SCI and The Governor's Office

Daniel Kaufman filed this request with the Office of the Governor of Texas.
Tracking #

279-19

Status
Completed

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From: Daniel Kaufman


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of any email communications with any Office of the Governor employee mentioning or regarding SCI, Service Corporation International, or Robert Waltrip between the dates of January 1, 2013 and July 1, 2019. As a member of the news media and a writer at The American Prospect I ask that any associated fees for this request be waved.

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,

Daniel Kaufman

From: Office of the Governor

July 24, 2019

Daniel Kaufman
MuckRock
requests@muckrock.com
VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 279-19

Mr. Kaufman,

This email is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Governor ("OOG"), received by the OOG on July 10, 2019 A copy of your request follows this email.

The OOG has reviewed its files and has located information responsive to your request, some of which is attached. The OOG asserts portions of the remaining responsive information are excepted from required disclosure under the Public Information Act. 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 brief submitted to the Open Records Division is attached.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 512-463-1750 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov<mailto:publicrecords@gov.texas.gov>.

Thank you,

Joseph Behnke
Assistant General Counsel
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Texas Public Information Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 10, 2019.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Office of the Governor

February 14, 2019

Mr. Kaufman,

Thank you for contacting me. As noted in our July 24, 2019, correspondence, the Office of the Governor (“OOG”) released some information to you and requested a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) with regard to the remaining information at issue in this request. The OAG has 45 days by which to rule and we are awaiting their ruling.

If you would like to contact the OAG to check on the status of that file, you may call the Open Records Hotline at 877-OPEN TEX. Leave a message providing the OOG PIR ID# (279-19), your name, and the date on which the OOG requested a ruling (July 24, 2019) and they will call you back (I usually provide them with a cell phone number so that I will be sure to get their return call if I’m away from my desk; if you miss the return call, you’ll have to get back in the queue all over again). The attorneys on the hotline are extremely helpful and knowledgeable and can answer any questions you may have about the process.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Best regards,

Joseph Behnke
Public Information Coordinator
Assistant General Counsel
Office of the Governor

From: Office of the Governor

The request has been forwarded from one agency to another agency or department for further review or follow up.

From: Office of the Governor

November 5, 2019

Mr. Daniel Kaufman

MuckRock

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

VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 279-19

Dear Mr. Kaufman:

This email is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Governor ("OOG"), received by the OOG on July 10, 2019. A copy of your request follows this email.

Some information was released to you on July 24, 2019. The OOG requested an open records letter ruling from the Office of the Attorney General as to whether portions of the remaining information responsive to your request was excepted from disclosure under the Public Information Act. On September 27, 2019, the Office of the Attorney General issued Open Records Letter Ruling No.2019-27150 (2019). That ruling concludes some of the information at issue must be released. The information that must be released is attached to this email.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (512) 463-1750 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov<mailto:publicrecords@gov.texas.gov>.

Sincerely,

Joseph Behnke
Assistant General Counsel
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

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