Becky Benaroya -- Israel Studies

Russel Neiss filed this request with the University of Washington of Washington.
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PR_2022_000215

Est. Completion May 27, 2022
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Payment Required

Communications

From: Russel Neiss

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1. Emails between Prof. Liora Halperin and Becky Benaroya sent or received from 1/1/2021 through 2/24/2022.
2. Emails between Prof. Noam Pianko and Becky Benaroya sent or received from 1/1/2021 through 2/24/2022.
3. Emails sent to or received by from Prof. Liora Halperin containing any of the following case-insensitive keywords "StandWithUs" or "stand with us"
4. Emails sent to or received by from Prof. Noam Pianko containing any of the following case-insensitive keywords "StandWithUs" or "stand with us"

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.

Sincerely,

Russel Neiss

From: University of Washington

Dear Requester:

We are writing to inform you that the Office of Public Records and Open Public Meetings has implemented a new system. The information contained in the correspondence you recently sent to our office will be manually entered into this new system by us. You will soon receive an email with instructions for registering your account on our new online portal.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions and thank you for your patience during this transition.

Sincerely,

Office of Public Records and Open Public Meetings
Roosevelt Commons Box 354997
4311 11th Ave NE, Suite 360 Seattle, WA 98105

From: University of Washington

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03/15/2022

Russel Neiss
MuckRock
411A Highland Ave
Somerville MA 02144

Re: Public Records Request PR_2022_000215

Dear Requester:

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your public records request on 03/09/2022. We estimate we will respond to your request by 04/19/2022. As allowed by RCW 42.56.520, if additional time is needed to locate, review, or assemble documents, or to notify third parties affected by your request, we will contact you.

If you need to contact us about your request, please have the request number noted above available.

The University is piloting an online portal through which requestors can receive digital records. If you would like to opt in to this pilot project, please contact our office. The costs are as follows:

$0.05 for every 4 files, and $0.10 per GB

If you choose not to opt-in to the pilot program, our standard charges apply. See below:

Discs (CD) $0.69 per CD
Envelope $0.29 per envelope
Photocopy (Black & White copy) $0.15 per page
First Class US Postage

Requestors will be notified in advance of any non-standard charges.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact this office.

Sincerely,

Perry Tapper

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Office of Public Records and Open Public Meetings
Mail: Roosevelt Commons-Box 354997, Seattle, WA 98195
Street: 4311 11th Ave NE, #360

From: University of Washington

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04/15/2022

Russel Neiss
MuckRock
411A Highland Ave
Somerville MA 02144

Re: Public Records Request PR_2022_000215

Dear Requester:

The Office of Public Records and Open Public Meetings finds it necessary to extend the response date to your public records request to 05/27/2022. This extension is allowed by RCW 42.56.520 of the Public Records Act of Washington State. The extension is needed to locate, review, or assemble documents, or to notify third parties affected by your request.

However, we will make some records available to you on a rolling production basis to avoid unnecessary delay.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Perry Tapper

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Office of Public Records and Open Public Meetings
Mail: Roosevelt Commons-Box 354997, Seattle, WA 98195
Street: 4311 11th Ave NE, #360

From: Russel Neiss

Dear Perry Tapper,

As you are undoubtedly aware the Washington Public Records Act requires that responses to requests for public records shall be made promptly by agencies. While the law allows for extensions to the five day statutory requirement under limited circumstances, I don’t think that anyone would consider a three month delay for what is effectively four email searches a prompt response.

I look forward to receiving these docs promptly and hope not to have to exercise my legal rights under RCW 42.56.550.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter,

Russel Neiss

From: University of Washington

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04/18/2022

Russel Neiss
MuckRock
411A Highland Ave
Somerville MA 02144

Re: Public Records Request PR_2022_000215 (COMPLETE)

Dear Requester:

Attached is an invoice for costs associated with providing all of the documents responsive to your public records request for correspondence between UW and Benaroya staff. These costs are allowed by RCW 42.56.070(7)(a).

Please remit payment by check or money order, or call to make an appointment to view these records, by 05/09/2022. There is no cost to view the records in the office. If we do not receive payment or a call for an appointment by 05/09/2022, we will close your request.

You may reach us by email at pubrec@uw.edu or you may call us at 206.543.9180.

Sincerely,

Perry Tapper

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Office of Public Records and Open Public Meetings
Mail: Roosevelt Commons-Box 354997, Seattle, WA 98195
Street: 4311 11th Ave NE, #360

From: Russel Neiss


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $4.98 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Russel Neiss

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Washington Public Records Act request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 24, 2022. A check in the amount of $4.98 was mailed on 4/27/2022. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: University of Washington

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05/24/2022

Re: Public Records Request PR_2022_000215

Dear Mr. Neiss:
I am writing to you in regard to your fax, received in our office on 05/24/2022.  In this fax, you note that you had mailed a check in the amount of $4.98 on 4/27/2022.
This check was in payment of the invoice we sent to you on 4/18/2022 and due on 5/9/2022.  To date, we have not received the aforementioned check.
In order for us to send you the CD containing the records responsive to your request, please resubmit payment for $4.98 (cost of CD, packaging, US postage as per invoice).
Alternatively, the University is piloting an online portal through which requesters can receive digital records.  The costs are $0.05 for every 4 files and $0.10 per GB.
Please let me know if you will be resending the check or if you would like to opt-in to the pilot program for online portal delivery of records.  If the latter, I will send you a revised invoice reflecting the cost adjustment.  Otherwise, we will assume you are no longer interested in the records and will close your request accordingly.
Sincerely,

Perry Tapper
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Office of Public Records and Open Public Meetings
Mail: Roosevelt Commons-Box 354997, Seattle, WA 98195
Street: 4311 11th Ave NE, #360

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