RAPS MOAs

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 2015-STFO-070, 2015-HQAP-00101
Est. Completion None
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No Responsive Documents

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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:

All memoranda of agreement pertaining to the Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) program.

Per the November 2012 RAPS test plan (available at https://muckrock.s3.amazonaws.com/foia_files/Final_Response_Musgrave_5.19.15....pdf): " Memoranda of Agreement are in process between DHS S&T and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and S&T and the Department of Justice (DOJ). Officials from these organizations, and from the Department of Defense (DOD), have been directly involved in developing this Test Plan and are stakeholders in our general assessment of SUAS capabilities. "

Given that this FOIA is submitted in my capacity as a journalist who has covered drones extensively, I request that I be categorized as a media requester for the purpose of fees. Here is a selection of my published articles for MuckRock:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/12/how-843-lbs-seized-pot-lead-customs-and-border-pro/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/mar/03/us-marshals-service-conceal-key-details-millions-s/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/27/while-dodging-direct-question-fbi-commits-obama-st/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/12/fbi-and-justice-department-cant-find-drone-privacy/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/jan/22/air-force-knows-how-many-mq-9-drones-it-wants-cant/

I have also been published in a number of other national media outlets on topics including drones and other matters pertaining to national security and technologies:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-us-spent-360-million-on-border-drones-thanks-to-this-flimsy-report

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-air-force-says-it-needs-precisely-52-new-reaper-drones-cant-explain-why

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

www.betaboston.com/news/2014/03/05/a-vast-hidden-surveillance-network-runs-across-america-powered-by-the-repo-industry/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/05/nypd-social-media-policy-allows-catfishing-with-the-proper-paperwork.html

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2014/12/03/the-pentagon-finally-details-its-weapons-for-cops-giveaway

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/do-the-fbis-drones-invade-your-privacy-sorry-thats-private

https://news.vice.com/article/fbi-agent-who-killed-boston-bombing-suspects-friend-was-twice-accused-of-police-brutality

As the requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com and pertains to a matter of considerable public interest, I also request a full waiver of all fees.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: STFOIA

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.
Thanks,
FOIA Office
Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(o) (202) 254-6342
(f) (202) 254-5396

From: STFOIA

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.
Thanks,
FOIA Office
Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(o) (202) 254-6342
(f) (202) 254-5396

From: Shawn Musgrave

Associate General Counsel (General Law)
Mailstop 0655
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

To Whom It May Concern:

This is an appeal for FOIA request 2015-STFO-070.

On 06/17/2015, I requested the following records from the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate: "All memoranda of agreement pertaining to the Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) program."

In the attached letter dated July 24, 2015, the DHS S&T FOIA office indicated that no such MOAs or MOUs could be located.

I appeal the adequacy of the search for this request. Per the November 2012 RAPS test plan which I obtained via a previous FOIA request to DHS S&T (available at https://muckrock.s3.amazonaws.com/foia_files/Final_Response_Musgrave_5.19.15....pdf): " Memoranda of Agreement are in process between DHS S&T and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and S&T and the Department of Justice (DOJ). Officials from these organizations, and from the Department of Defense (DOD), have been directly involved in developing this Test Plan and are stakeholders in our general assessment of SUAS capabilities. "

I have attached the relevant pages of the November 2012 test plan, which was published by DHS S&T itself.

Given that the 2012 test plan for RAPS indicated that the requested MOAs were "in process", it is difficult for me to believe that no documents exist which are responsive to my present request. As such, I ask that you remand this request back to DHS S&T for a good faith search and provision of responsive documents.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave
Reporter, MuckRock

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From: Meus, Lauren M CIV

Mr. Musgrave

Please find attached the FOIA Appeal Decision issued by Judge Smith's office in the above matter.

Thank you,
Lauren Meus
Hearing Docket Clerk
U.S. Coast Guard

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