"1) The Comparative Cost Analysis generated by Black & Veatch under task order CZ05 of contract W912BV-07-D-1002 (original and modification attached). This report is described as a deliverable on page 7 of the original task order and is described on on page 4:
"Cost Differential Analysis. Review and analyze the cost differential and methodology between the 2006 Conceptual Design Report and the 2008 90-day study and report to congress."
2) The Basis of Cost Estimates generated by Black & Veatch under task order CZ05 of contract W912BV-07-D-1002 (original and modification attached). This report is described as a deliverable on page 7 of the original task order."
These are the reports the Corps has never released which show in detail why they chose the cheaper, technically inferior Option 1 (canal depths stay where they are, pumping stations at each end of each canal which must be coordinated every time lakefront gates are closed, New Orleans taxpayers must pay extra $10 million in annual property taxes upon completion of construction to pay for maintenance of three extra pump stations) over the favored-by-everyone-except-the-Corps Option 2 (canals depths dug to ground level and lined with concrete, single pump station at each canal mouth, no property tax increase).
But 500 days isn't the oldest FOIA request I have into the Corps. That goes to this one:
"1) Any and all emails, memoranda, and other documents related to the operation, maintenance, design, or any other matter relating to the pumps, gates, and all other associated equipment at the interim closure structures (17th Street, Orleans Avenue, London Avenue) sent or received by the following individuals between 12:01 AM November 5, 2009 and 11:59 PM November 14, 2009, as well as between 12:01 AM, December 6, 2009 and 11:59 PM December 16, 2009:
a) Colonel Alvin B Lee
b) Karen Durham-Aguilera
c) Christopher Accardo
d) Carl Robinson
e) Michael Stack Jr
f) Nancy Powell
g) Raymond Newman
h) Donald Constantine
i) Dan Bradley
Responsive documents should include all attachments to the emails, as well as the emails themselves.
2) After action reports for Corps New Orleans District activities undertaken in preparation for and during Hurricane Ida and the December 11-13 rainstorms."
The Corps doesn't want the curtain pulled back on exactly how they operate the gates (in the case of the Hurricane Ida event) or how they don't (in the case of the December event, when water repeatedly rose to dangerous levels in the outfall canals and the gates were never closed, at the same time it appears there was a systemwide 6-day-long failure of their SCADA system.
That FOIA request has been pending for 538 days. That places it and the other one in rarefied company. According to the latest DoD FOIA Annual Report , from fiscal year 2010, only 1.1% of all simplified or complex requests to the Army are answered in 400+ days. The average is supposed to be fewer than 50 days.
I'm not interested in setting a record. I wish they would just turn this stuff over.