Request a copy of all reports delivered by McKinsey to DFS since 1990

Andy Johnson made this Government Information (Public Access) request to NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

Waiting for an internal review by NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation of their handling of this request.

From: Andy Johnson

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Dear NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation,

I would like to request a copy of all reports / documents delivered by McKinsey 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 significant public interest in McKinsey and their controversial activities in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia (1MDB), I request that the FOIA request fees be waived.

Best

Andy Johnson

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Dear Andy

 

Thank you for your email.

 

In order for me to process your application, you will need to be more
specific about what area of the department you would like to conduct a
search, and during which time period. The Department of Finance, Services
and Innovation (DFSI) no longer exists. Many of the business areas within
that department now sit in the NSW Department of Customer Service (DCS).
These include Fair Trading and Revenue NSW. Please note that not all areas
from the former DFSI are now part of DCS, like Property NSW, which is now
part of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).
DCS is very large and employs thousands of people. You will need to
nominate a specific area within the department to conduct searches
otherwise the scope is too broad for us to conduct searches.

 

It is also worth flagging that there is a $30 an hour application fee to
process all applications. If you request information within DCS that goes
back to 1990, you will likely be paying for information to be retrieved
from an archive, which may also incur further costs.

 

Could you please amend the scope to make it clear enough to be able to
conduct a search?

 

I will not be waiving the $30 application fee in this instance. You can
transfer $30 into our account using the following details:

 

Subject description: Your surname – GIPA application fee

Pay: Department of Customer Service

ABN: 81 913 830 179

Bank: Westpac 

BSB: 032 001 

Account Number: 203164

 

If you wouldn’t mind to send me a screenshot of proof of payment, that way
any delays in the transfer of the funds wont affect your application.

 

Once the scope of this application is clear and you have paid the
application fee, I will validate this application and begin to process it.

 

Regards

 

Andrew Filocamo
Advisor, Ministerial Services

Office of the Secretary|  Department of Customer Service
GIPA Hotline: (02) 9619 8672
e [1][email address]  | 
[2]www.customerservice.nsw.gov.au

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Andy
Johnson                                                                     
Ref: GIPR20/78
Sent by email: [1][FOI #6136 email]

 

13 February 2020

Dear Andy

I refer to your formal access application under the Government Information
(Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act) to the Department of Customer Service (DCS),
received on 7 February 2020.

In your application, you requested the following:

 

Dear NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation,

 

I would like to request a copy of all reports / documents delivered by McKinsey
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).

 

I am writing to notify you that I have made the decision that this application
is not a valid access application under section 51(1)(b) of the GIPA Act. In
order to become a valid access application, your application must meet the
criteria outlined under section 41(1) of the GIPA Act. Section 41(1) states:

41   How to make an access application

(1)  An application or other request for government information is not a valid
access application unless it complies with the following requirements (the
formal requirements) for access applications:

(a)  it must be in writing sent by post to or lodged at an office of the agency
concerned or made in the manner approved by the agency under subsection (2),

(b)  it must clearly indicate that it is an access application made under this
Act,

(c)  it must be accompanied by a fee of $30,

(d)  it must state the name of the applicant and a postal or email address as
the address for correspondence in connection with the application,

(e)  it must include such information as is reasonably necessary to enable the
government information applied for to be identified.

 

I have determined that this application does not meet all the criteria outlined
in section 41(1)(c) and (e).

 

This is because the application does not include such information as is
reasonably necessary to enable the government information applied for to be
identified. Also, the application was not accompanied by a $30 application fee.

 

Under section 52(3) of the GIPA Act, I am required to provide you with advice
and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable, to enable you to make a valid
application.

 

You can do this by:

Paying the Application Fee

As stated in section 41(1)(c) of the GIPA Act, your application needs to be
accompanied by a $30 application fee. 

 

I note that DCS has not received payment of this application fee.

In order to make payment of the fee, you can transfer funds electronically to:

 

Subject description: Your surname - GIPA application fee
Pay: Department of Customer Service
ABN: 81 913 830 179
Bank: Westpac
BSB: 032 001
Account number: 203164

 

Once you have paid the fee, could you please send me a screenshot or other
evidence of payment. This way I can begin to process your application without
having to wait for the fee to reach our account.

