GenCyber Curriculum Requests-Virginia Tech

Carly Sitrin filed this request with the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University of Virginia.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Carly Sitrin

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Virginia Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

I request any and all available materials related to the GenCyber initiative as widely reported below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/18/us/nsa-summer-camp-hacking-cyber-defense.html?ref=education

These documents should include but not be limited to:
-a copy of the curriculum, lesson plans, and any relevant educational materials distributed to the students who participate in any N.S.A. and N.S.F. sanctioned GenCyber program
-any program instructor/teacher training materials
-Copies of the contract between the university and the N.S.A./N.S.F.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Carly Sitrin

From: Norris, B. J.

Ms. Sitrin,

Your request received by fax on July 28 has been forwarded to me for response.

Virginia Tech, a state agency, is subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Virginia's FOIA (§ 2.2-3704 A.) covers only citizens of the Commonwealth and certain representatives of the media. However, as a matter of policy, Virginia Tech has elected to voluntarily respond to records requests from individuals not meeting these criteria, provided the information requested is readily available and would otherwise be available under the Virginia FOIA.

We have reviewed your request and determined that considerable time would be required to respond. Accordingly, and consistent with Virginia's FOIA (§ 2.2-3704 F.), we will charge you for the time it takes for us to review and compile the documents requested. We estimate that cost to be $641.00.

In order for us to proceed with your request, and consistent with Virginia's FOIA ((§ 2.2-3704 H.), it will be necessary for you to submit payment for the full amount of the estimate. Your payment should be made by check payable to Virginia Tech Treasurer and mailed to:

Theresa Hoyle, Fiscal Technician-Sr.
Virginia Tech - University Relations
800 Drillfield Drive
315 Burruss Hall (0229)
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Please note, this is an estimate. The actual amount may be more or less depending on the time required to fulfill your request and the category of employee performing the work. You will be billed for, or refunded, the difference once our response is complete.
Regards,
BJ Norris

Bobbie Jean Norris
FOIA Coordinator and Special Assistant
to the Associate Vice President for University Relations
Virginia Tech
800 Drillfield Drive
315 Burruss Hall (0229)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-1614

From: Carly Sitrin

Hi BJ,

Thank you so much for the timely response! If it's possible, would I be able to see a general cost breakdown of what would be included in the relevant documents? For example, approximately how many pages are curriculum, how many are manuals etc? In the interest of keeping unnecessary labor and costs low, I would love to be able to narrow the scope of my request. If anyone in your office is available to speak with me about this matter, I can be reached at 908-458-2734. Thank you again for your attention to this matter!

Best,
Carly Sitrin
MuckRock News
908-458-2734

From: Norris, B. J.

Ms. Sitrin,

I received your faxed letter from our Legal Department asking for more information about our fees.

I would be happy to talk with you. Can we set a time for next week? I can do Tuesday, 8/11, at 8:30 or 3:30; any time Wednesday, 8/12, after 8:30; or Thursday, 8/13, at 8:30 or 4:30 pm.

Let me know if any of these times work for you.
Regards,
BJ Norris
540-808-7351

From: Carly Sitrin

Hi BJ,

I'll give you a call today (8/11) at 3:30 if that works for you! If not I am also available at both 8:30 and 4:30 on Thursday.

Best,
Carly Sitrin
MuckRock News
908-458-2734

From: Norris, B. J.

Ms. Sitrin,

As a result of our phone call last week and your narrowing of your request, I am providing the attached documents.

This is a grant from NSF and follows their standard terms and conditions, so there is no contract document. However, I am providing the award documentation, as well as documentation for an additional increment of funding. The proposal document gives an overview of the scope of work.

Also attached is the agenda, which includes all of the instructor's names and the names of anyone who assisted.

Based on our conversation, I believe this fully responds to your revised request.

I am not charging for these documents. However, should you request any additional documents, our regular fees will apply and you will be required to pay in full whatever estimate is provided prior to our release of any documents.

Please contact me should you have any questions.

Bobbie Jean Norris
FOIA Coordinator and Special Assistant
to the Associate Vice President for University Relations
Virginia Tech
800 Drillfield Drive
315 Burruss Hall (0229)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-1614

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