Sgt. Star (United States Army Recruiting Command)

Jason Smathers filed this request with the U.S. Army, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the United States of America.
Tracking # 14-0001,14-0004
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From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Sgt. Star's input patterns (all the phrases and keywords Sgt. Star is pre-programmed to recognize) and the scripted output answers (all the possible things Sgt. Star could say).

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,

Jason Smathers

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 Feb. 4, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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 Feb. 4, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Mellor, Adam K MAJ USARMY USAREC (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

Mr. Smathers:

Please clarify if you are looking for answers to questions or if there is a
particular record or records that you are requesting.
Thanks!

V/R
MAJ Adam K. Mellor
Chief of Reserve Affairs
OSJA, USAREC
502-626-0542

From: Jason Smathers

MAJ Adam K. Mellor,

I am looking for a complete set input that Sgt. Star is programmed to respond to and the responses Sgt. Star uses for each of these inputs.

Thanks!

Regards,
Jason Smathers

From: United States Army Recruiting Command

A no responsive documents response.

From: Jason Smathers

FOIA Appeal

Dear Appeals Authority,

This is an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act.

On 2/4/14, I requested a copy of "Sgt. Star's input patterns (all the phrases and keywords Sgt. Star is pre-programmed to recognize) and the scripted output answers (all the possible things Sgt. Star could say)."

On 4/30/14, my request was denied stating that the record was not maintained in the recruiting office and they would not refer the request to the office that does have the records because I was requesting analysis. This is not the case, therefore, I appeal.

Sgt. Star is a software program that automatically responds to communication online. Every response that it gives is pre-programmed and is necessarily stored in some form. It seems likely that since a contractor built the system, they were provided with a list of commands that the software should respond to. It would be highly irregular for a contractor to be permitted to speak for the Army to the public without any guidance, thus a record likely exists where the Army communicated this information to the contractor. Further, the software is not an intelligent life form, rather, it is programmed software and draws responses for some source. Most likely, this is a computer database that holds all possible responses. This database (or whatever form the data happens to be in) is considered a record under the Freedom of Information Act and must be released.

For these reasons and all others deemed appropriate by the appeals authority, I appeal. Please provide the requested information.

Regards,
Jason Smathers

From: United States Army Recruiting Command

The request has been forwarded from one agency to another agency or department for further review or follow up.

From: Burgosperez, Jose L CIV USARMY HQDA OAA (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Smathers,

Attached is this office's response to your FOIA request. Let me know if you
have any questions.

Please acknowledge receipt of this email.

Respectfully,

Jose L. Burgos
Program Manager, Freedom of Information Act
Special Programs Office
Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
(703) 545-9139

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

From: MuckRock

Per the attached, this request has been forwarded to Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army from United States Army Recruiting Command. Please confirm receipt and provide a tracking number as applicable.

From: Burgosperez, Jose L CIV USARMY HQDA OAA (US)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Mr. Smathers,

A response to your FOIA request was emailed to your office on 3 June 2014.
Attached is a copy of the email.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Respectfully,

Jose L. Burgos
Program Manager, Freedom of Information Act
Special Programs Office
Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
(703) 545-9139

From: MuckRock

This communications is in regards to the FOIA request copied below which was forwarded to your agency.

Please confirm receipt of the request and provide an estimated completion date.

Thank you.

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