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 copy of all reports / documents delivered by consulting firm McKinsey & Company to the Department since 1990. In addition, I would like to request a copy of each invoice paid to McKinsey for each report (including $ fees paid, rate card applied, and other commercial terms).

Given the recent, significant public interest in McKinsey due to their controversial activities in anti democratic or corrupt governments such as South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia (1MDB), I request that the FOIA request fees be waived.

Yours faithfully,

Andy Johnson

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Attachment 200215 1957 Andy Johnson FOI requests at Defence Freedom of Information request McKinsey.txt
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UNCLASSIFIED

Good morning,

 

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.

 

Please note documents created before 1998 are deemed in the open access
period and must be requested under the Archives Act from the National
Archives of Australia: [1]https://www.naa.gov.au/

 

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

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(02) 6266 3685

 

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From: Andy Johnson

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Dear FOI,

Thanks.
Understood that this will draw on resources.
I would like to to limit the request to the last 3 financial years and we can skip the invoices.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Johnson

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UNCLASSIFIED

Thanks Andy,

The time frame should be more manageable, however we still require further information to assist in searches.

Are you able to provide further details on:

* what the potential reports were for
* areas in the department that may hold these reports

Unfortunately we are unable to run searches covering the entire Department.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

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 FOI,

Unfortunately I don’t know exactly what McKinsey have been contacted to do, hence the FOI request

Perhaps you could first go through procurement and release the list of consulting engagements they have provided over the years and then I can let you know what I am interested in. I would assume Defence has a single contractor panel for consulting engagements?

Yours sincerely,

Andy Johnson

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Attachment Defence FOI 429 1920 Statement of Reasons.pdf
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UNCLASSIFIED

Good afternoon,

Please find attached the Statement of Reasons relating to FOI 429/19/20. 

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

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