We write in response to your January 28, 2020 request for information pursuant to the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act (APRA). Your specific request is noted below along with our corresponding response.
I am a reporter at Forbes, and I am wondering if the Rhode Island Office of the General Treasurer or the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island currently has, or has had, any contracts with a company called Bloomberg LP [bloomberg.com] going back 10 years to January 2010? (The company also goes by Bloomberg Finance LP and has a subsidiary called The Bureau of National Affairs.)
If the department has had any contracts with the company, I’d like to know how much money the contracts have been for.
Please see the attached documents responsive to your request. Note that the documents have been slightly redacted to protect financial information that is of a privileged or confidential nature pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws § 38-2-2(4)(B). Specifically, account numbers have been withheld.
If you contend you have been denied access to public records, pursuant to R.I.G.L. § 38-2-8, you may appeal this decision to Amy Crane, General Counsel, 50 Service Avenue, 2nd Floor, Warwick, RI 02886. You may also file a complaint with the Department of the Attorney General, 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903 or the Rhode Island Superior Court of the county where the records are maintained.
Additional information regarding the Access to Public Records Act may be found at http://www.riag.ri.gov/civil/opengovernment.
Thank you for your interest in keeping government open and accountable to the public.