MT Bureau of Mines out-of-state travel forms

Troy Carter filed this request with the Bureau of Mines and Geology of Montana .
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From: Troy Carter

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Montana's Constitution, Article II, § 9, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all "Request and Justification for out-of-state travel" forms submitted in 2013, and to the most recent date possible in 2014, by employees of the Montana Bureau of Mines.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. 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.

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Troy Carter
Bozeman Daily Chronicle

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 July 29, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Cassidy, Carleen

This is in response to your recent records request of Montana Tech. To the extent Montana Tech has access to the requested information, we are willing to respond to your request within the conditions noted below:

Montana law allows state agencies to charge the public for the time required to retrieve, copy (or scan) and assemble requested documents. See Montana Code Annotated § 2-6-102 (2) and §2-6-110(2). Charges include, but are not limited to, custom computer programming, research and analysis, copying of electronic or paper records, e-mail restores, services required of the Information Technology departments, and legal fees.

We will provide you with an estimated cost to respond to your public records request within the next 10 business days. Once you receive the estimate, we will await your explicit approval before proceeding with any collection efforts. All expenses must be reimbursed based on the actual cost of fulfilling the public records request, not on estimated costs. Montana University System Board of Regents guidelines state that payment for all expenses must be received by the responsible office and the check cleared prior to the release of the information. It is our responsibility to inform you if the actual cost of collecting the requested information exceeds the estimated cost. Attached for your reference is the Montana University System Public Records Requests Response Guidelines and Fee Schedule. http://www.mus.edu/che/PublicRecordsGuidelines.pdf

Carleen Cassidy
Director of Sponsored Programs
Montana Tech of The U of M
1300 West Park Street
Butte, MT 59701

Phone: (406) 496-4769
ccassidy@mtech.edu

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 July 29, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Cassidy, Carleen

Please find attached the invoice for your public information request. Montana law allows state agencies to charge the public for the time required to retrieve, copy (or scan) and assemble requested documents. See Montana Code Annotated § 2-6-102 (2) and §2-6-110(2). Charges include, but are not limited to, custom computer programming, research and analysis, copying of electronic or paper records, e-mail restores, services required of the Information Technology departments, and legal fees. All expenses must be reimbursed based on the actual cost of fulfilling the public records request. Montana University System Board of Regents guidelines state that payment for all expenses must be received by the responsible office and the check cleared prior to the release of the information.

Carleen Cassidy
Director of Sponsored Programs
Montana Tech of The U of M
1300 West Park Street
Butte, MT 59701

Phone: (406) 496-4769
ccassidy@mtech.edu

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