Rep. W. Carlton Weddington today said he filed a public records request asking for copies of identification badges for the top 15 paid positions in the governor’s office. He said he also is making the same request of the attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor and Supreme Court.
Funny story…. a good friend of the blog made the same request a few weeks back and was denied the information. According to the building authority these pictures “constitute “Security Records” that OBA declines to release or disclose.” (see below for full response)
Here’s my problem with this response: The Dispatch requests and publishes photos like this all the time.
During the Marc Dann scandal the Dispatch published photos of Dann’s staff like these:
Call me crazy but these look a hell of a lot like identification badge photos for Rhodes Tower. Almost exactly the same information we were told could not be released.
Below is a copy of the full response from the Ohio Building Authority. I’m looking forward to hearing how they respond to Representative Weddington.
On January 18, 2011, the Ohio Building Authority (“OBA”) received your “Open Records Request” e-mail. In your e-mail, you requested the following from OBA:
(1) “…personnel identification pictures for the following state employees…”; and
(2) “…the name and personnel picture for all employees working under the authority of the Common Sense Initiative Office.”; and
(3) “…any other identification pictures for members of the Governor’s staff not specifically named in this document that are assigned to the 30th Floor of the Rhodes building.”
First, maintenance of “personnel identification pictures” for public office building tenants by OBA would occur solely as part of the OBA security card reader system that was installed post 9/11. Please be aware that OBA does not maintain any other “personnel identification pictures” for either the Rhodes Tower, or the Riffe Center. (OBA assumes that you are referring to the 30th Floor of the Riffe Center in item three (3) above.)
Pursuant to R.C. section 149.433(B), “A record kept by a public office that is a security record or an infrastructure record is not a public record under section 149.43 of the Revised Code and is not subject to mandatory release or disclosure under that section.” (You can review these sections of the Ohio Revised Code online at http://codes.ohio.gov/.)
Under R.C. 149.433(A)(3)(a), the records you have requested from OBA under items one (1) and three (3) above, are not public records of OBA, and are not subject to mandatory release or disclosure by OBA. Both items one (1) and three (3) constitute “Security Records” that OBA declines to release or disclose.
As to your request in item two (2) above, OBA does not maintain any “Common Sense Initiative Office” records at this time. And currently, OBA has no information regarding the “Common Sense Initiative Office” to assist you in locating an entity to field your request.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Mark A. Haberman
Assistant Executive Director
Ohio Building Authority
30 East Broad Street, Suite 4020
Columbus, OH 43215