EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (Office of the Governor)

Jamie Corey filed this request with the Office of the Governor of Texas.
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OR2018-01608

Multi Request EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
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Completed

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From: Jamie Corey

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All records pertaining to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt. The scope of this request includes the Governor, any employee in the office of the Governor that coordinates the Governor's schedule, the Governor's Chief of Staff, the Governor's Washington Representative (if applicable) and any other employee within the Governor's office that has communicated with the Environmental Protection Agency. The search for records should include emails, attachments (both sent and received), agendas, notes, minutes, scheduling records, text messages and material obtained in person at events and/or meetings with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and/or a member of his staff at the department.

The search for records may be limited to those sent and received between March 1, 2017 and the date of your final response. Please exclude all press clips.

Please note that this request includes all emails sent and received on official state email accounts, as well as any other email accounts that have been used for official business.

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, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Jamie Corey

From: Office of the Governor

Ms. Corey

Pursuant to section 552.222(b) of the Texas Government Code, this email seeks clarification on your public information request that was received by our office on October 13, 2017. You requested "all records pertaining to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt." As written, your request is unclear to our office. The request could be interpreted to be asking for any communication records, from March 1st through the date of the request, between the Governor (or any staff member of the Office of the Governor) and Scott Pruitt (or any member of the Environmental Protection Agency). If that is in fact the scope of your request, there is likely responsive information that may be of no interest to you. In an attempt to focus in on the information that you are actually interested in, we ask that you please clarify and narrow the scope of your request. For example, the request could be clarified to include only those records that contain Administrator Pruitt's name or a particular subject-matter related to the EPA.

Please respond to this email with your response to our request for clarification. After we receive your written response, we will complete a search of our records for the information you are seeking. If the OOG does not receive a response from you by the 61st day after the date this email is sent, your request will be considered withdrawn. See Tex. Gov't Code § 552.222(d), (g).

You can reach us at 512.463.1788 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov with any questions. Please also note that if you do agree to narrow the scope of your request, you are not precluded from making the same request for information or a different one in the future.

From: Jamie Corey

Thanks for getting back to me. I will narrow the request to the following individuals:

-The Governor
-Any employee in the office of the Governor that coordinates the Governor's schedule
-The Governor's Chief of Staff
-The Governor's Washington Representative (if applicable)
-Any staff or employee within the office of Governor that advises the governor on matters pertaining to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

And please let me know if this helps clarify my request--by conducting a keyword search for the following parameters:

"@EPA.gov"
"Pruitt"

Thank you for your help with this request.

Best,

Jamie

From: Office of the Governor

November 10, 2017

Jamie Corey

MuckRock

requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 17-371

Dear Mr. Corey:

This email is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Governor ("OOG"), received by the OOG on October 27, 2017.

The OOG has reviewed its files and located information responsive to your request. The OOG asserts that the information responsive to your request is excepted from required public disclosure. The OOG has requested a ruling from the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General pursuant to Government Code § 552.301. A copy of the written communication requesting a ruling is attached. The OOG will provide you additional correspondence submitted to the Open Records Division on or before November 17, 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact me at (512) 463-8454 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov.

Sincerely,

Johanna Meade, Legal Assistant
General Counsel Division
Office of the Governor

From: Office of the Governor

November 17, 2017

Jamie Corey

MuckRock

requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 17-371

Dear Mr. Corey:

This email is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Governor ("OOG"), received by the OOG on October 27, 2017.

The OOG has reviewed its files and located information responsive to your request. The OOG has requested a ruling from the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General pursuant to Government Code § 552.301. A copy of the OOG's arguments submitted to the Open Records Division is attached.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 512-463-8454 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov.

Sincerely,

Johanna Meade, Legal Assistant
General Counsel Division
Office of the Governor

From: Office of the Governor

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Office of the Governor

February 23, 2018

Jamie Corey
MuckRock
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 17-371

Dear Mr. Corey:

This email is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Governor ("OOG"), clarification of which was received by the OOG on October 27, 2017. A copy of your clarified request is attached.

The OOG requested an open records letter ruling from the Office of the Attorney General as to whether information responsive to your request was excepted from disclosure under the Public Information Act. On January 24, 2018, the Office of the Attorney General issued Open Records Letter Ruling No. OR2018-01608. That ruling concludes some of the information at issue must be released. The information that must be released is attached with this email.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (512) 463-8470 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov<mailto:publicrecords@gov.texas.gov>.

Sincerely,

Kenny Moreland
Assistant General Counsel
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

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