FY2012

Here is a collection of FOIA requests made seeking FAA records. Use the search function to help locate documents relevant to your area of concern. Hover over the active links below for short descriptions. Click to open the PDF files in a separate window. [NOTE: this collection is under construction; some links may not yet be active]

FOIA#2012-7816WS Parachute-related records, western Washington and Oregon.
9-6-20129-7-20129-25-201212-13-20121-11-2013
SYNOPSIS: The request identified parachute activity at airports in western Oregon (Creswell, Molalla, Estacada) and western Washington (Toledo, Shelton, Snohomish, and Coupeville). Requested records included all accident/incident reports related to parachutes, from 1990 onward, and all memos, briefing items, etc. used to brief air traffic controllers on new procedures, etc. The 9/25/12 RESPONSE (22p) was from FSDO, and included the various formal complaints against Molalla Skydive, during summer 2012. The 12/13/12 RESPONSE was from Air Traffic, 63p total, and included documents for Molalla and Snohomish going back to the early 1990’s.

KEYWORDS: Parachute, paja.

FOIA#2012-7293WP Records showing coordination/costs to cancel ARB NC-08-79364.
8-10-201211-21-2012
SYNOPSIS: A grievance filed on 5/1/08 sought ‘to be made whole’ and specified roughly $40K in reimbursed pay, as well as records needed to clean up slanders in 2007 by AWP RFS Dr Stephen Goodman et al. Both FAA and NATCA avoided this grievance out of fear it would reveal misconducts be some of their own officials. Both FAA and NATCA delayed for years. They finally scheduled an arbitration for 2/16/12 and 2/17/12, and committed to pay Arbitrator Eric Lindauer to fly from Portland to San Francisco to preside. No effort was expended by NATCA to prepare exhibits or arrange witnesses. Then, just one week before the hearing, NATCA accepted FAA’s settlement offer. No records; no hearing; and only 40-cents on the dollar for the lost pay.
This FOIA seeks to document the dollar cost and some of the time cost of this process. It established that Lindauer was paid $3,000 total (split by FAA and NATCA) to do nothing.

KEYWORDS: Corpus, pecchia, kubik, lindauer.

FOIA#2012-7034WS Reveal case numbers for seven AB Cases.
7-26-201210-19-2012
SYNOPSIS: This 7/26/12 FOIA REQUEST identified seven records within the F11-2167WS response that had been redacted, so as to conceal the AB Case number. This data was clearly not eligible for redaction. This new FOIA requested nothing more than copies that would reveal the case numbers. The RESPONSE was not dated, but was received certified on 10/19/12. It included a one-page signed by Ron Beckerdite, and 7-pages attached, all heavily redacted, but showing the requested case numbers.

KEYWORDS: F11-2167WS; ron beCKerdite; AB2007-0091; AB2008-0063; AB2008-0299; AB2009-0202; AB2010-0012; AB2010-0033; AB2010-0182.

FOIA#2012-7033WS Three specified AB Case Status Reports.
7-26-20129-4-2012
SYNOPSIS: The REQUESTdescribed three AB Cases, one each in Nevada, California and Arizona, as had been handled by WSA-Terminal. It requested copies of the AB Case Status Reports for these three cases: AB09-0213, AB09-0225, and AB09-0238. The 9/4/12 RESPONSE was generally complete, though excessively redacted, using b(6). Response claimed they were unable to locate records related to AB09-0225 (which, apparently, was a case of demotion to a person accused of a racial comment; see F10-8298 at p.17). No Appeal was filed.

KEYWORDS: AB2009-0213, AB2009-0225, AB2009-0238, racist comments, kbur, vicki hendrickson, richard belmonte, David Suomi, Ron beckerdite, Dwight Williams.

(I)*FOIA#2012-7031 Records related to a controller in WA who marked a swastika on an official document and referred to a supervisor as ‘Hitler’.
7-23-20128-30-129-6-20129-26-201210-17-201211-2-20125-10-2013
SYNOPSIS: FOIA Request was submitted via email on 7/23/12; it included a table listing five specific records mentioned within a briefing item for an AB Case where a Washington state CPC alleged marked a swastika and called his supervisor ‘Hitler’. Karolyn Grimes is mentioned as the LR Specialist. The FOIA was multi-assigned. The HR portion (responsive to items #4 and #5 only) was dated 8/30/12, signed by Acting ANM Regional Administrator David Suomi, and measured 2-pages plus 9-pages attached. The attached records were a 4/24/07 letter proposing a 30-day suspension, and a 6/5/07 letter deciding the 30-day suspension. Both records were excessively redacted, citing FOIA Exemption #6. I sent an email to Duke Taylor on 9/6/12, seeking his assistance to avoid months of delays. A 9/26/12 response portion cited Ex.6 to fully redact all 86-pages for the ROI conducted on Lewis D. Olsen. A third response portion, dated 10/17/12, declared nothing was found at the facility responsive to items #1 and #2. An Appeal was filed on 11/2/12. An Appeal Response dated 5/10/12 and signed by Victoria Wassmer cited FOIA Ex.6 and added FOIA Ex.7c, but provided one new record: a 1/31/07 email exchange between Debbie Williams (at AB/HQ) and Teri Bristol (WSA Terminal Ops Director), in which Teri Bristol formally requested that Security conduct an investigation and produce an AB ROI.

