Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Cease & Desist Letters

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2013-3475
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of any letters, e-mails, or other written or electronic communications requesting or demanding individuals and organizations cease and desist, stop operating, or stop advertising unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.

Please also include communications where letters are sent advising users not to use drones, and cases where it later turns out the user was not operating an actual drone, though the possibility was there.

Known instances of cease and desist letters and communications include:

* One sent to former online news organization The Daily after it was used to cover storm in Alabama.
* A call to the The Lawfare Drone Smackdown (http://www.lawfareblog.com/2012/09/smacked-down-by-the-faa/)
* One was reportedly sent to Brian Boyer, formerly of Chicago Tribune Media Group, over a job posting mentioning drone experience.
* One was recently reported to have been sent to EideCom in Minneapolis (http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2013/03/15/mn-aerial-photographer-grounded-by-faa.html).

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,

Michael Morisy

From: Federal Aviation Administration

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: FAA FOIA Office

FOIA 2013-3475 was assigned to Flight Standards. You were provided with a
copy of the acknowledgement letter and contact information.

Due date is April 18.

From: FAA

Mr. Morisy,

I am writing to you regarding your FOIA request 2013-3745 requesting a copy of all records 'requesting or demanding individuals and organizations cease and and desist, stop operating, or stop advertising unmanned aerial vehicles.' Your request is still being processed and will not be completed by the FOIA due date of April 18, 2013. An additional 20 day (weekday) extension from April 18, 2013 is requested to completed your FOIA request. A new due date of May 16 is requested to complete your FOIA. Please reply back and acknowledge to this extension. Your help and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Respectfully,

Derek M. Honda
FOIA Coordinator / Forms Management Officer
AFS-140 Flight Standards

From: Michael Morisy

Received -- thank you.

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 20, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-3475.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Office

Please contact Derek Honda, FOIA Coordinator for Flight Standards Service
( Derek.Honda@faa.gov). The individual listed in the March 21, 2013
acknowledgement letter sent to you is no longer the FOIA Coordinator for
that organization.

Thank you
FOIA Office

From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

I was asked to contact you regarding the below request.

Thank you for your assistance.

Best,
Michael

From: FAA

Michael,

The office that is handling your FOIA is working on procuring the
information you are requesting. They are undermanned and backlogged with a
myriad of priority projects. Could you please check back in a few weeks
for a status update. We appreciate your patience regarding your FOIA
request.

Respectfully,

Derek M. Honda, MAS
FOIA Coordinator / Forms Management Officer
AFS-140 Flight Standards
email: derek.honda@faa.gov
Work: 202-267-4190
Fax: 202-267-7636
https://employees.faa.gov/org/staffoffices/afn/tools_resources/foia_tool_kit/

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 20, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-3475.

Thank you for your help.

From: FAA

Good Morning Mr. Morisy:

This message is in reference to your request for a copy of all records "requesting or demanding individuals and organizations cease and desist, stop operating, or stop advertising unmanned aerial vehicles." Due to the scope of information that you are requesting, I need to negotiate with you an extension of 30 days from today's date. A new date of August 14, 2013 is requested to complete your FOIA.

I apologize for the delay in providing you the information that you have requested, due to the sequestration, limited resources and competing priorities, we are processing a backlog of cases.

Please reply back and acknowledge to this extension.

Your help and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Lizett G. Culley
Management Specialist
UAS Integration
Flight Standards Service

From: Federal Aviation Administration

Good afternoon Mr. Morisy,

This message is in regard to your request for a copy of all
records"requesting or demanding individuals and organizations cease to
desist, stop operating, or stop advertising unmanned aerial vehicles." Due
to the scope of information that you are requesting and in order to
proceed with your request we would like to establish a time frame of the
period that you want to cover.

Please reply at your earliest convenience.

From: Michael Morisy

Hi,

I would like all responsive documents generated between Jan 1, 2009 and the date that this request is processed.

Let me know if you need further clarification, or have other suggestions for narrowing this request.

Thanks!

Michael

From: Federal Aviation Administration

Good morning Mr. Morisy,

Thank you for your quick response. Due to the scope of your request and
the amount of work associated with completing it we will not be able to
meet the FOIA due date of August 14, 2013. An additional 30 business day
extension from August 1, 2013 is requested in order to complete your
request. A new due date of September 12, 2013 is requested to complete
your FOIA.

