UASI program guidance and funding requirements

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-FEFO-00324
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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:

Copies of guidance documents sent to UASI grantees for FY2013 award announcements

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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Morning Mr. Musgrave,

Please find enclosed within the attachment above a letter concerning your Freedom of Information Act request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (2014-FEFO-00324). Please review and heed any necessary stipulations.

Thank You,

Christopher R. Hawkins, Management Analyst
Records Management Division, Disclosure Branch
DHS/FEMA/MS/OCAO
Email: Christopher.hawkins@dhs.fema.gov<mailto:Christopher.hawkins@dhs.fema.gov>
Office: (202)-646-3250
BB: (202) 802-2458

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Thank you for your response and conditional grant of fee waiver. I must admit confusion that you would review my FOIA and provisionally determine that it is not in my commercial interest and thus qualify for a fee waiver, then concurrently indicate that, should my fee waiver end up being denied, I will be placed in the commercial fee category.

I am a journalist, and have written extensively on national security and the Urban Area Security Initiative. Your fee waiver review was correct to determine that this request is not in my commercial interest: I hereby certify that this request is submitted for journalistic purposes only, and that I have no commercial interest in submitting it or in obtaining responsive documents.

Please be consistent and classify me as a media requester without regard to the fee waiver.

Thank you,
Shawn

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 Jan. 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FEFO-00324.

Thank you for your help.

From: Shawn Musgrave

I previously sent you an email on (date) objecting to being considered a commercial requester. In order to avoid any confusion, I want to make sure that you processed that email as a formal appeal of the commercial fee determination.

Please supplement your record with the following information about my media credentials:

I am the editor of the MuckRock (MuckRock.com) website, which publishes original news content on a daily basis. All of MuckRock's content focuses either on FOIA itself or reports off of documents received via public records requests. Below are a number of the dozens of articles I have written for MuckRock:

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/nov/06/mr-de-blasio-open-nypd/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/oct/25/librarian-rebukes-nun-over-comic-books/

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2013/oct/03/foia-shutdown-which-agencies-have-put-their-public/

In addition to my capacity as editor of MuckRock, I am also a freelance journalist whose work has been published in such online and print outlets as the Boston Globe, VICE/Motherboard, The Phoenix, The Progressive and Dig Boston. Here are clips of previous articles that I have written for some of these publications:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/08/big-brother-better-police-work-new-technology-automatically-runs-license-plates-everyone/1qoAoFfgp31UnXZT2CsFSK/story.html

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/10/25/mass-libraries-strikingly-free-censorship/GV3LPCJO4kdzCb3a9HE6HJ/story.html

https://www.motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-nypd-is-foia-proof

http://www.thephoenix.com/boston/news/153301-fung-wahtf/

http://www.digboston.com/boston-news-opinions/2013/10/news-to-us-cambridge-blocks-big-brother/

My coverage of topics from national security and drones to bike politics and bus inspections has been cited by a host of other news outlets at the international, national and local levels. I have received two grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalists, both for projects that revolve around public records investigations.

In short, it could not be clearer that I am, in fact, a journalist.

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 Jan. 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FEFO-00324.

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 Jan. 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FEFO-00324.

Thank you for your help.

From: Castellanos, Saidy

Good Morning, Mr. Musgrave,

I am emailing you today regarding case 2014-FEFO-00324. I wanted to let you know that we have received the documents you requested for and is now being reviewed by my team lead.

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 Jan. 8, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-FEFO-00324.

Thank you for your help.

From: Federal Emergency Management Agency

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Jankowski, Roman

Good Morning,

Please find enclosed within the above attachment the final response letter for your Freedom of Information Act request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Roman Jankowski
FOIA Team Lead
Mission Support, OCAO
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Office 202.646.4541
Mobile 202.716.8977

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

I have gone to the indicated URL, but do not find documents posted there that satisfy this request. Specifically, this request is for the documents sent to UASI grant recipients in FY2013 that reflect the reporting requirements and other procedural matters such recipients must follow as they spend down their grants.

Given the considerable amount of time that has passed since my submission of this request, I respectfully request that you either direct me to the specific URL where responsive documents are posted, or process this request as submitted.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave
Investigative reporter, MuckRock

From: Jankowski, Roman

Please review the links under the section called “Additional Information.” This will contain the guidance you are looking for.

Roman Jankowski
FOIA Team Lead
Mission Support, OCAO
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Office 202.646.4541
Mobile 202.716.8977

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello -

I have attached a screenshot of the "Additional Information" page at the indicated URL. There are more than 20 documents posted, but none that I see that pertains to the UASI program. Please elaborate as to which of these documents is responsive to my request for documents provided to UASI grant recipients.

Thank you,
Shawn Musgrave
Investigative reporter, MuckRock

From: Jankowski, Roman

One example
http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/32611?id=7513 page 4

Roman Jankowski
FOIA Team Lead
Mission Support, OCAO
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Office 202.646.4541
Mobile 202.716.8977

From: Hawkins, Christopher

Good Afternoon Mr. Musgrave,

Please find enclosed within the above attachment a Final Response to FEMA Appeal 2014-FEAP-00010 which follows FEMA FOIA 2014-FEFO-00324.

Thank You,

Christopher Hawkins
202-646-3250
FEMA FOIA Disclosure Branch
500 C Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20472

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