Unmanned aerial vehicle warnings

Jason Koebler filed this request with the National Marine Fisheries Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2016-000264; DOC-NOAA-2016-000227
Est. Completion None
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From: Jason Koebler

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all letters or emails sent to the operators of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in potential violation of wildlife protection laws or regulations. A copy of all reports relating to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by the Office of Law Enforcement.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. The requested documents will be used in the course of reporting news stories for Motherboard, VICE Media's science and technology news website.

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, and would be grateful if the request would be processed under the "media" fee category. 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 Koebler

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 May 19, 2015. 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 May 19, 2015. 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 May 19, 2015. 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 May 19, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

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

From: Jason Koebler

Hello—haven't heard about this at all ... please process this request. Thanks!

From: Jason Koebler

Hello, asking about this again.

From: MuckRock

Hi,

This request was previously sent to an old FOIA contact. Can you please confirm receipt and begin processing it?

Thanks.

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

The FOIA request copied below was initially submitted in May and has yet to receive proper acknowledgement. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

From: foia@noaa.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2809fd350)
* Tracking Number: DOC-NOAA-2016-000227
* Requester Name: Jason Koebler
* Date Submitted: 11/12/2015
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
A copy of all letters or emails sent to the operators of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in potential violation of wildlife protection laws or regulations. A copy of all reports relating to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by the Office of Law Enforcement. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

From: foia@noaa.gov

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DOC-NOAA-2016-000227 has been
denied.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
11/12/2015
* Request Long Description:
A copy of all letters or emails sent to the operators of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in potential violation of wildlife protection laws or regulations. A copy of all reports relating to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles by the Office of Law Enforcement. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

From: foia@noaa.gov

11/19/2015 09:42 AM FOIA Request: DOC-NOAA-2016-000227

Attached is the fee waiver adjudication.
Mark Graff,
NOAA FOIA Officer

From: Jason Koebler

Hi Mark,

I am appealing your fee waiver denial. Motherboard is VICE Media's science and tech news site, with more than 8 million monthly readers (www.motherboard.vice.com). We write regularly about drones, drone regulations, wildlife, and national parks; my request intersects each of those coverage areas:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/drones-would-revolutionize-whale-watching-if-they-werent-illegal
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/wildlife-drones-may-stress-animals-out-study-says
http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/ecologists-are-using-drones-to-track-endangered-wildlife
http://motherboard.vice.com/tag/drone+regulations

I have also written and edited many stories using FOIA requests:
http://motherboard.vice.com/tag/foia
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/feds-confiscated-a-hobbyists-drone-footage-to-keep-it-off-the-internet

There has been much interest in hobbyist and commercial drone use around the United States (and its intersection with wildlife). These records will help our readers understand how widespread the problem has been thus far.

Best,
Jason

From: Kelton, Cindy

Mr. Koebler,

Please find attached your FOIA appeal acknowledgement letter.

Thanks,

Cindy Kelton
Administrative Assistant
Department of Commerce
Office of General Counsel
LEO/FOIA Group
202-482-8103

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From: foia@noaa.gov

DOC-NOAA-2016-000227 has been processed with the following final disposition: No records.
Please see attached.

From: Kelton, Cindy

Mr. Koebler,

Please find attached the final disposition letter for FOIA appeal # DOC-NOAA-2016-000227.

Thanks,

Cindy Kelton
Administrative Assistant
Department of Commerce
Office of General Counsel
LEO/FOIA Group
202-482-8103

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From: McKenna, Alice (Federal)

Dear Mr. Koebler,

We provided you our final response to you on May 17, 2016. I am attaching another copy of it to this email.

Has NOAA not followed through with a fee estimate or a response to you?

Alice McKenna
Senior Counsel, FOIA Group
(202) 482-5234 (phone)
NEW: (202) 257-0036 (cell)

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