Vacations During Jan 2020 and 2021 (Metropolitan Police Department)

Lucy Parsons Labs filed this request with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
Tracking #

2021-FOIA-02326

Multi Request Vacations During Jan 2020 and 2021
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Lucy Parsons Labs


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records sufficient to show the names, star numbers, respective dates, and the type of time off of all police officers and/or employees who requested any personal time off, vacation days, personal days, furlough days, or any other time off for the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2021 and January 8, 2021 AS WELL AS the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2020 and January 8, 2020.

Ideally, please provide the records in an excel spreadsheet.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Lucy Parsons Labs

From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Lucy Labs, Request Number 2021-FOIA-02326 has been assigned to the request you submitted in relation to: Request description: To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records sufficient to show the names, star numbers, respective dates, and the type of time off of all police officers and/or employees who requested any personal time off, vacation days, personal days, furlough days, or any other time off for the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2021 and January 8, 2021 AS WELL AS the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2020 and January 8, 2020.

Ideally, please provide the records in an excel spreadsheet.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Lucy Parsons Labs

Upload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Fmetropolitan-police-department-385%252Fvacations-during-jan-2020-and-2021-metropolitan-police-department-106739%252F%253Femail%253DFOIA.SystemAdmin%252540dc.gov&url_auth_token=AAAVLaR50UI9LAIrJLVbEMzyFG8%3A1kzFaa%3AZEvsZdImesqtQe_ZprThtQuMCAw In all future correspondence regarding this request, please reference request number 2021-FOIA-02326. To check for status, please log in  https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. For any questions regarding your request, please contact the FOIA office directly. Find the list of agency Open Governement and FOIA contact information by visiting FOIA Contact Information. For ease of reference, we ask that you have your FOIA Request Number available when you contact the FOIA office. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Regards,
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From: Metropolitan Police Department

Dear Ms./Mrs. Labs , This office is in receipt of yourFreedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Your FOIA request number is 2021-FOIA-02326and your assigned FOIA Specialist is RobertEckert. If you have any questions regardingyour request, please contact your assigned FOIA Specialist, who is included inthis e-mail. Be advised, due to thecurrent public health emergency, our office is working remotely and can bereached via e-mail. For ease ofreference, we ask that you have your FOIA Request Number available when youcontact our office. NOTE: Pu rsuant to D.C. Official Code § 2-532(c), the statutoryallotted time of 15 business-days, subject to the possibility of a ten (10)business day extension from the date of receipt to respond to a FOIA request has been extended. In addition, the statutoryallotted time of 25 business days subject to the possibility of 15working-day extension from the date ofreceipt to respond to a hasbeen extended Body Worn Camera(BWC) footage request . COVID-19Notification Pursuant to section 808 of theCoronavirus Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 , effective June 9, 2020, D.C. Act 23-328,all FOIA deadlines may be extended during a period of time for which the Mayorhas declared a public health emergency.  Pursuant to this provision, wehave claimed an extension of the time in which to provide a response to yourrequest. Regards, Latrina Crumlin Staff Assistant Freedom of Information Act(FOIA) Office Metropolitan Police Department 300 Indiana Ave NW, RM 4153 Washington, DC 20001

From: Metropolitan Police Department

January 12, 2021

Ms. Lucy Labs
Via: MuckRock News Department
MR 106739
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144
Phone: 617-299-1832
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: FOIA Request No.: 2021-FOIA-02326

Dear Ms. Labs,

This is in response to the above referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for: "...names, star numbers, respective dates, and the type of time off of all police officers and/or employees who requested any personal time off, vacation days, personal days, furlough days, or any other time off for the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2021 and January 8, 2021 AS WELL AS the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2020 and January 8, 2020."

The District of Columbia (DC) FOIA, DC Code §§ 2-531-539, provides that a person has the right to request access to records, but does not require agencies to do research, analyze data, answer written questions, or create records to respond to a FOIA request. Therefore, we are closing our file on this FOIA request. Please be aware that even if such information were available as requested, the responsive material would be exempt under DC Official Code § 2-534 (a)(2), which protects personal privacy information, the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. There are no charges for FOIA services in this instance.

Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter, as well as, on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, an e-mail and/or U.S. mailing address at which you can be reached.

The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 407, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel at foia.appeals@dc.gov<mailto:foia.appeals@dc.gov>. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency, or to the agency head of that agency, if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there. Failure to follow these administrative steps will result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

Regards,
Bob Eckert
FOIA Specialist
Freedom of Information Act Office
Metropolitan Police Department
Robert.eckert@dc.gov<mailto:Robert.eckert@dc.gov>
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From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Lucy Labs, The status for your request is below. Please log into https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the agency's FOIA office that you had submitted your FOIA request to. You can communicate directly with the FOIA office by clicking on Inbox, search the request number, and then click Compose Message. OR, visit to see a list DC Government FOIA Office’s/officer’s contact information and have your Request ID ready. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Contact FOIA Office Request status: In Process Request ID: 2021-FOIA-02326 Description: To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:Records sufficient to show the names, star numbers, respective dates, and the type of time off of all police officers and/or employees who requested any personal time off, vacation days, personal days, furlough days, or any other time off for the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2021 and January 8, 2021 AS WELL AS the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2020 and January 8, 2020.Ideally, please provide the records in an excel spreadsheet.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 15 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Lucy Parsons LabsUpload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Fmetropolitan-police-department-385%252Fvacations-during-jan-2020-and-2021-metropolitan-police-department-106739%252F%253Femail%253DFOIA.SystemAdmin%252540dc.gov&url_auth_token=AAAVLaR50UI9LAIrJLVbEMzyFG8%3A1kzFaa%3AZEvsZdImesqtQe_ZprThtQuMCAw Regards,
DC Government FOIA Portal