 

Please note that in deciding your application DCS may request processing fees
from you of $30 an hour. Your $30 application fee will count towards these
charges. If we require processing fees, I will provide you with an estimate of
all charges at the earliest opportunity.

Making application scope clear

As stated in section 41(1)(e) of the GIPA Act, your application needs to include
such information as is reasonably necessary to enable the government information
applied for to be identified.

 

As I said in my email to you on 10 February 2020, you can do this by being more
specific about what area of the department you would like to conduct a search,
and during which time period. As I said, the Department of Finance, Services and
Innovation (DFSI) no longer exists. Many of the business areas within that
department now sit in the NSW Department of Customer Service (DCS). These
include Fair Trading and Revenue NSW. Please note that not all areas from the
former DFSI are now part of DCS, like Property NSW, which is now part of the NSW
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). DCS is very large and
employs thousands of people. You will need to nominate a specific area within
the department to conduct searches otherwise the scope is too broad for us to
know where to conduct searches.

 

Also, if you could specify a more narrow date range, that will also make it
easier for the people conducting the search to know which databases or archives
to search. I note your current date range goes back 30 years.

 

 

Once you have confirmed the above, I will consult further with the relevant
business area to determine if the information sought can be identified.

 

Action required

If I do not hear from you by close of business on 27 February 2020 then I will
close your application.

 

If, after consultation with you and the relevant business area, this application
does not become valid by 12 March 2020 then I will close off this application.

 

If either of these situations occur, you are entitled to a refund your $30
application fee if it has been paid.

 

Please note that if your application becomes valid, this does not prevent the
agency from subsequently deciding that the application is not a valid access
application.

 

Please note that my decision that this application is not valid is reviewable
under Part 5 of the GIPA Act. Further information about this is contained in the
attached factsheet from the IPC. 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me on the below if you would like to discuss.

 

Regards

Andrew Filocamo
Position, Ministerial Services

Office of the Secretary | Department of Customer Service
GIPA Hotline: 02 9619 8672

E [2][email address]  |  [3]www.customerservice.nsw.gov.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: GIPA-DCS
Sent: Monday, 10 February 2020 2:52 PM
To: 'Andy Johnson' <[FOI #6136 email]>
Subject: Your GIPA Request - GIPR20/78

 

Dear Andy

 

Thank you for your email.

 

In order for me to process your application, you will need to be more
specific about what area of the department you would like to conduct a
search, and during which time period. The Department of Finance, Services
and Innovation (DFSI) no longer exists. Many of the business areas within
that department now sit in the NSW Department of Customer Service (DCS).
These include Fair Trading and Revenue NSW. Please note that not all areas
from the former DFSI are now part of DCS, like Property NSW, which is now
part of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).
DCS is very large and employs thousands of people. You will need to
nominate a specific area within the department to conduct searches
otherwise the scope is too broad for us to conduct searches.

 

It is also worth flagging that there is a $30 an hour application fee to
process all applications. If you request information within DCS that goes
back to 1990, you will likely be paying for information to be retrieved
from an archive, which may also incur further costs.

 

Could you please amend the scope to make it clear enough to be able to
conduct a search?

 

I will not be waiving the $30 application fee in this instance. You can
transfer $30 into our account using the following details:

 

Subject description: Your surname – GIPA application fee

Pay: Department of Customer Service

ABN: 81 913 830 179

Bank: Westpac 

BSB: 032 001 

Account Number: 203164

 

If you wouldn’t mind to send me a screenshot of proof of payment, that way
any delays in the transfer of the funds wont affect your application.

 

Once the scope of this application is clear and you have paid the
application fee, I will validate this application and begin to process it.

 

Regards

 

Andrew Filocamo
Advisor, Ministerial Services

Office of the Secretary|  Department of Customer Service
GIPA Hotline: (02) 9619 8672
e [4][email address]  | 
[5]www.customerservice.nsw.gov.au

Please consider the environment before printing this email

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From: Andy Johnson

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Dear GIPA-DCS,

We can limit the scope of the request to Department of Customer Service then.

I do not understand why you are denying the request be made available free of charge.

McKinsey are notorious for being servicing anti democratic and corrupt regimes including Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Malaysia (the 1MDB scandal). There has been significant public scrutiny into their activities in the public service and recently due to these activities so I would like to emphasise that it is both fair and in the public interest that these documents be made available to the public at no charge.

I would like to request an internal review of the decision made if you still deny the request.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Johnson

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