Zencity contracts

Todd Feathers filed this request with the City Manager of Austin, TX .
Tracking #

C074892-072820

Status
Completed

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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1) Copies of any contracts, memorandums of understanding, or comparable documents between the City of Austin and Zencity. According to Zencity's case studies, Austin has used the company's services: https://zencity.io/case_studies/how-the-city-of-austin-assessed-and-acted-on-homelessness-concerns-in-the-face-of-covid-19/

2) Copies of all user manuals, instructions, technical manuals, or comparable documents provided by Zencity to the City of Austin in order to instruct city employees on how to use its products.

I ask that all fees be waved as I am a journalist and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest and not for any commercial purpose.

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.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: City Manager

Dear Todd Feathers:
Thank you for contacting the City of Austin. Your request was received in this office on 7/28/2020 and given the reference number C074892-072820 for tracking purposes. Your request will be forwarded to the relevant City departments to locate the information you seek.
Records Requested: To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1) Copies of any contracts, memorandums of understanding, or comparable documents between the City of Austin and Zencity. According to Zencity's case studies, Austin has used the company's services: https://zencity.io/case_studies/how-the-city-of-austin-assessed-and-acted-on-homelessness-concerns-in-the-face-of-covid-19/

2) Copies of all user manuals, instructions, technical manuals, or comparable documents provided by Zencity to the City of Austin in order to instruct city employees on how to use its products.

I ask that all fees be waved as I am a journalist and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest and not for any commercial purpose.

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.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

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Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, you will receive communication from the City of Austin within 10 business days informing you of one or more of the following:
• The date the information will be available or a copy of the records sought
• A cost estimate/invoice
• A letter advising there is no responsive information for your request or that some/all the responsive information may or must be withheld by the City of Austin in accordance with the law
• The need for clarification from you.
Please note your request must ask for records that already exist. The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, perform legal research, or answer questions.

You will receive an email once your request is complete.

From: City Manager

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Re: Public Information Request of July 28, 2020, Reference # C074892-072820
Dear Todd Feathers,
The City of Austin received a Public Information request from you on July 28, 2020, to request copies of records pertaining to the following: “To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1) Copies of any contracts, memorandums of understanding, or comparable documents between the City of Austin and Zencity. According to Zencity's case studies, Austin has used the company's services: https://zencity.io/case_studies/how-the-city-of-austin-assessed-and-acted-on-homelessness-concerns-in-the-face-of-covid-19/

2) Copies of all user manuals, instructions, technical manuals, or comparable documents provided by Zencity to the City of Austin in order to instruct city employees on how to use its products.

I ask that all fees be waved as I am a journalist and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest and not for any commercial purpose.

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.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?url_auth_token=AAA82aN3VMg0SE6_pZFtdsKlNQQ%3A1k0cEu%3AGJ8JBqDI-sjAA_3m_8Ta6-baEkU&next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Fcity-hall-2666%252Fzencity-contracts-99247%252F%253F”
Your Public Information Request Reference # C074892-072820 is still being processed.  The City of Austin will make the effort to ensure information you have requested is made available in a timely manner.  We anticipate completing your request on or before September 14, 2020.
Thank you for contacting the City of Austin.
PIR Team
City of Austin—Law Department
(512) 974-2268

From: City Manager

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Re: Public Information Request of July 28, 2020, Reference # C074892-072820
Dear Todd Feathers,
The City of Austin received a Public Information request from you on July 28, 2020, to request copies of records pertaining to the following: “To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1) Copies of any contracts, memorandums of understanding, or comparable documents between the City of Austin and Zencity. According to Zencity's case studies, Austin has used the company's services: https://zencity.io/case_studies/how-the-city-of-austin-assessed-and-acted-on-homelessness-concerns-in-the-face-of-covid-19/

2) Copies of all user manuals, instructions, technical manuals, or comparable documents provided by Zencity to the City of Austin in order to instruct city employees on how to use its products.

I ask that all fees be waved as I am a journalist and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest and not for any commercial purpose.

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.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?url_auth_token=AAA82aN3VMg0SE6_pZFtdsKlNQQ%3A1k0cEu%3AGJ8JBqDI-sjAA_3m_8Ta6-baEkU&next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Fcity-hall-2666%252Fzencity-contracts-99247%252F%253F”
The City of Austin has responsive information for your request.  Please log in to the Open Records Center at the following link to download the responsive records. City of Austin - Mayor, Council, City Manager, or Assistant City Manager - C074892-072820
Thank you for contacting the City of Austin.
PIR Team
City of Austin— Law Department
(512) 974-2268
The City of Austin has reviewed your request and has determined that certain portions of the requested records are exempt from disclosure under PIA and have been redacted for the following reasons:
The following notice is required by section 552.024 of the Government Code:
The information you requested contains the home address, home telephone number, emergency contact information, social security number, and/or family member information of a public employee or official. As allowed by section 552.024 of the Texas Government Code, this public employee or official has chosen to make this personal information confidential. Our office is prohibited by law from releasing this personal information to you, and therefore we have removed this information from the enclosed information we are providing to you.
Normally, we must request a ruling from the Texas Attorney General before we can withhold any of the information you requested. However, section 552.024 allows us to withhold this specific information without requesting a ruling from the attorney general.
You have the right to appeal our decision to withhold this information from you. Instructions for appeal are included with this letter. If you do not want to appeal, you do not need to do anything else. Please note that we are only withholding the specific categories of information that are confidential under section 552.024. We will process the rest of your request for information in accordance with the terms of the Public Information Act.
The following notice is required by section 552.137 of the Government Code:
The information you requested contains an e-mail address of a member of the public that is provided for the purpose of communicating electronically with a governmental body. As allowed by section 552.137 of the Texas Government Code, this information is confidential and not subject to disclosure under this chapter. Our office is prohibited by law from releasing this information to you, and therefore we have removed this information from the enclosed information we are providing to you.
Normally, we must request a ruling from the Texas Attorney General before we can withhold any of the information you requested. However, section 552.137 allows us to withhold this specific information without requesting a ruling from the attorney general.
You have the right to appeal our decision to withhold this information from you. Instructions for appeal are included with this letter. If you do not want to appeal, you do not need to do anything else. Please note that we are only withholding the specific categories of information that are confidential under section 552.137. We will process the rest of your request for information in accordance with the terms of the Public Information Act.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact my office at 512-974-2268.

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