|Submitted||June 29, 2015|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:
All contracts (and their amendments) and memorandums of understanding entered into by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for services and activities related to the East Texas Multi-Use Facility. Responsive materials should include but not be limited to:
• the initial Invitation to Bid, Request for Proposal, or equivalent call for contractors
• the responsive materials provided by the winning bidder
• other bidder responses
• the current contract
• all exhibits
• all amendments
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The documents being requested are a vital component of an ongoing journalistic investigation of public-private corrections partnerships, a critical element in the current discussion of our criminal justice system. The materials will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com and will by analyzed and contextualized by a representative of the news media/press. This request is made in the process of news gathering and is 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.
Beryl C.D. Lipton
The requested information in the ORR listed above may be found on the Legislative Budget Board website at the address provided below, with the exception of "other bidder responses". Due to security issues and confidential information submitted by "other bidders", this request is submitted to the Attorney General's Office for ruling.
You will need to know the agency's name, whom the vendor is and the contract number. This information is provided as well. If you need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact me at the number below. Thank you for your interest in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The website is http://contracts.lbb.state.tx.us/. The Agency is Department of Criminal Justice. The vendor for the East Texas Multi-Use Facility is Management & Training Corporation,500 N Market Place Dr., Centerville, Utah. And the contract number is 696-PF-15-17-C034. Again, if further assistance is needed, feel free to contact me.
Cheryl L. Cowart, CTPM, CTCM
TDCJ - C&P, CSGC Branch
Two Financial Plaza, Suite 525
Huntsville, TX 77340