Child welfare predictive analytics systems

Todd Feathers filed this request with the Department of Health and Human Resources of West Virginia.
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1) Contracts with any company, nonprofit, or other entity that currently provides software to the department that includes predictive analytics models for child welfare (i.e., models designed to identify home placement risk, abuse risk, human trafficking risk, etc.). This should include contracts for CCWIS or comparable systems that include predictive models as well as project descriptions for any models created in-house.

2) Data dictionaries for all child welfare predictive models used by the department, including those provided by outside entities as well as in-house models. Data dictionaries are documents commonly created for predictive models and databases. They describe the categories of data that are inputs (age, gender, etc.) and outputs (risk level, etc.) of predictive models. They are equivalent to headers on a spreadsheet, and do not include actual data.

3) A list of all memorandums of understanding (MOUs) and/or data sharing agreements with state or local agencies for the provision of data that is incorporated into the department's child welfare predictive models. Should the department not maintain a list of these MOUs, I will accept copies of the MOUs themselves.

4) Any differential impact assessments, validation studies, or comparable documents that describe the accuracy of child welfare predictive models used by the department. This should include any documents that describe common measures of predictive accuracy, such as area under the curve (AUC).

5) All department policies, employee manuals, and guidelines describing how employees can and/or should use child welfare predictive models.

6) All governance board, committee, or outside expert reviews assessing the efficacy of the department's proposed or current child welfare predictive models.

Should you have questions regarding any aspect of this request, please don't hesitate to contact me.

I ask that all fees be waived as I am a journalist and intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest. In the event you choose to impose fees, I request a detailed breakdown of the fees, including the hourly wage of each employ involved and an explanation justifying the employee hours required to fulfill the request.

Should you choose to reject this request or redact portions of it, I ask that you provide a detailed breakdown of the statutory exemptions and associated case law underlying your decision to withhold each/any portions from public review.

I would prefer the request be filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you very much for your help, and I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Department of Health and Human Resources

FOIA requests pertaining to DHHR issues should be addressed to the FOIA website @ DHHRFOIA@wv.gov<mailto:DHHRFOIA@wv.gov>. Thanks.

Debra Garnes, Executive Secretary
Office of the General Counsel
Department of Health and Human Resources
One Davis Square, Suite 100, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
(304) 558-4972
(304) 558-7075 Fax
Debra.G.Garnes@wv.gov<mailto:Debra.G.Garnes@wv.gov>

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this electronic message may be legally privileged and confidential under applicable state and federal law and is intended for the individual named above. If the recipient of the message is not the above-named recipient, you are hereby notified that any distribution, copy, or disclosure of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify Debra Garnes, Executive Secretary, Office of General Counsel, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, One Davis Square, Suite 100 East, Charleston, West Virginia 25301, Telephone 304.558.4972 and discard this communication immediately without making any copy or distribution.

From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

1) Contracts with any company, nonprofit, or other entity that currently provides software to the department that includes predictive analytics models for child welfare (i.e., models designed to identify home placement risk, abuse risk, human trafficking risk, etc.). This should include contracts for CCWIS or comparable systems that include predictive models as well as project descriptions for any models created in-house.

2) Data dictionaries for all child welfare predictive models used by the department, including those provided by outside entities as well as in-house models. Data dictionaries are documents commonly created for predictive models and databases. They describe the categories of data that are inputs (age, gender, etc.) and outputs (risk level, etc.) of predictive models. They are equivalent to headers on a spreadsheet, and do not include actual data.

3) A list of all memorandums of understanding (MOUs) and/or data sharing agreements with state or local agencies for the provision of data that is incorporated into the department's child welfare predictive models. Should the department not maintain a list of these MOUs, I will accept copies of the MOUs themselves.

4) Any differential impact assessments, validation studies, or comparable documents that describe the accuracy of child welfare predictive models used by the department. This should include any documents that describe common measures of predictive accuracy, such as area under the curve (AUC).

5) All department policies, employee manuals, and guidelines describing how employees can and/or should use child welfare predictive models.

6) All governance board, committee, or outside expert reviews assessing the efficacy of the department's proposed or current child welfare predictive models.

Should you have questions regarding any aspect of this request, please don't hesitate to contact me.

I ask that all fees be waived as I am a journalist and intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest. In the event you choose to impose fees, I request a detailed breakdown of the fees, including the hourly wage of each employ involved and an explanation justifying the employee hours required to fulfill the request.

Should you choose to reject this request or redact portions of it, I ask that you provide a detailed breakdown of the statutory exemptions and associated case law underlying your decision to withhold each/any portions from public review.

I would prefer the request be filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you very much for your help, and I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: Department of Health and Human Resources

Please see the attached correspondence from Assistant General Counsel Daron Light.

Janet R. Huffman, Paralegal
Office of the General Counsel
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
One Davis Square, Suite 100, East
Charleston, WV 25301
Telephone: (304) 558-9912
Facsimile: (304) 558-7075
Janet.R.Huffman@wv.gov<mailto:Janet.R.Huffman@wv.gov>

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this electronic message may be legally privileged and confidential under applicable state and federal law and is intended for the individual named above. If the recipient of the message is not the above-named recipient, you are hereby notified that any distribution, copy, or disclosure of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify Janet Huffman, Paralegal, Office of General Counsel, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, One Davis Square, Suite 100, East, Charleston, WV 25301, telephone 304.558.9912 and discard this communication immediately without making any copy or distribution.

  • FOIA - Todd Feathers re Child Welfare Models, final response, 05.14.2021

From: Todd Feathers

Hello,

Thank you very much for your response. A quick question for clarification: Does the department not possess any responsive records because it doesn't use predictive analytics systems, or is it the wrong agency to sending this request to?

Appreciate the help!
Todd

From: Department of Health and Human Resources

Mr. Feathers,

The Department in not engaged in the use of any predictive analytics systems as described by your request.

Thank you,

Daron A. Light

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