Samsung FAA

Patrick Mackie filed this request with the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 17-001319
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Patrick Mackie

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all communications between the FAA (and representatives of the FAA) and Samsung Group (Samsung Electronics Co Lt.) (including representatives of Samsung). Please search for responsive records between August 19th 2016 and October 15th 2016.

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,

Patrick Mackie

From:

Dear Mr. Mackie,

Based on our review of your correspondence, we are asking that you identify an exact record you are seeking or identify a subject matter so that we can locate a record that would contain that information. Please be advised that in the FOIA the standard for determining whether a particular request is reasonable is if a professional agency employee familiar with the subject of the request could locate a responsive record(s) with reasonable effort. Your request does not identify a specific record being sought or a specific subject matter that could reasonably be contained in a record. Your request is worded as an "any and all" search for a very large universe of information.

The FOIA is a means by which a member of the public may seek specific records from the federal government and a FOIA request must "reasonably describe" the records being sought. The FOIA was not intended to reduce an agency to "investigators" on behalf of a requestor. Additionally, agencies are not required to conduct wide-ranging, "unreasonably burdensome" searches for records.

Please reformulate your "request" to identify a specific subject being sought for instance the Samsung battery issue on all Samsung Note7 devices. If you have any questions or wish to discuss reformulation please contact our FOIA Public Liaison at (202) 267-7799 or by email to 7-awa-arc-foia@faa.gov with "Public Liaison" in the subject line.

Respectfully,

Alan Billings
FOIA Business Analyst
Federal Aviation Administration AFN-140
CPS Professional Services
Desk:202-267-9166

From: Patrick Mackie

Please look for EMAILS between the FAA (and representatives of the FAA) and Samsung Group (Samsung Electronics Co Lt.) (including representatives of Samsung). Please search for responsive records between August 19th 2016 and October 15th 2016.

From: Patrick Mackie

Also, please search for responsive records between August 19th 2016 and October 15th 2016 involving Samsung battery issues.

From:

November 15, 2016

Mr. Patrick Mackie
MuckRock News
Dept MR 21747
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205‑5819

Re: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request 2017‑001319

Dear Mr. Mackie:

This letter acknowledges receipt of your FOIA request dated October 28, 2016, concerning all
communications between the FAA and Samsung Group (Samsung Electronics Co Lt.) regarding responsive
records involving Samsung battery issues between August 19th 2016 and October 15th 2016.

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

Federal Aviation Administration Contact: Kurt Owermohle
FOIA Program Management Branch (ASH‑1) FOIA Coordinator
800 Independence Avenue SW (202) 267‑7775
Washington, DC 20591

Should you wish to inquire as to the status of your request, please contact the assigned FOIA coordinator(s).
Please refer to the above referenced number on all future correspondence regarding this request.

Sincerely,

Alan Billings

From:

Mr. Mackie,

I am coordinating the response to your FOIA Request, 2017-001319, that was due today, Dec. 14. Some of the records requested under your FOIA Request were not prepared by the Government, and because FAA has a requirement to obtain any objections to disclosure from the submitter that provided the records, I will require an extension until Dec. 21, 2016. I expect to be able to complete the required coordination by that date. I apologize for the delay.

Thank you,
V/R,
Kurt Owermohle
Chief of Staff
Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety (ASH)
FAA Washington HQ
(O) 202-267-7775
(C) 202-841-7264
Kurt.owermohle@faa.gov

From:

Mr. Mackie,

The response to your FOIA request 2017-001319 is attached.

V/R,
Kurt Owermohle
Chief of Staff
Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety (ASH)
FAA Washington HQ
(O) 202-267-7775
(C) 202-841-7264
Kurt.owermohle@faa.gov<mailto:Kurt.owermohle@faa.gov>

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