From: Metropolitan Police Department

This is an automated message from the DC Government FOIA system. Dear Lucy Labs, The status for your request is below. Please log into https://foia-dc.gov/palMain.aspx and go to Request Status. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the agency's FOIA office that you had submitted your FOIA request to. You can communicate directly with the FOIA office by clicking on Inbox, search the request number, and then click Compose Message. OR, visit to see a list DC Government FOIA Office’s/officer’s contact information and have your Request ID ready. (https://dc.gov/node/818962) Contact FOIA Office Request status: Closed Request ID: 2021-FOIA-02326 Description: To Whom It May Concern:Pursuant to the DC Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:Records sufficient to show the names, star numbers, respective dates, and the type of time off of all police officers and/or employees who requested any personal time off, vacation days, personal days, furlough days, or any other time off for the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2021 and January 8, 2021 AS WELL AS the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2020 and January 8, 2020.Ideally, please provide the records in an excel spreadsheet.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 15 business days, as the statute requires.Sincerely,Lucy Parsons LabsUpload documents directly: https://https://www.muckrock.comhttps://accounts.muckrock.com/accounts/login/?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.muckrock.com%2Faccounts%2Flogin%2F%3Fnext%3D%252Faccounts%252Fagency_login%252Fmetropolitan-police-department-385%252Fvacations-during-jan-2020-and-2021-metropolitan-police-department-106739%252F%253Femail%253DFOIA.SystemAdmin%252540dc.gov&url_auth_token=AAAVLaR50UI9LAIrJLVbEMzyFG8%3A1kzFaa%3AZEvsZdImesqtQe_ZprThtQuMCAw Regards,
DC Government FOIA Portal

From: Metropolitan Police Department

January 14, 2021

Ms. Lucy Labs
Via: MuckRock News Department
MR 106739
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144
Phone: 617-299-1832
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

RE: FOIA Request No.: 2021-FOIA-02429

Dear Ms. Labs,

This is in response to the above referenced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for:

"...paperwork associated with requests for time off made by your officers for the dates of of, on, or between Jan 1, 2021 and January 8, 2021 AS WELL AS the dates of, on, or between Jan 1, 2020 and January 8, 2020. This includes any request forms, emails, or other records requesting time off and approvals, denials, or other such records granting or denying the requests. I seek complete copies of these records, but if any portions are exempt and subject to redaction, I still want the remaining information on the documents. Alternatively, if you have records that show which officers were on approved leave on those dates, I would accept those instead. This might include, for example, the results of a database query provided in Excel format."

Upon review, this FOIA request asks for a search of all of Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers' (thousands of officers) leave records/leave requests for two time periods. In the alternative you ask for the creation of a new record that shows "which officers" were on leave during certain time periods. Searching for thousands of employees' leave requests/leave records constitutes an "unreasonable search"; further, leave requests/leave records are "personal records" in which officers/employees have and retain a personal privacy interest. The second, or alternative part of this FOIA request asks for, again, the creation of records that would reflect exempt/personal privacy information. The District of Columbia (DC) FOIA, DC Code §§ 2-531-539, provides that a person has the right to request access to records, but does not require agencies to do research, analyze data, answer written questions, or create records to respond to a FOIA request. In either alternative, the responsive material is exempt under DC Official Code § 2-534 (a)(2), which protects personal privacy information, the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. In summary, this request asks for an unreasonable search of, or for, exempt/personal privacy information, or else for the creation of records that would reflect exempt/personal privacy information. Because of these reasons this request, in either alternative, is denied. There are no charges for FOIA services, in this instance.

The District of Columbia (DC) FOIA, DC Code §§ 2-531-539, provides that a person has the right to request access to records, but does not require agencies to do research, analyze data, answer written questions, or create records to respond to a FOIA request. Therefore, we are closing our file on this FOIA request. Please be aware that even if such information were available as requested, the responsive material would be exempt under DC Official Code § 2-534 (a)(2), which protects personal privacy information, the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. There are no charges for FOIA services in this instance.

Please know that, under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and 1 DCMR § 412, you have the right to appeal this letter to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter, as well as, on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, an e-mail and/or U.S. mailing address at which you can be reached.

The appeal must be mailed to: The Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel, FOIA Appeal, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 407, Washington, D.C. 20004. Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel at foia.appeals@dc.gov<mailto:foia.appeals@dc.gov>. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officer of the involved agency, or to the agency head of that agency, if there is no designated Freedom of Information Officer there. Failure to follow these administrative steps will result in delay in the processing and commencement of a response to your appeal to the Mayor.

Regards,
Bob Eckert
FOIA Specialist
Freedom of Information Act Office
Metropolitan Police Department
Robert.eckert@dc.gov<mailto:Robert.eckert@dc.gov>
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