This university needs an effective office of Internal Audit to examine these sorts of bids. It took 5 weeks just to get an estimate from the VP for Equity and Diversity for the public records, and now the PRO refuses to waive their $114.62 fee:
Dear Mr. Harbaugh:
The University of Oregon has received your public records request for “…a copy of all bids submitted in response to: RFQ for Executive Coaching Services Solicitation Number: PCS# 211000-00055-RFQ and emails between Michael Tani-Eshon or Yvette Alex-Assensoh and bidders or potential bidders regarding this RFQ” on 06/19/2017, attached.
The office estimates the actual cost of responding to your request to be $114.62. …
Thank you for contacting us with your request.
Office of Public Records
7/10/2017 update: UO Matters saves UO $25K and an uncountable amount of administrative B.S.
Sometimes a simple question is all it takes. In an effort to find out more about the $25K buzzword consultant VPEI wanted to hire, I made this public records request on June 18th:
From: Bill Harbaugh <email@example.com>
Subject: PR request VPEI Coaching Services
Date: June 18, 2017 at 10:32:41 PM PDT
To: Lisa Thornton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: email@example.com, Yvette M Alex-Assensoh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Ms Thornton –
This is a public records request for a copy of all bids submitted in response to:
RFQ for Executive Coaching Services
Solicitation Number: PCS# 211000-00055-RFQ
and emails between Michael Tani-Eshon or Yvette Alex-Assensoh and bidders or potential bidders regarding this RFQ. I’m ccing Mr. Tani-Eshon and VP Alex-Assensoh since they should have easy access to these public records.
I ask for a fee-waiver on the basis of public interest.
The public records office has sat on it for 3 weeks now, and hasn’t responded to my follow up, but the good news is that the request has already worked. As of July 6th, “THIS OPPORTUNITY IS CANCELLED”:
5/17/2017: Office of Equity and Inclusion searching for buzzword consultant
Nice to know that, after laying off 100 faculty, UO now has money to burn on a consulting firm to help with “executive trustbuilding”, “change management”, “active learning skills including paraphrasing” (that’s a direct quote) and “harnessing the power of culture to optimize outcomes“. $25K, or enough to pay for 4 Pathways scholarships. And it’s renewable: