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FOIA Response to AFI 10-206
October 25, 2013
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I received a response to my FOIA request dated July 23 2013. I asked for "any records that were reported, filed, processed, created under the preview of AFI 10-206 dated October 15th 2008, Section 5.6, Reporting Instructions".

HQAF response was interesting. They stated: A3, Operations, Plans and Requirements conducted an appropriate search for responsive records, but they stated "none were found". A3 indicated no reports were ever transmitted to HQ AF, under this instruction. They further stated when this Instruction was rewritten on the 6th September 2011, the CIRVIS report was deleted because NORAD no longer required the report.

October 25, 2013
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Yeah, I found myself entangled on why that was re-written. Have you seen this?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/1 ... 82128.html

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October 26, 2013
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Yes I have read their account. It does seem strange that it was removed after the article was written, you would of thought once NORAD informed the USAF that it not longer requires CIRVIS reports, the AF would of removed that section completely as soon as it was informed.

October 26, 2013
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I was the one that brought it to the Huffington Post's attention when he was doing a write up on The Black Vault.

The short of it, and this wasn't really in the article, is I was able to prove that NORAD "never" had an interest in CIRVIS reports EVER. They told me in a signed letter they didn't have a single report. Yet, the Canadian government sent me a ton of them. The CIRVIS reports I got (small batch of what is really being archived) is at: http://www.theblackvault.com/m/articles ... mvP5fn_nzY

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October 26, 2013
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"blackvault" wrote: I was the one that brought it to the Huffington Post's attention when he was doing a write up on The Black Vault.

The short of it, and this wasn't really in the article, is I was able to prove that NORAD "never" had an interest in CIRVIS reports EVER. They told me in a signed letter they didn't have a single report. Yet, the Canadian government sent me a ton of them. The CIRVIS reports I got (small batch of what is really being archived) is at: http://www.theblackvault.com/m/articles ... mvP5fn_nzY

That's very interesting the US doesn't have any interest, but Canada does. Its like UTR not under the control of USNORTHCOM, thus no records exist but under the preview of NORAD. Tricks of the trade as I call it. NORAD is a strange entity in itself.

October 29, 2013
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I also filed a FOIA to USAFEUROPE, for records they may of created as a result of their version of this Instruction dated 14 September 2009. The response was one day after I filed the request via email. Again a "no records" response. Strange how quickly they responded to my request, they stated they conducted a search, if that was the case it was within record time.

February 5, 2014
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Well a response came from the USAF and a no records determination was there answer and they stated this also: "A definite answer as to why CIRVIS was removed from AFI 10-206 is unknown" and then a possible explanation which was " the most likely reason is the requirement was no longer needed or relevant. Therefore, a "no records" determination is made."

Well no documents were found no authorisation documentation, was it just some one decided to remove the section with no authority?

April 20, 2014
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"blackvault" wrote: I was the one that brought it to the Huffington Post's attention when he was doing a write up on The Black Vault.

The short of it, and this wasn't really in the article, is I was able to prove that NORAD "never" had an interest in CIRVIS reports EVER. They told me in a signed letter they didn't have a single report. Yet, the Canadian government sent me a ton of them. The CIRVIS reports I got (small batch of what is really being archived) is at: http://www.theblackvault.com/m/articles ... mvP5fn_nzY

According to the internal correspondence from the USAF records from the CIRVIS reporting system are set to NORAD so this contradicts the letter you mentioned.

May 6, 2014
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Finally I have received the response to my appeal from the USAF regarding the missing portions pertaining to CIRVIS, they stated the following:

" Your appeal was routed to the initial denying office (AF/A3/5) for review and coordination. AF/A3 has completed their review, after a further search, the attached spread sheets provides "Comment line item 244, from A3O-AOA, recommended that the CIRVIS requirement be deleted because CIRVIS was no longer used."

The spread sheet provides the following under the following:

Comment

Remove non-1C3 AFSC reporting items
not required by CJCS or CSAF. Reports
including REPOL, MEDREP, CIRVIS
are reports owned by Logistics, Medical,
and NORTHCOM respectively and do
not involve 1C3 action or CJCS or CSAF
notification. CIRVIS in particular is no
longer required.

Rationale

The valid reporting processes need to be
absorbed by their functional areas
(Logistics and Medical). CIRVIS no
longer exists.

Why CIRVIS was it no longer required is another matter.

July 21, 2015
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I have received a reply from the USAF HQ which states that AF/A3 has responded with a "no records" concerning the for the time period or date the transmission of the reports were stopped vie the CIRVIS system which was a part of AF 10-206 Operational Reports. My request has been forwarded to Air Force Civil Engineer Center in Lackland Texas. This is a subordinate unit of the Air Material Command and does provide amongst other things operations support.

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