Agency predictive model documentation

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Department of Children and Families of Los Angeles County, CA.

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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1) Contracts, memorandums of understanding, and statements of work between the department and any outside party regarding the creation or maintenance of child welfare predictive analytics tools currently used by the department (i.e., algorithmic report screeners, abuse or placement risk assessments, human trafficking risk assessments etc.).

2) Documentation of all child welfare decision-making algorithms and predictive models the department currently uses (including those used as aids to human decision making). This documentation should include, where available: executive summaries of the algorithm/model's purpose, lists of the data sources, breakdowns of how the model weights various input data, descriptions of the statistical or machine learning techniques employed, the results of validation and accuracy testing, disparate impact studies, and algorithmic impact reports.

3) A data dictionary/library for each predictive model or algorithm identified in response to items 1 and 2 of this requests.

4) Copies of any departmental or independent audits of the identified models or algorithms.

If you have any questions regarding this request, please don't hesitate to contact me for further clarification.

I ask that all fees be waived as I am a journalist and intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest. In the event you choose to impose fees, I request a detailed breakdown of the fees, including the hourly wage of each employee involved and an explanation justifying the employee hours required to fulfill the request.

Should you choose to reject this request or redact portions of responsive documents, I ask that you provide a detailed breakdown of the statutory exemptions and associated case law underlying your decision to withhold each/any portions from public review.

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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Department of Children and Families

Sent on behalf of Katherine Bowser, Principal Deputy County Counsel:

Good afternoon,

Attached please find our correspondence in regard to your Public Records Act Request of December 9, 2021.

Thank you,
Ebony Browder
Ebony Browder
Legal Office Support Assistant I
Office of The County Counsel,
Social Services Division
Phone: (213) 972-5783
Fax: (213) 687-4745
Email: EBrowder@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:EBrowder@counsel.lacounty.gov>

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  • Todd Feathers - Public Records Act Request of December 9, 2021

From: Department of Children and Families

Sent on behalf of Katherine Bowser, Principal Deputy County Counsel:

Good afternoon,

Attached please find our correspondence in regard to your Public Records Act Request of December 8, 2021.

Thank you,
Ebony Browder
Ebony Browder
Legal Office Support Assistant II
Office of The County Counsel,
Social Services Division
Phone: (213) 972-5783
Fax: (213) 687-4745
Email: EBrowder@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:EBrowder@counsel.lacounty.gov>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, from the Office of the County Counsel is intended for the official and confidential use of the recipients to whom it is addressed. It contains information that may be confidential, privileged, attorney work product, or otherwise exempted from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, be advised that any review, disclosure, use, dissemination, distribution, or reproduction of this message or its contents is strictly prohibited. Please notify us immediately by reply email that you have received this message in error, and destroy this message, including any attachments.

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From: Department of Children and Families

Sent on behalf of Katherine Bowser, Principal Deputy County Counsel:

Good afternoon,

Attached please find our correspondence in regard to your Public Records Act Request of December 8, 2021.

Thank you,
Ebony Browder
Ebony Browder
Legal Office Support Assistant II
Office of The County Counsel,
Social Services Division
Phone: (213) 972-5783
Fax: (213) 687-4745
Email: EBrowder@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:EBrowder@counsel.lacounty.gov>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, from the Office of the County Counsel is intended for the official and confidential use of the recipients to whom it is addressed. It contains information that may be confidential, privileged, attorney work product, or otherwise exempted from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, be advised that any review, disclosure, use, dissemination, distribution, or reproduction of this message or its contents is strictly prohibited. Please notify us immediately by reply email that you have received this message in error, and destroy this message, including any attachments.

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From: Department of Children and Families

Sent on behalf of Katherine Bowser, Principal Deputy County Counsel:

Good afternoon,

Attached please find our correspondence in regard to your Public Records Act Request of December 8, 2021.

Thank you,
Ebony Browder
Ebony Browder
Legal Office Support Assistant II
Office of The County Counsel,
Social Services Division
Phone: (213) 972-5783
Fax: (213) 687-4745
Email: EBrowder@counsel.lacounty.gov<mailto:EBrowder@counsel.lacounty.gov>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, from the Office of the County Counsel is intended for the official and confidential use of the recipients to whom it is addressed. It contains information that may be confidential, privileged, attorney work product, or otherwise exempted from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, be advised that any review, disclosure, use, dissemination, distribution, or reproduction of this message or its contents is strictly prohibited. Please notify us immediately by reply email that you have received this message in error, and destroy this message, including any attachments.

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