DRC Director Gary Mohr communications to Office of Budget Management

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Office of Budget Management (OH) of Ohio.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

All letters, emails, and memos sent from the Director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Gary Mohr (or a representative of his office) to the Office of Budget Management from June 1, 2014 through the date this request is processed

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,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Kaman, Katelyn

Good Afternoon,

Please accept this email acknowledging receipt of your public records request received by the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) on Friday, January 16, 2015. I apologize it has taken me a few days to respond back to you as we are in the midst of the budget season. I will be in touch with you via email regarding your request within the next week.

Thank you.

Katelyn R. Kaman
Associate Legal Counsel

Tel: 614-466-3602
katelyn.kaman@obm.state.oh.us<mailto:katelyn.kaman@obm.state.oh.us>

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Kaman,

Thank you very much for your message. Good luck with the budget burden, and I look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Have a lovely evening,
Beryl

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 Jan. 16, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Kaman, Katelyn

Ms. Lipton,
Please accept this email in response to your request for records on Friday, January 16, 2015 to Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM). You requested the following:
All letters, emails, and memos sent from the Director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Gary Mohr (or a representative of his office) to the Office of Budget Management from June 1, 2014 through the date this request is processed.
Please consider this a request for further clarification. The Ohio Public Records Act requires that a requester identify the records he or she is seeking with “reasonable clarity” so that the public office can identify responsive records based on the manner in which it ordinarily maintains and accesses the public records it keeps (Glasgow v. Jones, 2008-Ohio-4788, 119 Ohio St.3d. 191, ¶17 quoting State ex. rel. Morgan v. New Lexington, 2006-Ohio-6365, 112 Ohio St.3d 33,¶29). Unfortunately, your request does not provide OBM with sufficient guidance to properly identify which records you are seeking. Although you have identified the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) and OBM as the respective receiving and sending parties for the records you are seeking, your request does not identify a subject matter or related issue for OBM to search or employees aside from the Director of DRC from or to whom the requested records were sent. Furthermore, not only have you requested a broad range of documents, devices, and items (“all letters, emails, and memos”) but your request also encompasses a broad range of individuals who may be senders, recipients, or custodians of these records. There are over 12,000 individuals who are employed at OBM and DRC combined, and each individual could potentially be a sender, recipient or custodian of the records you seek. As it currently stands, your request asks for a broad category of records related to interagency communications. Ohio courts have repeatedly found such requests lacking the specificity required for a public office to properly comply with the request. (See State ex rel. Zidonis v. Columbus State Community College, 133 Ohio St. 3d 122, at 128, 2012 Ohio 4228; Salemi v. Cleveland Metroparks, 2014 Ohio 3914,¶13, 2014 Ohio App. LEXIS 3932; State ex rel. Carr v. London Corr. Inst., 2014 Ohio 1325 ¶¶22-26, 2914 Ohio App. LEXIS 1313). Accordingly, your request is overly broad in that it would require that we search each OBM employee’s public records to obtain all letters, emails, and memos received from any employee of DRC.
Therefore OBM cannot properly respond to your request without additional information. If you wish to revise your request and provide greater specificity i.e. the subject matter or topic of the “letters, emails, and memos”, as well as the employees or category of employees within the scope of your request, OBM will be better able to assist you in identifying the records you seek.
Sincerely,

Katelyn R. Kaman
Associate Legal Counsel

Tel: 614-466-3602
katelyn.kaman@obm.state.oh.us<mailto:katelyn.kaman@obm.state.oh.us>

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