Expenditures relating to visits from federal officials (Department of Corrections)

Emma Best filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Iowa.
Multi Request Expenditures relating to visits from federal officials
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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law, 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.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Department of Corrections

Hello,
The Iowa DOC does not have knowledge of any records or information
responsive to your request.
Thank you,
Cord

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From: Information, DOC <doc.information@iowa.gov>
Date: Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 6:49 AM
Subject: Fwd: Iowa Open Records Law Request: Expenditures relating to
visits from federal officials (Department of Corrections)
To: Cord Overton <cord.overton@iowa.gov>

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From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 4:02 AM
Subject: RE: Iowa Open Records Law Request: Expenditures relating to visits
from federal officials (Department of Corrections)
To: <doc.information@iowa.gov>

Department of Corrections
ORA Office
East 12th and Des Moines Streets
Des Moines, IA 50319

October 7, 2019

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Iowa Open Records Law request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Sept. 23, 2019. Please let me
know when I can expect to receive a response.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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Somerville, MA 02144-2516

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being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

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On Sept. 23, 2019:
Subject: Iowa Open Records Law Request: Expenditures relating to visits
from federal officials (Department of Corrections)

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law, 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.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

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Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the
above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 80742
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.
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D. Billhorn
Iowa Department of Corrections
515.725.5710

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Cord Overton | Communications Director

Iowa Department of Corrections

515.725.5707 | cord.overton@iowa.gov

https://doc.iowa.gov/

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