Request for FAA Communications related to Standing Rock Temporary Flight Restriction

samuel waldbaum filed this request with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Great Lakes Region of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 2017-006568
Due June 13, 2017
Est. Completion June 30, 2017
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: samuel waldbaum

To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All internal communications and external communications between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and outside agencies regarding Temporary Flight Restrictions in the area of Cannonball, North Dakota between September 1, 2016 and present:

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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,
Samuel Waldbaum

From:

Mr. Waldbaum,

This email acknowledges receipt of your FOIA request dated May 15, 2017, concerning internal/external communications between the FAA and outside agencies regarding Temporary Flight Restrictions in the area of Cannonball, ND from September 1, 2016 to present.

Your request has been assigned for action to the office listed below:

Federal Aviation Administration
Air Traffic Organization
Melanie Yohe, FOIA Coordinator
800 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20591

If you have questions regarding the status of your request, please contact Ms. Yohe. Please refer to the FOIA number above in future correspondence regarding this request.

Under Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations 7.33, we are extending the response due date 10 working days because we need to search for and collect records from field facilities.

Sincerely,

Judy Shipp
Government Information Specialist
817-222-5059

From:

Good Afternoon Mr. Waldbaum,

I am the coordinator responding to your FOIA request noted above. We are in the process of searching for the records you requested. In order to do a thorough search and review, we would like to ask that you agree to extend the due date of your request to June 30th. Please let me know by COB this Friday.

Thank you,
Tiffany

From: samuel waldbaum

I agree to extend the due date to June 30th.

From:

Good Morning Mr. Waldbaum,

I am the Coordinator responding to your FOIA Request #2017-006568. After initial review of the data collected for your request, I must inform you that your request will go into consultation status and will need a due date extension to June 30, 2018. Your FOIA requires that we consult with any outside agency that may have an interest in the records you are requesting. This is pursuant to DOT regulation 49 CFR, Subpart A - Part 7.28a, which states "if the release of a DOT created record covered by this subpart would be of concern to DOT and one or more other Federal agencies, the determination as to release is made by DOT, but only after consultation with the other concerned agency." Because outside agencies have their own FOIA system and backlog, all FOIAs are placed in a cue and taken in the order in which it they are received. This could mean a lengthy wait to get an approval to release records.

If you choose not to extend the due date, your FOIA will continue to be held until a consultation is complete or you may withdraw your request. Please let me know what you would like to do.

Thank you,

Tiffany Byrd
FOIA & OIG
System Operations Services, AJR-0
Tiffany.ctr.byrd@faa.gov<mailto:Tiffany.ctr.byrd@faa.gov>
P: 202-267-0531

From:

Please note that your request will be withdrawn without a response from you on the email below that was sent last week. We require your acknowledgement that your request is going to go into consult status and that the due date will be extended to June 30, 2018.

From: samuel waldbaum

Per your 6/21/2017 message:
"If you choose not to extend the due date, your FOIA will continue to be held until a consultation is complete or you may withdraw your request."

I choose to not extend the due date an extra year nor withdraw the request. Please complete the FOIA process as soon as possible. The due date was already extended an extra 10 working days as requested.

From:

Unfortunately you will not get this request back in 10 days. Per the DOT order I referenced originally, the consult with other agencies have to be completed before anything is sent out. Therefore, you can expect to wait up to a year for the outside organization to get to your response (you can reference my original email as to why).
Thank you,
Tiffany

From: samuel waldbaum

That sure is unfortunate. I look forward to getting the results within the year. If there is anything I can do to speed up the process, short of withdrawing the request, please let me know. Will you provide updates as consultations with the outside agencies are complete or are you going to withhold all information until every consultation is completed?
Thanks.

From:

All information will be held until a consultation is completed. Updates will be given whenever we obtain new information on the status of your consult.

From:

Good Morning Mr. Waldbaum,
We are still awaiting a response from the consult. I received part 1 or a 2 part response, so we are definitely getting a lot closer to getting a full response. Once I get the second part, I'll be able to proceed through legal.
Thank you,
Tiffany

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