Analysis of procurement

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Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

I was excited to read of new, cutting edge analysis of council spending data by procurement experts Opera Solutions that revealed that greater transparency coupled with improved analysis is the key to unlocking massive savings by driving down costs.

I have read the report from Opera Solutions and further to that report I would like to know more about:

1) Communications - by letter or email - have taken place between staff of Opera Solutions and officials, advisers and minsters of the department since 1 June 2010; including a copy of such communications;

2) Communications - by letter or email - between officials, advisers and ministers of the department regarding Opera Solutions and their work have taken place since 1 June 2010, including a copy of such communications;

3) Details of any meetings that have taken place since 1 June 2010 involving or concerning Opera Solutions and officials, advisers and ministers of the department, including dates, list of those present and any records of what was discussed; and,

4) Any communication or contact since 1 June 2010 between the department's current or former head of profession for statistics involving or concerning the work of Opera Solutions, including a copy of such communications and/or dates or meetings, lists of those present and records of what was discussed.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Yours faithfully,

Edward Rudolf

Nishma Malde,

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Dear Mr Rudolf

Please see attached an acknowledgement of your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Nishma

Miss Nishma Malde
Local Government Productivity and Reform
Communities and Local Government

3/J2 Eland House
Bressenden Place
London
SW1E 5DU

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Nishma Malde,

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Dear Mr Rudolf

Please see attached the reply to your email of 14 July.

Yours sincerely

Miss Nishma Malde
Local Government Productivity and Reform
Communities and Local Government

3/J2 Eland House
Bressenden Place
London
SW1E 5DU

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Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Communities and Local Government's handling of my FOI request 'Analysis of procurement'.

I am requesting a review for two reasons:
1) The basis for estimating the costs of meeting my request refer to the cost of retrieving emails. This ignored the fact my request also covered written communication and notes of meetings. It should be possible to access such records without a search of email.
2) Most email software includes a search function. I consider it reasonable to assume the department can identify staff members concerned with Opera Solutions, and their representatives. Therefore I also consider it reasonable that the department could use the existing search function to query the emails to or from those individuals.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/an...

Yours faithfully,

Edward Rudolf

Juliet Tomlin,

Dear Mr Rudolf

REQUEST FOR INTERNAL REVIEW

Thank you for your email of 29th July 2011, in which you seek a review of
the response provided by the Department for Communities and Local
Government to your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act.

The review will be considered under the Department's internal review
procedures. A full re-evaluation of your request will be undertaken.

I will today allocate this request to an Internal Review Officer and you
should receive a reply by 30th August 2011.

Yours sincerely

Juliet Tomlin
Freedom of Information Advice Team
Zone 6 D Floor AHH

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Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

Derek Blackhall,

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[Subject only] FW: FOI Internal Review Request

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