Commissioner Ed Davis fellowship/consultancy emails

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Boston Police Department of Boston, MA.
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

All emails from BPD Commissioner Ed Davis from October 1, 2013 to the day this request is processed that contain the following keywords:

-Crime and Justice Institute
-Harvard
-Scott Harshbarger
-Paul Swindlehurst
-Institute of Politics

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Estrada, David

October 23, 2013

Shawn Musgrave
Muckrock
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Dear Mr. Musgave:

Pursuant to G. L. c. 66, § 10 (b), this correspondence is to confirm receipt of your request for documents that are potentially in the possession, custody or control of the Boston Police Department. Specifically, you have requested:

All emails from BPD Commissioner Ed Davis from October 1, 2013 to the day this request is processed that contain the following keywords:

-Crime and Justice Institute
-Harvard
-Scott Harshbarger
-Paul Swindlehurst
-Institute of Politics

We will contact you as soon as possible with our findings, and will send you a cost estimate for your requested materials if fulfilling the request is expected to exceed $10.00, per 950 C.M.R. 32.06(1); 950 C.M.R. 32.03; M.G.L. c 66 § 10(a).

Please be advised that we research each request in the order it was received, and it may take longer than ten days to be fulfilled. If your request requires a substantial amount of research, reviewing and redacting, fulfilling the request will take a significant amount of time. Please plan accordingly.

Thank you,

Cheryl Fiandaca
Bureau of Public Information
Boston Police Department

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From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 23, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 23, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: David Estrada

December 5, 2013

Shawn Musgrave

MuckRock News

Re: *Public Records Request - BPD *

Dear Mr. Musgrave:

You have requested information in the possession, custody or control of the
Boston Police Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Specifically, you requested the following:

*All emails from BPD Commissioner Ed Davis from October 1, 2013 to the day
this request is processed that contain the following keywords: -Crime and
Justice Institute -Harvard -Scott Harshbarger -Paul Swindlehurst -Institute
of Politics*

The information in the Department’s possession will be available to you
upon receipt of payment by check or money order in the amount of *$130.58.
Please make any checks payable to the City of Boston and forward payment
to the Office of the Media Relations, One Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120
with a copy of this letter for reference.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Fiandaca, Bureau Chief

Bureau of Public Relations

Boston Police Department

**Cost based on:*

o 2 hours of search & segregation time at $47.59/hr

o 1 hours of review time at $35.40/hr

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Fiandaca and Mr. Estrada:

Could you give me more details on the responsive documents, namely how many pages of responsive documents you've reviewed? Three hours of review time for emails seems excessive.

Best,
Shawn

From: David Estrada

Hi Shawn,

That invoice for search, segregation and review time as well as the four
pages of emails came from our legal department. Please let me know if you
wish to continue with the request.

Thank you

From: Shawn Musgrave

Mr. Estrada:

As I'm sure you know, the Massachusetts Public Records Law requires that the lowest-paid employee who is competent to perform a search or review is the one who must conduct each step of fulfilling the request. Please confirm (with careful consultation with the legal unit) that the lowest paid BPD employee who could have conducted this search is paid at an hourly rate of $47.59. Furthermore, please confirm with the employees who conducted the search and review that it took 2 hours of search and 1 hour of review to locate 4 total pages of emails.

Again, these numbers strike me as excessive billing rather than efficient processing.

Respectfully,
Shawn

From: Shawn Musgrave

Mr. Estrada and Ms. Fiandaca:

It is unclear to me how I should interpret your lack of response. Please confirm whether you will amend the fee request to something more reasonable so that I may prepare an appeal to the Supervisor of Records as necessary.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Checking in on this once again: have you reached a revised estimate?

Best,
Shawn

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 23, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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