Oregon Tourism Commission crushes UO on transparency

OTC (Travel Oregon). 24 hours and 9 minutes from public records request to the document:

From: Bill Harbaugh <[email protected]>
Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 1:08 PM
To: Jeff Hampton <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Jeff Hampton shared “Oregon21 Grant OR212018 (9.18)” with you.

Hi Jeff, I’m writing to request any reports made regarding this grant, after the Jun 30th 2019 one that you provided to me last year.


Bill Harbaugh
[email protected]

OTC’s Response:

From: Jeff Hampton <[email protected]>
Subject: RE: Jeff Hampton shared “Oregon21 Grant OR212018 (9.18)” with you.
Date: April 9, 2020 at 1:17:17 PM PDT
To: Bill Harbaugh <[email protected]>

Professor Harbaugh,
Attached is the year-end report for 2019. We will consider this record request fulfilled.

Jeff Hampton | Vice President, Operations
Travel Oregon/Oregon Tourism Commission
319 SW Washington Street, Suite 700 | Portland, OR 97204
D: 971.717.6210| O: 971.717.6205
Email: [email protected]
TravelOregon.com | Industry.Traveloregon.com

No fee. Report here.

UO: 8 days and counting. 14 days if you include the initial email I sent, which our AVP ignored.

From: Bill Harbaugh <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Faculty tracking / Insights
Date: April 1, 2020 at 12:23:49 AM PDT
To: Lisa Thornton <[email protected]>
Cc: Ellen Herman <[email protected]>

Dear Ms Thornton.-

This is a public records request for a public record showing the current status of the Faculty tracking / Insights project that has been coordinated by AVP Ellen Hermann.

Specifically, I am requesting a document showing whether the plans to submit this for an RFP have been postponed, canceled, or are still being planned.

I’m ccing AVP Ellen Herman, as she has been in charge of this effort and should be able to provide such a document without your office’s usual charges and delays.

I ask for a fee waiver on the basis of public interest in the expenditure of public funds.


Bill Harbaugh
[email protected]

Still waiting …

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