HCPSS MPIA Request #2021-098

Steven Keller
Requested Information
I request (1) all email correspondence from August 2019 to the present between HCPSS employees and any other party (HCPSS or non-HCPSS) regarding the HCPSS application for membership in The Bridges Collaborative ( https://tcf.org/bridges-collaborative/ ) , (2) a list of HCPSS employees involved in the initial idea, discussion and decision to apply for membership in The Bridges Collaborative, and (3) the full application submitted by HCPSS for membership in The Bridges Collaborative.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, no list of HCPSS employees involved in the initial idea, discussion and decision to apply for membership in the Bridges Collaborative exists. Under the MPIA process, and as advised in the Fourteenth Edition of the Maryland Public Information Act Manual created by Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General, an agency is only obligated to produce existing records and is not required to answer questions that would create records to satisfy a PIA request. Please note, a list of staff involved for the purposes of the membership can be found within the application record provided below. Staff has also identified those involved in the application for the purposes of conducting the email search for related email correspondence below.

Responsive Documents
Please find attached those emails resulting from a search of the @hcpss mailboxes of the staff who would have been involved in the application for membership for the keyword "Bridges Collaborative." Mass/newsletter content has been excluded from review. Exemptions found within these records include:
• Under MPIA GP § 4-330, we have redacted sociological information where it contains personal phone numbers and/or has the potential to pose a risk to individual safety or privacy.
• Under MPIA GP § 4-338, which requires a custodian to deny inspection of information about the security of an information system, we have redacted unique identifiers such as login and password information.

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**Responses containing legally protected information available only to the person of interest are omitted from the above report.

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