Expenditures relating to visits from federal officials (Department of Corrections)

Emma Best filed this request with the Department of Corrections of Vermont.

It is a clone of this request.

Multi Request Expenditures relating to visits from federal officials
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From: Emma Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Vermont Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records describing, authorizing or mentioning expenses or personnel assignments in response to or accommodation of visits from officials in the federal government between January 1, 2001 and the present.

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

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 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

From: Department of Corrections

Dear Ms. Best,

The Vermont Department of Corrections has received your request for records.

1. Records describing, authorizing or mentioning expenses or personnel assignments in response to or accommodation of visits from officials in the federal government between January 1, 2001 and the present.
Please be advised that the request is very broad and any effort to narrow or specify the request would be appreciated both from a time management and a potential cost perspective.

Sincerely,

Charles Remick
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From: Emma Best

I understand. Given your organizational systems, what types of increased specificity or narrowing would be most helpful to your office? I'd like to accommodate, but want to make sure it's actually in a way that's useful to you.

From: Department of Corrections

Ms. Best,

I am still uncertain as to what you are requesting.

The Department does not incur expenses in relation to visits from officials in the federal government. Any cost that may be associated in response to or accommodation of visits from officials in the federal government would fall under a negotiated contract.

In general it is reasonable to say that the Department does not have any records responsive to this request as written and understood.

Sincerely,

Charles Remick
Records & Information

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