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18-IB30 6/7/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. John Flaherty re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Office of the Governor

Written on: June 15th, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that the Office of the Governor had violated FOIA due to the time taken to respond to a FOIA request for records. DECIDED: Petition is moot as documents have been provided and OGov provided written extensions on permitted bases.


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18-IB29 6/6/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Courtney French re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the City of Wilmington

Written on: June 7th, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged the City of Wilmington had withheld documents responsive to their FOIA request. DECIDED: City provided an affidavit explaining why responsive records did not exist. No FOIA violation found.


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18-IB28 6/1/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Warren Rosenkranz re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Arden Trust

Written on: June 2nd, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that Arden Trust violated FOIA by denying request for documents. The Trust countered that they are not a public body and thus not subject to FOIA. DECIDED: The Arden Trust is not a public body.


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18-IB27 5/31/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. John Wells re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Red Clay Consolidated School District

Written on: June 1st, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that Red Clay Consolidated School District did not provide a timely response. DECIDED: The District responded within the 15 business days required by FOIA.


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18-IB26 5/25/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Ms. Jennifer Hill re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Office of Management and Budget

Written on: May 26th, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that the Office of Management and Budget violated FOIA by denying her request for the proposals received by OMB from companies seeking to sell voting systems to the State and denying public access to vendor demonstrations of the systems to an evaluation team. At the time of publication, the procurement decision is pending. DECIDED: It is a violation of FOIA to deny in whole a request made for bids received during the procurement process. A public body may provide such records, subject to review and redaction as permitted by FOIA. A vendor demonstration does not constitute a meeting of a public body, and therefore it was not a FOIA violation to close the demonstrations to the public.


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18-IB25 5/15/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Eric Keebler re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the City of Newark

Written on: May 24th, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that the City of Newark violated FOIA by not responding to his request for records within the required timeframe. DECIDED: Because the City provided a response, the petition is moot.


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18-IB24 5/4/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Atnre Alleyne re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Department of Education

Written on: May 7th, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that the Department of Education violated FOIA by citing the pending litigation exemption to justify withholding requested emails. DECIDED: The litigation exemption may apply, but DOE has not reviewed the individual emails to determine whether any may not be exempt. By failing to do so and instead broadly denying the entire request, DOE violated FOIA.


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18-IB23 5/4/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Ms. Amy Roe re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the City of Newark

Written on: May 4th, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that Newark City Council members’ individual private meetings with a consultant constituted a serial quorum in violation of FOIA. DECIDED: Because the meetings did not involve discussion among a quorum of the council, no FOIA violation was found.


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18-IB22 5/1/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Randall Chase re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the Office of Defense Services

Written on: May 4th, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that the Office of Defense Services violated FOIA by withholding requested information on the costs of a defense in current litigation. DECIDED: The wholesale denial of the request violated FOIA.


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18-IB21 4/27/2018 FOIA Opinion Letter to Mr. Frank “Dan” Cannon re: FOIA Complaint Concerning the City of Seaford

Written on: April 30th, 2018 in 10001 Declaration of Policy

Petitioner alleged that Seaford’s Benefits Committee failed to post notice or an agenda for its March 13, 2018 meeting. The City argued that the Committee is not a public body. DECIDED: The failure to notice the meeting or provide an agenda constituted a violation of FOIA, as the Committee qualifies as a public body.


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