Sale of Combat Aircraft to Nigeria

Matthew Page filed this request with the Department of Defense, Defense Security Cooperation Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking #

17-F-1466

Due Oct. 4, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response
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Communications

From: Matthew Page

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All releasable intra-agency/interagency/external emails, planning documents, contract documents, and written correspondence pertaining the proposed $593 million sale of twelve A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, weapons, and associated support to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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,

Matthew Page
Adviser, Defense and Security Program, Transparency International

From: Sikandar, Nusheen CIV WHS ESD (US)

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Mr. Page,

Please see attached interim response for your FOIA request.

Thank you,

Nusheen

Nusheen Sikandar
FOIA Analyst
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0437
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From: Sikandar, Nusheen CIV WHS ESD (US)

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Mr. Page,

This is in response to your email below concerning the status of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request 17-F-1466. One of our component is currently searching for records responsive to your FOIA request. As of now the estimated completion date is November 30 , 2017. It is conceivable that all processing could be completed and the results provided to you at an earlier date, but it is also possible that more time will be required. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter and please do not hesitate to contact me should you have further questions.
Thanks,
Nusheen

From: Sikandar, Nusheen CIV WHS ESD (US)

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Mr. Page,

Please refer to the attached FOIA request submitted on August 11, 2017. We were advised that a more efficient search would be accomplished if you can describe a specific area of interest within the A-29 program. The A-29 program is a highly contentious agreement which is spread amongst multiple Federal Agencies. The request as written would require searching through many records and will generate tens of thousands of emails. Please let us know if you are willing to narrow the scope of your request. Please respond soonest, as we are working diligently to complete the processing of your case.
Thanks,
Nusheen

From: Department of Defense, Defense Security Cooperation Agency

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Good morning Mr. Page,

While we want to begin tasking and processing of your request as soon possible, we also need some additional information as described in my email below. As my first attempt to reach you have failed, I ask that you provide me with the requested additional information by November 6, 2017. If I do not hear from you by that date I will assume the requested information has been overcome by events and administratively close your request with no fees assessed.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thanks,
Nusheen

Nusheen Sikandar
FOIA Analyst
OSD/JS Office of Freedom of Information
(571) 372-0437

From: Matthew Page

Dear Nusheen,

Thanks very much for your follow-up to my request and apologies for not responding sooner as I was traveling.

With regard to my FOIA request (17-F-1466), I am interested in records solely related to the sale of A-29s to Nigeria (not other recipient countries) - specifically dated between 1 July 2015 and 1 October 2017.

With regards to the scope, I am willing to narrow it to exclude email correspondence within DSCA (i.e. internal emails between DSCA employees that is not/not addressed or copied to recipients at other agencies or other elements within the Department of Defense).

I would also be willing narrow the scope to exclude email correspondence between DSCA addressees and the lead contractor (i.e. Sierra Nevada Corporation) that is not/not also addressed or copied to to recipients at other agencies or other elements within the Department of Defense.

Although narrow in scope, the potential volume of emails associated with this request--and the contentious nature of the interagency discussions--underscores the potential public interest in it.

Happy to discuss further or address any question or concerns you and your colleagues might have with this request.

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Warmest regards,
Matthew Page
Advisor, Transparency International
Defense and Security Program

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