US Navy and Godzilla

Robert Delaware filed this request with the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
Tracking # 15-F-0371 ; DON-NAVY-2014-006179
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From: Robert Delaware

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Documents related to the US Navy's participation in the recently released film Godzilla.

The Secretary of the Navy just discussed that there was cooperation between the Navy and the makers of the film:

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2014/05/15/how-would-the-us-navy-handle-godzilla-successfully-says-secretary-ray-mabus

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,

Robert Delaware

From: DONFOIA-PA@navy.mil

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=090004d280287d4a)
* Tracking Number: DON-NAVY-2014-006179
* Requester Name: Robert Delaware
* Date Submitted: 05/22/2014
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
US Navy's participation in film Godzilla

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, 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 #DON-NAVY-2014-006179.

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, 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 #DON-NAVY-2014-006179.

Thank you for your help.

From: DONFOIA-PA@navy.mil

Good afternoon Mr. Delaware,
On behalf of Robin Patterson, Head, DON FOIA/PA Program Office (DNS-36), please find attached an official response to the subject FOIA request.
08/06/2014 02:15 PM FOIA Request: DON-NAVY-2014-006179

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, 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 #DON-NAVY-2014-006179.

Thank you for your help.

From: DONFOIA-PA@navy.mil

Your request for Fee Waiver for the FOIA request DON-NAVY-2014-006179 has been
determined to be not applicable as the request is not billable.
Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on:
05/22/2014
* Request Long Description:
US Navy's participation in film Godzilla

From: DONFOIA-PA@navy.mil

11/20/2014 02:01 PM FOIA Request: DON-NAVY-2014-006179

Good afternoon Mr. Delaware,
The attached letter is sent on behalf of Ms. Robin Patterson, Head, Navy FOIA Program Office.
Very Respectfully,
LT Lipe

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Thank you very much for your letter. Do you happen to have an email address for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff Public Affairs Office so that I may follow up directly?

Thank you for your help!

From: Lipe, Douglas W LT OPNAV, DNS-3

Good morning Sir,

You may contact Mr. Aaron Graves of OSD/JS FOIA at aaron.k.graves2.civ@mail.mil.

Very Respectfully,

Doug Lipe, LT, USN
OPNAV DNS-3
FOIA/PA
COMM: 202-685-9636
DSN: 325-9636

From: Gibbens, Curtis A CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Robert Delaware
MuckRock News
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Sent by electronic mail to: requests@muckrock.com

Dear Mr. Delaware,

In response to your attached Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Navy, the Navy referred one document to our office for our review and direct response to you. We received the document from the Navy on November 24, 2016, and assigned it FOIA case number 15-F-0371. We ask that you use this number when referring to this request.

We will be unable to respond to your request within the FOIA's 20 day statutory time period as there are unusual circumstances which impact on our ability to quickly process your request. These unusual circumstances are: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this Office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies or DoD components having a substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. For these reasons, your request has been placed in our complex processing queue and will be worked in the order the request was received. Our current administrative workload exceeds 1400 open requests.

Sincerely,

Curtis Gibbens
OSD/JS FOIA Office
571-372-0412

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, 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 #15-F-0371 ; DON-NAVY-2014-006179.

Thank you for your help.

From: Gibbens, Curtis A CIV WHS ESD (US)

Dear Mr. Delaware,

This email is in response to your request for an update on the processing of your Please know that our office processes all incoming FOIA requests on a first-in, first-out, basis. This means that your request was placed in a queue once it was received in our office. It also means it will be placed in a queue by the office that is tasked to search for responsive records. We already have initiated just such a search for responsive records, but the timing of the results to be provided to our office will depend on the place in the queue that your request was assigned. It is conceivable that all processing could be completed and the results provided to you at an early date, but it is also possible that more time will be required. In any case, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, we will send a formal letter to you.

As previously noted, our backlog of open requests is approximately 1554. Included among these open cases are requests which are less complex than others, such as your request. As the results for those less complex cases are provided to our office, we take those requests from that queue and complete our action on them, and then send them out to the requesters. This will be the way your request, too, will be handled.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Thank you,

Curtis Gibbens
OSD/JS FOIA Office
571-372-0412

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, 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 #15-F-0371 ; DON-NAVY-2014-006179.

Thank you for your help.

From: Gibbens, Curtis A CIV WHS ESD (US)

Dear Mr. Delaware,

This email is in response to your request for an update on the processing of your Please know that our office processes all incoming FOIA requests on a first-in, first-out, basis. This means that your request was placed in a queue once it was received in our office. It also means it will be placed in a queue by the office that is tasked to search for responsive records. We already have initiated just such a search for responsive records, but the timing of the results to be provided to our office will depend on the place in the queue that your request was assigned. It is conceivable that all processing could be completed and the results provided to you at an early date, but it is also possible that more time will be required. In any case, all releasable records, if any, cannot be provided to you until all processing is completed. As soon as that occurs, we will send a formal letter to you.

As previously noted, our backlog of open requests is approximately 1554. Included among these open cases are requests which are less complex than others, such as your request. As the results for those less complex cases are provided to our office, we take those requests from that queue and complete our action on them, and then send them out to the requesters. This will be the way your request, too, will be handled.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Respectfully,
Curtis Gibbens

From: Gibbens, Curtis A CIV WHS ESD (US)

Mr. Robert Delaware
MuckRock News
Boston, MA

Sent by electronic mail to: requests@muckrock.com

Dear Mr. Delaware,

This is in response to your attached Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Navy. The Assistant of the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs reviewed the attached document provided by the Navy, and determined that it is appropriate for release. This constitutes a full grant and I am closing your file in this office. There are no fees associated with this response.

Sincerely,

Curtis Gibbens, FOIA Analyst
For Suzanne Council on behalf of
M.L. Wahling, Acting Chief, Freedom of Information Act Division
Office of Freedom of Information OSD/JS FOIA Office
(571) 372-0412
curtis.a.gibbens.civ@mail.mil

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