Adney TSN Interview

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Bob Adney, Executive Director of Treasure State Network (TSN), appeared on KTVM News to give an interview about counties coordinating an effort to block open record requests.  Most of the counties claim they are understaffed and it would cost too much money and time.  As indicated in the original Freedom of Information (FOIA) request we are asking for a simple list of government contracts.  It would contain information about current contracts the government entity has with non-government entities over $1,000.  We asked for the identities of the contractors, values, contract purposes, award dates, and whether the contract was bid or no-bid.

One would think the counties and cities would have their outstanding contracts easily accessible in a list.  I find it troubling that this information is not readily available for themselves AND THE public. People need to know where their tax dollars are being spent.

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The Press is Working Hard

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As many of you know, Treasure State Network (TSN)  has been getting a lot of press from our open records request.  You can read about the requests here in an earlier blog post.  The counties have implemented a coordinated effort to block the public from getting the records we requested.

The most amazing thing is the response by the counties.  They claim it would take too much money and time to get the records.  That claim is erroneous.  Our original letter simply states that we would like a list of all current contracts that the government entity has with non-government entities over $1,000.  We asked for the identities of the contractors, values, contract purposes, award dates, and whether the contract was bid or no-bid.

This information should be readily available.  If they DO NOT have the information they need to look at themselves and their practices.

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