|Expenditures relating to visits from federal officials
|Sept. 17, 2019
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Records describing, authorizing or mentioning expenses or personnel assignments in response to or accommodation of visits from officials in the federal government between January 1, 2001 and the present.
I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.
As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.
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 there are fees, 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 10 business days, as the statute requires.
Dear Emma Best:
Thank you for your interest in the public records of the Austin Police Department. Your request has been received and is being processed. Your request was received in this office on 9/18/2019 and given the reference number R024268-091819 for tracking purposes.
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Here is the responsive information for your request. Please see my last question at the bottom. Regular & Overtime expenditures related to the Federal Security task order for FY2015-FY2019 are:
The reporting system cannot pull data related to the task order prior to FY2015. For this part of your request: Records describing, authorizing or mentioning expenses or personnel assignments in response to or accommodation of visits from officials in the federal government between January 1, 2001 and the present:
We don’t keep records of who works what assignments they are on a rotation for regular work schedule. We do use additional officers to help cover when we need to but other than OT sheets we don’t track. Would you want to know who has been in the unit for that time frame?
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"Would you want to know who has been in the unit for that time frame?"
Thank you very much for asking! The information you've provided satisfies my primary needs, and I don't think the additional effort involved in retrieving the information would be worth taking up your time. I'm *very* grateful for your specificity and willingness to, however!
Thank you and have a wonderful day. =)
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I am going to go ahead and close out this request since i have not heard back from you and it's been more than 61 days.
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I'm so sorry but I can't reopen the request once it's been closed for non-communication after 61 days. You'll have to submit a new request.
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I literally told you to close it three months ago. https://www.muckrock.com/foi/austin-139/expenditures-relating-to-visits-from-federal-officials-austin-police-department-80487/#comm-822805
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