Please reply to acknowledge this extension.

Your help and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Nicole Hartman
Administrative Support Specialist - Clancy JG Contract Support
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office
Ph: 202-385-4552

From: Michael Morisy

Received -- thank you.

From: Federal Aviation Administration

Thank you!

Nicole Hartman
Administrative Support Specialist - Clancy JG Contract Support
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office
Ph: 202-385-4552

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 20, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-3475.

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 20, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-3475.

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 20, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-3475.

Thank you for your help.

From: Nicole Hartman

Mr. Morisy,

I apologize for the delay in my response. Due to the government shutdown,
medical leave of the analyst working your case and the scope of your
request we are still working to gather responsive records and prepare the
response to your FOIA request. An additional 30 business day extension is
requested from October 30, 2013 in order to complete your request. A new
due date of December 13, 2013 is requested to complete your FOIA.

Your continued cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Nicole Hartman / SAIC
Administrative Support II - NextGen Initiatives Support Services Contract
Flight Technologies and Procedures Division - UAS Integration Office (DC)

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 20, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-3475.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lizett G. Culley

Good Afternoon Mr. Morisy,

I apologize for the delay in my response to your message of 11/29/2013. I
was out of the office for the Thanksgiving holiday. Our office has been
tasked with a major project that involves half of our staff. We are
currently working on your case gathering the information that you
requested. Due to the scope of your request and to give additional time
to our staff that is limited in numbers and time we requested an extension
from you on October 30, 2013 in order to complete your case. A new due
date of December 13, 2013 was proposed to you to complete your FOIA
request. Due to limited staff and time, an additional 10 business day
extension is requested from December 13, 2013 in order to complete your
request. A new due date of December 30, 2013 is requested to complete
your FOIA.

Please confirm your acceptance of this extension.

Thank you.

Lizett G. Culley
Management Specialist
UAS Integration
Flight Standards Service
Phone 202- 385-4594
Fax 202- 385-4559
e-mail: lizett.culley@faa.gov

It is by believing in roses that one brings them to bloom. —French Proverb

From: Michael Morisy

Hello,

I approve this extension.

Thank you.

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 20, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2013-3475.

Thank you for your help.

From: Michael Morisy

Hello,

Per the approved extension, this request was due December 13, 2013. Please advise.

Thank you.

From: Michael Morisy

Hello,

I still have not received these records. Please advise?

-Shawn

From: Michael Morisy

Hello,

A number of cease and desist letters were reportedly released in response to a similar FOIA request filed in April 2013. This request was submitted in March 2013. Per the FAA's "first in, first out" FOIA procedures, this request ought to have been processed before that one.

See: http://www.diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/foia-response-reveals-faa-routinely-misrepresents-the-law

Please advise immediately as to why this request has yet to be completed.

Thank you.

From: Federal Aviation Administration

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Aviation Administration

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Lizett G. Culley

Good Afternoon Mr. Morisy,

This message is in reference to your FOIA Request 2013-3475 and to inform
you that we are currently processing your response letter. We sincerely
apologize for the delay in replying to your request. Our office has been
undermanned and backlogged with many competing priorities. Your request
is still being processed, an additional 10 business day extension is
requested from February 18, 2014 in order to complete your request. A new
due date of March 3, 2014 is requested to complete your FOIA.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Lizett G. Culley
Management Specialist
UAS Integration
Flight Standards Service
Phone 202- 385-4594
Fax 202- 385-4559
e-mail: lizett.culley@faa.gov

It is by believing in roses that one brings them to bloom. —French Proverb

From: Michael Morisy

Hello,

It is unclear why an additional extension would be necessary, as these documents (or a portion of them) have apparently already been released to another requester. Please clarify.

Thank you.

From: Lizett G. Culley

Mr. Morisy,

We need to process your correspondence through several offices, once the
revision is completed the Manager handling your correspondence will sign
the letter. The review process may take several days before is completed.

Thank you.

Lizett G. Culley
Management Specialist
UAS Integration
Flight Standards Service
Phone 202- 385-4594
Fax 202- 385-4559
e-mail: lizett.culley@faa.gov

It is by believing in roses that one brings them to bloom. —French Proverb

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