Saturday, October 09, 2010

Fun With Public Records Requests

I've been curious since the grant application fell apart to know just how much effort Randy Dorn's OSPI put into it. Here's the answer:
Good afternoon, Mr. Grant,

Thank you for contacting the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) with your request for how many hours were spent by OSPI on the Washington State Race to the Top (RTTT) application, and how many different OSPI staff members were involved in the process. Your request has been logged as public records request No.10-0330.
OSPI does not have records on the hours spent on the RTTT application or the number of specific staff assigned to work solely on the application.
OSPI does not track employee’s work by specific projects or tasks, so we are unable to determine the number of staff or hours dedicated to this project.
There were, however, four staff who were considered the "lead team" from the agency, and all of whom had multiple duties during this period, including RTTT work. Again, they did not track their hours.
I hope this information was helpful, and let me know if I can provide further assistance.
Later, I got this follow-up:
In reviewing the agency’s documentation related to the Race To The Top (RITT) application, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has found that one staff member was assigned for a short duration to assist with administrative support for the Race To The Top (RITT) application. We show she worked a total of 37.4 dedicated hours on the project.
Does it seem odd to anyone else that OSPI would know to the tenth of an hour how much time the one staff members spent on the application, but not know how much time the four highly-paid lead people spent?

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