Banjo Homelesness

Jason Koebler filed this request with the Department of Health of Utah.

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From: Jason Koebler

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Government Records Access and Management Act, I hereby request the following records:

Public reports state that departments in Utah have partnered with Banjo, an AI company. (https://kslnewsradio.com/1918508/utah-company-uses-artificial-intelligence-to-solve-crimes-in-seconds/). The company's contract with the state indicates that it offers a "opiate" module: https://utah-das-contract-searchsp.s3.amazonaws.com/addl_doc_AR3205_Banjo_Price%20Catalog.pdf. Other documents indicate that the Department of Health has been working with Banjo on the implementation of this module: https://le.utah.gov/interim/2019/pdf/00004220.pdf.

Therefore, I hereby request the following records:

1) All instructional materials, presentations and presentation materials (including recorded video and audio, PowerPoint files, prepared remarks, and slides formats), and other guidance on the use of Banjo. This includes A) any notes taken during meetings that discussed the use of Banjo, B) any explanations (whether internally or externally generated) of how Banjo works, and C) any other document that has been used to help explain the use of Banjo, including internal documentation, public relations materials, and executive summaries.

2) A copy of any privacy impact assessments, use policies, technical explainers or assessments, standard operating procedures, data retention policies, legal opinions or assessments, warranties, non-disclosure agreements, contracts, liability waivers, insurance agreements, Requests for Proposals, Responses to Requests for Proposal, Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Interest, usage policies, or informal agreements between the police department and Banjo.

3) A description of the types of underlying data used to implement this module.

4) A copy of any funding opportunity announcements, grant applications and grantor status/progress reports, reports to legislative bodies, annual reports that mention Banjo, as well as audit records, including but not limited to security audits of the software, misuse reports, and reports to oversight bodies.

5) Any digital communications including but not limited to emails and text messages) as well as documents, (including but not limited to PDF, word processing, excel, and slide documents) that mention Banjo.

6) Any case reports in which Banjo was used.

7) Any digital communications (including but not limited to emails and text messages) with Banjo representatives.

8) Any digital communications / presentations / contracts (including but not limited to emails and text messages) with employees of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) about this project.

Please try to include any other miscellaneous documents that facilitate this department's relationship with Banjo that don't neatly fall neatly into the above categories.

The requested documents will be used in the course of reporting for Motherboard, VICE Media's science and technology site: www.motherboard.vice.com.

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,

Jason Koebler

From: Department of Health

Request Title:
Government Records Access and Management Act Request: Banjo Homelesness

Submitted To:
Health Department

Submission Date:
03/02/2020 10:35 03

Submitted By:
Jason Koebler

Records Officer:
Charla Haley
chaley@utah.gov
801-230-5927

Text of Request:

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officer receives (opens) the request.

Thank you.

Open Records Portal Team
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openrecords.utah.gov

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From: Department of Health

Jason Koebler,

Your request, "Government Records Access and Management Act Request:
Banjo Homelesness," has been successfully received by the records
officer for Health Department. The due date assigned to your request
is 03/16/2020.

If you have any questions, you may contact the records officer by
logging in to the Open Records Portal, opening your request, and
clicking "Contact Records Officer."

Thank you.

Open Records Portal Team
openrecords.utah.gov

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Questions? Help is available!
GRAMA questions: grama@utah.gov
Website questions: openrecordsadmin@utah.gov

From: Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health has no contracts in place with Banjo,
nor have we had any contracts in place with Banjo. We have no
relationship with them and never have.

From: Department of Health

The Utah Department of Health has never entered into any contracts or MOUs
with Banjo.

*Charla Haley *| Director of Communications
Utah Department of Health
(801) 230-5927 (m)
*On-call PIO - (801) 209-2591*

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From: Jason Koebler

Hi Charla,

Thanks for talking on the phone just now. Any emails you could get me about Banjo and the program referred to here would be great, it seems like it was part of a DEA partnership, not a specific contract:

https://le.utah.gov/interim/2019/pdf/00004220.pdf

Thank you!
Jason

From: Department of Health

Jason Koebler,

Your request has not been answered within 10 business days, and is
therefore considered a denial.

Request title:
Government Records Access and Management Act Request: Banjo Homelesness

Agency:
Department of Health

Submission date:
03/02/2020 10:35 03

Date due:
03/16/2020

You have the right to appeal this denial to the chief administrative
officer. Please direct your appeal to:

Shari Watkins
swatkins@utah.gov
801-538-6601
288 North 1460 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Your notice of appeal must be submitted within 30 days of the denial
date and must include your name, mailing address, daytime telephone
number, and an explanation of the relief sought. You may also include
any supporting information with your notice of appeal.

For more information about the records request process, please visit
the Government Records Ombudsman webpage at
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Resources page at
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Thank you.

Open Records Portal Team
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From: Jason Koebler

I don’t understand what this means—I am still interested in this FOIA

From: Jason Koebler

I don’t understand what this means—I am still interested in this FOIA

From:

I am out of the office and not checking email until June 28. Please contact Charla Haley at chaley@utah.gov for a response to your email. (mailto:chaley@utah.gov)

If you need a response to your message from me, please re-send it on June 28.

Thanks,
Tom

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Tom Hudachko | Director of Communications
Utah Department of Health
(m) 801-560-4649 thudachko@utah.gov (mailto:thudachko@utah.gov)

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From: Department of Health

Jason, the information listed below is the response you received from us
about your GRAMA request. I hope you've contacted the people listed below
for more information. I am attaching a few emails we found in answer to
your request.

From: Department of Health

Here is additional information from Anna Fondario.

We were not involved in any development of systems, products, platforms,
etc. We did not provide any data or do any presentations for them or with
them. We did not have a contract with Banjo. Please see in red below.

1) All instructional materials, presentations and presentation materials
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Utah Department of Health
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