Philadelphia's Failed Surveillance System

Carlton Purvis filed this request with the Mayor's Office of Philadelphia, PA.
Tracking # 2013-0382i
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From: Carlton Purvis

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

A full copy of the city of Philadelphia's 2007 contract with Unisys for a new surveillance system, the original RFP for the project and complete copies of all bids.

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Carlton Purvis

From: Mayor's Office

From: Mayor's Office

It does not appear that this project went through Procurement.

Elaine

Elaine Tartaglia
Public Information Supervisor
Procurement Department City of Phila.
215-686-4746 phone

From: Carlton Purvis

Elaine,

Your response to this request isn't clear. Can you elaborate on which if the requested documents isn't available. Surely a contract, scope of work and purchase order should be available if not an RFP and bids.

Unisys in 2007 published a press release on the project as well: http://www.unisys.com/unisys/news/detail.jsp?id=6300043

Thank you,

Carlton Purvis

From: Mayor's Office

Carlton,

My apologies. My response should not have been sent to you.

Elaine Tartaglia
Public Information Supervisor
Procurement Department City of Phila.
215-686-4746 phone
215-686-4716 fax

requests@muckrock.com
04/29/2013 12:31 PM

To
Elaine.Tartaglia@phila.gov
cc
RightToKnowlaw@phila.gov, Benjamin.Mishkin@phila.gov,
Ellen.Berkowitz@phila.gov, Steven.Robertson@exchange.local
Subject
Follow up to Freedom of Information Request: Philadelphia's Failed
Surveillance System

April 29, 2013
Mayor's Office
Kathleen Lonie
Room 204 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This is a follow up to a previous request:

Elaine,

Your response to this request isn't clear. Can you elaborate on which if
the requested documents isn't available. Surely a contract, scope of work
and purchase order should be available if not an RFP and bids.

Unisys in 2007 published a press release on the project as well:
http://www.unisys.com/unisys/news/detail.jsp?id=6300043

Thank you,

Carlton Purvis

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On April 29, 2013:

It does not appear that this project went through Procurement.

Elaine

Elaine Tartaglia
Public Information Supervisor
Procurement Department City of Phila.
215-686-4746 phone

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On April 29, 2013:

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On April 22, 2013:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following
records:

A full copy of the city of Philadelphia's 2007 contract with Unisys for a
new surveillance system, the original RFP for the project and complete
copies of all bids.

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
look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Carlton Purvis

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
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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 April 22, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 April 22, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Mayor's Office

Dear Mr. Purvis,

Your request was processed as an informal request, as explained in the
letter you were sent on April 29, 2013 (attached). The City is making
every effort to obtain the documents you requested and respond in a timely
fashion, but we do not have them yet.

Thank you.

From: Mayor's Office

Carlton,

The attached zip file contains the documents I was able to gather regarding the 2007 Unisys contract. I haven't been able to track down a list of other bidders, which may not exist due to record retention schedules.

From: Daniel LePera

Dear Mr. Purvis:
The City of Philadelphia’s records reflect an unfulfilled request for information that you submitted to the City. Your request has been attached to this email.
If you are still interested in receiving a response to your request, kindly respond to this email within 5 business days. If the City receives no response within this time period, your request will be marked as closed.
Respectfully,

Daniel LePera

Volunteer Attorney, Pensions & Investments Division

City of Philadelphia Law Department

1515 Arch Street, 17th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215)683-5069(Fax)

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From: Carlton Purvis

Daniel,

I am still interested in having this request fulfilled. Thank you for getting in touch. Is there any timeline on when the documents might be available?

Sincerely,

Carlton Purvis

From: Carlton Purvis

Hi Daniel,

I haven't heard anything back from you on this since January. Can you let me know that status.

Thanks,

Carlton

From: RightToKnowLaw

Dear Mr. Purvis,

Please see attached for the City’s final response to your Right to Know Act request.

The City previously sent you its final response to your request on December 21, 2015. Apparently the email was undeliverable.
Best,

Russell T. Crotts, Esquire
Assistant City Solicitor, Pensions and Investments Division
City of Philadelphia Law Department
1515 Arch Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 683-5403 (Phone)
(215) 683-5069 (Fax)

From: Mayor's Office

The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

From: Carlton Purvis

Good evening,

This is a VERY interesting response from the city, considering you fulfilled most of the request already. Why the sudden change? On June 5, 2013 I was provided 577 pages of documents by the mayor's office in response to this request. I noticed some parts were missing and was told the remainder of the documents would come at a later date. They never did. It seems like the city had a pretty good idea what I was requesting when it sent over the first 577 pages, but suddenly the request is to vague?

The request wasn’t too vague to find the first 577 pages. All I’m asking for is what was missing.

Thanks,

Carlton

From: Carlton Purvis

Good evening,

This is a VERY interesting response from the city, considering you fulfilled most of the request already. Why the sudden change? On June 5, 2013 I was provided 577 pages of documents by the mayor's office in response to this request. I noticed some parts were missing and was told the remainder of the documents would come at a later date. They never did. It seems like the city had a pretty good idea what I was requesting when it sent over the first 577 pages, but suddenly the request is to vague?

The request wasn’t too vague to find the first 577 pages. All I’m asking for is what was missing.

Thanks,

Carlton

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