|Multi Request||Non-federal COVID-19 response|
|Submitted||April 23, 2020|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Oregon Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
Memos, emails, letters, documents, reports, recorded phone calls and virtual meetings and other media discussing or describing COVID-19 response, shutdown and stay-at-home plans and orders, quarantines, and "re-opening" plans, as well as copies of discussions of COVID-19 with CDC, White House, FEMA or similar emergency management agencies, offices of Surgeons General and similar bodies, and management of medical facilities or organizations. This request excludes unsolicited messages from the public which received no response.
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.
The Office of the Governor has received your April 23, 2020, public records request for "Memos, emails, letters, documents, reports, recorded phone calls and virtual meetings and other media discussing or describing COVID-19 response, shutdown and stay-at-home plans and orders, quarantines, and "re-opening" plans, as well as copies of discussions of COVID-19 with CDC, White House, FEMA or similar emergency management agencies, offices of Surgeons General and similar bodies, and management of medical facilities or organizations."
It is our office policy that all public records requests are submitted using the online public records request form<http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media/Pages/Make-a-Public-Records-Request.aspx>. Every request made through the form is listed on our website in a Public Records Log, available here: http://www.oregon.gov/gov/media/Pages/Public-Records-Log.aspx. The Governor's Office receives many public records requests and therefore uses this online system to track them.
For this request, I will enter your information into the form, but to make public records requests of our Office in the future, please use the form.
I am wondering if you could describe with a bit more particularity what specific records you are requesting, such as type of record, employee or employees whose records you are interested in, date range of records, correspondence with which outside agency, etc. As currently drafted, the request is so broad it would be difficult to gather responsive records.
In addition, our Office has already received many COVID-19 related public records requests, and has responded to or is processing them. You may view all public records requests received by the Office of the Governor and their dispositions, including links to responses, at the Public Records Log<https://www.oregon.gov/gov/media/Pages/Public-Records-Log.aspx> linked above.
I will wait to hear back from you before I begin gathering records.
Emily Matasar | Government Accountability Attorney
Office of Governor Kate Brown