On December 5, 2018 I sent two separate records request to the Department of Administration. One was sent to the new Commissioner, Jonathan Quick. The other was sent to Angela Hull, the Director of Correspondence and Constituent Services. They can both be seen here:
Everything I requested is public information. When I requested nearly identical information from the Walker administration, I received it three days later. The only difference in the requests was I asked the Dunleavy administration which of the exempt and partially exempt state employees had been terminated.
I called Angela Hull after I sent the request. She informed me she would be meeting with Amy Demboski and Jeremy Price, both Deputy Chiefs of Staff, the following week to discuss records requests. She told me she would be in touch with me after that. I have not heard back from her. Commissioner Quick also failed to respond to me. I sent him a follow up email today asking on the status. He replied, “Let me check.”
Alaska Administrative Code 96.325, Response to request; time limits, states that agencies have ten working days to respond to a records request. They either must provide the information, advise the requestor that the information is nondisclosable, or ask for an extension. It has been 13 working days since I sent the requests.
In contrast I sent another, unrelated records request on December 11, 2018 to Pam Day, who works in HR in the Department of Administration. She got me the information I requested on December 21, 2018, or eight working days after I made the request. Pam gets it.
Transparency is one of the most crucial things a government can do to ensure they can be trusted and held accountable. When a government fails to be transparent, people start to wonder what they are hiding. Maybe they aren’t hiding anything, but when they fail to be transparent it is impossible to to know. As a candidate, Mike Dunleavy repeatably said he was going to, “Restore trust in government.” He even wrote this opinion piece, Restoring Alaskans’ trust in government, four days before he took office. So far his administration is not living up to his campaign promise.