All contracts awarded to McKinsey

Andy Johnson made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Defence

The request was refused by Department of Defence.

From: Andy Johnson

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Dear Department of Defence,

I would like to request a list of all tenders awarded to consultancy McKinsey & Company in the last five years. In addition I would like to know the name and type of the tender as well as a copy of McKinsey’s tender materials for each submission.

In light of the exceptional public interest in this matter (due to McKinsey’s affiliation with corrupt government regimes and the recent corruption scandal in South Africa), which I am sure you are aware of, I request that all fees be waived.

Yours faithfully,

Andy Johnson

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UNCLASSIFIED

Good afternoon,

 

Thank you for your attached FOI inquiry.

 

I note that your request is seeking access to 'all documents' relating to
the mentioned matter.  Please be advised that a request for any/all
documents concerning a particular subject will likely attract refusal
under section 24AA of the FOI Act because, with few exceptions, it would
simply not be possible for the decision maker to certify that he or she
has identified every copy of every document in the Department's
possession. To do so would require a search of every hard copy file and
the electronic communication and records management systems used by
Defence.  It is considered that the workload involved in conscientiously
attempting to do so would involve a substantial and unreasonable diversion
of the resources of the agency.

 

Taking the above into consideration, under section 24AA of the FOI Act and
for the purposes of section 24 of the FOI Act, Defence considers that a
'practical refusal reason' exists in relation to your FOI request. 
Specifically, Defence considers that the work involved in processing the
request in its current form would substantially and unreasonably divert
the resources of the Defence from its other operations.  In particular, a
very significant amount of resources would have to be diverted to arrange
for the required searches to be undertaken, to then review any documents
that were identified as being possibly relevant to your request.  And
finally, to undertake the decision making process on any documents that
did meet the parameters of your request.

 

This diversion would constitute a significant drain on the resources of
the agency, and would have an unreasonable, substantial and adverse effect
in the ability of areas to conduct their normal business.

 

In accordance with section 24AB of the FOI Act, Defence is required to
consult with you advising of the intention to refuse access to your
request in its current form.

 

In accordance with paragraph 24AB(2)(c) of the FOI Act, I am the nominated
person with whom you should contact with a view to agreeing to one of the
following options:

 

    a.    withdraw your request

    b.    revise your request; or

    c.    indicate that you do not wish to revise your request.

 

In accordance with section 24AB(9) of the FOI Act, Defence is only
required to undertake this consultation process once, and you must contact
me within 14 days to discuss.

 

Notwithstanding all of the above, I would suggest you provide further
details for the documents you seek such as what Group/Service in the
Department where documents may exist and the subject of the
reports/documents. Any further information you provide will assist in
searching for the documents you seek. It is also recommended reducing the
timeframe.

 

I encourage you to contact me so I can assist you in moving forward with
your inquiry.

 

Kind regards,

 

Matt Ashauer

FOI Inquiries

Freedom of Information

Governance and Reform 

Department of Defence

CP1-06-003

PO Box 7910 Canberra ACT 2610

(02) 6266 3685

 

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From: Andy Johnson

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Dear Department of Defence,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Defence's handling of my FOI request 'All contracts awarded to McKinsey’.

It seems absolutely unbelievable that the Department cannot tell how much money has been spent on one single vendor. Perhaps this is because the Department is not willing to disclose how much it really spends on external consultants?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Andy Johnson

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From: Groves, Joanne MRS
Department of Defence

UNCLASSIFIED

Good morning Mr Johnson,

As you are yet to receive a formal FOI decision on your FOI request, we are unable to conduct an internal review.

I encourage you to provide further detail as requested so we can adequately search for the documents you are seeking.

Kind regards,
Jo

Jo Groves | Assistant Director Freedom of Information Media & Sensitive
Enterprise Reform Branch | Governance and Reform Division | Department of Defence
CP1-6-029 Campbell Park Offices ACT 2600
t (02) 6266 2200

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UNCLASSIFIED

Good morning,

Please find attached the Statement of Reasons relating to FOI 442/19/20. 

Rights of Review

Under the provisions of section 54 of the FOI Act, you are entitled to
request a review of this decision. Your review rights are attached.

 

Should you have any questions in regard to this matter please contact this
office.

 

Kind regards,

 

Case Management

 

Freedom of Information

Information Management and Access

Governance and Reform Division

 

Department of Defence

PO Box 7910 Canberra ACT 2610

email: [email address]

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