Records About 'Misdelivered' Unmanned Aerial System

Derek Mead filed this request with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # DOC-NOAA-2014-000997
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From: Derek Mead

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am looking for any and all documents relating to the NOAA Puma unmanned aerial system parts that were misdelivered to a college student in May, 2014 and any documents and internal emails relating to recovery efforts.

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 addition, the documents and any reports will be published on Motherboard, a science and technology news website that has been covering this issue for some time and is available at www.motherboard.vice.com.

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,

Derek Mead

From: FOIA Office - NOAA Service Account

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From: Derek Mead

I agree to have the NOAA FOIA office enter the data on my behalf.

Best,
Derek

From: foia@noaa.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2802887b7)
* Tracking Number: DOC-NOAA-2014-000997
* Requester Name: Derek Mead
* Date Submitted: 05/23/2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
Any and all documents relating to the NOAA Puma unmanned aerial system parts that were misdelivered to a college student in May, 2014 and any documents and internal emails relating to recovery efforts.

From: foia@noaa.gov

Good Afternoon Derek Mead,
Attached is the invoice for the requested information.  We cannot proceed until payment has been received.  If payment is not received by June 19, 2014, the FOIA request will be administratively closed.
Regards,

05/28/2014 02:44 PM FOIA Request: DOC-NOAA-2014-000997

From: Derek Mead

Hi there,

I'd like to request a fee waiver: "Disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the Government; and Disclosure of the information is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester."

These documents will be used by Motherboard (www.motherboard.vice.com), a science and technology news website that has reported extensively about the integration of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles and proliferation of hobby aircraft in the United States. A small sampling of our coverage of these issues can be found here: http://www.motherboard.vice.com/tag/FAA

Some earlier coverage of this incident can be found here:

http://motherboard.vice.com/en_ca/read/i-helped-the-government-get-its-missing-drone-back

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-feds-accidentally-mailed-their-350k-drone-to-some-college-kid

Please let me know if you can waive those fees.

Thanks,
Derek

From: foia@noaa.gov

05/28/2014 03:41 PM FOIA Request: DOC-NOAA-2014-000997

Please see attached letter.

From: foia@noaa.gov

06/19/2014 07:31 AM FOIA Request: DOC-NOAA-2014-000997

Please see attached letter.

From: foia@noaa.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DOC-NOAA-2014-000997 has been
denied.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
05/23/2014
* Request Long Description:
Any and all documents relating to the NOAA Puma unmanned aerial system parts that were misdelivered to a college student in May, 2014 and any documents and internal emails relating to recovery efforts.

From: foia@noaa.gov

07/25/2014 10:46 AM FOIA Request: DOC-NOAA-2014-000997

Good morning,
Attached you find official notification of the FOIA Case closure.
Regards,
Greg

From: foia@noaa.gov

Good afternoon,
Attached is the denial of your FOIA request due to non-payment/response.


07/25/2014 02:42 PM FOIA Request: DOC-NOAA-2014-000997

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