Responses to Congressional Committees (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — DARPA of the United States of America.
Tracking # 13-F-0774
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan.1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed. These communications are stored together and should be easily accessible.

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,

Michael Morisy

From: Gibbens, Curtis A. CIV WHS-ESD

Dear Mr. Morisy,

This email is regarding your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request below. It has been assigned case number 13-F-0774 and we ask that you use that number when referring to your request.

Please know that we cannot conduct a search by Congressional Committee. If you wish to process your request, please provide the names of Chairmen for each committee of interest. If you do not respond by June 7, 2013, I will assume you are no longer interested and administratively close your request.

Respectfully,

From: Michael Morisy

Thanks for your help in narrowing this request. Can you let me know how these files are organized? Are there separate files for each member of Congress, for example?

From: Gibbens, Curtis A. CIV WHS-ESD

A search is conducted by keywords, such as a person's name or subject. Congressional Committee is too broad, in addition, documents are address the committee head. Please narrow your scope to the committee heads of interest.

From: Gibbens, Curtis A. CIV WHS-ESD

Dear Mr. Morisly,

Your request below is assigned case 13-F-0783. The attached email dated May 8, 2013 addressed your request, which was closed May 20, due to a lack of response. If you provide specific committee chairmen, I will amend your request.

In addition, your similar request regarding DARPA has also been attached. We need the same information. It will be closed June 10, 2013, but again, if you provide names, it can be amended.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Curtis Gibbens
OSD/JS FOIA Office

From: Michael Morisy

Thanks for your follow up.

I would like to resubmit this request and limit to substantive responsive agency/program related letters to Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities of the United States House of Representatives; Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities House Armed Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives; and the United States House Oversight Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform; Committee on Government Reform of the United States House of Representatives.

These committees include the following members:

Mac Thornberry, Texas, Chairman
Jeff Miller, Florida
John Kline, Minnesota
Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania
Rich Nugent, Florida
Trent Franks, Arizona
Duncan D. Hunter, California
Chris Gibson, New York
Vicky Hartzler, Missouri
Joe Heck, Nevada
James Langevin, Rhode Island, Ranking Member
Susan A. Davis, California
Hank Johnson, Georgia
Andre Carson, Indiana
Dan Maffei, New York
Derek Kilmer, Washington
Joaquin Castro, Texas
Scott Peters, California
James Lankford, Oklahoma, Chairman
Mike Kelly, Pennsylvania, Vice Chair
Jason Chaffetz, Utah
Tim Walberg, Michigan
Raul Labrador, Idaho
Pat Meehan, Pennsylvania
Blake Farenthold, Texas
Gerry Connolly, Virginia, Ranking Member
Chris Murphy, Connecticut
Stephen Lynch, Massachusetts

Thanks again for your help narrowing and perfecting this request.

- Michael

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #13-F-0774.

Thank you for your help.

From: Gibbens, Curtis A. CIV WHS-ESD

Dear Mr. Morisy,

After discussion, your request has been amended and currently in the search process. Because of the amount of names you provided, the search process will be longer than our average search, which could be very costly because your request has been placed in the "other" category.

Our suggestion, as stated before, you may find it more helpful if you to conduct your own search on the Congressional correspondence logs located in our reading room. Currently the logs cover January 2007 - March 2011. By conducting your own search, you may submit a new FOIA request for the specific correspondence document(s) of interest by citing the OSD control number and subject. The link to our reading room is provided below:

http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/foiaLibrary.html

The purpose of this suggestion is that a significant amount of time and cost can be saved by eliminating the search and review of documents that are of no interest, and process the specific documents of most interest to you. Please note that your request has been amended, so this is only a suggestion.

With regard to your request for a waiver of any applicable fees, a fee waiver is appropriate when “disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.” 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(iii) In making a determination, six factors are considered as to whether your request satisfies this statutory standard: (1) whether the subject of the requested records concerns the operations or activities of the government; (2) whether the disclosure is likely to contribute to an understanding of government operations or activities; (3) whether disclosure of the requested information will contribute to the understanding of the general public; (4) whether the disclosure is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of government operations and activities; (5) whether the requester has a commercial interest that would be furthered by the requested disclosure; and, (6) whether any such commercial interest outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

While the requested information does concern the operations and activities of the government and does not appear to be intended for a commercial interest, it is not clear how the responsive documents - should they exist - would significantly contribute to the public understanding of the operations and activities of the government. After carefully reviewing your request I am denying your fee waiver request because the information stated does not support how the documents will significantly contribute to the public’s increased understanding of the operations and activities of government. Please be aware that we reserve the right to grant a fee waiver should a search find documents that meet the criterion of a public interest fee waiver as described in the previous paragraph.

If you are not satisfied with this action, you may appeal to the appellate authority, the Director of Administration and Management, Office of the Secretary of Defense, by writing directly to the Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office, Attn: Mr. James Hogan, 1155 Defense Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20301-1155. Your appeal should be postmarked within 60 calendar days of the date of this letter, should cite to case number 13-F-0774, and should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

From: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

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