|Submitted||June 9, 2014|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act ("APRA"), I hereby request the following records:
A spreadsheet, database or other summary of all employees who received payout upon leaving the agency in 2013, as well as what those payouts were.
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 10 business days, as the statute requires.
By "payout" are you looking for payments that may have been made to outgoing employees which include the payment of the balance of the earned vacation time they were owed upon leaving the agency or just any severance payments made above and beyond earned time? Please let me know as this will impact the scope of our search and response as well as any potential fees which may be charged to you.
Senior Communications Strategist
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
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I have not received a response per my follow-up question below regarding your pending public records request. Please forward to Shawn Musgrave so we can process his request.
Apologies for the delay. Your interpretation of the request is correct.
Thanks for getting back to me. So you only want the records for severance payouts, not balances owed departing employees for earned time? Is that correct?
Correct. Thank you for your help.
In response to your below public records request and subsequent discussion regarding the scope of that request, Commerce RI has reviewed our files and determined that we do not maintain the records you are requesting.
Under § 38-2-8(a) of the Act, you may petition the chief administrative officer of Commerce RI for a review of the determination described herein.