Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please provide copies of emails sent and received by Higher Executive Officer at DWP Phil Crowley on subject matter
Universal Jobmatch and Monster Worldwide for past 2 months.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Jones

DWP Digitalisation Programme Support, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Ian Jones

Please see attached response to your FoI request.

Kind regards

DWP Digitalisation Programme FoI Contact

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Dear DWP Digitalisation Programme Support,

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 'Universal Jobmatch and Monster Worldwide emails'.

You are able to redact personal data and the emails sent and received are not personal but form part of official DWP business. Redaction should ensure the Section 40 exemption is no longer applicable. You have not stated exactly which part(s) of Section 40 apply to your claimed exemption.

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

Yours faithfully,

Ian Jones

DWP Digitalisation Programme Support, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Ian Jones

 

Please find attached response to your Internal review of Freedom of
Information Request - Universal Jobmatch and Monster Worldwide emails
request.

 

 

Kind regards

 

DWP Digitalisation Programme FoI Contact

 

 

 

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Janine Baker left an annotation ()

This is a totally unsatisfactory response.

Firstly, there is no indication that there has actually been an internal review conducted. The first email came from the generic "DWP Central FOI Team" and the internal review ostensibly came from the same people. I feel that the public has the right to expect that an internal review would actually be conducted by a named senior person to give at least some comfort that it has been properly addressed.

Secondly, the ICO guidance has not been interpreted correctly. Section 40 was put in place specifically to avoid organisations having to release PERSONAL data. Personal data is "“Personal data” is information about a living individual from which that individual can be identified". Emails sent to and from a supplier are not information about a living individual, they are information about a contract or a big IT project.

Furthermore, if you refer to the Freedom of Information Awareness Guidance note no 1 from the ICO, you will see a specific section entitled "private or public lives" which discusses whether the information relates to the private or public lives of the partie, and states "information which is about someone acting in an official or work capacity should normally be provided on request".

You should try once more to see whether DWP will actually consider the full ICO guidance rather than their skewed interpretation of it, otherwise complain to the ICO.

Ian Jones left an annotation ()

It is noted that Phil Crowley has edited his public profile by removing>

"Phil Crowley's Experience
Higher Executive Officer
DWP

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

February 2011 – Present (1 year 9 months) Sheffield, United Kingdom

As part of the DWP Digitalisation Programme I am currently assigned to the TLMS project working to transform the department's public vacancy taking and job search services.
Working with our commercial contractor, Monster.com, to develop a new best of breed online service we have contracted them to provide a managed service, a first for the department's IT solutions.
I am leading the work on the Management / Business Information solution, Service Level Agreements, KPIs and Metrics and the wider Service/Contract Management arrangem

It now says "Current: Higher Executive Officer at DWP "
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Phil/Crow...

DWP Digitalisation Programme Support, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Ian Jones

Attached is the response to your Freedom of Information Request -
Universal Jobmatch.

<<FOI 3952_Response following ICO complaint.pdf>>

Regards

DWP Digitisation Programme Support

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Janine Baker left an annotation ()

As they seem to have abandoned the hopeless Data Protection Act excuse and gone for the costs excuse for withholding this information, suggest you pick a shorter period (eg a 1 month period), or even that you reword your request to say something like

"If you feel that this will exceed the costs limit, I should like you to work backwards in time from (3 October 2012) and include as many days' worth of emails as you can within the applicable costs limit. Based on your previous indications, I would expect this to cover at least 1 month of emails."

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