Vupen Contracts with NSA

Heather Akers-Healy filed this request with the National Security Agency of the United States of America.
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Tracking # 74643
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From: Heather Akers-Healy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of contracts with VUPEN Security and any final reports generated and delivered by VUPEN to the agency over the past 10 years. If retrieving the contracts themselves is too burdensome please provide a list of contracts. Please include any processing notes made in completing this request.

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,

Heather Akers-Healy

From: National Security Agency

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

From: National Security Agency

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Heather Akers-Healy

I would like to appeal certain redactions on Request 74643. I believe that the information was erroneously redacted, and should have been disclosed.

On page 2 of the released documents, three-quarters of the way down the page under section 26, "Total Award Amount," the amount of the contract is redacted entirely, citing exemption (b)(4). The "Unit Price" and "Amount" are also redacted on page 4 with the same exemption.

I believe that this information should be disclosed:

— How tax dollars are spent is, naturally, clearly in the public interest.
— Recent heightened public interest in various NSA contractors has increased the public interest argument for disclosure of price information, as it is one of the key tools to measure accountability and value in national security spending.
— The contractor's work-product (vulnerability reports) is unique and thus pricing information does not directly benefit its competitors.

Thank you for your consideration of this appeal.

Sincerely,

Heather Akers-Healy

From: National Security Agency

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

From: Heather Akers-Healy

Please provide an update on the appeal for request number 74643. The last correspondence I received was an appeal acknowledgement dated November 1, 2013. Thank you.

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