|Multi Request||Expenditures relating to visits from federal officials|
|Submitted||Sept. 23, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information 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 5 business days, as the statute requires.
Please note that I am a citizen of Virginia, and am using MuckRock's services to help manage and track my request.
In accordance with Section 2.2-3704(B) of the Code of Virginia, requests
must identify the records sought with reasonable specificity. Requesting
eighteen years of departmental records "describing, authorizing or
mentioning expenses or personnel assignments in response to or
accommodation of visits from officials in the federal government" is
unreasonably broad both in scope and terms. Accordingly, please narrow
your request to a more discernible scope and define what "in response to or
accommodation of" means in the context of your request. Thereafter, the
Department will resume processing. Thank you for contacting the Virginia
Department of Corrections.
Ryan C. McCord, J.D.
Legal Issues Coordinator
Virginia Department of Corrections
There are no files associated with this request.