Cigna -- CT Ethics Memos

David Sirota filed this request with the Office of State Ethics of Connecticut.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: David Sirota

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), I hereby request the following records:

All memos, talking points and/or emails that reference Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade. This includes memos, talking points and/or emails about the advisory opinion issued by Brian O'Dowd on 2/26/16 telling Commissioner Wade that "Given that there are no Cigna matters pending before you...you are therefore not required to take any official action concerning Cigna."

I hereby request such memos, talking points and/or emails from 1/1/15 to the present.

If some of these documents are exempt from disclosure, please provide me with at least a partial response, providing me the documents that are not exempt.

I also request that, if possible and pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-212(d), fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest and not made for commercial gain. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of the news media/press and made available to the public at MuckRock.com.

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 4 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

David Sirota
International Business Times
(646) 867-7100

From: Buxo, Diane

From: Buxo, Diane

Dear Mr. Sirota:

As promised, the Office of State Ethics has compiled records responsive to your request of June 3, 2016. Unfortunately, the records are too voluminous to be attached to emails. The most practical and low-cost method for providing you with the records is for our Information Technology staff to burn the records to a disk. The cost of a replacement disk is $1.00. The disk is now ready, and you can choose either to pick up the disk at our office, or let us know whether the address you provided on June 3, 2016 is the appropriate mailing address and we will be glad to mail the disk to you. (Please note that if you choose the mail option, you will be requested to mail a check in the amount of $1.00 to cover the cost of the media.)

Please let me know whether you prefer to pick up the disk, or whether you would like us to mail it to your attention. In the case of mailing, please also provide us with your current mail address.
Sincerely,
Diane P. Buxo
Paralegal, Office of State Ethics
18-20 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106-1660
(860) 263-2416 Direct, Main Number (860) 263-2400

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email and any attachments are for the exclusive and confidential use of the intended recipients. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not read, distribute, or take action in reliance upon this message. If you have received this in error, please notify us immediately by return email and promptly delete this message and its attachments from your computer system. We do not waive attorney-client or work product privilege by the transmission of this message.

From: David Sirota

Ms. Buxo:

Thank you for your reply. I would prefer you mail the CD it to the MuckRock address that came with the original request. I have sent a check for $2.00 to you -- $1 for the disk, $1 for postage. Thank you very much for your help with this records request.

David Sirota
International Business Times
(646) 867-7100

From: Buxo, Diane

Dear Mr. Sirota,

After putting your computer disk in the outgoing mail, our General Counsel realized that one document was inadvertently not burned to the disk. I am therefore attaching that potentially responsive document to this email. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; we did an extensive and thorough search of records responsive to your request and this is the final item.

Thank you for your patience.
Sincerely,

Diane P. Buxo
Paralegal, Office of State Ethics
18-20 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106-1660
(860) 263-2416 Direct, Main Number (860) 263-2400

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email and any attachments are for the exclusive and confidential use of the intended recipients. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not read, distribute, or take action in reliance upon this message. If you have received this in error, please notify us immediately by return email and promptly delete this message and its attachments from your computer system. We do not waive attorney-client or work product privilege by the transmission of this message.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $2.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Office of State Ethics

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Office of State Ethics

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: David Sirota

Ms. Buxo:

Per your email on 6/10, can you please let me know the address you sent the CD to? I need to check on whether it was received. So far, I haven't seen it.

David Sirota
International Business Times

From: David Sirota

Ms. Buxo:

I have not received the CD that you said you put in the mail. At your earliest convenience, please tell me when you mailed it and what address you sent it to. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

David Sirota
International Business Times

From: Buxo, Diane

Dear Mr. Sirota,

The disc was sent to the address provided with your June 3, 2016 Freedom of Information request as follows:

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock
DEPT MR 26011
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Your name was also on the label prepared. Mail from the State of Connecticut must pass through a central mailroom, which can add a day to the process but you should have received the disc by now. Please let me know and we can arrange, if necessary, to prepare another disc.

Sincerely,

Diane P. Buxo
Paralegal, Office of State Ethics
18-20 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106-1660
(860) 263-2416 Direct, Main Number (860) 263-2400

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email and any attachments are for the exclusive and confidential use of the intended recipients. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not read, distribute, or take action in reliance upon this message. If you have received this in error, please notify us immediately by return email and promptly delete this message and its attachments from your computer system. We do not waive attorney-client or work product privilege by the transmission of this message.

From: David Sirota

Diane:

I just spoke with Carol who told me of the data breach. Please send me whatever you need from me to the email address you are receiving this message from. Basically, just reply to this message with whatever you need to send me. Thanks.

David

From: Housen, Barbara

Re: Data Breach Certification

Dear Mr. Sirota:

Thank you for following up so promptly regarding the data breach. As you discussed yesterday on the phone with Executive Director Carol Carson, this office, in fulfilling your Freedom of Information Act request (described below) inadvertently disclosed to you on a disc the social security #s of Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade and Superior Court Judge Alice Bruno. During that conversation with Carol you mentioned that you observed the social security #s and that you have not further disseminated this information. I recognize and appreciate that you are familiar with principles of confidentiality and privacy, as well as professional ethical duties. I am asking you to: a) destroy the email attachment containing the social security numbers and b) to confirm by certifying to this below.

The email attachment in question is located on the disc within the “TJ” documents. The “TJ” documents consists of a June 9 2016 email (sent at 11:41a.m. from TJK Jones to Buxo and copied to Housen) with numerous attachments-the attachment at issue is titled “FW: Faxes For You (234KB)”- it contains 2 .pdf letters, each with a social security number.

Kindly check the box below, and return the Certification, signed and dated to me at your earliest convenience.

I apologize for this error and thank you for assisting us in this matter.

Best regards,

Barbara Housen
General Counsel
Office of State Ethics
18-20 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT
USA
860-263-2388 Direct
860-263-2400 Main
860-263-2402 Fax
email: barbara.housen@ct.gov<mailto:barbara.housen@ct.gov>
Home Page: www.ct.gov/ethics<http://www.ct.gov/ethics>

The undersigned David Sirota certifies as follows:
• I/we certify that we have destroyed the social security numbers inadvertently sent to us on a disc by the Office of State Ethics in connection with a recent FOI Act request. This includes destruction of Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade and Superior Court Judge Alice Bruno’s social security numbers maintained by us on either hard drives or any other storage media.

SIGNATURE:
FOI Act requester/ recipient of disc (Mr. David Sirota):________________________________

Date of Certification: ________________________________

Organization: International Business Times

From: David Sirota

Barbara/Carol:

Attached is the document you need. Sorry it took me a bit of time to get back to you — had to make sure with MuckRock that it was deleted.

D


From: David Sirota

In a separate email, I sent you the filled-out form you requested. Thanks.

D

From: Housen, Barbara

Thanks David.

Barbara Housen.
Sent from my iPhone

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