OSHA complaints/grievances against GEO Group (Region X: Seattle)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region X: Seattle of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 106200
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All complaints and grievances submitted to Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding conditions in facilities or as part of work programs operating under GEO Group or any subcontractor hired as part of a GEO Group operation. Please also include any additional complaints that reference GEO Group. Please include all available data, including, if possible, the date the complaint was made, the nature of the complaint, the facility or program to which the complaint refers, and the manner in which the complaint was resolved. The following facilities, at the least, are relevant to this request:

Northwest Detention Center

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

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 June 26, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Olney, Rosemarie - OSHA

Hello Mr. Lipton,

Please see our attached response to your recent FOIA request.

I am only able to communicate with you via email; however, I would like to talk to you about your recent requests. I would like to discuss how we could help you better and provide you more timely responses. Please call me.

Thank you,

Rosemarie A. Olney, CSP, CIH
Region X Enforcement Program Manager
1387 S. Vinnell Way, Suite 218
Boise, ID 83709
208-321-2969
Fax 208-321-2966

From: Olney, Rosemarie - OSHA

Mr. Lipton,

I'm sorry but I assigned an incorrect FOIA tracking number to your recent request. The correct number is #782824.

Thank you,

Rosemarie A. Olney, CSP, CIH
Region X Enforcement Program Manager
1387 S. Vinnell Way, Suite 218
Boise, ID 83709
208-321-2969
Fax 208-321-2966

From: Olney, Rosemarie - OSHA

Ms. Lipton,

Sorry I just missed your call. You did not leave me a phone number. I can talk now.

Rosemarie

From: Zyski, Elissa L (LNI)

RE: Request ID 106200, Original Request Attached

Hello Beryl Lipton,

We have received your public records request on July 27, 2015, regarding all complaints and grievances submitted to OSHA regarding conditions in facilities or as part of a GEO Group operation. We are now assembling the materials you requested.

We require time to locate, assemble and scan any identified records. We will also be checking these materials, pursuant to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 42.56, to determine whether any of the information requested is statutorily exempt from disclosure and therefore unavailable for public inspection under Washington law.

We expect to mail the records to you by August 21, 2015.

If you have any questions please let us know.

Thank you kindly,

Elissa Zyski
Forms and Records Analyst
Public Records Unit
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
7273 Linderson Way SW | PO Box 44460 | Tumwater, WA 98501
Phone: 360-902-6209

Email Public Records Requests to: PublicRecords@Lni.wa.gov<mailto:PublicRecords@Lni.wa.gov>

From: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region X: Seattle

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region X: Seattle

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

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