On July 12th, an email appeared from the DOA. This date is at the deadline allowed for response, although snail mail had been checked daily-just in case.
There were five attachments to the email, pdf files.
Four contained multiple pages in response to the administrative appeal.
There are over 100 documents in total, which will take some time to sort through, collate and arrive at a conclusion.
The takeaway here is this:
The DOA *knew* exactly what I was asking for on the first FOIA Open Records Request. It was denied...."no such documents exist"
They still knew when they denied the second, more detailed FOIA Open Records Request.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out at whose direction those two denials were issued, does it? Dear Director, naturally. Or whoever over there is pulling his strings. This is how they exert power, and pick who wins and loses.
I got results when I followed statute, appealed in writing, making sure that a paper trail included DNR Commissioner Andy Mack, and DNR Deputy Commissioner Ed Fogels. I also included the relevant federal regulations, something that DOA *had* to have known to operate MMM&S. I'd encourage everyone who was ever denied a FOIA request, to follow the same procedure. Especially if what you are asking for does not include personal information, and you are confident that the DOA does have the information you seek.
The contents are chronologically jumbled, the "kill reports" are a handwritten mess, and if this serves as "record keeping" for the DOA....well, let's just say it nicely "they have serious issues there". Curiously, some of the information was evidently housed at the Plant Materials Center, according to fax headers printed on the documents. No nice and tidy Excel spreadsheet here, of course. Nope, if you are attempting to make a determination about proceeding with livestock production, and need this basic background information (for decision making, for financing or business plan purposes) just shoot me an email, and avoid the stonewalling and excuses at DOA....I'll happily share.
Edited to add: The pdf files themselves.
DOA Appeal letter
Kill Report 1
Kill Report 2
Kill Report 3
Kill Report 4