Secret Service drone exercises statement and coordination memos

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the United States Secret Service of the United States of America.
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20150535

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

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

-A copy of the two-paragraph statement issued by the Secret Service in February 2015 regarding exercises to be conducted with unmanned aerial vehicles within Washington, DC
-Coordination memos exchanged between USSS and other federal, state and local agencies

I also request that fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest, as well as given my status as a member of the news media/press. In addition to being posted online for the general public free of charge at MuckRock.com, the requested documents will be analyzed in the process of news gathering and synthesized into a distinct work.

To support my claim to news media fee status, please see the following samples of recent writing published on MuckRock as well as on other media outlets:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2014/nov/19/while-three-quarters-states-have-released-their-po/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2014/oct/08/fcc-fbi-cant-agree-stingray-nda/

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2014/12/03/the-pentagon-finally-details-its-weapons-for-cops-giveaway

www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2014/12/17/now-know-massachusetts-police-departments-packing-serious-heat/

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/12/14/boston-police-suspend-use-high-tech-licence-plate-readers-amid-privacy-concerns/B2hy9UIzC7KzebnGyQ0JNM/story.html

I have written extensively on matters pertaining to UAVs over the past two years, and my publication history clearly qualifies me for media requester status for the purpose of fees under FOIA.

Additionally, DHS HQ FOIA has classified me as a media requester in two recent FOIA requests — 2015-HQFO-00238 and 2015-HQFO-00168. Acknowledgement letters for these requests can be found at the following URLs:

https://muckrock.s3.amazonaws.com/foia_files/Ack_-_Conditional_Grant_-_Fee_Waiver_Media_1.pdf
https://muckrock.s3.amazonaws.com/foia_files/2015-HQFO-00168_Acknowledgement_Letter_1.pdf

I would also be happy to send the acknowledgement letters linked above.

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: FOIA

Dear Requester,

Please see the attached letter regarding your FOIA/PA request. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this matter, please contact this office at (202) 406-6370.

Sincerely,

United States Secret Service
FOIA/PA Program

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.

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 March 2, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20150535.

Thank you for your help.

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 March 2, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20150535.

Thank you for your help.

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 March 2, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20150535.

Thank you for your help.

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 March 2, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20150535.

Thank you for your help.

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 March 2, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20150535.

Thank you for your help.

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 March 2, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #20150535.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: United States Secret Service

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

Yes, I am still interested in this request, which is now more than a year old. Please provide an estimated completion date.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave

From: FOIA

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20223

Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program
Communications Center
245 Murray Lane, S.W., Building T-5
Washington, D.C. 20223

July 16, 2017

MuckRock
Shawn Musgrave
DEPT MR 16454
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

File Number: 20150535

Dear Requester:

Reference is made to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which was originally submitted to the United States Secret Service (Secret Service) on March 2, 2015, for information pertaining to the two-paragraph statement issued by the USSS in February of 2015 regarding exercises to be conducted with unmanned aerial vehicles in Washington, DC, as well as coordination memos exchanged between the USSS and other federal, state, and local agencies

In our acknowledgement letter to you, we advised you that due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we could encounter some delay in processing your request. However, we want to let you know that we have been making every effort to reduce the backlog of cases.

Please be advised that, to date, your file has been reviewed, processed and is currently pending supervisory review. Upon completion of the supervisory review, all documents that can be released will be made available to you. We appreciate your continued patience in this matter.

If you have any questions, please contact this office at (202) 406-6370. Please use the file number indicated above in all future correspondence with this office.

Thank You,

Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program
United States Secret Service
245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5
Washington, DC 20223
Phone: (202) 406-6370
Fax: (202) 406-5586
Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV<mailto:Foia@usss.dhs.gov>

From: FOIA

Dear Requester,

Attached you will find an electronic copy of the final response regarding your Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act request. Please be advised, a hard copy of the final response was mailed on August 18, 2017. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact this office at (202) 406-6370.

Thank You,

Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program
United States Secret Service
245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5
Washington, DC 20223
Phone: (202) 406-6370
Fax: (202) 406-5586
Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV<mailto:Foia@usss.dhs.gov>

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.

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