacy concerns associated with those tests. [....] This PIA and if applicable, any SORNs, will be updated prior to use of SUAS for border security purposes."

No PIA has been published for the RAMPS project, although a December 2013 DHS S&T meeting agenda (available online here: indicates that the project was slated to begin conducting tests in August 2014.

I also request that 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.

I furthermore request a fee waiver on the basis of my status as a journalist who has covered unmanned aerial vehicles extensively. For examples of my work on UAVs, see:

Here is a selection of my recent published articles on drones:

I have also been published in a handful of other national media outlets:

The above FOIA request concerns a matter of interest to the public, as demonstrated not only by avid readership of my articles and considerable activism around UAV legislation nationwide, but also by congressional hearings and Inspector General reports on the same.

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


Dear Mr. Musgrave,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. Please review the attached letter regarding your FOIA request.
FOIA Office
Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(o) (202) 254-6342
(f) (202) 254-6739