Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

This request concerns the investigation of staff for allegations of fraud and serious misconduct in office. I wish to have the following information for each of the past 7 years.

How many staff have been investigated in total?

Of these, how many were interviewed under caution about the suspected offence?

In total, how many were found guilty of the offence?

For those found guilty, please provide the numbers and types of penalties imposed.

Yours faithfully,

Caster Ills

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'Staff fraud'.

Your excuse for not providing the information requested on the number of cases investigated that were found guilty is disingenuous. Just because I used the word "guilty" and you use the term "case to answer" - you know what I was after and you could easily have provided it (or at the very least sought clarification). If you don't provide the information on review I will just submit a further request - more work for you. So better for everybody if you just comply with the spirit of the request in the first place.

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

Yours faithfully,

Caster Ills

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Dear Operations FOI Requests,

Thank you for your reply of 29 Jan. I am looking firstly for a broad understanding of the scale/volume of investigations the Department undertakes, and the outcomes. Secondly, I want to understand the proportion where an IUC is performed. So, with this in mind please proceed as follows. Please answer the first question as originally requested, for each of the past 7 years. Please answer question 2 so as to provide a meaningful response within your cost limit. So, you can restrict this to one year, 2016/17 or, if that is still not possible, you can search as many records as your cost limit allows, for example just the first 6 months of 2016/17, and I will then extrapolate the results. For question 3 please use "disciplinary penalty" instead of "guilty". You can also restrict this to fewer than 7 years if it would otherwise exceed your cost limit, as long as it is clear how it relates to your answer to question 1. Please answer question 4 based on your response to question 3.

Yours sincerely,

Caster Ills

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