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(III)*FOIA#2012-6967 All ANM/AWP AB Case printouts, for 2007 thru 2009.
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FOIA request submitted via email on 7/26/12. Attached was a copy of a partially-redacted AB Case Report, for AB 2008-0281; this was a case where the n-word was casually used at Las Vegas, in reference to a black tenant who came into some money and “all of a sudden she was N…..r Rich.” This example demonstrates some excessive FOIA redacting while also showing samples of some information that should not be redacted. It also illustrates another AB case, where casual and non-disparaging n-word usage led to an investigation, but ended with a properly scaled minor disciplinary action.
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7-26-20127-30-2012
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7-31-2013… Note that more than a year passed before the Response was produced.
The FOIA Response was enormous: 438-pages total, consisting of a 2-page cover letter, an invoice page, and 435-pages of records. 167 different AB Cases were documented, with an internal AB form titled ‘DISPOSITION STATUS‘ as well as copies of the AB Case printout. The printouts were excessively redacted, obliterating details such as pronouns and other gender references, names/titles of FAA officials, facility names, geographic references. A standard piece of information on the printout is to clearly identify the ‘Accountable Official’ (i.e., the ‘A.O.’), as well as the HR person handling that particular AB Case. Oddly, nearly all of these A.O.’s and HR Reps were redacted.
Despite the excessive redactions, the information provided was very illuminating, providing dozens of clear examples of how arbitrary FAA is in the handling of AB Cases. However, a deep analysis (including reviews of other FOIA responses previously received) showed irrefutable evidence that dozens of substantially relevant AB Cases were NOT included within the response. Additionally, the invoice for $133.50 was not proper, in that the agreed amount was $50, and nobody at FAA conferred to adjust that fee agreement. Plus, it is not clear that FAA is entitled to charge ANY fees, when recent FOIA law amendments are applied to the fact that FAA was so glaringly late in this FOIA response (a month became more than a year). So, an Appeal was filed.
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(II)*FOIA#2012-6826WP All Lewis-FAA MSPB Case files, as held by AWP Counsel.
7-23-20129-22-201210-12-201211-2-20122-12-2013
SYNOPSIS: Original FOIA REQUEST letter was emailed to Dolores Corpus at AWP, on 7/23/12. It included a one-page cover letter, and a copy of a 5-page MSPB pleading (dated 2/13/09, with an extensive list of objections by AWP Counsel to justify NOT disclosing various records). There followed an extensive back-and-forth, including an 8-23-12 phone conversation with Don Bobertz. The RESPONSE was delivered in two large groups. The first was dated 9/20/12, and had 662-pages responsive to Items #1-3 on the FOIA request (i.e., the AWP Initial Agency File, and all pleadings to MSPB as filed by AWP). The second portion was dated 10/12/12 and had 598-pages, covering Items #4 (MSPB Discovery documents) and #5 (all relevant emails held by Naomi Tsuda and/or Don Bobertz). The responses included a few partial redactions, and declared 71-pages from Item #4 and 38-pages from Item #5 fully redacted. Redactions were justified as b(5) and/or b(6). A 3-page APPEAL was filed on 11/2/12. Nothing happened, so Lewis emailed requesting a confirmation on receipt of the Appeal. It was confirmed via an 11/27/12 email from Jeb Kreischer. Then, two months later, Duke Taylor issued a 1/16/13 letter advising that it had been remanded to AWP. The REMAND RESPONSE was sent out by AWP Counsel on 2/12/13. It provided all previously-redacted pages, but still included numerous redactions, many of which are known (from other FOIA responses) to be clearly inappropriate. Lewis filed an appeal on 3/14/13, but failed to include a 6-page attachment. He sent that attachment via a 3/29/13 letter, which was also doubled (sent via email). Duke Taylor sent Lewis a 4/29/13 letter, declaring the attachment was received (and the Appeal was thus ‘perfected’) on 4/26/13.

KEYWORDS: AWP Counsel, awp-7, dolores corpus, mspb case, remand, don bobertz, naomi tsuda, duke taylor, jeb kreischer.

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(II)*FOIA#2012-6573 All copies related to ROI AWP-20070078 scanned into the ITS system.
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(III)*FOIA#2012-2082 CMA 7-25-10 Concealed OE (ATSAP & other records).
12-15-201112-22-201111-21-2013
SYNOPSIS: Filed 12/15/11. 12/22/11 letter from Noonan declares assigned to Dean Torgerson. Numerous inquiries to Torgerson were all ignored. A response was finally received nearly two years late: an undated letter, signed by Clay Foushee, with 29-pages attached. The attachments included:
    • a gridded letter by Mark Reeves, with a proposed response to the CMA-OE Administrator’s Hotline complaint by Heibert on 2/17/11 (4p);
    • a copy of AOV’s summary report for the CMA-OE, sent by Dianne Bebble to Tony Ferrante (based on the site-investigation conducted 11-months after the incident) (5p)
    • a copy of the Lewis’ 6/14/11 letter to Clay Foushee, presenting concerns about the concealed CMA-OE and FAA’s failure to support whistleblowers (5p);
    • Lewis’ 10/29/11 email to FAA’s Chief of Staff David Weingart, with numerous attachments, focused on the Lewis-CCR Whistleblower case.

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