Friday, September 30, 2005

Freedom of Information Act: CG holding back on Rita and Katrina

Due to the "exceptional circumstances" surrounding the Coast Guard's response and recovery with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Coast Guard is not responding to any FOIA requests dealing with Kate and Rita. While the usual process for FOIA is to handle requests at the lowest level possible (where the records actually are), there seems to be a tack to consolidating responses.

((Don't be content with only a teaser of this post;
read more of this musing.))


R 301916Z SEP 05 ZUI ASN-A00273000047 ZYB
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-61//
TO ALCOAST
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UNCLAS //N05260//
ALCOAST 482/05
COMDTNOTE 5260
SUBJ: HURRICANES KATRINA/RITA FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA) REQUESTS
A. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 092218Z SEP 05/ALCOAST 447/05
1. REF A INCLUDED GUIDANCE FOR HANDLING FOIA REQUESTS FOR KATRINA-RELATED RECORDS. THAT GUIDANCE - RETAIN BUT DO NOT RESPOND TO FOIA REQUESTS - SHALL ALSO APPLY TO REQUESTS FOR RITA-RELATED RECORDS.
2. SEND AN INTERIM RESPONSE TO EACH REQUESTER ACKNOWLEDGING RECEIPT AND STATING THAT CG WILL SEND ADDITIONAL INFO REGARDING PROCESSING AFTER IT HAS IMPLEMENTED A PROTOCOL APPROPRIATE TO THE EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES WROUGHT BY HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA. A RECOMMENDED INTERIM RESPONSE IS POSTED ON CG CENTRAL UNDER "OUR CG", "KATRINA RECORDS AND FOIA RESPONSE."
3. DHS HAS ORDERED A DATA CALL FOR HURRICANE-RELATED FOIA REQUESTS. MOREOVER, AN AGGREGATE REVIEW OF THE REQUESTS IS NECESSARY TO DETERMINE A PROCESSING PROTOCOL. WE WILL SEND AMPLIFYING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROCESSING THESE REQUESTS UPON COMPLETION OF THIS REVIEW AND ADDITIONAL DIRECTION WE MAY RECEIVE FROM DHS/OTHERS.
4. NLT 7 OCT 05, FAX A COPY OF ALL REQUESTS RECEIVED TO DATE FOR THE SUBJECT RECORDS TO (202) 267-4814 OR (202) 267-1123, ATTENTION YNC ALBERT CRAIG. ATTACH TO THE REQUESTS, IF APPLICABLE, ANY INTERIM RESPONSES THAT MAY HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE REQUESTERS PRIOR TO THIS GUIDANCE. INCLUDE YOUR POC NAME, TELEPHONE NUMBER, AND UNIT.
5. YOU MAY ALTERNATIVELY SEND COPIES OF REQUESTS RECEIVED VIA EMAIL TO ACRAIG(AT)COMDT.USCG.MIL.
6. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.
7. RELEASED BY RDML R.T. HEWITT, ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS, COMPUTERS, AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.
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Hmmm... I'm tempted to put in a FOIA just to see what sort of response I get.

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