Under the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act, §38-2-1 et seq., I am requesting any information available on VMware software products purchased within the past year. I am specifically looking for copies (preferably electronic) of any purchase orders made of VMware products within the stated timeframe from the Office of the General Treasurer or another document (like a spreadsheet) with the information contained on a purchase order such as: purchase order #, product, mfg. number (if available), unit price, total price, vendor, and date.
If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me of the cost and get my authorization before proceeding if there is a cost. However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of Rhode Island's IT purchases.
I would request a response in writing, within the timeframe described by law, if you intend to deny this request. Also, if you expect a significant delay in fulfilling this request, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested record.
If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.